Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: DSLR-A100
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- Sony's Alpha DSLR-A100 deserves consideration whether you're looking for an alternative to Canon and Nikon, you already own a selection of Maxxum AF lenses, or you're looking for your first digital SLR.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $484.48 - $644.29
- Reviewed by: Phil Ryan
- Edited by: Jim Hoffman
- Reviewed on: 07/20/2006
The good: 10.2 megapixels; in-camera image stabilization; eye-start autofocus.
The bad: ISO tops out at ISO 1,600; auto white balance is warm with tungsten light.
The bottom line: Sony's Alpha DSLR-A100 deserves consideration whether you're looking for an alternative to Canon and Nikon, you already own a selection of Maxxum AF lenses, or you're looking for your first digital SLR.
Sony DSLR-1OO not perfet but a very good DSLR
by tazadsldevil on November 12, 2010
Pros: i defenitaqlly like the two wheel design it keeps the menu easy , understandable and not a fuzz. second i like that is weighs so low you can have it on you all day without a hassle. i like the Super Steady Shot too
Cons: eye-af , it can be great but i have to remeber to shut it off when having the camera on my shoulder , would have loved a littkle better sio perfomance (less noise)
Summary: the sony dslr-a100 or alpha 100 is a very fine camera, it does what it has to do make it possible to get great pictures. with the Super steady shot ...
Summary: the sony dslr-a100 or alpha 100 is a very fine camera, it does what it has to do make it possible to get great pictures. with the Super steady shot it is hard to get a blurry picture (even with my shaking hands) and it is a great instrument for the ambitous photographer . the best thing is that metering, flash, af, iso, whitebalance and tone settings are all under one wheel easy to change within a few seconds , where with outer camera's you have to get through the manual to do it , i lke that very much. what you have to get used to is that the shutter botton is behind the control wheel , with most other brands the wheel is in the front of the grip or in the back , here you have the wheel first than the buton
by SummerLeisure on June 20, 2010
Pros: This camera takes some very nice photos. The steady shot technology is great for capturing a clear shot, and is compatible Minolta lenses. Does well with low light/night shots.
Cons: Kit lens that came with the camera and subsequent replacement lenses (each lasting only a year or 2) do not last. Camera is bit heavy compared to the newer models available, & auto-focus struggles frequently. Not reliable when needed.
Summary: I originally purchased this camera after having been thrilled with my Minolta film SLR for years, and had nothing but great things to say about that camera. With Sony's ...
Summary: I originally purchased this camera after having been thrilled with my Minolta film SLR for years, and had nothing but great things to say about that camera. With Sony's purchase of Minolta a few years ago, I decided to stick to the new Sony DSLR because I had purchased additional telephoto and other lenses would transfer to this model. Unfortunately, I have had a series of problems with the kit lens that came with the model, as well as issues with the auto-focus. While not a terrible camera by any means (the photo quality is outstanding), the issues with the camera seem to hit at the worst time (usually while on a trip) forcing expensive repairs, loss of time on vacation, or having to do without a camera for the remainder of the trip. Because of this, I'm strongly considering purchasing a new camera from a different manufacturer. I need a camera that is ready to go when I need it most!
Nice camera, worth the money
by jmos1 on February 23, 2009
Pros: Easy to use, very good outdoor pics, battery life is very good.
Cons: Indoor flash pics tend to be too bright for close objects.
Summary: This is my 5 digital camera and my first DSLR. Overall I am very pleased with the photo quality and easy of use. Color balance has been right on for ...
Summary: This is my 5 digital camera and my first DSLR. Overall I am very pleased with the photo quality and easy of use. Color balance has been right on for most pics. Battery life has been excptional. Having two manual control knobs rather than having to use the menus has been very positive and fast.
nice for the price
by bambam4lsu on September 29, 2008
Pros: to many to list
Cons: shutter speed in low light..
Intermediate Level Camera for Beginner Level Price
by ronihair1234 on September 14, 2008
Pros: Intuitive design and excellent grip. All functions can be accessed very quickly
Best lineup of affordable high quality lenses. In particular the Zeiss Lenses. The 16-80mm is the best lens in its class. Colour reproduction is stellar.
Cons: The AF speed is not as fast as the A700, but, of course, that came out later. The A200 and A300's have improved speed. Also the eye-start focusing can go off if the camera is around your neck (again - resolved by adding a grip sensor on the A700).
Summary: Bottom line. This camera is a great camera for a beginner. It allows one to start off with a relatively cheap body, add amazing lenses, and with time switch to ...
Summary: Bottom line. This camera is a great camera for a beginner. It allows one to start off with a relatively cheap body, add amazing lenses, and with time switch to newer, perhaps more advanced (A700) aps-c bodies while using the same amazing glass. Image quality is great and, for an average user, even ISO 1600 images are usable. Zeiss lenses are a must. It's definitely worth the extra dollars.
Not Perfect, but Excellent Camera!
by zowen11 on April 20, 2008
Pros: Long battery life, came bundled with lens, cheap, compatible with Konica Minolta lenses
Cons: ISO up to 1600 only, shutter speed up to 1/4000 only
Summary: This camera is really worth the price for its quality and compatibility with KM lenses. Excellent!
Summary: This camera is really worth the price for its quality and compatibility with KM lenses. Excellent!
excellent camera for the price
by sgothuk on March 19, 2008
Pros: very easy to use in auto mode gives good consistent reults
Cons: noisy during shutter operation, Rear screen hard to see in bright sunlight.
Summary: Sony saved me a fortune when they bought out this camera as i have been using a Minolta 7000 for over 25 years and built up a collection of expensive ...
