Sony equips it range of ‘á DSLRs’ with some of its well acclaimed features like the SteadyShot. Read on for its technical specifications, latest features and price.

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Sony A290 Digital SLR

One can never equate compact cameras with the DSLRs – both of them are introduced into the market for different purposes. One cannot expect features like a manual mode, complete with aperture and shutter priority modes, from most compact cameras. As a corollary, one can never expect features like Optical Image Stabilization and the likes, which most compact cameras are equipped with, in a DSLR, right? Wrong! Sony rose above most consumers’ expectations, when it came out with its á-DSLRs, to which the Sony á290 belongs. This 14.2mp DSLR, which comes with a 18mm-55mm wide angle zoom lens, is equipped with Sony’s SteadyShot feature, which makes pictures immune to blur due to movement.

Design and Functioning

The Sony á290 comes in a sturdy packaging, with the same Magnesium alloy body that all good DSLRs are made of. Though it is rather light at 456g, perhaps the lightest among all the Sony á DSLRs, the Sony á290 is solid and can easily be gripped because of its matte finished outer body. The upper control areas of the Sony á290 have also been revised with a clear, uncluttered new button layout. Even DSLR novices will find it brilliantly simple to explore the generous creative features of this new DSLR. The intuitive Graphic Display makes it easy to understand the relation between shutter speed and aperture, plus the effects of exposure settings chosen by the user on the final picture. The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of camera functions, illustrated by a sample image to show the results you’ll achieve. Its Anti-Dust technology helps keep its CCD free of static and dust particles, so that the life of the image sensor is not reduced and it doesn’t need frequent servicing. Sony’s much acclaimed SteadyShot functions allows the user to take blur free images, employing optical stability rather than digital, thereby making pictures immune to effects from shake, especially when the user or the subject is moving. Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment the user raises the camera to his eye to look into the viewfinder, so the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment. This camera is compatible both with MemoryStick Duo/PRO Duo as well as SD/SDHC cards.

Sony A290 Digital SLR Sony A290 Digital SLR digital camera

Sony A290 Digital SLR Price India
Price: Rs. 23,395.00Resolution: 14.20 MP

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Technical Specifications of Sony A290 Digital SLR
OverviewCamera type DSLR
Battery (Type) Li-Ion
DimensionsWidth (mm) 128
Depth (mm) 80
Height (mm) 97
Weight 456g
LensShutter Speed (seconds) 30-1/4000
ISO rating Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Interchangeability Yes
Compatible Lenses Konica, Minolta
Lens Mount Sony á lens
Brand Sony á lens
Image SensorType CCD
Total Resolution(MP) 14.90
Effective Resolution(MP) 14.20
Dust Reduction System Yes
ViewfinderType Optical Through-The-Lens
MemoryCard Type Memory Stick Duo
Light MeteringMulti Metering Yes
Center Weighted Metering Yes
Spot Metering Yes
ImagingExposure Compensation Manual or Automatic
Aperture Manual or Automatic
White Balance Manual or Automatic
Focus Manual or Automatic
Image Stabilization Automatic
Shooting Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view
Built in Flash Automatic
External flash support Automatic
InterfaceWiFi NA
Bluetooth NA
Picbridge NA
Hdmi Yes
Primary FeaturesAuto Bracketing Yes
Self Timer 10.00
Face Detection Yes
Af Assist Lamp NA
Movie Mode NA
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Histogram Yes
Colour Options Black
Last Updated on : September 01, 2010

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