• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Sony DSLR-A390 advantages over Sony DSLR-A290

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility

Sony DSLR-A290 advantages over Sony DSLR-A390

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $600 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.55x vs 0.49x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5000

Sony DSLR-A390
Nikon D5000
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony DSLR-A290
Nikon D5000
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon T1i

Sony DSLR-A390
Canon T1i
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Thinner
Sony DSLR-A290
Canon T1i
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony DSLR-A580

Sony DSLR-A390
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony DSLR-A290
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A33

Sony DSLR-A390
Sony A33
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • External Mic Jack
Sony DSLR-A290
Sony A33
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon T3

Sony DSLR-A390
Canon T3
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony DSLR-A290
Canon T3
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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