Sony Alpha A3000

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Sony Alpha A3000

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Sony SLT-A37

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Sony SLT-A37

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha A3000

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
True resolution
High true resolution
20.1 MP
Light sensitivity
High ISO
16,000 ISO
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
16,000 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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Advantages of the Sony A3000

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
True resolution Higher true resolution 20.1 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs 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
Low light performance 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
Weight Lighter 353 g vs 506 g
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More than 30% lighter
Focus points Slightly more focus points 25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $389.00 vs $464.09
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 900 ms vs 2200 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 109 ms vs 279 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              A3000:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              SLT-A37:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              16,000 ISO
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              A3000:20.1 MP
              SLT-A37:16 MP
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              A3000:12.8 EV
              SLT-A37:12.9 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              A3000:23.7 bits
              SLT-A37:23.3 bits
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              A3000:480 shots
              SLT-A37:500 shots
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.3"
              Size Large Help
              A3000:128x90x84 mm
              SLT-A37:124x92x85 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 - $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 significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Sony Alpha A3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398 - $400

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier

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