Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
More storage slots
Storage slots
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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
194 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x68 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.7"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230

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Size
Much smaller
128x97x68 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.7" vs 3.4"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
490 g vs 549 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A290

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
615 ISO vs 531 ISO
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The DSLR-A290 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              DSLR-A230:194 ms
              DSLR-A290:198 ms
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              2.5 fps
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DSLR-A230:10 MP
              DSLR-A290:14 MP
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DSLR-A230:510 shots
              DSLR-A290:500 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DSLR-A230:11.4 EV
              DSLR-A290:11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A230:531 ISO
              DSLR-A290:615 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DSLR-A230:63.0
              DSLR-A290:66.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $220 - $343 body only

              $385 - $403 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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