Sony Alpha A290 entry-level DSLR outed

Sony Vietnam have unveiled the company's latest DSLR, the Sony Alpha A290, an update to the ageing A230.  Packing a 14.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor, Sony BIONZ processor and integrated SteadyShot image stabilization, the A290 supports up to ISO 3200 and 2.5fps continuous shooting.

There's also a 2.7-inch LCD preview display and both MemoryStick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC memory card slots.  Sony also say the functionality from the original A230 is present, so we're guessing that means the A290 keeps the HDMI connectivity and the Quick Autofocus Live View, which allows shots to be framed on the LCD as well as the optical viewfinder.

In Vietnam, the Sony Alpha A290 will apparently be priced at 9,990,000 VND ($529) complete with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM lens.  That's about the same as an A230 currently costs there, we're told.  No word on when – or indeed if – we'll see the same DSLR arrive in the US or Europe.

[via Tinhte - thanks Đức!]