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SonyAlpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Good image quality (19)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Fast shutter speed (12)
  • Image stabilization (12)

Cons

  • Small LCD screen (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (20)
  • Travel (17)
  • Landscape/scenery (15)
  • Low light (13)
  • Wildlife (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple to use entry level camera

I bought this camera as a backup to my sony a700. Its easy to use and has a handy in camera guide. It is pretty light, however it has a plastic cheap feel...Read complete review

I bought this camera as a backup to my sony a700. Its easy to use and has a handy in camera guide. It is pretty light, however it has a plastic cheap feel to it. The kit lens with it seems pretty good. I found most of the functions simple to use and liked the brief explanations of how each mode works. I found the continuous advance drive to being no different than the single advance mode if you are fast on the shutter button. The battery seems to last a good time and I like the ability to use different memory cards.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Camera But Imp Feature Missing

This is my first DSLR camera. I graduated from a point and shoot camera. I bought this since this was one of the most basic of DSLR's that I found.

The...Read complete review

This is my first DSLR camera. I graduated from a point and shoot camera. I bought this since this was one of the most basic of DSLR's that I found.

The picture quality of the snaps is great and it is indeed small and light as compared to its other high end cousins. The look and feel of the camera is very good and it is easy to use - especially for someone who is new to DSLR's.

But I fould 1 very important feature missing - the Live View feature.

Since I am very used to a point and shoot camera, I hate to keep looking through the optical view finder to focus on the object.

I would rather recommend buing this camera's advanced version - the Sony A390 since it has the live view feature.

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5.0

love the camera great photos

By MIKE SUYUNOV

from DULUTH, GA

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
  • Quiet

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Small LCD Screen

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

loved the camera, except for the lcd screen wont give you the live image i would still recoomend this camera defintely worth the price thank you...

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

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5.0

MY FIRST DSLR

By KARL

from CLEMSON, SC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

    I HAVE USED THIS CAMERA EVERYDAY SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN. IT IS WITH ME ALL THE TIME. I AM KNOWN NOW AS THE PHOTOGRAPHER. I KNOW HAVE IRRITATED PEOPLE WITH IT AS WELL. HOWEVER, I APPRECIATE HAVING THIS CAMERA. IT DOES SO MUCH THAT I HAVE NOT EVEN SCRATCHED THE SERVICE. I ONLY USE THE MANUAL MODE AND SHOOT IN B&W. HOWEVER, YOU CAN EDIT THIS TO YOUR SHOOTING STYLE. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO ADJUST AND CALIBRATE THIS THINGS ITS ALMOST OVERWHELMING. I DO NOT LIKE THAT THE BATTERY TAKES THREE HOURS TO CHARGE. IT DOES LAST ENOUGH FOR ME. I JUST WISH IT DIDN'T TAKE THAT LONG FOR A CHARGE.

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

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    4.0

    Nice DSLR for the price!

    By SimplyTisha

    from USA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

    This is my first DSLR, and though I'm still learning how to use it, I am definitely impressed with what you get for the price. You can't beat Sony DSLR's if simply for the compatibility to older Minolta lenses.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    nice camera for beginners

    By Ani

    from nj

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Small LCD Screen

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

    this is my first slr, which I am using mostly for family photographs. Since I do not have another to compare to I don't know how it stacks up to other popular models, but its serving me well. First, it is easy to use and most of the controls are pretty intuitive. I wish the aperture button were in a different place though for faster changes in manual mode. The af speed is decent and the pictures are good. The best part about this camera was the price. If you are looking for a decent slr at a good price...you can't go wrong with this sony.

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

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    5.0

    Love everything about this camera!

    By Lori B

    from Lexington, NC

    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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

      I really can't think of anything negative to say about this camera. This is my first digital camera, having always used a film SLR. The owners manual is pretty easy to understand and the cameras features are easy to use. I'm getting great photos using the 18-55 lens that comes with it as well as my other lenses that I have for my Minolta SLRs. I also find the editing software that comes with it to be easy to understand and use. Really great camera for the price!

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

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      4.0

      Well-made, easy to use

      By Bill

      from Cortland, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

        Bought this for my daughter for her high school graduation.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        OK for a 1st time aspiring proffession

        By c4picardo

        from Qatar

        About Me Casual 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

        • Cannot view from the LCD
        • No video recording

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

        Great and easy to use. However be aware you cannot view from the LCD screen and click a photograph. You have to use the small view finder. I think this is a very big con. No video recording possible.

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

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        5.0

        Excellent Camera- would buy over again!

        By Malz

        from Boston MA

        About Me Casual 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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          I owned the A100 right when it came out in 2006. I loved that camera. I decided to buy the A290 because it was right around the A100 like i had but a bit simpler which is great for me. I love photography and carry this camera everywhere. It is lighter than my A100 and better quailty because of up to date features. I mainly use it for free lance and sport shooting. Works great for both. I have Minolta lenses and they fit on this great as well. I didnt want to waste the lenses.

