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Old Apr 30, 2013, 8:00 AM   #1
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Default SLR Nikon D3100 vs Sony SLT A37 - which one ?

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I previously post a thread "DSLR Nikon D3000 vs others P&S" and after a lot of reading I saw two SLR(T) models stand out : Nikon D3100 and Sony A37.

Again a lot of reading : forum, sample photos etc...

I went to electronic shop and took both of them in my hand in order to see which one give me the best feeling. They are all great.

I'm new in DLSR. I'm not intending to become a great photographer but I just want to take great quality photos (kids, landscape etc..) and ready to enter into DSLR world . And I'm not going to buy new lenses (not now for sure).

Both of them would give me full satisfaction but which one you think I should choose in to start "adequately" ?

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The Sony A37 has an excellent (Sony) 16MP sensor that is widely used in many Sony, Pentax and Nikon camera bodies. The Nikon D3100 uses Sony's 14MP sensor, which isn't as good. Based on just the sensors, the Sony is a better choice.

But my preference is to match lenses to what you want to shoot, and pick the camera that can use the lenses you want and need. What do you want to shoot?
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My goal is to photograph everyday scenes : kids, landscape etc... in fact : basic photos. Both of them come with a 18x55mm lense and this should fulfil for start my need.
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The Sony 18-55 is a better lens than the Nikon 18-55.

If you are so inclined, the unstabilized Tamron 17-50/2.8 is better still, more versatile, and stabilized on the Sony body. (That same lens is also available for the Nikon, but it won't be stabilized, and the stabilized version isn't as good.)
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The Sony has more features, such as DRO/HDR features,Tilting screen,in body stabilizer etc... but if "general" use is your goal and would not be going beyond the kit lens,either would suffice I'm sure- though I'd try them both if possible- not everyone takes to an electronic viewfinder and in use you may have a clear preference...
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I "tried" both of them and maybe because I'm not a pro and I'm a beginner in DSLR, I didn't see much difference between OVF and EVF. (sorry for the purist). Yes Sony has many new features and is newer than the Nikon. Every photos sample I saw were very nice for both of them. It's not that easy to choose. It's seem that Nikon is good for beginner but Sony has more new features. Really not easy.
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Between the two, for what you want to do, I'd pick the Sony.

Features are nice, but the most important thing is image quality. The Sony A37 has a better sensor and a better lens.
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Thank you very much for your comments. I really appreciate that.
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