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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
194 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x68 mm
 
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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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
        2
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
        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
        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
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        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

        $272 - $387 body only

        $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $418 body only

        $399 - $539 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
        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 EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $899 body only

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $379 body only

        $575 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-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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $449 - $599 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-A230 Competitors

        Advantages

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230.

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $167 - $227

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Viewfinder No viewfinder

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