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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
Lowest price Cheaper $422.07 vs $615.04
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The best price we've seen is $193 cheaper (more than 30% 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 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
              2
              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
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              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
              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

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $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

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $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-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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 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
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $379 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,027 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $618 - $690 body only

              $697 - $706 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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