Sony launches DSLR-A390 & DSLR-A290 revised entry-level DSLRs
Sony has released the DSLR-A390 and DSLR-A290, its latest entry level digital SLRs. As suggested by the images leaked on the internet, the cameras essentially add a new grip design to the existing A230 and A380 models. The other major change is that both now get the image-stabilized 14.2MP CCD sensor seen in the A380. As with the previous models, the higher-priced A390 features the company's fast liveview system and a 2.7 tilting LCD, while the A290 has a fixed LCD, no liveview and larger viewfinder. The rest of the features are shared by both cameras including on-screen camera guides and HD outputs. The A390 and A290 will start shipping next month at a retail price of $600 and $500 in the US market and €500 and €450 in the European market.
More style and value by Sony for first-time DSLR users
- DSLR-A390 with 14.2 megapixels, Quick AF Live View and 6.7cm (2.7-inch) tilt LCD; DSLR-A290 with 14.2 megapixels
- Compact, stylish body with new grip design and revised button layout for comfortable handling
- Quick AF Live View with tilt LCD (α390) for live image preview with fast, accurate autofocus
- Friendly on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display
- HDMI output and BRAVIA Sync
June 9, 2010: The α (Alpha) digital SLR range from Sony grows further with two stylish, affordable new entry-level cameras.
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 beautifully 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 an attractive new grip design that allows even more comfortable handling. Upper control areas of both models have 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 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 digital SLR cameras by Sony are available from summer 2010.
|Sensor|| 14.2 million effective pixels
14.9 million effective pixels
23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD sensor
RGB primary color filter
|Anti-dust measures|| Sensor shake system
Static-free anti-dust coating
|Anti-shake|| SteadyShot in-camera stabilization|
|Image sizes||• 4592 x 3056 (Large, 14.0 MP)
• 3408 x 2272 (Medium, 7.7 MP)
• 2288 x 1520 (Small, 3.5 MP)
• 4592 x 2576 (Large, 12.0 MP, 16:9)
• 3408 x 1920 (Medium, 6.5 MP, 16:9)
• 2288 x 1280 (Small, 2.9 MP, 16:9)
|Image quality|| RAW
RAW + JPEG
|Color space|| sRGB
|Lens mount||• Sony Alpha lenses
(also compatible with Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses)
|Autofocus|| TTL phase dectection
|Lens servo|| Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A)
Manual focus (M)
|AF Area mode|| Single-shot
|AF Assist||Pop-up flash strobes|
|Exposure mode|| Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
Shutter-priority auto (S)
Aperture priority auto (A)
Auto and 7 scene selection modes
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2.0 EV
1/3 EV steps
|AE Lock||Exposure locked at detected value with AEL button|
|Shutter|| Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3 EV steps)
|White balance|| Auto
Seven manual modes with 7-step fine-tuning
|Image parameters|| Preset modes: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B&W
Contrast (–3 to +3 steps)
Saturation (–3 to +3 steps)
Sharpness (–3 to +3 steps)
D-Range Optimizer (Off, Standard, Advanced)
|Viewfinder|| Optical fixed eye-level
Frame coverage 95% (approx.)
Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.74x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Spherical Acute Matte focusing screen
Optical fixed eye-level
|LCD monitor|| 2.7" tilting TFT LCD
| 2.7" TFT LCD
|Live View|| Pentamirror tilt system
1200-zone evaluative metering
Frame coverage 90% (approx.)
Magnification: 1.4x or 2x selectable
Histogram display, real-time image adjustment display (Exposure compensation, white balance, Sunset/B&W of Creative Style)
|Built-in flash|| Auto pop-up in Auto
Guide number approx. 10 at ISO 100
±2EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
|Flash mode|| Auto
Rear flash sync
High speed sync
Wireless off-camera flash
(with external flash HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM, HVL-F20AM)
|Continuous shooting|| 2.5 fps with viewfinder
2.0 fps with Live View
JPEG: Limited only by storage
RAW: Approx. 6 frames
RAW+JPEG: Approx. 3 frames
| 2.5 fps with viewfinder
JPEG: Limited only by storage
RAW: Approx. 6 frames
RAW+JPEG: Approx. 3 frames
|Self-timer||2 or 10 sec|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
|Power||Lithium-Ion battery pack NP-FH50|
|Battery life||Approx. 500 shots (CIPA standard)|
|Dimensions||Approx. 128.1 x 97.1 x 83.5mm||Approx. 128.1 x 97.1 x 79.6 mm|
|Approx.497 g||Approx.456 g|
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