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Sony A390 vs Sony A68

Portability
66
Imaging
54
Features
54
Overall
54
Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 front
 
Sony SLT-A68 front
Portability
64
Imaging
67
Features
70
Overall
68

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 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
  • Introduced July 2010
  • Succeeded the Sony A380
Sony A68
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 610g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Released November 2015
  • Earlier Model is Sony A65
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Sony A390 vs Sony A68 Overview

Lets look a little more closely at the Sony A390 and Sony A68, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and both of them are sold by Sony. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the A390 (14MP) and A68 (24MP) but they possess the exact same sensor size (APS-C).

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The A390 was brought out 6 years before the A68 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before we go in to a complete comparison, below is a brief view of how the A390 grades versus the A68 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A390 over the Sony A68

 A390 A68 

Reasons to pick Sony A68 over the Sony A390

 A68 A390 
ReleasedNovember 2015July 2010More recent by 64 months
Display resolution461k230kSharper display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Sony A390 and Sony A68

 A390 A68 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension2.7"2.7"Identical display size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and volume. The Sony A390 has outer dimensions of 128mm x 97mm x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") with a weight of 549 grams (1.21 lbs) while the Sony A68 has sizing of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") along with a weight of 610 grams (1.34 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have during that time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the A390 against the A68.

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the A390 and A68 is 66 and 64 respectively.

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 top view buttons comparison

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to visualize the gap between sensor measurements only by reading specifications. The graphic underneath should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the A390 and A68.

To sum up, both of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You can expect to see the Sony A68 to deliver greater detail having its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics much more aggressively. The older A390 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 sensor size comparison

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A390 vs Sony A68 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A390 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A68 as a Portrait photography camera
72
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
80
manual focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony A390 Street photography details
Sony A68 Street photography details
76
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
77
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A390
Sports photography with Sony A68
60
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
low frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
not so great battery pack (230 shots)
75
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
terrible battery (510 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A390
Travel photography with Sony A68
53
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery pack (230 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
55
megapixel count good (24MP)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
terrible battery (510 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A390 Landscape photography advice
Sony A68 Landscape photography advice
61
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
small screen (2.7 inch)
not so great battery pack (230 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
68
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
terrible battery (510 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A390 Vlogging info
Sony A68 Vlogging info
9
can't record video
35
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has external mic port
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Sony A390 vs Sony A68 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A390 and Sony A68
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390Sony SLT-A68
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Sony SLT-A68
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2010-07-28 2015-11-06
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4592 x 3056 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 79
Cross type focus points - 15
Lens
Lens support Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 143 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 549g (1.21 lbs) 610g (1.34 lbs)
Dimensions 128 x 97 x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 66 79
DXO Color Depth rating 22.5 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.5 13.5
DXO Low light rating 607 701
Other
Battery life 230 photographs 510 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FH50 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $500 $581