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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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
 

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
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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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

$277 body only

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
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 body only

$389 - $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
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 body only

$549 - $579 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-A300 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Entry-level DSLR

$999 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sensor size Much smaller sensor

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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

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