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Sony adds Alpha DSLR-A290, DSLR-A390 to beginner lineup
by Allison Johnson -  6/8/2010

Sony adds the Alpha A290 and A390 to its DSLR lineup today, updating the existing A230 and A380 models. The Alpha A290 gets a 14.2 megapixel sensor to match that of the A390, while the A390 adds SD/SDHC compatibility.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
The A280's 10.2 megapixel sensor is dropped in favor of a 14.2 megapixel APS-C size sensor. Like the Alpha A390 announced today, the A290 will be SD/SDHC compatible and will still accept Sony's Memory Stick Pro media cards.

Most other specs are consistent with the Alpha A230. The A290 features a Sony a-mount for compatibility with Alpha lenses and offers a 9-point AF system, a 2.7-inch 230,400-dot LCD, and sensor shift Steadyshot image stabilization.

The larger sensor size will result in a slight reduction in battery life, according to Sony. The A290 will record a CIPA-rated 500 images per fully charged battery while the A230 was rated for 510 images.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
The Sony A390 offers just a few upgrades from the previous A380, which is currently unavailable from Sony's online store. It retains the 14.2 megapixel APS-C size sensor and adds wireless compatibility with the HVL-F20AM flash unit. Additionally, the A390 is Windows 7 compatible via USB connection.

Along with expanded SD/SDHC compatibility, the A390 offers a 2.7-inch tilting LCD, 2.5 fps burst shooting mode, and built-in sensor shift Steadyshot.