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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 607 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 700 shots vs 500 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Size Smaller 130x100x78 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 549 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 198 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
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        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3:720p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A390:None
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        T3:3.1"
        DSLR-A390:3.4"
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        T3:130x100x78 mm
        DSLR-A390:128x97x86 mm
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3:3 fps
        DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T3:12.2 MP
        DSLR-A390:14 MP
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        1
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A390:3,200 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        9
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        T3:11 EV
        DSLR-A390:11.5 EV
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T3:0.54x
        DSLR-A390:0.48x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3:62.0
        DSLR-A390:66.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3:755 ISO
        DSLR-A390:607 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $285 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $548 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Size Is much smaller
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

        Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Size Much smaller
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Autofocus Slower autofocus

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Live view No live view
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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