Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D5000

50

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

41

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 868 ISO vs 607 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 72.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.48x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Slightly smaller 127x104x80 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 198 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking 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 more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Cheaper $615.04 vs $761.36
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The best price we've seen is $146 cheaper (around 20% less)
Weight Lighter 549 g vs 590 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D5000:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              DSLR-A390:APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D5000:720p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A390:None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5000:3.1"
              DSLR-A390:3.4"
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D5000:6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A390:None
              Size Large Help
              D5000:127x104x80 mm
              DSLR-A390:128x97x86 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5000:12.2 MP
              DSLR-A390:14 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5000:4 fps
              DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D5000:0.51x
              DSLR-A390:0.48x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D5000:868 ISO
              DSLR-A390:607 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D5000:72.0
              DSLR-A390:66.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $950 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Size Is much smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

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              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $490 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $886 with 55-200mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Weight Significantly heavier

              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 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 SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Screen size Smaller screen
              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

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