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Old Jun 9, 2010, 5:29 PM   #1
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Default Sony Debuts New Alpha a390 and a290 Models

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I was hoping for an A450, but I think I could live with the A290.
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I think the a390 looks sweet...but still no video recording!!!!
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help me understand - besides a new grip and moving back to CCD sensor, what has changed?
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New model numbers. Don't you know that a higher model number means a better camera? ;-)

Yea... we'll have to wait and see how they work, as the specs look more like they're an upgraded A230 and A330 (different grip, higher resolution CCD sensor as used in the A380), with little in the way of anything else.

Hopefully, they'll also have more advanced image processing and noise reduction algorithms to go with it (as rumor has it, Sony is going to incorporate the same types of improvements in the camera processing as they made in their latest raw converter update; and also has firmware upgrades planned for existing models -- but ran into some snags and hasn't been able to release them yet, "bricking" a number of cameras during field testing of the updates due to bugs).

Basically, with the A290 and A390, they're improving on the main things users didn't like about the A230 and A330 from outward appearances, but not much else with these models.
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Notice that Sony also seems to have dropped the A380 from the line-up. Perhaps the A290 and A390 are the once and future Sony dSLRs. After all, when you go from 380 to 390, what's do you go next?
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A550 after the 390, then you are suck
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Actually, I was talking about Sony's model numbers. What will Sony name their next model when they improve the 390?
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Lets all see what the final product will be like before we start slagging them off.

Be interesting to see how they perform.
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help me understand - besides a new grip and moving back to CCD sensor, what has changed?
Things that you don't see... If I understand Sony, they designed the heck of their cost out, and you'll see some very aggressive pricing going forward...

-> This is their alternative to the NEX for folks who prefer a viewfinder instead IMO
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