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Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A290 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens)

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Product Information
With the A290 you can step up to Sony digital SLR image quality with amazing ease. The camera features the rich, true-to-life imaging of a 14.2-megapixel CCD with advanced BIONZ processing, and SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization that works with any A series A-mount lens. The a290 packs outstanding quality, performance, and value into one of the lightest, most compact SLR bodies. And don't worry if you've never used an SLR before. Assistance is built right into the camera, with an easy-to-understand on-screen help guide and graphic display to help you capture the images of beauty you've always wanted.

Product 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Product Highlights

Product Identifiers
UPC027242798250, 4905524684117, 609728167165

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Optical Zoom3x
Sensor Resolution14.2 MP
Screen Size2.7"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size15.7 x 23.5mm
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens For SDDT SAM 18-55mm
Focal Length Range18mm - 55mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size55 mm
Lens System FeaturesSmooth Autofocus Motor (SAM), Aspherical Lens, ED Glass
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection
Lens Construction7 group(s) / 8 element(s)
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera27 - 82.5mm

Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light SensitivityISO 100-3200, ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max3200

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation, Wireless Off-Camera Control
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level penta-dach mirror
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.83x
Dioptric Correction Range-2.5 to +1

Depth3.1 in.
Height3.8 in.
Width5 in.
Weight16.08 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Size2.7"

Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x Hi-Speed USB
Expansion Slot1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo, 1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS X 10.4 or later, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP3

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatJPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional FeaturesAF Lock, Brightness Control, Built-In Help Guide, Contrast Control, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Noise Reduction, Digital Tele-Converter, Direct Print, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Exif Print Support, Eye-Start AF System, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Saturation Control, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility

Shooting ProgramsLandscape, Macro, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset
Special EffectsBlack & White, Landscape, Neutral, Night View, Portrait, Sunset, Vivid
Continuous Shooting Speed2.5 frames per second

eBay Product ID: EPID100106202

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    Created: 02/02/12

    Worth every penny.

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
    Review For: Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A290 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens)

    Excellent camera for beginners and weekend shooters. Great bang for the buck. Finding it on Ebay for a great bargain was an extra plus. I highly recommend the product to any first time/average user who wants to take some good quality pics without having to know every technical detail.

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    Created: 12/18/10

    Sony Alpha DSLR-A290L with 18-55mm lens

    Review For: Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A290 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens)

    Good camera for beginner, does not have easy review or delete access.slow processor. control button , I did not read post well should not have b id on this camera. It just does not do what I need it to M a100 is still a better fit for me.

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