updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed June 9, 2010
Sony A290 and A390 get new sensors, redesign
Sony today added two new Alpha cameras for newcomers. The A290 and A390 together now have the 14.2-megapixel, in-body stabilized CCD sensor of the outgoing A380. Compared to their ancestors, they also have a simpler top control layout and a redesigned grip that should be more comfortable to hold.
Differences between the two revolve around displays, much like the gap between earlier Alpha models. The A290 has a fixed 2.7-inch LCD and depends on its optical viewfinder alone for previews. Moving to the A390 changes to a tilting display and gives the option of live view from the LCD. Either has a simplified menu system for new photographers, both Memory Stick Pro Duo and SDHC for storage and HDMI video out.
Video recording is still absent on either camera.
Sony hasn't detailed pricing but plans to ship the A290 and A390 in the summer, although unofficial estimates have them selling for $500 and $600 respectively in kit form.