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Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

alaTest has collected and analyzed 316 reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A290. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the performance and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback. The low light performance and shutter get negative comments, and comments are divided on the battery.

usability, price, portability, image quality, performance

lens, flash, viewfinder, shutter, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A290


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the durability and price. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, durability

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

Sep, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A290


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the portability. Comments are divided on the usability. Some have doubts about the performance.



80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Audley Jarvis (

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...


Limited features

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Dave Stevenson (

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...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Andrew Hoyle (

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.

Aug, 2010

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Easy-to-use DSLR-A390 and DSLR-A290


Easy-to-use DSLR-A390 and DSLR-A290

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 incredibly easy to use, even if you've never...

Jun, 2010

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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

Jul, 2010

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Sony a290 DSLR camera


by James Flynn TRUSTWORTHY I would like to share my thoughts with you about my camera. Until around a year ago, my knowledge of cameras was very limited. I am still no expert, but I have learnt a lot over the last year thanks to my sony SLR.

Jan, 2012

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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

Mar, 2011

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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

Jan, 2011

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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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Sep, 2010

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Sony DSLR A290L


I bought my Sony A290 five months ago, and I've been using it regularly since. For starters, it must be said it's really easy to handle for most things. The usual complaint I've read about the grip being too small for large hands seems to be unfounded...

Jun, 2015

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