Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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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
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
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
 

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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$649.95 vs $870.28
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The best price we've seen is $220 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution
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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0.1 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
              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
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSLR-A300:$649.95
              DSLR-A390:$870.28
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              $272 body only

              $409 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $400 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-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-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $422 body only

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 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

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              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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