Sony Alpha A3000 vs Sony SLT-A37

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Sony Alpha A3000

45

Sony SLT-A37

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha A3000

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate

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Advantages of the Sony A3000

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
78.0 vs 75.0
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20.1 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Weight
Lighter
353 g vs 506 g
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More than 30% lighter
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,068 ISO vs 799 ISO
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The A3000 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$321.89 vs $549.95
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The best price we've seen is $228 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
900 ms vs 2200 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
109 ms vs 279 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
126 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 3.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.46x
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Around 2.5x larger viewfinder
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.3"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              A3000128×91×85 mm
              SLT-A37124×92×85 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Alpha A3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Larger

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