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SonyAlpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.7

(based on 43 reviews)

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    (31)

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    (11)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (41)
  • Good image quality (36)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
  • Large clear LCD (28)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (28)

Cons

  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (35)
  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Sports/action (26)
  • Travel (25)
  • Low light (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25), Yes (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great for entry level

Bought this to give as an X-mas gift but snuck it out of the box to play for a day. Very user friendly and explainations regarding modes are easily viewed on the LCD. I...Read complete review

Bought this to give as an X-mas gift but snuck it out of the box to play for a day. Very user friendly and explainations regarding modes are easily viewed on the LCD. I didn't process any pics, but they looked great on screen. For a new user, this is the way to go. Sony may not yet have mastered high ISO, but since I didn't play with that on this camera, I'm withholding judgement.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good product to learning photo

I think this is a good camera to getting into the picture photohgraph world. Easy to use and simple, like other Sony products. Excellent price at B&H store.

I think this is a good camera to getting into the picture photohgraph world. Easy to use and simple, like other Sony products. Excellent price at B&H store.

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4.0

missing some features.

By Hundredacrewoods

from Mobile, AL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable in hands
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet

Cons

  • No battery Grip option
  • No cable release port
  • Noisy At High ISO
  • No mirror lock up
  • Poor In Low Light
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

Great Camera for the price, Takes good stills, and has great capabilities, In the right hands, Granted this is sonys replacement for a different camera (Sony a580) with a bad grip, its basicly the same Camera but because the grip is changed they moved the battery port so that means no battery grip, And I'm kinda big on that, Also, with this camera there are no options for a shutter release cable, yes they do have wireless ones, but not for timelaps and other specialized photography, and there is no mirror lock up... which is important for sharp images at night on a tripod, and the iso is also very noisy above 800, and at 1600 its almost un usable for proffesional shots, luckily i have software to get rid of most of it but that is aside from the point.. over all it is a great camera for the amature and will take great images.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Luv it

By stanleystash

from jonesboro,arkansas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

      Easy to use, very easy. Takes great photos

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great Camera For An Aspiring Photographe

      By Aspiring Photographer

      from Connecticut

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

      This camera works great for photographing people and scenery, can't wait to try out different lenses with it! Having to switch between the viewfinder or LCD is a little cumbersome.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Quality and easy to use

      By Trigger Time

      from Cleveland Ohio

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

      Easy to use right out of the box, instant sync with MACbook for downloads, sharp quality, and fun to boot.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      I would by this product again and again

      By Erganat,KZ

      from Atyrau, KZ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality

      Cons

      • No Video

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

      We use it for pictures of our child as well as outdoor photography. We love the multitude of features and are still working on learning everything the camera has to offer. Overall we are very pleased with our purchase. This is good for entry level.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      VERY VERY PLEASED WITH THE CAMERA

      By FLASH

      from RICHMOND VIRGINIA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

        USE IS VG . I LIKE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CAMERA

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Awesome!

        By Lore

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

        I'm not a professional but I think the camera is easy to use, I need to keep learning since have plenty of different modes to try, It's very light easy to carry, I also like that it can take 2 memory cards, I would like the battery to last longer but otherwise I'm so happy with my purchase

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Had to Comment

        By Three Jeeps

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          One reviewer posted a "con" that it does not have video...it's a still camera, not a video camera. If your looking for a video camera, don't look at DSLR's. Best billboard I saw said "If it has a ringtone, it's not a camera".
          Camera's are not for video, video camera's are not for stills and phones are not either...sheesh.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy again

          By Tarcísio

          from recife brasil

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

            Family photos

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My new favorite hobby.

            By Mom of 3 soccer players

            from St Paul, MN

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

              This Sony has some great features. I mostly use the eye piece to take all my photos, but the tilting screen has already come in very handy. Especially went looking at photos. You can set the camera down flat, tilt the screen and comfortably review all photos. Great clear photos - fast for shooting the kids running around. Even got some great fireworks shots this weekend.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Best buy I ever made!!

              By Chris

              from Pottsville PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                    I literally bought this camera 3 days before our vacation out in Nevada and Arizona. I love it so much that I took over 700 pictures!!! I am by no means an expert with a camera, but with the Alpha A390 you can't go wrong. I even took it off of the auto mode and fiddled around with the settings. Great fun and a super camera!!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I Love It

                    By Natalie

                    from New York City, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                      [...]If you read the manual which clearly explains how to use the camera you wont have any problems with it.This is my first DSLR camera and Im enjoying it very much

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Very Happy!!

                      By Castle

                      from Maine

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance

                      Cons

                      • No video capability

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                      This is my first DSLR after a few point and shoot type digitals. My photography has greatly improved and I am more and more excited to get out and take pictures every time I pick it up.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      I Am Very Happy With My A390

                      By Joe

                      from Millville, NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • 142 MP
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I took a college photography course and this camera has all the required features to get the most out of the course and the camera. My professor recommended I get an SLR camera to utilize all I learnt in the course. I would suggest this camera for a serious beginner & an intermediate photographer. This camera has Auto and Manual settings that allow the user to see adjustment settings in either mode (this is a great learning tool). The camera can be upgraded as the user learns.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Great first time DSLR!

                        By Emmalee

                        from Connecticut

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                            I don't have much experience at all with SLR cameras, but decided to make the investment. I've always used Sony digital cameras and have been confidant in their products. It's a sturdy camera and has easy to use features. So far, I have been very pleased. I'm sure I'll be even happier once I take some courses to get better acquainted with this type of camera. Overall, an affordable first time DSLR.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Lovin' it!

                            By photo gal

                            from WA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                                I just started photography as a hobby and absolutely fell in love with this camera. It's pretty easy to use and takes great pictures! The swivel screen is more handy than I even thought! I love it!!

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 8
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Wonderful camera!

                                By Jess

                                from Maryland

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                                  I haven take a few photography course in high school and college as well as worked as a graphic artist for a professional photographer...this camera is great! Im a Sony fan. I have had 2 Sony point and shoots and loved them and decided to go for something a little higher scale. Granted this isnt a professional camera with all the bells and whistles but I dont need all that.....for now. Its great at portraits and that is something Im getting into especially with kids. I love the automatic modes and the manual even though I dont have the patience to deal with much manual. There isnt anything I dont like about this camera because it serves its purpose perfectly.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 9
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great pics and easy for beginners

                                  By none

                                  from Islamorada, Fl

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • High ISO Performance
                                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                                    Went to NYC took great pics daylight and night. Pics of Chinatown red were vibrant and Time Square lights were bright. I am a believer.

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 10
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Need to say more?

                                    By Andrew

                                    from Joinville, Brazil

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • High ISO Performance
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife photos

                                      Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                                      This camera is amazing, from all the aspects.
                                      It has a great picture, good steady shot, a lot of different ways to take a picture and some other features that i haven't even learn how to use it. I does take a little practice and it wouldn't hurt taking some courses to learn how to make your pictures look even better.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • Yes

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Love it

                                      By Puky

                                      from New York, NY

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sony Alpha A390 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                                          very easy to use and great picture.

                                          • Ease of Operation:
                                          • 9

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