Is there a trend of upcoming products to surface in Vietnam first? We recently had the iPhone 4G surface there, and now Sony has showed its upcoming entry-level Alpha A290 DSLR over in the country. The A290 should be replacing the current A230 and will mainly offer an upgraded CCD sensor, bumping the megapixel count from 10.2 to 14.2 megapixels. The ergonomics of this camera have also been tweaked slightly as it’s apparently easier to hold than its predecessor. After currency conversion, the A290 should set you back $526, bundled with the 18-55mm kit lens. There wasn’t any date of when it would be released in the US, but hopefully it won’t be too far off. Specifications (that we know) of the A290 include:
- 2.7-inch LCD display
- Maximum ISO of 3200
- Maximum shooting speed: 2.5fps
- SteadyShot image stabilization
- MemoryStick Pro DUO and SDHC memory card support
- 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM kit lens.