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Sony A390 Digital SLR Camera - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
36 customer reviews
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  • Live View with Quick Auto Focus
  • SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization
  • 14.2 MP resolution for ultra-fine detail
  • Lightweight and stylish body for improved handling
  • Integrated on-screen Help Guide for easy operation
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Product Description

The Sony A390 is a new 14 megapixel DSLR camera featuring a restyled design to make it easier to use. 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 ever used on a DSLR. Sony have gone back to the drawing board and released the A390, essentially exactly the same as the A380 with a larger more traditional handgrip. The A390 retains all of its predecessor’s key features, with 14.2 megapixel sensor, a 2.7 inch tilting LCD screen, Live View, anti-dust system, ISO range of 100-3200, anti-shake system that’s built into the body, eye-start auto-focus system and Dynamic Range Optimiser.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.4 x 3.8 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B003TQN2VG
  • Item model number: DSLRA390L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,620 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 18, 2010

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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Steve Charme HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2011
Years ago I used to use a Nikon F SLR with an assortment of wide angle, normal, and telephoto lenses. I would buy my film in bulk, load it into casettes, shoot, then develop and print in my home darkroom. Those days are long gone. Once digital arrived I used a variety of compact cameras whose main virtue was portability and convenience, which sometimes did not provide the sharpest pictures.

With the birth of a grandchild on the way, my wife decided to look for a "really good" camera. She bought this camera at a one day sale at Electronics Expo as part of a kit that also included a 75-300mm lens, tripod, cleaning kit, 4GB SD card, and Bower camera bag--all for $600. After she brought it home the "photo bug" that had been dormant for so many years bit me again. I absolutely love this camera. Here is why.

1. Picture quality is stunning. Don't be overly impressed with the 14.2 megapixels because unless you regularly make 16 x 20 pictures or larger, you won't really notice a difference from a camera with say 10 megapixels. The whole emphasis on megapixels is really just a marketing ploy. The thing to focus on are the lenses, and both lenses that came with our kit take amazing pictures--clear, sharp, vivid colors. I use one of the pictures that I took as a screensaver on my 22 inch monitor, and the detail is incredible. Also, my cousin who is an avid photographer has a much more expensive Nikon DSLR, and because the Sony lenses are so good, there is no noticeable difference in our picture quality.

2. The lenses are easy to remove and put on, and the autofocus and automatic light metering features work very well.

3. The included flash is compact but powerful.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By R. Fernandez on March 16, 2011
I want to start by saying this is a great camera. However there are a few things that made me return it and get a different camera:
1. Continuous shooting. VERY slow. Almost too slow. They say it's 2.5 per second, but it felt like maybe 1.5 per second. It's not a huge issue, but my expectation was such that I thought it would be faster. It was really surprising and i couldn't get over it.
2. Battery. I took it out one afternoon and only got 50 shots before the battery died. Which takes me to my next point:
3. Accessories- i saw some accessories, but none of them where really clear as to whether or not they fit this model. Also-there where two types of accessories, expensive and bottom level. Other brands had a full range and clearly specific to models. Case in point: look for a battery grip for this model camera and you'll see what i mean.

Now, onto the Good-
1. you can use Minolta lenses with this camera. There are literally thousands upon thousands of lenses to choose from.
2. Superb optics, even for the obligatory 18-55mm kit lens. See the pictures i loaded with the basic kit lens.
3. it uses both Sony cards as well CS, and has two slots. This is awesome.
4. The price alone makes this the top pick for beginners. I bought the kit from Adorama and it came with a bag, a card, and lens all for $465.

At the end of the day- if you don't care about the continuous shooting issue (and it's not an issue per se) then this is a really hard camera to pass up.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By careswartz on January 12, 2011
I am a college photography instructor and have had a ton of cameras over the years. This is my go-to camera and the first one I pick up. I love the fact that the image stabilization is built into the body and not the lens. The Live View mode makes teaching with this so easy, as well as for a student to understand. The color quality from this Sony beats my old Nikon hands down. For the price, this is an AWESOME camera, and super easy to use, whether it be on auto or manual.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Lah on December 22, 2010
This is an excellent camera with many cool features! I compared this with the Nikon D3000 and the Canon Rebel XS, and ended up with this one due to the extra megapixels (14.1 vs. 10.1) and features. The image stabilization is actually in the camera, not in the lenses as with the other 2 cameras mentioned (and then only in the more expensive lenses). Very easy to use. Nice to have the "guide book" with you at all times built into the camera. The tilting live screen is also very handy when taking photos over a crowd or down low and not wanting to get down on your knees to take it. Just remember to purchase a higher speed memory card with the camera. Excellent photo quality - definitely worth the money!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By imfallen_angel on April 15, 2011
I've been in photography for a good 20 years, done weddings, events, international meetings, etc. even teaching it for a few years in my younger days. I had my own darkroom for many years.

I dropped out of it as I ended up with faulty equipment, losing most of it due to complicated stories, etc. and then I repurchased a 35mm SLR only to have the digital age turn everything around.

I hesitated for many years spending the money for a D-SLR as I waited for the technology to approach film quality and mature appropriately, and contended myself with a Sony F828 (a great camera), but after taking my 35mm SLR out last summer and reminded of the beauty of using an SLR, I've been aching for months on which camera to get.

I finally decided on this one (A390)for various reasons (as mentioned further in this review)

I've now have had this camera for a week and been "playing" with it as much as I can. I did want the 580 model but as it doesn't appear that it will be released in Canada, the 390 is the only model that I could get in stores that is an SLR (the A33-A55 aren't) and I wanted the actual mirror viewing through the lens and not a small LCD screen.

The good: very easy to use, great images.

The bad: the lens that comes with it feels cheap, the 2.5fps is a bit low, lack of connectors for external flashes and remote.

I had compared other brand SLR in store and none were as easy to simply pick up and take a few pictures. The menus are easy to understand, don't have many buttons but the interface is very well thought out.
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