Sony Alpha 290
|Type||Digital single-lens reflex camera|
|Sensor||14.0 effective megapixels 23.5 × 15.7 mm CCD|
|Maximum resolution||4592 × 3056 pixels|
|Lens||interchangeable, Sony α / Konica Minolta A mount|
|Shutter speed range||30s to 1/4000s (1/1 stops), including Bulb setting|
|Focus areas||9-points, center cross-type|
|Continuous shooting||2.5 frames per second (JPEG, JPEG+RAW, RAW)|
|Viewfinder||95% coverage, 0.83x|
|ASA/ISO range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Custom WB||2500–9900 Kelvin|
|Rear LCD monitor||230.4k pixel , 2.7-inch LCD|
|Storage||SD, SDHC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX|
|Battery||Lithium-ion battery pack, Model NP-FH50|
|Weight||456 g (16.1 oz) (without battery)|
|Made in||Japan or Thailand|
The Sony α 290 (DSLR-A290) is Sony's entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). The 14.0 megapixel α290 is available in the United States in two kit versions, one with a DT 18-55mm SAM (smooth-autofocus-motor) Sony lens and the other with the same DT 18-55mm SAM lens and a DT 55-200mm SAM Sony lens.
The Sony α290 has a 9 point AF system and takes all Sony α/Minolta AF mount lenses. The 14.0 megapixel APS-C (23.5 mm × 15.7 mm) sized CCD sensor has a max ISO of 3200, however when using ISO 800 the photos start to get noisy and 1600 and 3200 have very bad noise. The Sony α290 has a BIONZ image processor and can take approximately 2.5 frames per second. The Sony α290 includes Creative Style, or preset color settings; BRAVIA Sync with a built in HDMI plug, and anti-dust technology. The Sony α290's anti-dust system is a charge protection coating on a low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism. The α290 also features Sony's SteadyShot INSIDE in-body stabilization.
The Sony α290 takes the Sony NP-FH50 rechargeable battery and can take about 500 photos on a full charge (according to Sony). The viewfinder on the Sony α290 has a 95% field of view and has .83x magnification (with a 50 mm lens at infinity) is arguably superior to its sister, the Sony α390, which is almost the same camera except its bigger-tilt screen and live preview.
The Sony α290 officially succeeded the Sony α 230, and brought about the return of several features. It also includes a new "HELP" system, to assist new users. Like the α230, the α290 will take both a Memory Stick PRO Duo or an SD/SDHC card.
The camera weighs approximately 456 grams (16.1 oz) without the battery, memory card, lens and other accessories and has the approximate dimensions of 128 mm × 97 mm × 86 mm (W/H/D).
The Sony α290 has a standard USB 2.0 port along with its mini HDMI port. The camera sends a review image to HDMI output immediately after taking a photo. There is no need to switch to playback mode to review.
The Sony α290 has a capability to work with infrared remote control and also wired remote. Remote control is sold separately, and is enabled through the Drive mode menu by selecting 'Remote Commander'.
The Sony α290 has a capability to take power from AC Power Supply, model AC-PW10AM. This power supply is sold separately.
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