Sony A290 weighs 549 g (1.21 lb / 19.37 oz) and has external dimensions of 128 x 97 x 86 mm (5.04 x 3.82 x 3.39″). Considering that the average weight of DSLR type cameras is 774g, Sony A290 is a remarkably light camera for its class. With a thickness of 86mm, it has an average thickness for its class.
Here is the front and top view image of Sony A290 with the dimensions:
In order to give you a better idea about the real life size of Sony A290, we have added an image of how it looks next to a credit card and an AA type battery.
Now lets compare the weight and thickness of Sony A290 with its main competitors:
Sony A290 doesn't have any environmental sealings on its body so you got to be extra careful to protect it against water and dust. If you shoot under these conditions very often, consider checking Top DSLR Cameras with Weather Sealing page.