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Sony DSLR-A290
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Sony DSLR-A290 Digital Camera

SLR 14.2MP CCD Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Even first-time DSLR users can experience superb image quality plus generous creative features. Compact, easy to carry and comfortable to hold, it's also wonderfully simple to use. Keep things... More
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9 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Sony is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sony also has good ratings for its SLR digital cameras.

CCD Sensor Type

The DSLR-A290 has a better sensor type than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony digital camera has a CCD sensor type, whereas most SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

This digital camera's sensor type (CCD) is actually the best sensor type across all recently released cameras.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony DSLR-A290 is more than most recently released SLR digital cameras. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The DSLR-A290 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The most commonly found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Vivid are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out in the last year.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Sony DSLR-A290 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The DSLR-A290 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most new similar spec digital cameras. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on new digital cameras. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many recently released comparable spec cameras.

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20 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for the last year do not support Full HD video. The DSLR-A290 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Sony DSLR-A290 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other new similar spec digital cameras also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSLR-A290 do not have a built-in flash. The DSLR-A290 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSLR-A290 do not have an image stabiliser. The DSLR-A290 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most latest similar spec digital cameras do not support video recording. The Sony DSLR-A290 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The DSLR-A290 does not have a GPS. Most of the other latest cameras also do not have a GPS.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for the last year, the Sony DSLR-A290 is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The DSLR-A290 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSLR-A290 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.7 inches, the DSLR-A290 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for the last year. Across all the SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSLR-A290 the screen sizes range from 2" to 3.2".

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months range from 6MP to 37MP, and the average megapixel count is 20MP. The Sony DSLR-A290 has a quite low megapixel count (only 14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSLR-A290.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The DSLR-A290 has one of the narrower field of view (only 95 percent) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The field of view of similar spec cameras that were launched in the last 12 months range from 95% to 100%.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the DSLR-A290 is more than most SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSLR-A290. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Quite Small Eye Relief

The DSLR-A290 has a quite small eye relief (only 16.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other recently released SLR digital cameras. Comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSLR-A290 have eye relief of between 8mm and 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The DSLR-A290 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by latest comparable spec digital cameras. The camera file systems "DPOF", "Exif 2.21" and "MPF" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of cameras that are a similar age to the DSLR-A290 is 6.2MP and the most is 38MP. With a total megapixel count of only 14.9 megapixels, the DSLR-A290 has a quite few total megapixel count compared to most of the other newly released SLR digital cameras.

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Only Nine Auto Focus Points

The DSLR-A290 is a nine auto focus point camera. Most of the other latest digital cameras have between 3 and 424 auto focus points.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSLR-A290 range from 130,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,400 pixels, the Sony DSLR-A290 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSLR-A290.

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Only 4592 X 3056 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony DSLR-A290 has a 4592 x 3056 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all similar spec cameras that were released in the last year the image resolution ranges from 2560 х 1280 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

With a flash recharging time of 4 seconds, the DSLR-A290 has a quite long flash recharging time compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DSLR-A290. The shortest flash recharging time of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSLR-A290 is 2s, the longest is 4s, and the average flash recharging time is 2.9s.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSLR-A290 the closest focusing distances range from 0.25m to 5m. When compared to other new comparable spec cameras, the DSLR-A290's closest focusing distance of 5 meters is one of the largest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSLR-A290

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when Sony released the DSLR-A290.

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SD memory card

This camera supports an MS PRO|Memory Stick (MS)|SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many latest digital cameras. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The Sony DSLR-A290 has a fairly average weight (456 grams) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSLR-A290.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Recharging Time
Video
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony a290, sony a290l, sony dslra290, sony dslra290l
Barcodes 00027242798250, 00942938868669
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