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

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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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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 Information

Product Dimensions 5 x 3.4 x 3.8 inches
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
ASIN B003TQN2VG
Item model number DSLRA390L
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3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,656 in Camera & Photo
#552 in Camera & Photo > DSLR Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com June 18, 2010

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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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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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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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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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After reading all the reviews before purchasing the Sony A390, here is my take on this camera, for the money you couldn't do any better. I am a professional graphic designer and illustrator I use this camera for the web and product photography. For those who complain about the body being cheap and plastic I don't get it? Where are you going to be using it anyway, Antarctica? This is a well made solidly built camera. As for the noise at higher ISO's if you are somewhat competent in using photoshop that won't be much of a problem, most of the time your gonna shoot between ISO's of 30 to 400 anyway so unless your gonna be blowing it up to put on the side of a bus 6-8 megapixels is adequate. I get great pictures in low light settings which could be used in coffee table books. The auto functions are excellent for those who don't know what they are doing but would like to learn as they go. If your looking to improve the pics that you take add a couple of high quality lenses I use a macro & 70-210mm. For many of you who have money to burn the A77 or A65 is just right or the Canon or Nikon but if your just buying a camera for the occasional baby pic or graduation this is hands down one of the best camera's you can buy. I looked at everything out there but for the money this is it. I could have purchased a much more expensive piece of equipment to sit on my shelve and occupy space but then that is why some people buy an Audi A8 to drive to work and let sit in the parking lot for 8hrs at a cost of $900 a month and others just buy a Prius, it still gets the job done just without the extra expense.
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