Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

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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
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentamirror
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
198 ms shutter lag
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
 

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag

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

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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
              123 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

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 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-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 body only

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $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
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 body only

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290.

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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