Summary: Bought this as our first DSLR after several point and shoots. Quality is great and it is simple to use, weight is good, and battery life is long. Also works perfectly with the old Minolta Alpha lenses. Only negative is the screen always gets messy when using the viewfinder due to it coming into contact with your face.
Summary: This apparently is the last DSLR Sony is going to produce that isn't loaded down with needless video capability. I think if you want video, purchase a camcorder.. I was looking for a good quality DSLR with the Sony/Minolta lens mount that is just plain camera... Think I have found it. The A390 is a couple of years old, but there are plenty of them available new in-the-box at very reasonable prices. May even buy another one.
Summary: After reading all the reviews before purchasing the Sony A390, here is my take on this camera, for the money you couldn't do any better. I am a professional graphic designer and illustrator I use this camera for the web and product photography. For those who complain about the body being cheap and plastic I don't get it? Where are you going to be using it anyway, Antarctica? This is a well made solidly built camera.
Summary: This is truly an awesome camera. It is capable of taking so many great pictures. The standard lens it comes with (18-55mm lens) is good, but with the right lens/flash for the situation you're photographing, the Sony A390 gets the job done. The camera is easy to figure out and to use, but if you simply want to take pictures, the auto settings work great as well. I bought this camera about three months ago and I've used it almost every day and I love everything about it.