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...
Pros: Live View, help guide, improved grip over previous design
Cons: No AF-assist lamp, small screen, no new technology over the previous a380 model
Summary: The Sony A390 represents one of the most minor upgrades that we've ever seen, effectively adding a better handgrip to last year's model. The A380 didn't really add much to the A350 model that it replaced, so the 2010 Sony A390 is effectively still using 2008's technology, and is subsequently looking...
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".
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