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The Sony A390 is a budget DSLR from Sony's Alpha series. Experts and users posting Sony A390 reviews say the camera has some nice features and is easy to use, so it's ideal for new users looking to step up from a point-and-shoot model. Sony A390 reviews are not without caveats. An expert at Digital Photography Review finds that, although images don't show noise at ISOs of 100 and 200, a little noise becomes visible in photos shot at ISO 400. JPEG images are on the soft side, according to this Sony A390 review, although photos shot in the RAW format reveal excellent detail. An expert at PhotographyBlog likes the live view LCD, which tilts up and down, and praises the camera's ability to render natural, accurate colors.
Users posting Sony A390 reviews at Amazon find the camera easy to use. One consumer notes that the image stabilization is built into the camera body rather than just the lens, as is the case with most other DSLRs that have mechanical image stabilization. One Amazon user does complain in a Sony A390 review that the camera's continuous shooting rate of 2.5 frames per second is way too slow. In Sony A390 reviews at B&H, consumers say the camera produces great-looking photos and cite the tilting LCD as a pro, although others say the battery runs out too fast.
The Sony A390 (starting at $499, Amazon) has a CCD image sensor and 14.2MP resolution. ISO settings range from 100 to 3200. In addition to the tilting, 2.7-inch LCD, the camera offers an optical viewfinder. As for memory, the A390 supports SD and SDHC memory cards, as well as Sony's Memory Stick Pro Duo cards.
If you're not familiar with digital SLR cameras, the Sony A390 is a good model to cut your teeth on. It's a cinch to use and produces pretty good photos. The live view feature is popular with users, but the A390 also has an optical viewfinder for those who prefer to frame shots the old-fashioned way. Although you can expect some noise at higher ISO settings, the photo quality is solid.