Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V front

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V Key Specs

Sony A290
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 549g - 128 x 97 x 86mm
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Succeeded the Sony A230
Sony HX100V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 27-810mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 577g - 122 x 87 x 93mm
  • Announced October 2011
  • Successor is Sony HX200V
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Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both produced by Sony. The sensor resolution of the A290 (14MP) and the HX100V (16MP) is very comparable but the A290 (APS-C) and HX100V (1/2.3") possess different sensor dimensions.

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The A290 was launched 16 months before the HX100V making the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Sony A290 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony HX100V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving through a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the A290 grades vs the HX100V when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A290 over the Sony HX100V

 A290 HX100V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX100V over the Sony A290

 HX100V A290 
AnnouncedOctober 2011June 2010More recent by 16 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony A290 and Sony HX100V

 A290 HX100V 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to factor its weight and measurements. The Sony A290 features exterior measurements of 128mm x 97mm x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") with a weight of 549 grams (1.21 lbs) and the Sony HX100V has proportions of 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") having a weight of 577 grams (1.27 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the A290 against the HX100V.

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A290 and HX100V is 66 and 66 respectively.

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V top view buttons comparison

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to visualize the difference in sensor measurements simply by going through specifications. The visual below will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the A290 and HX100V.

To sum up, both of those cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The A290 because of its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Sony HX100V will produce greater detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop images somewhat more aggressively. The older A290 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V sensor size comparison

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A290
Portrait photography with Sony HX100V
manual focus
MP count decent (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
no liveview
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A290 Street photography highlights
Sony HX100V Street photography highlights
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no articulating screen
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than competitors in class (577g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A290 Sports photography factors
Sony HX100V Sports photography factors
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
bad battery (290 per charge)
long zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A290 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX100V as a Travel photography camera
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery (290 shots)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
decent megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (27mm)
long zoom (810mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competitors in class (577g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A290
Landscape photography with Sony HX100V
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no liveview
bad battery (290 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
really wide (27mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A290 Vlogging info
Sony HX100V Vlogging info
no video recording
really wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone port
more heavy than competitors in class (577g)
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Sony A290 vs Sony HX100V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A290 and Sony HX100V
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A290Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V
Class Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-06-09 2011-10-21
Body design Compact SLR SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3056 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 27-810mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-5.6
Available lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen tech - XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x -
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.70 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 549g (1.21 pounds) 577g (1.27 pounds)
Dimensions 128 x 97 x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") 122 x 87 x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 615 not tested
Battery life 290 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NP-FH50 NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo, SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Launch price $600 $429