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Sony DSLR-A390 and DSLR-A290 Digital Cameras

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For First-Time DSLR Users

  • DSLR-A390 with 14.2 megapixels, Quick AF Live View and 6.7cm (2.7-inch) tilt LCD
  • Compact, stylish body with new grip design and revised button layout for comfortable handling
  • Quick AF Live View with tilt LCD for live image preview with fast, accurate autofocus
  • Friendly on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display
  • HDMI output and BRAVIA Sync

The α (Alpha) DSLR camera range from Sony grows further with two stylish, affordable new entry-level cameras.

Ideal for first-time DSLR users, the DSLR-A390 (α390) and DSLR-A290 (α290) offer a dramatic step up in picture quality and creative options from point-and-shoot compact cameras. Just as importantly, they’re beautifully easy to use, even if you’ve never handled a DSLR camera before.

With a resolution of 14.2 effective megapixels for flawless, low-noise images, both cameras offer the speedy shooting responses that are prized by DSLR users. The α390 adds the extra benefit of Quick AF Live View. This unique system teams the convenience of live image preview on the tilt-angle Clear Photo LCD with speedy, accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The most affordable new DSLR camera from Sony, the α290 offers the same 14.2 effective megapixel resolution as the α390 in a compact body that weighs just 456g (excluding battery and media).

Both cameras feature an attractive new grip design that allows even more comfortable handling. Upper control areas of both models have also been revised with a clear, uncluttered new button layout.

Sony DSLR-A290 Digital Camera

Even DSLR camera novices will find it brilliantly simple to explore the generous creative features of both new cameras. The intuitive Graphic Display makes it easy to understand the relation between shutter speed and aperture, plus the effects of your chosen exposure settings on the final picture. The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of camera functions, illustrated by a sample image to show the results you’ll achieve. Quick access to shooting and playback function menus is streamlined by colourful on-screen icons.

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The α390 and α290 include a mini-HDMI terminal for direct connection to any HD Ready TV (requires optional cable). Support for PhotoTV HD ensures even better-looking still image reproduction on compatible BRAVIA™ models. BRAVIA™ Sync allows control of slideshow and other camera playback functions in comfort using your TV remote.

The stylish, easy to use new α390 and α290 digital DSLR camera range by Sony are available from summer 2010.

Key features DSLR-A390 (α390)
£449
DSLR-A290 (α290)
£389
Type Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses
Lens compatibility Sony A-mount lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens Sony A-mount lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
Image sensor 14.2 effective megapixels 14.2 effective megapixels
Recording Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX SD memory card/SDHC memory card Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX SD memory card/SDHC memory card
White balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Autofocus system TTL phase detection system; CCD line sensors (Centre-cross 9 points) TTL phase detection system; CCD line sensors (Centre-cross 9 points)
Auto Exposure system 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
LCD monitor 6.7cm (2.7-inch) TFT (Clear Photo LCD) 6.7cm (2.7-inch) TFT (Clear Photo LCD)
Line view Quick AF Live View (Pentamirror tilt system) No
Shutter Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
SteadyShot Image-sensor shift mechanism Image-sensor shift mechanism
Built-in flash Auto pop-up – GN 10 at ISO 100 coverage up to 18mm Auto pop-up – GN 10 at ISO 100 coverage up to 18mm
Drive Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.), Remote Commander Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.), Remote Commander
Interface USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP), HDMI mini connector (Type C) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP), HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Print Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
Power Approx. 500 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard) Approx. 500 images with viewfinder (CIPA standard)
Weight 549g (including battery and Memory Stick Pro Duo) 508g (including battery and Memory Stick Pro Duo)
Dimensions Approx. 128.1 x 97.1 x 83.5mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions) Approx. 128.1 x 97.1 x 79.6mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
Operating temperature 32 – 104 degrees F (0 – 40 degrees C) 32 – 104 degrees F (0 – 40 degrees C)

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