Sony A390 summary
Sony A390 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera first announced on July of 2010. The camera includes a 14MP, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4592 x 3056.
The A390 is ranked #46 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over all #372 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our collection. Please look at our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personalized factors.
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Sony A390 history
The Sony A390 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete range below.
Sony A390 Gallery
You can check the A390 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony A390 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Sony A390 based on things that are oftentimes regarded as useful in a digital camera.
Sony A390 Sensor specifications
The Sony A390 is run by the Bionz processor chip. The specification of the sensor on the Sony A390 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor can capture 4592 x 3056 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW format is saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the A390's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The A390 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony A390 dimensions
Sony A390 has a weight of 1.21 lb (549 gr or 19.37 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 128mm x 97mm x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 gr and the Sony A390 is similar as compared with various competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Below is a visual of the Sony A390 next to a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view here will provide the button layout on the A390.
Sony A390 Lens specifications
The A390 fits the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses that are available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the A390.
Sony A390 Connectivity
The A390 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer images and at times alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.
Many applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sony A390 Video specifications
Sony A390 does not record video. If you are looking for a digital camera to take only photos, this might not be a concern.
Sony A390 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Sony A390 so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.
Sony A390 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony A390 includes a 2.7" tilting screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder details regarding Sony A390 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- Coverage 95 percent
- Magnification 0.49x
In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders are pretty valuable.
Sony A390 Shutter specifications
Sony A390 can shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony A390 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony A390 boasts both built-in flash and also external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Sony A390 Autofocus specifications
Sony A390 boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is handy for portraits.
The Sensor includes 9 focus points to pick from. Sony A390 boasts manual focusing in case it is needed during low light conditions or you want to have more exact control on focusing.
Sony A390 Battery life
The battery life (NP-FH50) in the Sony A390 is made to last for 230 shots as per the CIPA specifications which is lesser when compared to its competitors. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life within this category of cameras.
Below is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the highest battery life:
Sony A390 for different categories of photography
The following illustration indicates a rundown of the Sony A390 for different categories of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Sony A390
The Sony A390 gets a score of 73 which is above average, meaning that it is a fine option for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.
Sony A390 as a Street photography camera
Getting a impressive points total of 76, the Sony A390 is a brilliant option for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony A390 Sports photography highlights
A reasonable sports photography points total of 60 means the Sony A390 is somewhat suited for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony A390
Portability is really critical in getting a travel camera. Overall, the Sony A390 gets a modest 53 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited to take on your travels.
Sony A390 Landscape photography highlights
When you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Sony A390 with it's above average grade of 61 as a landscape camera is a respectable pick within the current marketplace.
Sony A390 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Sony A390 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a lousy rating of 9.
Sony A390 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the A390, below is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The diagram underneath will give you an overview of the A390 versus it's highest ranked rivals suggested previously.
These are various other cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.