Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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

The Sony Alpha 390 isn't a bad camera, but there are so many better options on the market that it is hard to recommend. Ultimately, so little has changed, compared to its predecessor, that its specifications and performance now look very out of date. The A390 has some cool tricks up its sleeve in the form of SteadyShot INSIDE and DR+, but they aren't enough to make it stand out from its DSLR and mirrorless competitors.

Good for

Existing Sony Alpha users that want a second body, fast AF in live view mode and don't need to shoot in low light or make large prints.

Not so good for

Fast action, low light shooting, and any situation requiring the optical viewfinder.

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Sony Alpha A390 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Aug 4, 2010)

Make no bones about it: the A390 is the previous A380 model wrapped up in a new - and, it must be said, better - body, with no other changes to speak of. It's important to highlight this for any A380 users considering upgrading, though for brand new users bypassing the A380 will be of little consequence.

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