Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
198 ms shutter lag
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror

Items often bought with the DSLR-A390 or DSLR-A300

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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A300

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Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
131×99×75 mm vs 128×97×86 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$420.49 vs $785.87
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The best price we've seen is $365 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
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
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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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Lighter
549 g vs 632 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DSLR-A30010 MP
              DSLR-A39014 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DSLR-A3003 fps
              DSLR-A3902.5 fps
              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
              126 lenses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              DSLR-A3000.49x
              DSLR-A3900.48x
              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-A30011.4 EV
              DSLR-A39011.5 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A300538 ISO
              DSLR-A390607 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DSLR-A30064.0
              DSLR-A39066.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              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 SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly 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
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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