Alongside with the A390 model Sony has launched the new DSLR-A290 camera. Both of them belong to the companyâ€™s line-up of low-end entry-level cameras. The A290 features the same 14.2 megapixels of resolution, CCD image sensor and 2.7-inch tilt LCD monitor.
The camera doesnâ€™t have a Live view system seen in the A390, thatâ€™s why it is more affordable and comes at nearly $500.
The camera is ideal for first-time users as it has a friendly on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display, which helps newbies get acquainted with camera settings and understand the relation between shutter speed and aperture.
At the same time, the A290 is a nice step-up from compacts in terms of picture quality and creative options. It has all the necessary manual controls, as well as offer fully automatic shooting and 7 pre-set scene modes. Thereâ€™s also sensor-shift image stabilization to minimize blurring caused by camera shake.
The camera includes a mini-HDMI terminal for direct connection to any HD Ready TV (requires optional cable), supports PhotoTV HD, as well as BRAVIAâ„¢ Sync. It comes in a stylish body with new grip design and revised button layout and will be available already this summer.
Sony Alpha 290 â€“ Specifications:
- 14.2 Megapixels
- 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD sensor
- Maximum Image Size: 4592 x 3056
- File Format: JPEG (Fine, Normal), RAW, RAW + JPEG
- Sensor shake system
- Static-free anti-dust coating
- Viewfinder: Pentamirror type, 95% Frame coverage
- 2.7″ tilting TFT LCD Monitor with 230,400 dots
- 9-point Autofocus
- AF modes: Single-shot, Automatic, Continuous AF
- SteadyShot in-camera stabilization
- Exposure mode s: Auto, Programmed (P), Shutter-priority (S), Aperture priority, (A) Manual (M), Scenes (7)
- Metering: Multi-pattern metering; 40 Segment, Center weighted, Spot
- Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200
- Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 sec
- D-Range Optimizer
- Continuous shooting: 2.5 fps
- Dimensions: 128.1 x 97.1 x 79.6 mm
- Weight: 456 g