Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 vs Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Great color depth
Color depth
22.5 bits
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
198 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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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
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 500 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Much thinner
3.1" vs 3.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
130×100×78 mm vs 128×97×86 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 549 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$332.12 vs $416.09
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The best price we've seen is $84 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
198 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3$332.12
              DSLR-A390$416.09
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A390None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T33.1"
              DSLR-A3903.4"
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              DSLR-A39014 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T33 fps
              DSLR-A3902.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T36,400 ISO
              DSLR-A3903,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T311 EV
              DSLR-A39011.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T30.54x
              DSLR-A3900.48x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              DSLR-A39066.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              DSLR-A390607 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 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 significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 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 EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 body only

              Thickness Much thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Thickness Much thinner
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Entry-level DSLR

              $717 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Thickness Much thinner
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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