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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
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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-A390

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A290

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Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.48x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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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
        2
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.4"
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Size Large Help
        Professional size 128x97x86 mm
        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
        14 MP
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        1
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        9
        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
        11.5 EV
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        500 shots
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        DSLR-A290:0.54x
        DSLR-A390:0.48x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        DSLR-A290:615 ISO
        DSLR-A390:607 ISO
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $380 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Size Is significantly smaller
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Is much smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
        Sony SLT-A37

        Sony SLT-A37

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

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

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180 - $300

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Size Much smaller
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Autofocus Slower autofocus

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