Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

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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
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fast and accurate
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
194 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
2.7"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay

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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230

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Thickness
Much thinner
2.7" vs 3.4"
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More than 20% thinner
Size
Significantly smaller
128×97×68 mm vs 128×97×86 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Significantly 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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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.2 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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-A23010 MP
              DSLR-A29014 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DSLR-A23011.4 EV
              DSLR-A29011.5 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A230531 ISO
              DSLR-A290615 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DSLR-A23063.0
              DSLR-A29066.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $377 body only

              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              Live view Has live view
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Entry-level DSLR

              $777 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Live view Has live view
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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