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Old Sep 27, 2010, 4:25 AM   #31
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The a290 and a390 do not match up well with the d3100, it is in a whole different level like the k-x. The sony a390 and a290 are cdd camera so they are better match with the d3000, and compare to the canon XS 1000D and to a degree the XSi 450D with the 1600iso max cmos. Their performance limit are more closely match.

The d3100 has hd and goes to 25600iso, the k-x also has hd and goes to 12800, and the k-r has hd and 25600iso also. These are higher end camera the the sony a290 and a390 in their performance ranges.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 5:38 AM   #32
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K-x is too much for him apparently. The D3000 and A290 are top of his budget.
Either one should be good. The choice comes down to personal
preference. The Nikon has a better range of lenses available.
As you know, not all of them will work properly on the D3000.

I would agree with shoturtle. The sensor resolution is not that
important. 10MP is more than enough to produce excellent
print quality.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 12:19 PM   #33
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I know, 10mp is fine. He is not interested in movies with the DSLR as he has a camcorder.

Which would you go for if you had to make a choice between the D3000 and the A290? What i found with the reviews of the D3000 was that to change some settings it was a pain, like ISO for example.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 12:27 PM   #34
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The Sony A-290 is clearly the better choice over the Nikon D-3000, and I have owned the Sony A-230 and the D-3000 cameras.

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The Sony A-290 is clearly the better choice over the Nikon D-3000, and I have owned the Sony A-230 and the D-3000 cameras.

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Thanks. What did you find made it better as you have owned the D3000? Cheers Sarah
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 3:13 PM   #36
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I have lot and lots of camera and SLR experience, and I found changing anything on the camera was a chore. The menu layout and ergonomics just did not lend themselves to an easy smooth work flow. I ended up selling the camera off.

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I noticed a few reviews about that, especially the ISO setting. Buried in the menu?
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just a note on the ergo, every one is different and each person will find different set up more to their taste. Have your friend go handle both and see which one's ergos work better for him.
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Thats what he did today. He didn't buy any though as he was still unsure. Said he liked both cameras. Be nice to get a good review of both.
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