Sony A390 reviews round-up

September 28 , 2010 by: Daniela Bowker Reviews, Reviews round-ups

Sony A390

One of my friends—a resolute Pentax user—went to a wedding recently and was surprised to see the official photographer using a Sony camera. Should it be that surprising? There is, after all, an awful lot of camera know-how in the Sony camp. I thought I’d take a look at what the reviews have been saying about Sony’s newest dSLR, which happens to be the entry-level A390, to get a feel for what they’re turning out.

The over all impression seems to be lukewarm: the A390 was the A380 put into a better body, but it offers reasonable results for the price. Have a look and see what you think.

cnet UK says ‘The α dSLR-A390 isn’t a bad entry-level dSLR, but it has a real budget feel and it’s so similar to the old A380 that you wonder why Sony bothered.’ – Read the full review on cnet UK.

Digital Photography Review says ‘If you’re a Sony Alpha (or Konica Minolta) user that shoots mainly at base ISO, in live view and Auto mode the Sony DSLR-A390 is worth a look, and is definitely a more agreeable camera to use than its predecessor.’ – Read the full review on Digital Photography Review.

ephotozine says ‘Sony’s A390 is certainly a very capable camera and the results this camera is capable of producing should please many who want an easy to use introduction to shooting with a digital SLR.’ – Read the full review on ephotozine.

Photography Blog says ‘While Sony hasn’t brought a great deal that’s new to the party between the A380 and A390, at the very least here is a DSLR that you’ll be quite happy to take out with you for a day’s sightseeing when you might have otherwise plumped for a less satisfactory compact for the sake of its perceived lightness and convenience.’ – Read the full review on Photography Blog.

Pocket-lint says ‘Overall, a good, well-rounded camera, if not a little unremarkable in places due to lack of new innovation.’ – Read the full review on Pocket-lint.

TechRadar says ‘The A390 is a decent enough camera for the money, but its build, finish and general lack of refinement are a constant reminder that it’s a budget model. It’s so similar to the A380 you wonder why Sony bothered launching a new version.’ – Read the full review on TechRadar.

What Digital Camera says ‘All in all, although the build quality is a little ‘plasticy’, the A390 has a lot to offer and for a fair price.’ – Read the full review on What Digital Camera.

About Daniela

This post was written by Daniela Bowker, who has written 1382 articles for Photocritic

Daniela has written three books on photography, contributed to several others, and acted as the editorial consultant on many more.

Her newest book, Social Photography, is currently available as a digital download as well as in bookshops in the UK and US.

You might also want to check out her exploration of other-worldly photographic creations, Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible, and Photo School Fundamentals, for which she contributed the section on composition.

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