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Sony A390 & A290 Digital SLR Cameras

Sony A390 & A290 Digital SLR Cameras - Comfortable handling and value from Sony for first-time DSLR users.

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Sony A390 & A290 Digital SLR Cameras

Press Release:

Sony adds two new stylish, affordable new entry-level cameras to the α (alpha) Digital SLR range.

Ideal for first-time DSLR users, the DSLR-A390 (α390) and DSLR-A290 (α290) offer a dramatic step up in picture quality and creative options from point-and-shoot compact cameras. Just as importantly, they’re incredibly easy to use, even if you’ve never handled a DSLR before.

With a resolution of 14.2 effective megapixels for flawless, low-noise images, both cameras offer the speedy shooting responses that are prized by DSLR users. The α390 adds the extra benefit of Quick AF Live View. This unique system teams the convenience of live image preview on the tilt-angle Clear Photo LCD with speedy, accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The most affordable new DSLR from Sony, the α290 offers the same 14.2 effective megapixel resolution as the α390 in a compact body that weighs just 456g (excluding battery and media).

Both cameras feature a sturdy new grip design that allows even more comfortable handling. The upper control area of both models has also been revised with a clear, uncluttered new button layout.

Even DSLR novices will find it brilliantly simple to explore the generous creative features of both new cameras. The intuitive Graphic Display makes it easy to understand the relation between shutter speed and aperture, plus the effects of your chosen exposure settings on the final picture. The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of camera functions, illustrated by a sample image to show the results you’ll achieve. Quick access to shooting and playback function menus is streamlined by colourful on-screen icons.

The α390 and α290 both include a mini-HDMI terminal for direct connection to any HD Ready TV (requires optional cable). Support for PhotoTV HD ensures even better-looking still image reproduction on compatible Bravia models. Bravia  Sync allows control of slideshow and other camera playback functions in comfort using your TV remote.

The stylish, easy to use new α390 and α290 DSLR cameras from Sony will be available from summer 2010.

Key features DSLR-A390 (α390) DSLR-A290 (α290)
Type Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses
Lens compatibility Sony A-mount lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens Sony A-mount lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
Image sensor 14.2 effective megapixels 14.2 effective megapixels
Recording Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX
SD memory card/SDHC memory card
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX
SD memory card/SDHC memory card
White balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Autofocus system TTL phase detection system; CCD line sensors (Centre-cross 9 points) TTL phase detection system; CCD line sensors (Centre-cross 9 points)
Auto Exposure system 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
LCD monitor 6.7cm (2.7-inch) TFT (Clear Photo LCD) 6.7cm (2.7-inch) TFT (Clear Photo LCD)
Line view Quick AF Live View (Pentamirror tilt system) No
Shutter Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
SteadyShot Image-sensor shift mechanism Image-sensor shift mechanism
Built-in flash Auto pop-up – GN 10 at ISO 100 coverage up to 18mm Auto pop-up – GN 10 at ISO 100 coverage up to 18mm
Drive Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.), Remote Commander Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.), Remote Commander
Interface USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP), HDMI mini connector (Type C) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP), HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Print Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
Power Approx. 500 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard) Approx. 500 images with viewfinder (CIPA standard)
Weight 549g (including battery and Memory Stick Pro Duo) 508g (including battery and Memory Stick Pro Duo)
Dimensions Approx. 128.1 x 97.1 x 83.5mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions) Approx. 128.1 x 97.1 x 79.6mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
Operating temperature 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C) 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)

For more information please visit the Sony website.

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Comments


JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2010 2:00PM
is this the same sensor as the NEX-3 camera - seems like once you get the sensor engine then any body can be wrapped around it.

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Snapper_T e2
10 848 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 4:19AM
Next, maybe an A700 replacement in the Autumn? Hurry up sony!!
10 Jun 2010 11:14AM
Yeah, they're painfully slow aren't they?, Sony seem to be concentrating on beginners a lot, there's a whopping big gap in their range, and has been for a while.

An A700 with live-view and a spec to match the Canon 7D or Nikon D300 is badly needed, or an A900 full frame with live-view, so that we wildlife togs can crop without losing too much quality.

Geoff.
davey_griffo e2
5 213 165 England
12 Jun 2010 2:40PM
Looking at the grip, it makes me wonder if this is Sony realising they made a real ****-up of the grips on the 230 & 380, altghough they don't make it clear whether these models will bolster or replace the range. These cameras look more like the 450/500/550. I still don't see why they need 5 beginner models though (or 3 if you call the 500 & 550 advanced in some way).

Considering it's their oldest camera, & everything else has been replaced (some several times), Sony seem very reluctant to replace the a700. Makes me wonder why, as it's seriously outdated & underpowered compared to the competition.

The a900's been around for a while too (the a850 was the typical "a lot less camera for only a little less money" waste of time that Sony seem to like to introduce). Perhaps it's time for a replacement for this too, considering the a550 outstrips it in all areas except sensor size, & the latest Canon & Nikon models knock it into a cocked hat especially in ISO/noise handling.

Come on Sony. If you're really serious about taking on Nikon & Canon, give us serious enthusiast & pro cameras.

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