• APS-H 518.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark IV advantages over Sony DSLR-A390

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,320 vs 607 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1500 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More cross-type AF points
    39 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.58x vs 0.49x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    45 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony DSLR-A390 advantages over Canon 1D Mark IV

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $4999 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    549g vs 1390g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5000

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D5000
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony DSLR-A390
Nikon D5000
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Nikon D3S

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D3S
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony DSLR-A390
Nikon D3S
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony DSLR-A290

Canon 1D Mark IV
Sony DSLR-A290
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A390
Sony DSLR-A290
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Canon 1DX

Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1DX
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony DSLR-A390
Canon 1DX
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D4

Canon 1D Mark IV
Nikon D4
  • $5499
  • APS-H
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony DSLR-A390
Nikon D4
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $6248
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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