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

Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
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
 

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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
 
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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
Weight Lighter 549 g vs 590 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        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
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5000:4 fps
        DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        D5000:11
        DSLR-A390:9
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D5000:868 ISO
        DSLR-A390:607 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $500 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $484 - $774 body only

        $200 - $595 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 D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 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
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $330 body only

        $349 - $398 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

        $276 - $290 body only

        $299 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $701 - $840 body only

        $915 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Weight Significantly heavier

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Smaller
        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
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

        Entry-level DSLR

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Size Much smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Much thinner
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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