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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

alaTest has collected and analyzed 224 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and lens are on the whole positive. The portability and value for money also get good feedback, but the reliability and video get mixed views. The exposure and color get critical reviews.

usability, value for money, portability, lens, design

viewfinder, color, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha 390 Review


This is the latest in our series of new 'Quick Reviews.' We will be using this format for cameras that are operationally similar and identical in terms of output to models we've already reviewed. We test to confirm the image quality is identical, then...

Good RAW resolution ; Reliable metering (most of the time - see 'cons') ; Fastest AF in live view among 'traditional' DSLRs (but see disadvantages below) ; Coherent ergonomics for live view operation ; Much improved handgrip over A380 (but still less...

Soft JPEGs at all ISO settings ; High ISO performance not on the same level as direct competitors ; Smallest viewfinder of any APS-C DSLR ; Protruding screen obstructs use of viewfinder, especially if you're wearing glasses ; Limited external controls...

The Sony Alpha 390 isn't a bad camera as such, but there are so many better options on the market that it is hard to recommend. Ultimately, so little has changed compared to its predecessor that its specifications and performance do now look very out...

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Sony A390 Review


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.

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Amazon review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A390


alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Digital SLR Cameras on

value for money, usability, lens, image quality, portability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony A390 Digital SLR Camera - BlackSony DSLR Alpha DSLR-A390L 14.2MP Digital Camera & 18-55 Lens + 4GB KitSony Alpha A390 DSLR Camera / Lens Kit, with 18-55mm Lens, 4 GB SD Memory Card, Camera System Bag


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LOVE this camera!


takes amazing pictures and relatively easy to use. still have a lot to learn though. fairly large in size but an overall great camera. i only wish they sold extra batteries to have on hand.

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Sony DSLR-A390L 14-megapixel Digital SLR Body with 18-55mm Lens Kit


Easy To Use","Fast \/ Accurate Auto-Focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Large Clear LCD","Tilt \/Swivel LCD

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Clean Crisp Picstures


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Best Photos ever taken


I have had this camera for a couple of weeks and it is by far the best camera I have ever owned. Ill never go back to point and shoot again. The picture quality is outstanding, easy to use features.

light weight, easy to use


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I am just a beginner, and I've wanted a nice camera for so long, after taking a photography class i convinced my mom to get me this for Christmas. I LOVE this camera, the user guide really helps to understand how everything works, and the pictures turn...

Durablility, Amazing Picture Quality, and Value


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Great camera


I love this camera. The high resolution gives impressive results and I am just an amateur. The rear adjustable sight mirror is a great feature.

small and easy to handle


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Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.7 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FH50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FH50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording: No
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes