Sony Alpha a390
14.2 megapixels; CCD sensor; 2.5 fps continuous shooting; 2.7" Tilt-and-swivel LCD monitor; Fast autofocus even in live view; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
Released alongside the $100-cheaper A290, the Sony A390 is one of the least exciting upgrades we’ve seen in a long while. The only difference between this model and the A380 it replaces are a slightly larger handgrip and a re-positioned shutter button. This is not to say it doesn’t have its charms: the A390 is one of the few dSLRs on the market with a speedy autofocus in live view. A tilt-swivel LCD makes the live view that much more useful. Unfortunately, the 14.2 megapixel sensor doesn’t compete with the best of the 12 and 15 megapixel sensors by Sony and Canon. JPEGs are soft throughout the range and the optical viewfinder is the smallest on the market. The live view mode is also incredibly battery-hungry; expect no more than 300 shots before needing to recharge. It's a cheap camera, yes, but you can do much better for just a few more bucks, even within Sony's range now that the A33 and A55 SLT models have been released.