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Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Size Significantly smaller 117x62x33 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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4.1x smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.3"
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2.6x thinner
Weight Lighter 297 g vs 500 g
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More than 40% lighter
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The NEX-3 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Focus points Slightly more focus points 25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 215 ms vs 670 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 70.0 vs 68.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 12 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 800 ms vs 1000 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 3 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        NEX-3:920k dots
        SLT-A33:921k dots
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        NEX-3:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        SLT-A33:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        NEX-3:0
        SLT-A33:3
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $529 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 - $455 with 16-50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $322 body only

        $300 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon 1 J1

        Nikon 1 J1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $240 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

        Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 body only

        $799 with 18-55mm lens

        GPS Has a GPS
        Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony SLT A35

        Sony SLT A35

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $699 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Sony SLT-A37

        Sony SLT-A37

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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