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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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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similarities

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

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$278 body only

$392 - $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
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
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $329 body only

$369 - $449 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
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $774 body only

$200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
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 SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$448 - $449 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 DSLR-A300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Entry-level DSLR

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Size Smaller
Live view No live view
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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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