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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

alaTest has collected and analyzed 335 reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A390. 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. Reviewers really like the screen and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, but the exposure and shutter get negative opinions. Comments about the energy efficiency and zoom are different.

usability, price, portability, image quality, screen

battery, focus, video, shutter, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A390


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Views about the size and lens are generally positive. The design and usability are also appreciated.

portability, usability, design, lens, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSLRA390L Alpha Digital SLR Camera with SAL1855 Lens (14.2MP 2.5 inch LCD)Sony DSLRA390L Alpha Digital SLR Camera with SAL1855 Lens (14.2MP 2.5 inch LCD)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A390


alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the performance and design. The portability and price are also appreciated. Views are divided on the low light performance. Many are negative about the focus and video.

usability, price, portability, design, performance

video, focus

97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony A390 Digital SLR Camera - BlackSony A390 Digital SLR Camera - Black

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Barnaby Britton (

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...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Sony A390 Review


The Sony A390 is a new 14 megapixel DSLR camera featuring a restyled design to make it easier to use. Sound familiar? That's exactly what we said about the the A390's predecessor, the A380, which had one of the most uncomfortable handgrips that we've...

The Sony A390 represents one of the most minor upgrades that we've ever seen, effectively adding a better handgrip to last year's model. The A380 didn't really add much to the A350 model that it replaced, so the 2010 Sony A390 is effectively still...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Pop Photo (

Camera Test: Sony Alpha 390


When we tested Sony's Alpha 380 last year, we hated the grip and noted that its 14.2MP sensor could've provided more resolving power. Now, Sony has replaced this entry-level model with the new 14.2MP Alpha 390 ($600, street, with 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 Sony...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Barrie Smith (

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.

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Sony DSLR-A390 (DSLRA390Y) digital SLR camera


Sony's DSLR-A390 captures clear and vibrant images, but doesn't feel good to use

Good clarity, vibrant images, menu system provides helpful hints, uses SD in addition to Memory Stick Pro Duo, ships with good quality 55-200mm lens, good Live View implementation

Feels uncomfortable, needs more and better placed buttons, no video mode

Sony's DLSR-A390 is capable of capturing vibrant and clear images, but its body could use some work. For starters, we'd like a dedicated button for the flash and for zooming in on photos in playback mode, and it's awkward to change the aperture in...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : William Perceval (

Sony Alpha 390


The Sony Alpha 390 is a subtle upgrade over the previous A380 incarnation. With essentially the same specs as its predecessor, albeit with a full and proper grip to replace the difficult-to-hold sunken mishap of the A380. So is the A390 a DSLR released...

Affordable, Quick AF Live View is class-leading, the grip makes a return to form

It's no more than an a380 in a new body, AF not always quick and accurate, no AF-assist lamp

The A390 is essentially an A380 rewrapped in a new body. Grateful though we should be for this - as the new, more substantial grip is essential for extended use of a DSLR camera - it fails to offer much "new". Of course, for those first time buyers...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Rod Lawton (

Sony Alpha A390 review


Sony's A390 SLR has a 14.2Mp sensor, Live View and tilting LCD

Versatile ; Cheap

Unrefined ; Not very nice to handle ; Tough competition

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : PC Advisor (

Sony DSLR-A390 review


The Sony DSLR-A390 is an entry-level digital SLR camera that can take great pictures, but it's not high on usability.

May, 2010

Expert review by (

Sony Alpha α390


The Sony Alpha α390 is a 14.2 megapixel digital SLR camera with auto-focus, image stabilisation, an ISO of 3200 to cope with low and bright light conditions. On-screen guides explaining how to use its features make the a930 an ideal entry-level digital...

May, 2011

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Sony A390


Although Canon and Nikon get all the praise when it comes to the DSLR market, if you're just starting out and don't have any lenses, Sony's Alpha DSLR range is also well worth a look, with the Sony A390 a good choice. The good Available from just £350,...

The Sony A390 is worth a look if price means everything to you, but there are definitely better DSLRs on the market, and in this case it's probably worth spending a little more on something like the Canon EOS 1100D. Sure, in some ways the Sony has more...

May, 2011

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes


Power source type:Battery, USB


Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Rotating, Trimming
White Balance:Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten


Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N


Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230400
Touch screen: No


Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, pre-flash, Slow synchronization
Flash recharging time:4


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes

Lens System

Focal length range (f-f):0.709 - 2.17

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, Auto
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:SPOT


Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG
Image Stabilizer: No
Maximum image resolution:4592 x 3056
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):2288 x 1520,3408 x 2272,4592 x 3056

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
USB version:2.0


HD type:Not supported

Weight & Dimensions