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
Light sensitivity
High ISO
16,000 ISO
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha A3000

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Light sensitivity
High ISO
16,000 ISO
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.8 EV
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony A3000

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Overall image quality Slightly 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $348.00 vs $448.00
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A58

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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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              True resolution Capture extremely 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
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              16,000 ISO
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              A3000:23.7 bits
              SLT A58:23.3 bits
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              A3000:12.8 EV
              SLT A58:12.5 EV
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              A3000:480 shots
              SLT A58:690 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
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 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 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 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

              $597 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

              $659 body only

              $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha A3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Sony SLT A58 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT A58.

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