Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
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
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
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

Report a correction
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.48x
Help
Around 30% larger viewfinder
Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Learn more about
the Sony DSLR-A290

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

Report a correction
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
Help
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
Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Learn more about
the Sony DSLR-A390
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 44
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save
        vs
        41 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              14 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              2.5 fps
              Size Large Help
              Professional size 128x97x86 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              500 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A290615 ISO
              DSLR-A390607 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              66.0

              dxomark

              DXOMark

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 body only

              $408 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 slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $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 slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Entry-level DSLR

              $834 body only

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              $372 body only

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

              appearance

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              discussion

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
              Alpha DSLR-A290
              Sony

              Report a correction
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
              Alpha DSLR-A390
              Sony

              Report a correction

              Showing 0 comments