Sony Alpha DSLR A390 14.2 Megapixel Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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About the Sony DSLR-A390

Catch life from any angle with the Sony alpha 390 digital SLR camera featuring Live View, which lets you compose shots via a tiltable 2.7" LCD screen. The alpha 390 DSLR camera also combines ease-of-use with powerful features including 14.2-megapixel resolution for superb image clarity and exceptionally quick AF response to capture the perfect moment. Plus, SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization reduces blur while the on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The alpha 390L comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens.

The Sony DSLR-A390 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Sony DSLR-A390 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer among others.The Sony DSLR-A390 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony DSLR-A390: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Quiet and Tilt /swivel LCD.

Sony DSLR-A390 Includes

  • Sony Alpha DSLR A390 Digital Camera
  • DT18-55mm SAM Kit Lens
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • BC-VH1 Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • NP-FH50 Rechargeable Battery
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Sony 1 Year Limited Warranty on Parts and Labor

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (13) , Easy to use (9) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (8) , Good image quality (8) , Large clear LCD (7) , Fast shutter speed (6) , High ISO performance (6) , Quiet (6) , Tilt /swivel LCD (6)
Best Uses:
Family photos (9) , Landscape/scenery (8) , Low light (8) , Travel (6) , Sports/action (4) , Weddings (4) , Wildlife (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (5) , Photo enthusiast (2) , Photography student (1) , Semi-pro photographer (1)

Sony DSLR-A390 Features

  • A large 2.7" (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display features Live View with Quick Auto Focus, which lets you compose and shoot pictures in real-time using the LCD, just as you would with a point-and-shoot camera
  • Lightweight and stylish body: The DSLR-A390 features a stylish, modern design with an intuitive button layout for easier operation. In addition, the lightweight body and revised grip make the camera more comfortable to hold and carry
  • A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables you to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light - with High ISO Noise Reduction technology that reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings
  • Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting: Continuous Shooting lets you shoot at up to 2.5 fps (frames per second) while viewing your subject through the optical viewfinder so you never lose track of the action
  • Built-in Pop-Up Flash: The Auto Pop-Up Flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes, helping first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively
  • Smart Teleconverter 2X Digital Zoom lets you zoom in electronically on your subject and reproduces pixels on a 1:1 basis so there's no degradation in picture quality. One touch zooms in at 1.4X, while the second touch advances to 2X zoom
  • Scene Selection Modes optimize camera settings for different shooting situations. Just turn the Mode Dial to select from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, and Night View modes
  • Dual slot Compatiblity for Memory Stick and SD media: Compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately) for convenient storage and sharing of your images
  • SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization: SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization is built into each camera body, so every a-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake
  • Integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display: The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
  • Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye, so the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment
  • Creative Style settings give you control over how the camera processes your images. Choose from 8 finishing styles, including Standard, Vivid, Potrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W, and Adobe RGB, and adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness settings
  • Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CCD imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures, by utilizing a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter, as well as an anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to help dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off
  • The advanced BIONZ image processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, reduced noise, and improved white balance and exposure control, for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity settings
  • Index and Slide Show Display enable you to quickly review your photos using 4, 9 or 25-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect
  • A 14.2 megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor captures your images in spectacular, high-resolution detail, giving you the freedom to make large prints and tight crops without sacrificing quality
  • An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in stunning high definition quality. In addition, BRAVIA Sync works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television's remote
  • 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor with improved focus control to help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, and predictive focus control automatically calculates the position of fast-moving subjects
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer provides two levels - Normal DRO improves detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, while Advanced DRO adjusts dynamic range area-by-area for greater accuracy.
  • Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 500 shots2 on a fully charged NP-FM50 InfoLITHIUM battery when using the optical viewfinder mode, and you'll be able to see how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility3 lets you automatically create high-resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV
  • Function Guide Display provides intuitive and easy to use on-screen menus that can be activated and operated with one hand using the Fn (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer

Sony DSLR-A390 Specifications

Power: Battery Type NP-FH50
Number of Shots Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard)
Imaging Sensor: Processor BIONZ image processor
LCD Display: Angle Adjustment Yes(upward by up to 135 degrees, downward by up to 55 degrees)
Brightness Control Auto Brightness Control (Auto setting in 2 steps, manual setting in 5 steps)
Coverage 100% (Playback), 90% (Live View)
Customization Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink)
Type 2.7" TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
Control: AF modes Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, (AF/MF selectable)
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous, Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, Bracketing, Remote Commander
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure settings Auto, Auto Flash Off, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Focus Area Wide (Up to 3 active focus points glow), Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)
Focus Features Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1-5m)
Focus Points 9 points
Focus Sensitivity EV0 - 18 (ISO100)
Focus System TTL phase detection system
ISO Auto, 100 to 3200 (in 1 EV steps,Recommended Exposure Index)
Metering TTL metering w/ 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV2 - 20 at ISO100 with F1.4 lens, (EV4 - 20 in spot metering mode)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Viewfinder: Diopter Adjustment -2.5 - +1.0m-1
Eye relief "Approx. 19.7 mm from the eyepiece / 14.1 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter"
Field of View 95%
Focusing Screen Spherical Acute Matte Screen
Magnification 0.74x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
Type Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Operating Temperature 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)
Convenience: Anti-dust function Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Live View Quick
Scene Mode(s) Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view)
User Interface "Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu"
Inputs and Outputs: HD Output HDMI
Memory Card Slot Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo media SD and SDHC memory card
Tripod Mount Yes, 1/4"-20
USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Camera Type Sony alpha Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 14.2 megapixels
Imaging Sensor APS-C size CCD sensor (23.6x15.8mm)
Lens Mount Type Sony alpha lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
Pixel Gross Approx. 14.9 megapixels
Recording Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo media / , SD and SDHC memory card
Recording Mode RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard
Still Actual 16:9 L size: 3872x2576 (12M), M size: 2896x1920 (6.5M), S size: 1920x10280 (2.5M)
Still Actual 3:2 L size: 4592X3056 (14M), M size: 3408X2272 (7.7M), S size: 3408X2272 (3.5M)
Flash Compensation ±2EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
Flash Coverage 18mm in focal-length of lens attached
Flash Metering System ADI flash (automatic change for Pre-flash TTL)
Guide Number 10 (in meters at ISO100)
Modes Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync, Hi-speed sync., Wireless
Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec.
Type Escamotable automatique
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows 7/Windows Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP2 / Mac OS X v10.4 or later. 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Starter (Edition) is not supported
Supplied Software PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Image Data Converter SR Image Data Lightbox SR
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