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    Posted: 03 June 2010 at 22:08
Moderators - I made a search for threads about A390, but found nothing. In case a thread with confirmed infos about these cameras would be hidden somewhere here anyway, please feel free to move this post to a proper place.


An article with pictures and a few specs about the new Sony A290 and A390 appeared today in a Swedish photo magazine, "Digitalfoto för Alla" #9 (possibly published one tad early?)

Very glad for this, despite that they are of no interest for me prsonally (I already have an A550, which I am VERY happy with - it is FAR better than most reviewers thinks). The important thing IMO is that Sony (unlike some pessimists here?), obviously believes there still is life in low-end DSLRs (and even more so in cameras higher up in the Sony camera hierarki, one might assume), and that the NEX system isn't supposed to kill the current Alpha line. Sony is possibly expecting some reduction in sales though, since there are only two models (if it stays that way) instead of the usual three... :-)


Anyway, it seems to be mainly complaint-fixes. :-)

The much critizised grip of the A230/A330/A380 series is gone, and replaced with a more conventional and appearantly with much better ergonomy.

The Smart Teleconverter button is moved out of the way a little, up onto the camera top.

Resolution of the lowend model is increased with 40%, so now both are equipped with 14 Mp image sensors. Couldn't find any mention of it being CCD or CMOS, but have made a quick browse only so far.

And A390 has Quick LiveView, while A290 has not (thanks Sony, for not confuse us unnecessarily!).

Still no video.


Will read the article again a little later, and come back with a few more specs.



Edited by Swede101 - 03 June 2010 at 22:15
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The magazine says that Sony has concentrated on user friendliness and comfort for these first-time-buyer cameras. Maybe Sony actually IS listening to Dyxum opinions sometimes? :-)

Introductory prices in Sweden (approximately converted to Euro)
A290 + 18-55 mm 600 Euro
A390 + 18-55 mm 800 Euro
There will also be dual kits with the 55-200 mm too.

Common specs for both A290 and A390:
9 AF points
ISO up to 3200
In-camera SteadyShot
2,7" Screen
Either Memory Stick or SD memory cards (no dual slot, but a single combo slot).
New Help Guide + Tip Function (very clever, says the magazine writer).
HDMI Output

This magazine is rather Canon inclined (some long time Canon-user editors), but they do praise the Quick LiveView highly. "It is far quicker than the Contrast Detect AF used in other cameras. You woun't miss quick moving subjects, which may disappear instantly."

Actually, despite IMO a clear Canon bias, they were perhaps the first to appreciate Sonys Quick LiveView in Sweden (can't write about that now - got to go).

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Originally posted by Winwalloe Winwalloe wrote:

That?

Yes, it seems to have been a genuine leak!

First I made a search for A290 and A390 together, but nothing came up. Then for A390 only, and still nothing. I didn't thought a search for A290 only would yeld anything, but obviously it would have... :-)

Well, the picture of A290 which hoge-fan (in the thread you linked to)assumed was a fake, concides with the pictures in the magazine (although the pictures are showing different perspectives).

Also, the specs clamed by "1001 Noisy Cameras" in the same thread (the post from penfold), coincides with the specs in the Swedish magazine.

I'll conclude that we can be pretty sure about these two cameras now!



Edited by Swede101 - 03 June 2010 at 22:55
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Why no video in this day and age?
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I think because the video is supplied by the NEX3/5 and the A33/55.. and possibly by other cameras (which I hope include an a700 replacement).

Sony seem to be going for a broad front of releases - and the offerings look quite strong and innovative.
 



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Originally posted by travfar travfar wrote:

Why no video in this day and age?


because the canon xsi and nikon d3000 does not have video?
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Originally posted by travfar travfar wrote:

Why no video in this day and age?


I think because the CCD. Although the Sony CCD offers HD 720p, is probably that APS-C CCD doesn´t.

I read about MF Check LV in the a290/a390 like serie 500 Alpha, is it true?
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I just don't see real changes in all of these models, I'm starting to lose count now
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I have been looking at the A 550 as a hiking and an OH DAMN camera. As in oh damn I just dropped the blasted camera and it has skidded over 50 metres of rocks and landed in the river.

If the viewfinder is OK and the sensor/processor produce quality at low ISO then I will be interested in the A 290. Even if it has an idiot UI, no MLU and other things I expect in a camera that would cost me serious money.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote osilee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 June 2010 at 02:29
Typical stratification of the market place. They are trying to drive distinct market segments and fill in the cracks with baby steps. Additionally, I think that they are not going to offer video without "in lens" stabilization. This opens the market up further to sell "new" IS (E mount) lenses while increasing the A mount body sales by continued sub-segmentation of the "no video" market. This strategy allows Sony to expand the market and products however, it takes away the very reason I want to use Sony - Minolta Glass.

Big companies are about growth. By sub-segmenting the market on the A mount bodies and using the "video" carrot to drive E mount body/lens sales.
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Originally posted by osilee osilee wrote:

Typical stratification of the market place.


Beginning to seem more like slicing and dicing the entry level. Wish they'd "stratify" the 700/900 segment at least a little.
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well, from the way things are looking from all the rumors and leaks, we're about to see an A290, A390, A33, A55, A7xx, and possibly an A6xx and 9xx. of course, we won't know for sure if any of this is true or not (though the 290/390 are looking pretty good, and we have all been promised the 7xx by Sony itself) until it's all released (or not) but if it all comes to pass that's SEVEN new SLRs.

How's that for market stratification?

i'd also like to note that the 380 can't be purchased on the US sonystyle site, and the 330 can only be bought with the 18-55. the kit including the 55-200 is "no longer available from SonyStyle". So perhaps the 290/390 are closer than we think.
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Originally posted by Swede101 Swede101 wrote:


An article with pictures and a few specs about the new Sony A290 and A390 appeared today in a Swedish photo magazine, "Digitalfoto för Alla" #9 (possibly published one tad early?)


Can you show it a few photos ?
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