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
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.8 EV
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

differences

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
Weight
Lighter
353 g vs 506 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
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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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$348.00 vs $464.09
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The best price we've seen is $116 cheaper (around 30% 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
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
              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
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              A3000:20.1 MP
              SLT-A37:16 MP
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              A3000:480 shots
              SLT-A37:500 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              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
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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 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 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

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              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              External flash No external flash support

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $601 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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