Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Great color depth
Color depth
22.3 bits
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Large sensor
Sensor size
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
194 ms shutter lag
 

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
 

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 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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.50x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$372.26 vs $714.86
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The best price we've seen is $343 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
490 g vs 502 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XS:10.1 MP
              DSLR-A230:10 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XS:0.50x
              DSLR-A230:0.54x
              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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XS:719 ISO
              DSLR-A230:531 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 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 EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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 D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $359 body only

              $500 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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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