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Sony A390 vs Sony W620

Portability
66
Imaging
54
Features
54
Overall
54
Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
25
Overall
32

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 Key Specs

Sony A390
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 549g - 128 x 97 x 86mm
  • Launched July 2010
  • Older Model is Sony A380
Sony W620
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 116g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Sony A390 vs Sony W620 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Sony A390 versus Sony W620, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both offered by Sony. The resolution of the A390 (14MP) and the W620 (14MP) is very well matched but the A390 (APS-C) and W620 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor measurements.

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The A390 was introduced 17 months before the W620 making them a generation away from one another. Both cameras feature different body design with the Sony A390 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony W620 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a detailed comparison, here is a concise view of how the A390 grades against the W620 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony A390 over the Sony W620

 A390 W620 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Sony W620 over the Sony A390

 W620 A390 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012July 2010More modern by 17 months

Common features in the Sony A390 and Sony W620

 A390 W620 
Display size2.7"2.7"Same display measurements
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera, you need to factor its weight and volume. The Sony A390 enjoys exterior measurements of 128mm x 97mm x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") accompanied by a weight of 549 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Sony W620 has sizing of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 116 grams (0.26 lbs).

Contrast the Sony A390 versus Sony W620 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the A390 versus the W620.

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A390 and W620 is 66 and 96 respectively.

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 top view buttons comparison

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be hard to envision the contrast between sensor sizes purely by looking at technical specs. The picture here may offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the A390 and W620.

As you can tell, both of the cameras feature the identical megapixel count but not the same sensor sizes. The A390 comes with the larger sensor which is going to make obtaining shallower DOF easier. The more aged A390 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 sensor size comparison

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A390 vs Sony W620 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A390 Portrait photography highlights
Sony W620 Portrait photography highlights
72
manual focus
good MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
34
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
comes with face detect focusing
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A390 as a Street photography camera
Sony W620 as a Street photography camera
76
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
56
lighter than average (116g)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony A390 as a Sports photography camera
Sony W620 as a Sports photography camera
60
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
not so great battery life (230 shots)
33
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A390
Travel photography with Sony W620
53
good MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (230 per charge)
does not have selfie friendly display
68
lighter than average (116g)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A390 Landscape photography highlights
Sony W620 Landscape photography highlights
61
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
small screen (2.7 inch)
not so great battery life (230 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A390 as a Vlogging camera
Sony W620 as a Vlogging camera
9
can't record video
30
reasonably wide (28mm)
comes with face detect focusing
lighter than average (116g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone socket
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Sony A390 vs Sony W620 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A390 and Sony W620
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-07-28 2012-01-10
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CCD CCD
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 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4592 x 3056 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch 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
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.2-6.5
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Available lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 2 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 10.00 m (at ISO 100) 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution None 1280x720
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 549 grams (1.21 lb) 116 grams (0.26 lb)
Physical dimensions 128 x 97 x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 607 not tested
Other
Battery life 230 shots 220 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FH50 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $500 $102