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Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Lens Features

SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization
Image stabilization helps you take blur-free shots by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.

14.2 megapixel resolution for ultra-fine detail
A 14.2 megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor captures your images in stunning detail, giving you the freedom to make large prints and tight crops without sacrificing quality.

Smallest, lightest a series body
The A290 features the smallest and lightest body of any Sony a (alpha) series camera for improved portability, as well as an intuitive button layout that allows for easy single-handed operation.

Integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display
An integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.

HDMI terminal with BRAVIA Sync compatibility
An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in stunning high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). In addition, BRAVIA Sync works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television’s remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately)1.

2.7in. (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display
Review your images and monitor camera settings on the large 2.7in. (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display, which provides sharp, clear viewing, even in outdoor environments.

High sensitivity (ISO 3200) for superior noise reduction
A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables you to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light -- High ISO Noise Reduction technology reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion.

Eye-Start Autofocus
Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye, so the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment.

9-Point AF Sensor
9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor uses with improved focus control to help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, and predictive focus control automatically calculates the position of fast-moving subjects.

Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting
Continuous Shooting lets you shoot at up to 2.5 fps (frames per second) while viewing your subject through the optical viewfinder so you never lose track of the action.

Creative Style settings
Creative Style settings give you control over how the camera processes your images. Choose from 8 finishing styles, including Standard, Vivid, Potrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W, and Adobe RGB, and fine tune them to your personal taste with the ability to adjust contrast, saturation, and sharpness settings.

Dynamic Range Optimizer
Dynamic Range Optimizer provides two levels - Standard/Plus to improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare. Normal DRO improves detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, while Advanced DRO adjusts dynamic range area-by-area for greater accuracy.

Built-in Pop-Up Flash
The Auto Pop-Up Flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes, helping first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively. In addition, the a230 features an integrated hot shoe, which lets you expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).

Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CCD imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures, by utilizing a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter, as well as an anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to help dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

Stamina Battery power
Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 500 shots2 on a fully charged NP-FM50 InfoLITHIUM battery when using the optical viewfinder mode, and you’ll be able to see how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

BIONZ image processor
The advanced BIONZ image processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, reduced noise, and improved white balance and exposure control, for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity settings.

PhotoTV HD compatibility
PhotoTV HD compatibility3 lets you automatically create high-resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV.

Index and Slide Show Display
Index and Slide Show Display enable you to quickly review your photos using 4, 9 or 25-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.

Function Guide Display
Function Guide Display provides intuitive and easy to use on-screen menus that can be activated and operated with one hand using the Fn (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer.

Dual slot Compatiblity for Memory Stick and SD media
Compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately) for convenient storage and sharing of your images.

Included SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens
The a290 comes with a SAL1855 DT 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. This newly developed lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange telephoto shots with ease.

Footnotes
1 Requires BRAVIA Sync feature in each product, including a compatible BRAVIA HDTV. Please refer to owner’s manual to determine compatibility.
2 When fully charged. Actual results may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions.
3 Compatible BRAVIA HDTV, and component cable (sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing. Specifications of the BRAVIA HDTV shown vary according to market region.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.4 stars
(based on 10 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(8), Fast / accurate auto-focus(8), Fast shutter speed(7), Good image quality(8), High ISO performance(4)
Best Uses:
Family photos(9), Landscape/scenery(8), Low light(7), Sports/action(8), Travel(9)
Describe Yourself:
Casual photographer(7), Photo enthusiast(3)
Was this a gift?:
No(5), Yes(5)
 
Great for Beginners
By alm155Verified Reviewer from Frankfort, Illinois on 5/8/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, Image stabilization, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
7
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
6
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
6
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
7
Overall Experience:
8
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Cons:
Lag / Shutter Delay, Noisy At High ISO, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Food photography, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

This camera is great for first time SLR buyers. It's easy to use and understand. Within a week of purchase I felt that I knew what I was doing.

 
easy to use
By HVerified Purchaser from cambridge ne. on 5/1/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
7
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
7
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
7
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

i have been very happy with how easy it is to use

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excelent!!!!!
By Joe the noviceVerified Purchaser from Hershey, Pa on 3/15/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Low-light shooting, Manual focus
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
7
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
7
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I love it!!! Really, if youn havn't traded in your 35mm regardless of accesories, do it now! You won't believe what you can capture now that was never there before. You really can't go wrong!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Cool cool stuff :)
By KushalVerified Purchaser from Arlington, TX on 3/7/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Email to friends and family, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I am a casual photographer. I do take random pictures specially portrait and nature related. I liked it as it was easy to use and learn for the first timers as me.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Good Camera, great price, easy to use
By DWKVerified Purchaser from Savannah GA on 12/29/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in photo editing software, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Save to disk, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

When I saw the price I knew it was time to buy a DSLR. I have used SLR and several digitial cameras.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
It woks with my Minalta 7000 lens.
By FoxieVerified Purchaser from Palm Baay, Fl on 12/28/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Interchangeable lenses
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
8
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
8
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I can use this with all my Minolta lens that I have, so I can go from film to Digital

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Something Special for a Beginner
By Lil-MikeVerified Reviewer from Douglasville, GA on 12/20/2010
Pros:
Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Reasoniably Priced
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

This camera is great for a beginner! The features as well as the functions are presented in a way that is user-friendly! It's a 2010, must have for Christmas.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
awsome deal and was a great buy
By bubbaVerified Purchaser from baltimore,MD on 12/6/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Display on television, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk, Sell – professional photographer, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites, Use in professional publications
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
10
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

this camera just all around was great and i would recommend to anyone!!

[1 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Beginer DSLR
By BseckelVerified Purchaser from Ocala, fl on 12/1/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Digital zoom, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Low-light shooting, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Upload to online photo sharing sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Best Uses:
Sports/Action
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

this is our first DSLR But have used friends, cannon, and Nikon this camera is just as good. but maybe a little easier to use.

[11 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

 
Sony Digital SLR Camera
By DennisVerified Purchaser from Cave Spring, Ga. on 9/29/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Easy to use and makes great pictures.

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