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Post Options Post Options   Quote pdeley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2012 at 16:06
Please forgive me if I'm repeating myself Corwin, but I hope those two photographyblog reviews are not the sole basis for your earlier statements.

As is true for the cameras themselves, PGB's a390 writeup is an almost exact copy of their a380 review, except for the minor updates such as the more sensible grip and the fact that one year later Sony still hadn't added video. In their overall conclusions they gave the a380 a score of 4 out of 5 and the a390 a 3.5, but from the preceding writing they make it pretty clear that has nothing to do with any significant drop of performance at the sensor/image level and everything to do with the lack of significant innovation compared to other 2010 DSLR brands and models.

Obviously the a3xx series cameras are not going to rival the innate latitude and detail one can capture with an a900. We're looking here at entry-level DSLRs with a price point that matches (not exceeds) those of m4/3s or one of the better compact superzooms (which are by the way perfectly fine cameras in their own right). All of that is an entirely different issue from describing the a390 as the worst of the worst, which it is definitely not. My two cents as someone who has used both the a290 and 5D is that as a budget DSLR the former is decidedly weaker on the ergonomics side, but not the worst ever in that respect, while it definitely improves on the 5D in many aspects of image quality and has everything needed to take excellent pictures for anyone not equipped with a $500+ screen and color calibration kit, nor an equally pricey professional photo printer capable of enlargements well beyond A4/letter size. Given the near identity of the a290 and a390 internals, I'm confident the same is true for the latter.

I think we can agree that we would all like to help inform and inspire our fellow photographers, regardless of whether they are cash-strapped or able to spend whatever it takes to get the most expensive gear. Telling someone that they just bought a terrible camera is neither informative nor inspiring, especially if those statements aren't backed up by personal experience using the camera in question, and if they seem unconcerned with the budget constraints of the OP.

Penny started this thread by asking for informed opinion about the camera she just bought and specifically mentioned looking for increased resolution. She is stepping up to more than twice the 5D's resolution with her a390 and on top of that she will also get (among others) better dynamic range and color depth on the image quality side, as well as a much better rear LCD and noticeably faster AF module compared to her 5D (or your 7D). All at a price point well below the initial MSRP of the 5D, and at one-fifth the MSRP of the a900 for that matter.

Edited by pdeley - 04 March 2012 at 16:26
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Peekayoh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 March 2012 at 15:25
Seems to me that Penny cornered herself a real bargain with that A390, less than $300 when you factor in the sale of the kit lens; mega.

Whatever the merits of other cameras, the 390 represents a good step forward for Penny at least in resolution. ISO noise is no better but at least it's no worse.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dryce Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 March 2012 at 16:04
Originally posted by Mescalamba Mescalamba wrote:

I dont care much about what score DxO thinks is important. Overall score usually doesnt mean that much. Individual scores are something else and they are important. If you can read them and understand them.

You make of these sort of numbers what you want to make of them.

I don't bother to understand them. I'm more interested in what *I get* out of the camera and lens combination than anything else.

Since we usually take color photos, thing thats called color accuracy is probably important dont you think? Or all those users which love A900 colors are just "following elusive numbers"? I dont think so.

Colour accuracy is in the eye of the beholder. I always think of my KM5D as rather good. I can't recall whether its colours are supposed to be accurate or not. The numbers are so elusive I haven't found time to look for them let alone follow them.

How accurate was Velvia vs Sensia vs Reala vs Kodachrome vs HP5 vs XP2 vs FP4 vs whatever?

For the OP the upgrade to the A390 was IMO a good value proposition. A whole lot of extra resolution, some extra AF performance, live view, movable rear LCD. And I suspect for a satisfied KM5D user who has held on to their camera for so long that they might well be a lot more comfortable with the A390's CCD than a CMOS sensor.

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