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
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- 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.
Amazing photo quality. This is a MUST have!
by CoolAri on August 15, 2007
Pros: 10.2 megapixels, excellent battery life, amazing photo quality, cheap if you get it from the right place, very short interval between taking pictures.
Cons: No live LCD imaging, file transfer and touch-up is slow because of huge files.
Summary: I recommend this camera to anyone who is a perfectionist when it comes to taking pictures. Always go with a DSLR camera if you want to take a lot of ...
Summary: I recommend this camera to anyone who is a perfectionist when it comes to taking pictures. Always go with a DSLR camera if you want to take a lot of pictures.
It only takes a fraction of a second to turn on, and I've been able to get nearly 2 shots per second.
The only big thing I'm not too happy about is that you have to use the viewfinder instead of taking an image via the LCD. This makes it difficult if you need to be in an awkward position to take shots.
I got this camera and a lot of accessories for just 800 bucks on e-bay. Look there for a deal rather than going to Sony Style and paying 650 alone for the body.
Great First SLR.
by SBillBerg on July 27, 2007
Pros: Very good images, even indoors. Can use lenses other than those made by the manufacturer. Descent price for the quality. Shoots both RAW and JPEG formats.
Cons: Flash doesn't feel like an even spread when shooting indoors and the range seems somewhat shallow. Shooting very high res images slows due to memory writing when shooting continuous mode.
Summary: When it comes to digital cameras, it took me a while to make the jump from film. Resolution and quality was always an instant tip off when something was shot ...
Summary: When it comes to digital cameras, it took me a while to make the jump from film. Resolution and quality was always an instant tip off when something was shot digital. In addition, I always hated the idea of having to use only lenses made for a specific digital camera. (Just because a company can make a descent camera, what makes them think they can do the same for the lens?) I'm no pro, but I am particular.
This camera really delivered for me. Cost-wise, it was less expensive than most similar models. I was able to use a long/macro lens I already owned (from my Minolta film camera) with no problem. The images were great both indoors and out. They look sharp and when shot correctly, they look very film-like. Automatic settings are fine (though I rarely use). And the fact that it shoots both RAW and JPEG (either simultaneously or separately) is a huge plus.
For someone who tends to buy the wrong product, I didn't make a mistake with this one.
Great first time SLR!
by Teamdeez23 on April 9, 2007
Pros: Easy to learn instructions, User interface pretty intuitive, awesome photos right out of the box.
Cons: Depends on what you are used to in other cameras. I wouldn't say negatives just different.
Summary: I have had this Camera for about 10 hours and it is my first Digital SLR. My first SLR for that matter. The only reason I invested in such a ...
Summary: I have had this Camera for about 10 hours and it is my first Digital SLR. My first SLR for that matter. The only reason I invested in such a buy was because others in my family said I had a pretty good eye for this. Plus as a gift my mom basically footed the bill. (Nice perk if you can get it)
Anyways-I haven't even taken real photos yet. Just messing around the house, playing with aperature, color temperature, and the metering basics. So far I love it. I have never owned other dslr's so I can't say it's better or worse but if this is the entry level and the photos are as great as they are then I am going to have a lot of fun.
Battery seems to take a while to charge so I suggest getting at least 1 extra and maybe 2. This way you can be sure you don't run out of juice on an excursion.
Sony A100 Alpha review
by kool100vr4 on April 8, 2007
Pros: Compact, light, fast AF..
Cons: Some noise starts at 200iso..
Summary: Well, i finally bought the Sony A100, i have the Sony R1 for about 6 months now, because of the R1 is so good in pictures quality but slow camera, ...
