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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x68 mm
Storage slots
More storage slots
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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
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 Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Sensor size Large sensors Help
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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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
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
Lacks boost light sensitivity
Live view No live view Help
Preview with viewfinder
Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
2.5 fps
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
DSLR-A230:10 MP
DSLR-A290:14 MP
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
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
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
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

$278 body only

$375 - $427 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
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
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $370 body only

$399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Movie format Records lower quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$499 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Entry-level DSLR

$681 with 18-55mm lens

Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
Thickness Is thicker
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $774 body only

$200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Entry-level DSLR

$499 with 18-55mm lens

Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is much larger

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D60

Nikon D60

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

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Disadvantages

No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290.

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