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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A300

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Size Smaller 131x99x75 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 607 ISO vs 538 ISO
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The DSLR-A390 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 66.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Lighter 549 g vs 632 g
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More than 10% lighter
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        DSLR-A300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        DSLR-A390: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
        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
        DSLR-A300:3 fps
        DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        DSLR-A300:10 MP
        DSLR-A390:14 MP
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        DSLR-A300:0.49x
        DSLR-A390:0.48x
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        DSLR-A300:11.4 EV
        DSLR-A390:11.5 EV
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        DSLR-A300:538 ISO
        DSLR-A390:607 ISO
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        DSLR-A300:64.0
        DSLR-A390:66.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        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
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        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
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300.

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

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