Sony a290 vs Canon EOS 70D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a290 and Canon EOS 70D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony a290 is manufacturered by Sony but Canon EOS 70D is from Canon. Both Sony and Canon are well known brands though.

Sony a290 were released 2010 and Canon EOS 70D was released 2013. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a290 2010
Canon EOS 70D 2013

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a290 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Canon EOS 70D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a290 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 70D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Sony a290 has a 14 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 70D has 20,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a290 14 MP
14033152 pixels
4592 x 3056
Canon EOS 70D 20,2 MP
19961856 pixels
5472 x 3648

Canon EOS 70D has a 42 % larger resolution than Sony a290. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 70D has a larger ISO-range than Sony a290. Canon EOS 70D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Sony a290 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a290 100-3200
Canon EOS 70D 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a290
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 70D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a290 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 70D can shoot up to 7 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a290 2,5
Canon EOS 70D 7

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS 70D. Sadly, the Sony a290 does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 70D weighs 755 gr (equal to 1.66 lb) which is 38% heavier than Sony a290 and its 549 gr (or 1.21 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a290 549 gr
1.21 lb
Canon EOS 70D 755 gr
1.66 lb

Sony a290 vs Canon EOS 70D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a290 and Canon EOS 70D, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Name Sony a290 Canon EOS 70D
Manufacturer Sony Canon
Release Date and Price
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Release Year 2010 2013
Release Date 2010-06-09 2013-07-02
MSRP 499 USD 1199 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Resolution 4592 x 3056 pixels 5472 x 3648 pixels
Megapixels 14 MP 20,2 MP
Image Processor Bionz DIGIC 5+
Image
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 12800
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 19
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 2.7 3
Screen dots 230400 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A Clear View II TFT color LCD
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 98%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.83 (0.55 35mm equiv.) 0.95 (0.59 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Frames per second 2,5 fps 7 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 10 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A H.264
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (RS-60E3 cable release, RC-6 wireless remote, or using smartphone over Wi-Fi)
GPS No Yes
Optional through GP-E2
Body & Dimensions
Sony a290
Canon EOS 70D
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion NP-FH50 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 290 shots 920 shots
Width 128 mm 139 mm
Height 97 mm 104 mm
Depth 86 mm 79 mm
Weight 549 gram 755 gram