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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-A330

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
199 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A330

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Size Much smaller 128x97x71 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.8" vs 3.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 529 g vs 549 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 607 ISO vs 535 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
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
        2
        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
        2.5 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        DSLR-A330:10 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
        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
        11.5 EV
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        DSLR-A330:535 ISO
        DSLR-A390:607 ISO
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        DSLR-A330:64.0
        DSLR-A390:66.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $375 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Thickness Is thinner
        Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Entry-level DSLR

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330.

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

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