Summary: If you watch any of the videos about this camera, you will quickly understand that this is a very affordable camera that does the work of much more expensive cameras. I love it. It's easy and the results are perfect. additional lens are affordable also. I have the 70-200 and am considering adding more in the future.
Tha camera arrived as shown in the advertisment, but has a defective lens, which will cost more that the camera to replace.
James Carbary, Amazon
22 September 2013
Summary: The camera functions like it is supposed to, and without problems. Unfortunately, the lens that came with the camera is defective and worn out, and it refuses to focus properly. The lens was obviously severely abused and not taken care of properly. The electrical contacts on the lens are completely worn out from removing the lens too many times without keeping the electrical contacts properly lubribcated.
Summary: Now we're halfway through 2013 and the camera is still working perfectly. I often use it to shoot artwork, which I usually do in full sun. It is not a great camera for low-light photography and the flash does not improve things. The video feature is reliable, but the sound quality is poor. For the price, this camera has served me very well.
Summary: The main reason I got this camera was because it was a lot cheaper than most other DSLRs. I had never had a Digital camera before and this camera's features were super easy to use and the cameras help guide is very useful and thorough, they also use simple terms to break it down easier for beginners. One of my favorite things about this camera is that Sony sort of aimed it at beginners and really simplified the features.
Summary: I bought this camera in May of 2011, and was so excited to venture into the world of DSLR photography. The first month was bliss, and I thought the camera was awesome, since all I had to compare it to were a string of film and digital point-n-shoots. In July of 2011 we took our family vacation and on the first day of that vacation my a290 stopped working. It would turn on, but wouldn't auto focus and none of the menu buttons would work.
Summary: Excellent camera for beginners and weekend shooters. Great bang for the buck. Finding it on Ebay for a great bargain was an extra plus. I highly recommend the product to any first time/average user who wants to take some good quality pics without having to know every technical detail.
Summary: The product aside from a well respected brand is truly a great product. It performs as described and the construct is well done it is not cheaply made. The price is on sale so overall a very good deal. The seller delivered pretty quickly.
An excellent camera for the amateur wildlife photographer
6 March 2011
Summary: I bought my Sony A290 five months ago, and I've been using it regularly since. For starters, it must be said it's really easy to handle for most things. The usual complaint I've read about the grip being too small for large hands seems to be unfounded - sure, you don't have a lot of legroom, but compared to a superzoom like the Panasonic FZ38 or the Fuji S1800, the Alpha has more than enough to spare.