Sony A290 Surfaces in Vietnam

Sony Alpha A290

While there’s been no official word from Sony yet, it looks like the next entry-level DSLR from Sony has surfaced in Vietnam.  According to specs provided by, the Sony A290 is equipped with a 14.2MP CCD sensor, max sensitivity of ISO 3200, SteadyShot sensor-based stabilization and a frame rate of 2.5 fps.  The A290 appears to be a mild upgrade from the A230 and, keeping with the entry-level spec-list, still does not appear to offer the Quick Autofocus Live View based on the body design and roughly translated specifications.

[ via Slashgear]



  1. Michael McGrath says

    I have the 230 as well , bought for 324 Euro bargain in Argos a month back, fabulous, sturdily built, like a jewel , don’t mind the grip at all once the photography continues to be beautiful . But , here’s one, that new 18-55 mm SAM lens is so Awesome on the 230 that I believe it to actually be a Sony Zeiss – designed lens made by Cosina . So I’ll go for the 290 body only if they ever introduce it here in Ireland . Sony is really kicking Canon and Nikon butts now , though \Nikon are holding up – yet I find the Sony 230 to be better than the Nikon D3000 and miles better than the Canon 1000D , in fact it’s better than every Canon up to 450D with which it’s on level-pegging , it’s level with the Nikon D5000 and the Pentax K-x . I am really a film photographer on Bronica SQA medium format Reala – but now the Sony Alpha, so light and small, goes everywhere I go with Bronicas and Mamiyas too . The advent of the 290 shows that Sony won with the introduction of their triples, the 230, 330 and 380, the lovely Vietnamese people are lucky with the 290 , wish it was available here in Ireland , wish they were here too !

    Michael McGrath
    Professional Photographer
    The Studio
    Kilkenny City
    Ireland .

  2. Russell says

    A blowup of the a290 label seems to show signs of editing around the text.

    Russell McMahon