Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
198 ms shutter lag
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x71 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A330

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Size
Significantly 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$381.14 vs $785.88
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The best price we've seen is $405 cheaper (2.1x less)
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              DSLR-A330:199 ms
              DSLR-A390:198 ms
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              2.5 fps
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DSLR-A330:10 MP
              DSLR-A390:14 MP
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DSLR-A330:510 shots
              DSLR-A390:500 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              $240 - $280 body only

              $385 - $410 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

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $380 body only

              $399 - $429 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-A330 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-420

              Olympus E-420

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $325 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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