Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Sony Alpha NEX-3 is a camera from Entry-Level Mirrorless category. It features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 14.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90, falls into a Small Sensor Superzoom category and it is equipped with CCD sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from MirrorLess category create serious competition to models that fall into SuperZoom category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Sony Alpha NEX-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90.
Sony Alpha NEX-3 Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 Key Features:
Since Sony Alpha NEX-3 has been around for some time, it was substituted by Sony NEX-C3.
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Area||365.04 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||92.3% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Continuous Shooting||7 fps vs Yes fps||6 fps faster|
|Flash Range||12 vs 3.7||8.3 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/1600||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 461k dots||49.9% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||330 shots vs 290 shots||40 more frames with a single charge|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 14.0 MP||12.5% more pixels|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Weight||222 g vs 297 g||75 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots | 461k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps | 1.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Alpha NEX-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 75g less than the Sony Alpha NEX-3. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Alpha NEX-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sony Alpha NEX-3 features a 14.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Bionz processor . Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CCD sensor and BIONZ processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Alpha NEX-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Alpha NEX-3 has a sensor area 0.1x bigger compared to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
In terms of sensor size, both Sony Alpha NEX-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Alpha NEX-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Alpha NEX-3||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Alpha NEX-3 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Alpha NEX-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha NEX-3 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Alpha NEX-3||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90|
|Model||Alpha NEX-3||Cyber-shot DSC-H90|
|Announced||Jun 07, 2010||Feb 28, 2012|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.4 x 15.6 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||365.04 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4592 x 3056||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200||80|
|Lens Mount||Sony E||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||83||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||0|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/1600 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in||Auto, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1280 x 720|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||297 g||222 g|
|Physical Dimensions||117 x 62 x 33 mm||105 x 60 x 34 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots||290 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo|