Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Phase detection autofocus
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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

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x68 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.7"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Storage slots
More storage slots
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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
Much smaller
128x97x68 mm vs 128x97x86 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
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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Almost the same
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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recommendations

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
              Sensor shift
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              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%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DSLR-A23010 MP
              DSLR-A29014 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DSLR-A230510 shots
              DSLR-A290500 shots
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A230531 ISO
              DSLR-A290615 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DSLR-A23063.0
              DSLR-A29066.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $355 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

              $339 body only

              $419 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-A390

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Entry-level DSLR

              $761 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              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-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $369 body only

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

              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
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $925 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              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

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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