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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
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x71 mm
 
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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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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Sensor size Large sensors Help
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
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
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
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
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

$375 - $430 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
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Entry-level DSLR

Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$276 - $298 body only

$399 - $450 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
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
Sony SLT-A37

Sony SLT-A37

Entry-level DSLR

$464 - $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
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

Advantages

Disadvantages

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Digicam

$250 - $300

Movie format Shoots movies
Size Much smaller
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Autofocus Slower autofocus
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

appearance

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discussion

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