Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Phase detection autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A330

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Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Size
Significantly smaller
128×97×71 mm vs 128×97×86 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$373.38 vs $769.89
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The best price we've seen is $397 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
True resolution
Significantly 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 535 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
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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-A33010 MP
              DSLR-A39014 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.48x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A330535 ISO
              DSLR-A390607 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DSLR-A33064.0
              DSLR-A39066.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly 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 significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 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

              $280 body only

              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-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Live view No live view
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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