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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

DP Review
15 December 2010
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha 390 isn't a bad camera, but there are so many better options on the market that it is hard to recommend. Ultimately, so little has changed, compared to its predecessor, that its specifications and performance now look very out of date. The A390 has some cool tricks up its sleeve in the form of SteadyShot INSIDE and DR+, but they aren't enough to make it stand out from its DSLR and mirrorless competitors.
  • Pros: Good RAW resolution, Reliable metering (most of the time - see 'cons'), Fastest AF in live view among 'traditional' DSLRs (but see disadvantages below), Coherent ergonomics for live view operation, Much improved handgrip over A380 (but still less comfortable than A350), Probably the easiest DSLR to use for a compact camera user, Tilting screen useful for over-head or waist-level shooting (not in portrait orientation though), Effective image stabilization system (Stead...
  • Cons: Soft JPEGs at all ISO settings, High ISO performance not on the same level as direct competitors, Smallest viewfinder of any APS-C DSLR, Protruding screen obstructs use of viewfinder, especially if you're wearing glasses, Limited external controls, No on-screen user interface for changing of shooting parameters, Sometimes convoluted operation (AF-point selection, index-view), No magnification and only 95% frame coverage in live view make precise framing and selective ...
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Camera Test: Sony Alpha 390

Pop Photo
14 November 2010
  • Excerpt: When we tested Sony’s Alpha 380 last year, we hated the grip and noted that its 14.2MP sensor could’ve provided more resolving power. Now, Sony has replaced this entry-level model with the new 14.2MP Alpha 390 ($600, street, with 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 Sony DT SAM lens). It’s extremely similar to its predecessor, but has a completely redesigned grip, a notable improvement over the old one. The rest of it? Well. . .
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony A390 Review

Digital Photography School
8 October 2010
  • Excerpt: To my considerable delight, we now find ourselves surrounded by a multiplicity of options when facing a choice of camera, especially in the interchangeable lens division. You want it small? Go for the Micro Four Thirds models or Sony’s NEX duo or Samsung’s clever NX… and it appears Canon will soon dive into this pond too! However the true DSLR territory is not forgotten either. The Sony A390 model ticks many boxes and hits the market at a gang-busting price too!
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
19 August 2010
  • Excerpt: With mirrorless hybrid cameras grabbing all the limelight, the D-SLR market's been a bit quiet of late. Just the right time, then, for Sony to pounce with two new cameras.
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Overall 9
8.5
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 9
8.5

Sony Alpha A390 review

What Digital Camera
21 July 2010
  • Summary: Make no bones about it: the A390 is the previous A380 model wrapped up in a new - and, it must be said, better - body, with no other changes to speak of. It's important to highlight this for any A380 users considering upgrading, though for brand new users bypassing the A380 will be of little consequence.
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Sony A390

PhotographyBLOG
28 December 2010
  • Excerpt: The Sony A390 is virtually identical to the previous A380 model, with the exception of its restyled handgrip and relocated shutter release and On/Off buttons. Therefore most of the comments that we made in our A380 review apply equally to the new A390.
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Overall 7
6.5

Sony's DSLR-A390 captures clear and vibrant images, but doesn't feel good to use

Good Gear Guide.au
4 December 2010
  • Summary: Sony's DLSR-A390 is capable of capturing vibrant and clear images, but its body could use some work. For starters, we'd like a dedicated button for the flash and for zooming in on photos in playback mode, and it's awkward to change the aperture in manual mode. The camera also lacks video mode. If you don't care about video and just want a good quality D-SLR, then the DSLR-A390 is worth considering, but it will take time to get used to it.
  • Pros: Good clarity, vibrant images, menu system provides helpful hints, uses SD in addition to Memory Stick Pro Duo, ships with good quality 55-200mm lens, good Live View implementation
  • Cons: Feels uncomfortable, needs more and better placed buttons, no video mode
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Overall quality 8
8.0
Photo quality - landscapes 8
8.0
Photo quality - macro 8
8.0
Photo quality - portraits 10
10
Photo quality - low light 8
8.0
Photo quality - sports 6
6.0

Sony Alpha 390

digicambuyer.co.uk
12 October 2010
  • Conclusion: Just misses the top marks due to what it lacks, rather than what it offers. A few more features would make this an excellent contender
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony Alpha A390 DSLR Review

ePHOTOzine
9 August 2010
  • Excerpt: Sony's A390 sits at the top of their entry level SLR range boasting a 14.2 megapixel CCD sensor. In this review Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at whether those megapixels have been put to good use.
  • Pros: In body image stabilisation, Quick AF during Live View, Articulating screen, Compact, lightweight design, Support for SDHC and Sony's own Memory Stick Duo cards
  • Cons: Noise at higher sensitivities, No video, Limited exposure compensation range
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony Alpha 390

Pocket Lint
21 July 2010
  • Conclusion: The A390 is essentially an A380 rewrapped in a new body. Grateful though we should be for this - as the new, more substantial grip is essential for extended use of a DSLR camera - it fails to offer much "new". Of course, for those first time buyers this will be of little consequence as the A390 is an affordable, well-specced DSLR that takes decent pictures of good, usable quality throughout its entire ISO 100-3200 range.
  • Pros: Affordable, Quick AF Live View is class-leading, the grip makes a return to form
  • Cons: It's no more than an a380 in a new body, AF not always quick and accurate, no AF-assist lamp
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