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Sony DSLR-A290

Sony DSLR-A290
alaScore 90

132 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and performance. The image quality and usability also get good feedback.

value for money, usability, image quality, performance, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony DSLR-A290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 132 reviews)

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Amazon review summary for Sony DSLR-A290

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony DSLR-A290 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Digital SLR Cameras on Amazon.com.

usability, build quality

focus, viewfinder

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSLR Alpha DSLR-A290L 14.2MP Camera & 18-55 Lens + 4GB Deluxe KitSony DSLR Alpha DSLR-A290L 14.2MP Digital Camera & 18-55 Lens + 4GB Accessory KitSony DSLR Alpha DSLR-A290L 14.2MP Digital Camera & 18-55 Lens + 4GB Kit

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First SLR & I Love It!!!!

 

This is my first SLR & i really do love it! The image quality is much better than my other camera (The T90), & the auto focus is unbelievably fast. The viewfinder is pretty good (It could be a little larger) & the viewfinder sometimes is blurry even...

Small, Lightweight, Good Image Quality, Battery Life, Captures in 16:9, Easy to Use, Great Price

Image Stabilization not always reliable, leading to soemtimes blurry photos

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Excellent beginer camera

 

This is a great DSLR camera to begin with, having all the necessary features to take great pics. The picture quality is pretty nice in all settings, except at ISO 800+ where the picture quality gets a bit cloudy. Other than that, it\'s a great camera...

Good battery life","Good picture quality","Well explained menus

Low quality at high ISO\'s

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I am quite satisfied

 

camera is as recommended to me. I am getting used to using a viewfinder again.

I am just learning to use

Getting used to viewfinde

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Perfect decently priced DSLR!

 

I love this camera! It is very user-friendly (especially if you are new to using a DSLR digital camera!) I got this camera to replace my Sony Cybershot basic digital camera, and I'm really glad that I did so. The pictures from this camera are amazing!...

Easy to Use, Excellent Picture Quality, Lightweight

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First take: Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

 

The A290 is one of the most affordable dSLR on the market but that doesn't mean that it has lesser features.

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Sony Alpha A290 review

 

The Sony A290: the perfect DSLR for those on a small budget? The What Digital Camera Sony A290 review tests it out...

Ultra-affordable

Limited features

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Sony Alpha A290

 

Review The topmost plastic of the 14.2Mp Sony A290 might be slightly mottled to make it look like it's a distant relation to magnesium alloy, but pick it up and it's easy enough to guess where the camera lies in Sony's range – the all-plastic finish is...

Performance is good, rather than great. The fastest the A290 went in continuous mode was just under 2fps. This is fine for blink-free portrait shots but not so much use for wildlife. On the plus side, it has a capacious buffer, taking 20 frames in JPEG...

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Sony Alpha a290 DSLR camera review

 

The 14.2-megapixel Sony a290 aims to bridge amateurs into thebusy world of the DSLR, offering decent image quality, simpleoperation and a host of scene selections within a small andlightweight body that, at £400, could be a smart choice for...

Helpful onscreen guides make life easy for beginners. Small,lightweight design. Wide range of lenses available. Built-in flash.Good value for money

Average low light performance. Cheap feel to construction. NoLive View mode and no video capture

If you are used to your compact digital cameras and somewhatnervous about making the leap to a DSLR, the a290 should definitelybe on your mind due to its great ease of use.

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Amazon review summary for Sony DSLR-A290

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review of Sony DSLR-A290 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.6/5 for other Digital SLR Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

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

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
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

Lens

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

Memory

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

Recording

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