• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
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Differences

Sony DSLR-A230 advantages over Panasonic G10

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.12 vs 4.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    531 vs 411 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    11.4 vs 10.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 510 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos

Panasonic G10 advantages over Sony DSLR-A230

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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 Canon XS

Sony DSLR-A230
Canon XS
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Panasonic G10
Canon XS
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony DSLR-A330

Sony DSLR-A230
Sony DSLR-A330
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic G10
Sony DSLR-A330
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • More dots on screen
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D3000

Sony DSLR-A230
Nikon D3000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • HDMI out
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Panasonic G10
Nikon D3000
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic G2

Sony DSLR-A230
Panasonic G2
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic G10
Panasonic G2
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic G5

Sony DSLR-A230
Panasonic G5
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic G10
Panasonic G5
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
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