Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Announced Jun 9, 2010 •
14 megapixels | 2.7 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Jun 9, 2010

The DSLR-A290 is the successor to the entry-level A230 and, like its predecessor, only a comparatively minor update. The most substantial change is a new grip design that should allow for more comfortable handling, especially with longer lenses. The other major modification is the image-stabilized 14.2MP CCD sensor that we've previously seen in the A380. As with the previous models the entry-level A290 has a fixed LCD and no liveview but a larger viewfinder than the better specified models that come with live view and a swivel-screen. The 14.2 MP CCD has been around for a while and while image quality at low ISO sensitivity settings is certainly good enough to satisfy the demands of small prints or screen-sized web galleries things fall apart a bit above ISO 800. Images become very blotchy, even in small prints.

Quick specs
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4592 x 3056
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,400
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Storage types Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo, SD/SDHC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 549 g (1.21 lb / 19.37 oz)
Dimensions 128 x 97 x 86 mm (5.04 x 3.82 x 3.39)
GPS None

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