Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

44

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

41

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.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A290

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Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.48x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.4"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              2.5 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              14 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Size Large Help
              Professional size (128×97×86 mm)
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              126 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              500 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A290615 ISO
              DSLR-A390607 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              DSLR-A2900.54x
              DSLR-A3900.48x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Thickness Much thinner
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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