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!
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.
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
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha 390 is a subtle upgrade over the previous A380 incarnation. With essentially the same specs as its predecessor, albeit with a full and proper grip to replace the difficult-to-hold sunken mishap of the A380. So is the A390 a DSLR released to do anything more than stylistically align itself with the current 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
Excerpt: The Sony DSLR-A390 is an entry-level digital SLR camera that can take great pictures, but it's not high on usability. It has a 14.2-megapixel, APS-C sized sensor and, despite being a fully fledged D-SLR with a mirror box, it has a narrow body that makes it feel cramped. It also feels a little heavy.