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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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
 

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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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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
Size Smaller 131x99x75 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots 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
Lowest price Cheaper $428.00 vs $649.95
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The best price we've seen is $222 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              DSLR-A300:0.49x
              DSLR-A390:0.48x
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 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-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 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 SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 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-A300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Size Much smaller
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $698 body only

              $631 - $798 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              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

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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