Summary: Well, i finally bought the Sony A100, i have the Sony R1 for about 6 months now, because of the R1 is so good in pictures quality but slow camera, i decided to buy A100 for faster shooting, thats A100 can do is faster shooting,as far as the sensor im not sure its the same ccd, cuz the A100 colors is abit flatter..not as contrast and brright as the R1.
my 1st impression of the A100 was that its a smaller camera than i thought, its about the size of my Panasonic FZ30, yes the A100 is a smaller dslr body, its light and made out of light plastic, made in Malasia, versus the R1 made in Japan, the A100 is very easy to use, the menu is in big fonts size, the AF is quite fast, i have tested about 200 shots with a Sigma 28-70mm f2.8, in diff condi, i've noticed some noise at iso200,its gets more noise at 400 even with noise reduction on, but not too bad.
The flash mount is not a convention hot shoe, its diff, its the minolta mount with 2 slots grooves hotshoe..therefor i cant use all my convention flashes that i own.
I think the A100 is a good buy, i paid 450usd for the body only, for that price im not complaining at all, some point and shoot cameras cost more than that.
I like the fact that i can buy alot of diff brands lenses for it, like the Zeiss ( if i can afford it), Sony, all minolta AF lenses will work on A100, plus Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar and Tamron too..Of course the good lenses are not cheap. BTW, the A100 uses the same battery as the R1.
In all, A100 is a good DSLR for the budget price if you can get it for about 550$ with lens.
Im waiting for the new Sony Pro DSLRs coming out soon in June 07?
Right now the Sony R1 and the A100 is about same price, its a tough choice, i love the R1 Zeiss lens pictures quality, but missing OIS and slow shooting, the A100 is faster and got OIS in body so you can buy any lens to work with it.
Looks like Sony is heading the right track, congrats..
One great camera.
by alexfrank0520 on March 19, 2007
Pros: Fantasticly fast, great for sports shots, beautiful color, very responsive auto focus, and very good fill flash feature.
Cons: Super steady shot really does very little, with 800 and 1600 iso some granyness, multi-shot is only 3 fps.
Summary: A very good overall camera. I am quite impressed with sony's first digital slr. Very fast and wonderfully responsive, the 3fps on the multi-shot works well athough I would ...
Summary: A very good overall camera. I am quite impressed with sony's first digital slr. Very fast and wonderfully responsive, the 3fps on the multi-shot works well athough I would like to see it a little faster. Raw images work wonderfully with the included software, mac and windows compatable. Mostly all of the camera is customizeable to help you feel more comfortable with the controls, although stock they are already very nicely programmed. The eye-start works nicely and does what it says although I have a nasty habbit of changing the lens in my lap with it pointing up and if I forget about the eye-start being activated the lens goes nuts trying to focus on my head and whatever is above me while I am trying to change the lens, not difficult to get used to though, just different, amazingly beautiful colors, an overall wonderful camera for any dslr amateur.
Best in class.
by khanna_parikshit on July 2, 2007
Pros: Super Steady Shot
Cons: Editing software can get more comprehensive.
Summary: Canon's IS and Nikon's VR cant match this.
Summary: Canon's IS and Nikon's VR cant match this.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by far the i think its the BEST out there
by lp2058 on August 14, 2006
Pros: Fast Shutter Speed, Amazing Picture Quality
Cons: NONE this is one of the best
Summary: I definately recommend this camera. It has a nice design, and also takes some amazing pictures. There are plenty of features to play around with and which will make your ...
Summary: I definately recommend this camera. It has a nice design, and also takes some amazing pictures. There are plenty of features to play around with and which will make your pictures come out perfect.
3 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
by yyseco on August 25, 2006
Pros: Carl Zeiss Lens
Cons: Minolta would have attracted more photographers
Summary: Using the Sony name will probably give it an "entry level" status. It's a great toy for people who will buy their first DSLR. But dont expect the camera ...
Summary: Using the Sony name will probably give it an "entry level" status. It's a great toy for people who will buy their first DSLR. But dont expect the camera to attract Canon or Nikon enthusiasts.
0 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
- 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,
15.8 x 23.6mm,
Optical (Super Steady Shot,