Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentamirror
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
198 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$529 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$560 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Samsung NX100

Samsung NX100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$389 with 20-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Longer battery life
Thickness Much thinner
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$299 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Worse color depth

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