Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Released June, 2010
  • 14 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
Rumors have been floating around the Web about Sony's two new dSLRs, the Alpha DSLR-A290 and DSLR-A390, and I've ignored them because they seemed too boring to be true.
by c|net (Jun, 2010)
8 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha DSLR-A290
8.3
D5300
9.9
D5200
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha DSLR-A290
7.0
D5300
7.9
D5200
7.3
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha DSLR-A290
8.5
D5300
8.5
D5200
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha DSLR-A290
n.d.
D5300
9.1
D5200
9.2
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com

8

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha DSLR-A290
8.0
D5300
9.1
D5200
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha DSLR-A290
615 ISO
D5300
1,338 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A290
198 ms
Lumix DMC-G2
423 ms
SLT A58
326 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha DSLR-A290
107 ms
SLT A58
54 ms
D5300
80 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha DSLR-A290
500 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms
Lumix DMC-G2
1,000 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A290
2.5 fps
SLT A57
12 fps
SLT A58
8 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha DSLR-A290
500 photos
SLT A58
690 photos
D5100
660 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 14 MP
Resolution 4592 x 3056
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 26.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.83x
Viewfinder size 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 198 ms
Shutter lag 107 ms
Startup delay 500 ms

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 128 x 97 x 86 mm
Thickness 86 mm
Weight 549 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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