• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 800
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Nikon D2Xs advantages over Sony DSLR-A390

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1150 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.56x 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
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony DSLR-A390 advantages over Nikon D2Xs

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $4700 (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
  • Higher effective ISO
    607 vs 489 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    549g vs 1070g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

Nikon D2Xs
Nikon D5000
  • $4300
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $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 Sony DSLR-A290

Nikon D2Xs
Sony DSLR-A290
  • $4300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $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 Sony DSLR-A580

Nikon D2Xs
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $4300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A390
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A33

Nikon D2Xs
Sony A33
  • $4300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A390
Sony A33
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • External Mic Jack

Compared to Sony A35

Nikon D2Xs
Sony A35
  • $4300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A390
Sony A35
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher effective ISO
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