Summary: Sony saved me a fortune when they bought out this camera as i have been using a Minolta 7000 for over 25 years and built up a collection of expensive lenses. The picture results are excelent using both the Sony lenses and Minolta lenses. The autofocus is precise and fast to lock on The only item that i had to invest in was a new Flashgun as my old minolta one didn't fit the hotshoe. Battery life is about 6 hours(ish)depending on what you are doing but i have found that it is more than adequate for me. The display could be slightly confusing for a first time user as there is a lot of information on the screen. Most of the old Minolta 7000 AF Equipment will work with the A100 including the remote cable, which, if i remember correctly was expensive when i first bought it Excellent camera for the price
First time dsl user
by rfh64 on March 9, 2008
Pros: ccd shake censor
Cons: auto on when next to chest
Summary: This is my first big money camera and I am very excited about it. I have had this for 6 months now and everyone who plays with it, feel like ...
Summary: This is my first big money camera and I am very excited about it. I have had this for 6 months now and everyone who plays with it, feel like they are shooting as a pro. The big plus is shopping eBay for all the minnolta lens that work great with this. Battery power is awesome with a 4 gig cf card I was able to shoot almost 400 pictures without the battery dying out on me. Shooting in raw is the best but if you plan on bringing the card to a photoshop most only except jpeg but this sony cam can shoot the pic in both formats at the same time. I also like shooting the 3 picture a second burst which gives me awesome bird in flight shots along the seacoast where I live. All in all you will love this camera if you are like me taking a big step into the digital slr world
Great Camera at half the price!!!
by sparky4601 on December 22, 2007
Pros: Easy to use,compatable with majority of Minolta products,stronger body thatn the competition
Cons: Sony has a awful record for customer service!!!!!
Summary: Being a owner of a Cannon xti, and a Nikon D40x &D80 I love The sony the best out of them all! whether it's your first dlsr or ...
Summary: Being a owner of a Cannon xti, and a Nikon D40x &D80 I love The sony the best out of them all! whether it's your first dlsr or your an experienced photographer this camera will suit all your needs! The body is stronger than all it's competition. The anti shake is not offered in Nikon or Canon! (only on there lenses!)The Options are easy to use and find. All of my Minolta equipment works with the camera. The price was allot cheaper than the Nikon and Cannon. New SONY BUYERS BE AWARE!!!! SONY DOES NOT BACK THERE PRODUCTS!!! They have the worst customer service on the market!! whether your product breaks because it's your fault or not THEY WILL BLAME IT ON YOU!!! I was also told by several customer service reps that every single piece of Minolta equipment was NOT recommended for The alpha Series, But every one of them worked!!!
Excellent camera for the money!
by gadgetman01 on October 1, 2007
Pros: I can still use most Konica Minolta lenes (except Sigma).
Cons: Lots of grain after ISO 400, auto focus sometimes fussy.
Summary: As an amateur photographer on a budget, I shopped long and hard and found the A100 was the best buy for the dollar. I already had a decent amount of ...
Summary: As an amateur photographer on a budget, I shopped long and hard and found the A100 was the best buy for the dollar. I already had a decent amount of money invested in Konica Minolta auto focus lenses from my film days. Since I have switched over to the Sony A100, I have gotten many, many comments on how clear and detailed my photos are. Many have snubbed this camera in favor of Nikon or Canon, but I find this camera gives me what I needed without paying a king's ransom! My photos are as good or better than those of my friends with the high dollar cameras. Note: Sigma lenses made for late model Konica Minolta auto focus may not work with flash on this camera!
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: DSLR-A100
- Description: In Digital Photos, Sony Takes You Farther. The advanced Sony ?; (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera combines big-print 10 MP power and high sensitivity shooting with Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization for low-light shots that preserve the mood without flash or tripod. Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer automatically recaptures detail in bright and dark picture areas, Anti-Dust technology keeps the CCD imager clean for better pictures, and Eye-Start Autofocus system increases camera response. Sony and Carl Zeiss lens systems plus Minolta A-mount lens compatibility expand your creative horizons -- and a supplied Lithium Ion battery provides Stamina power for up to 750 shots .
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - SLR
- Resolution 10.2 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 10,800,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 10,200,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 15.8 x 23.6mm
- Field of View Crop Factor 1.5
- Sensor Dust Reduction Yes
- Sensor Features Anti-Dust technology
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot, CCD-shift mechanism)
- Auto Focus TTL phase detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
RAW + JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 400,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Metering Zones 40
- Exposure Modes Bulb,
- Shooting Programs Sunset,
- Special Effects Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3 EV step
- X-sync Speed 1/160 sec
- Exposure Range EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
- Lens System Mounting Minolta A-type
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 12
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator,
Wireless off-camera control,
Flash +/- compensation
- Continuous Shooting Speed 3 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Additional Features AF lock,
RGB primary color filter,
Depth-of-field preview button,
PRINT Image Matching,
Digital noise reduction,
Dynamic Range Optimizer,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Eye-level roof prism
- Field Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.83x
- Dioptric Correction Range -2.5 to +1
- Viewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
- Viewfinder Information Flash charge completion,
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video output,
1 x DC power input,
1 x Remote control
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Image Data Converter SR,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows ME,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 or later
- Included Accessories Shoulder strap,
- Supported Battery Sony NP-FM55
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1600 mAh ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot CompactFlash Card
- Supported Memory Cards CompactFlash,
- Image Storage 3872 x 2592,
2896 x 1936,
1920 x 1280
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.2 in
- Depth 2.8 in
- Height 3.7 in
- Weight 19.2 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.
15.8 x 23.6mm,
Optical (Super Steady Shot,