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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
194 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 719 ISO vs 531 ISO
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The Rebel XS has a slight edge (0.4 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
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 164 ms vs 194 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 126x98x65 mm vs 128x97x68 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 2.6" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size Significantly larger screen 2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.4 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.50x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSLR-A230's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        Rebel XS:126x98x65 mm
        DSLR-A230:128x97x68 mm
        Thickness Very thin Help
        Rebel XS:2.6"
        DSLR-A230:2.7"
        Weight Light weight Help
        Rebel XS:502 g
        DSLR-A230:490 g
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
        slower focusing
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        Rebel XS:10.1 MP
        DSLR-A230:10 MP
        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
        Rebel XS:3 fps
        DSLR-A230:2.5 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        Rebel XS:2.5"
        DSLR-A230:2.7"
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
        DSLR-A230:3,200 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        Rebel XS:10.9 EV
        DSLR-A230:11.4 EV
        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
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        Rebel XS:62.0
        DSLR-A230:63.0
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        Rebel XS:0.50x
        DSLR-A230:0.54x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        Rebel XS:719 ISO
        DSLR-A230:531 ISO
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        Rebel XS:22 bits
        DSLR-A230:22.3 bits

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        competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $330 body only

        $350 - $398 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Autofocus Focuses automatically
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $745 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

        Entry-level DSLR

        $530 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Live view No live view

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Entry-level DSLR

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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