Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 front
Sony Alpha NEX-7 front

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 Key Specs

Sony A390
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 549g - 128 x 97 x 86mm
  • Announced July 2010
  • Succeeded the Sony A380
Sony NEX-7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 400g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Announced December 2011
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Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Sony A390 and Sony NEX-7, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and both are produced by Sony. There exists a substantial gap between the sensor resolutions of the A390 (14MP) and NEX-7 (24MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The A390 was launched 16 months before the NEX-7 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Sony A390 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony NEX-7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a brief summary of how the A390 matches up versus the NEX-7 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A390 over the Sony NEX-7

 A390 NEX-7 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-7 over the Sony A390

 NEX-7 A390 
AnnouncedDecember 2011July 2010Newer by 16 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony A390 and Sony NEX-7

 A390 NEX-7 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Sony A390 comes with outer measurements of 128mm x 97mm x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") having a weight of 549 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-7 has measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 400 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the A390 and the NEX-7.

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A390 and NEX-7 is 66 and 84 respectively.

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 top view buttons comparison

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions simply by checking specs. The picture here might give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the A390 and NEX-7.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Sony NEX-7 to resolve extra detail utilizing its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs more aggressively. The more aged A390 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 sensor size comparison

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A390 Portrait photography information
Sony NEX-7 Portrait photography information
focusing manually
decent MP (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
focusing manually
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony A390 Street photography info
Sony NEX-7 Street photography info
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen tilts
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony A390 Sports photography information
Sony NEX-7 Sports photography information
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
terrible battery (230 shots)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery (430 shots)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A390
Travel photography with Sony NEX-7
decent MP (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
terrible battery (230 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
better than average battery (430 per charge)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A390 Landscape photography details
Sony NEX-7 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
terrible battery (230 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (430 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony A390
Vlogging with Sony NEX-7
no video
supports face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone jack
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
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Sony A390 vs Sony NEX-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A390 and Sony NEX-7
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390Sony Alpha NEX-7
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Sony Alpha NEX-7
Category Entry-Level DSLR Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2010-07-28 2011-12-13
Body design Compact SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4592 x 3056 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 3200 16000
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 25
Lens mount type Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony E
Amount of lenses 143 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x 0.73x
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 10.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160s 1/160s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 549 grams (1.21 pounds) 400 grams (0.88 pounds)
Physical dimensions 128 x 97 x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 66 81
DXO Color Depth rating 22.5 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.5 13.4
DXO Low light rating 607 1016
Battery life 230 pictures 430 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FH50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $500 $699