Sony A290 Surfaces in Vietnam

by on May 14, 2010

in Sony

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 Hamza May 14, 2010 at 9:16 am

Ah! They are bringing the grip back, I have the A230 and the grip really is small.

2 Michael McGrath May 21, 2010 at 1:05 am

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 .

3 Russell May 21, 2010 at 4:53 am

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

Russell McMahon

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