Nikon D3500 vs. Sony a5100 vs. Sony a6000

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Aug 30, 2018
Aug 18, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
Body w/AF-P 18-55mm VR lens ($499), body w/AF-P 18-55mm VR and 70-300 F4.5-6.3 non-VR lenses ($849)
$549 (body only), $699 (with 16-50 PZ lens)
$799 with 16-50mm Powerzoom
 
Compact SLR
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Composite
Composite
Composite
 
6000 x 4000
6000 x 4000
6000 x 4000
4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
3:2
3:2, 16:9
3:2, 16:9
24 megapixels
24 megapixels
24 megapixels
25 megapixels
25 megapixels
25 megapixels
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Expeed 4
Bionz X
Bionz X
sRGB, Adobe RGB
sRGB, AdobeRGB
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Primary color filter
Primary Color Filter
Primary Color Filter
 
Auto, 100-25600
Auto, 100-25600
Auto, 100-25600 (51200 with Multi-Frame NR)
12
10
10
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
RAW
RAW
RAW
Fine, Normal, Basic
Extra fine, fine, normal
Extra fine, fine, normal
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • NEF (RAW, 12-bit)
  • JPEG (DCF v2.0, EXIF v2.3)
  • RAW (Sony ARW 2.3)
  • JPEG (DCF v2.0, EXIF v2.3)
  • RAW (Sony ARW 2.3)
 
 
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes (2X (Clear Image Zoom), 4X (digital zoom))
Yes (2X)
Yes
Yes
Yes
11
179
179
Nikon F
Sony E
Sony E
1.5×
1.5×
1.5×
 
Fixed
Tilting
Tilting
3
3
3
921,000
921,600
921,600
No
Yes
No
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optical (pentamirror)
None
Electronic
95%
 
100%
0.85× (0.57× 35mm equiv.)
 
1.05× (0.7× 35mm equiv.)
 
 
1,440,000
 
30 sec
30 sec
30 sec
1/4000 sec
1/4000 sec
1/4000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • iAuto
  • Superior Auto
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • iAuto
  • Superior Auto
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Auto
  • Auto [Flash Off]
  • Child
  • Close-up
  • Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Sports
  • Special effects
  • Portrait
  • Sports Action
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Sunset
  • Night Scene
  • High-held Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Anti Motion Blur
 
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes
Yes
7.00 m (at ISO 100)
4.00 m (at ISO 100)
6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Yes (via hot shoe or wireless)
No
Yes (via Multi Interface Shoe)
Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction
Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction, hi-speed sync, wireless control
1/200 sec
 
1/160 sec
  • Single-frame
  • Self-timer
  • Quiet shutter-release
  • Quick response remote
  • Delayed remote
  • Continuous
 
 
5.0 fps
6.0 fps
11.0 fps
Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))
Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot AF-area
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
 
±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
No
Yes (3 frames, high/low settings)
Yes
 
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
MPEG-4, H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
MPEG-4, AVCHD
 
Supports XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4
 
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
 
 
Mono
Stereo
Stereo
Mono
Mono
Mono
 
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
No
 
 
Yes (mini-HDMI)
Yes (micro-HDMI)
Yes (micro-HDMI)
No
No
No
No
No
No
Built-In
Built-In
Built-In
SnapBridge (Bluetooth only)
802.11b/g/n with NFC
802.11b/g/n with NFC
Yes (via smartphone)
Yes (wired or PC)
Yes (wired or PC)
 
No
No
No
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
1550
400
360
365 g (0.80 lb / 12.87 oz)
283 g (0.62 lb / 9.98 oz)
344 g (0.76 lb / 12.13 oz)
124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76)
110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42)
120 x 67 x 45 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.77)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes (via optional app)
 
None
None
None