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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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

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
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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
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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
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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

$273 body only

$427 - $480 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
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
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$225 - $389 body only

$399 - $550 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
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $648 body only

$200 - $570 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 much smaller sensor
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
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$266 body only

$667 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-A290 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Entry-level DSLR

Size Much smaller
Thickness Much thinner
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$197 - $227

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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 body only

$477 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
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

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