Sony SLT A58

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Sony SLT A58

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Sony Alpha A3000

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Sony Alpha A3000

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A58

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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 Alpha A3000

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

differences

Advantages of the Sony A3000

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,068 ISO vs 753 ISO
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The A3000 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
279 ms vs 326 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Lighter
353 g vs 492 g
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Around 30% lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.8 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
690 shots vs 480 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2200 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.65x vs 0.46x
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More than 2x larger viewfinder
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              20.1 MP
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              A3000:23.7 bits
              SLT A58:23.3 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              A3000:480 shots
              SLT A58:690 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
              A3000:3.3"
              SLT A58:3.1"
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              A3000:2200 ms
              SLT A58:1900 ms
              Size Large Help
              A3000:128x90x84 mm
              SLT A58:129x95x78 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              A3000:230k dots
              SLT A58:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              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 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $753 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Sony Alpha A3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha A3000.

              Sony SLT A58 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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