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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

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Cheaper $389.00 vs $615.04
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The best price we've seen is $226 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

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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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3:3.1"
              DSLR-A390:3.4"
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3:3 fps
              DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
              Size Large Help
              T3:130x100x78 mm
              DSLR-A390:128x97x86 mm
              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
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              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
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              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $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 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 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

              $899 body only

              $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 - $449 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Size Is much smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $489 - $816 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

              $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Thickness Much thinner
              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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