          I am glad i bough this camera!

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

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          5.0

          I'm in love with mines

          By Ms.Littlejohn

          from Bridgeport,Connecticut

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          I like it so much and it has me intereste din buying another in the futer.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          I found the Alpha A290 a great camera!!!

          By wally

          from NY/NYC

          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

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          this DSLR camera has a great feeling to it, i felt like a pro using it. the grip was amazing and it was surprisingly light, i took many interesting pictures that my fellow photographers loved! but the only thing that bothered me a little was there is a slight delay time when the camera is over exposed! but am new at this so i think its natural.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          GREAT INVESTMENT

          By TURNING PRO

          from HARLEM, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

            I am a novice photographer, new to all sort of cameras, but not new to great investments. I had been very cautious about the purchase of a digital camera. I spent months reading reviews to ensure that I would get the best camera for my dollars.I found the A290 last year and felt that it would be the best camera for me, but I was still very cautious about purchasing the camera. So...it took me a year. The price has been reduced because there have been other cameras that have been released recently. [...]The features are easy to learn and I've been taking tons of photos. Surprisingly, friends and professionals have asked who has taken the pictures and I laugh when they discover that I am the photographer. Buy this camera...you won't be sorry.

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

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            5.0

            Nice Camera

            By 3M

            from Madison , Ohio

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

              Easy to use. Light weight. Great picture quality.

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

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              4.0

              Great for Starters

              By pinaypie

              from Virginia Beach, VA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                Its very easy to use specially this is my first slr camera and the quality is superb

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

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                4.0

                A good entry level SLR

                By kidmuto

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good price value

                Cons

                • Only 3 framers per second
                • Small LCD Screen

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                This is a great entry level SLR but it is just that - entry level. Don't expect advanced features you'd find on a higher-end camera. It also makes a decent backup SLR for those that already own an more expensive camera.

                The camera takes great snapshots and for the amatuer it will be difficult to find a better quality SLR. The basics are all covered, with plenty of automated features. The manual is easy to understand, and both camera/lens are durable. Quality of photos is excellent.

                One of the best things about the camera is the price point. This is in my opinion the best digital SLR available at this price, much better than the equivalents class models from Canon or Nikon.

                Another great feature is the battery life. I can easily use this camera for several hundred shots before needing a charge.

                What I don't like about the a290:
                1. Sony seems to have taken a step backwards by removing some buttons from the body and replacing them with the menu system. Particularly, steady shot (camera stabilization) and some of the flash functionality. These are things I play with quite often, and don't want to manipulate through several menus and "clicks" to choose the right setting.
                2. There is minimal flexibilty with certain settings (e.g. bracketing range). That's almost to be expected with a camera in this class.
                3. Continuous shooting is poor - it is limited to 3 frames per second whereas similar models from other vendors can go much faster.

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

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                4.0

                Versatile, easy to use, great pics

                By 80k

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Works w Minolta Lenses

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                  Works amazingly well with my old lenses, takes great low-light pictures.

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

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                  4.0

                  Great Digital SLR!

                  By Dr. B

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                  • Small LCD Screen

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                  The A290L does a great job with flash pictures as well as low light situations. Built in guide is very helpful while getting started. This camera would be hard to beat for the money.

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

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                  5.0

                  Wow what a camera/camcoder

                  By Moodman

                  from Golden Britsh Columbia Canada

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                    Great camera, easy to use,easy to store in your pocket.I would recomend this gem to all my friends.It even is HD 1080...and for a great price.

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

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                    4.0

                    Totally recommendable

                    By ariasespinosa

                    from Laredo, TX

                    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
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Video feature missing

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                    This camera fullfills my personal pictures needs, it is good to use with familiy, friends, and events, good for an amateur photographer.
                    The thinks that are great about it are that it is light easy to carry and use, friendly to operate, its features helps a lot.
                    To be perfect I feel like a video feature would've been great!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    3.0

                    Great Camera But Imp Feature Missing

                    By KK

                    from MI

                    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

                    Cons

                    • no live view

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                    This is my first DSLR camera. I graduated from a point and shoot camera. I bought this since this was one of the most basic of DSLR's that I found.

                    The picture quality of the snaps is great and it is indeed small and light as compared to its other high end cousins. The look and feel of the camera is very good and it is easy to use - especially for someone who is new to DSLR's.

                    But I fould 1 very important feature missing - the Live View feature.

                    Since I am very used to a point and shoot camera, I hate to keep looking through the optical view finder to focus on the object.

                    I would rather recommend buing this camera's advanced version - the Sony A390 since it has the live view feature.

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                    • No

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Sony A290

                    By dieseldoghouse

                    from Carver, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Stabilization

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony Alpha A290 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                    I purchased this camera to transition into the dSLR age and still utilize $2000 of Minolta MC/MD lenses, via an adapter sold by B&H. [...] Be aware your MC/MD lenses will only operate with the camera in manual mode but no biggie!! [...]

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                    • No

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