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|Begin your new hobby with a phenomenal camera and two high-grade lenses, a DT-18-70 standard zoom and a 55 - 200mm telephoto lens. The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A300 lets you capture the moment like never before. Perfect for first-time DSLR users, Sony combines impeccable 10.2 MP quality with Live Preview in a large tilting 2.7" LCD monitor for point-and-shoot simplicity. You'll have super-quick AF response, 3fps continuous shooting while you see your subject in the viewfinder, and high sensitivity (ISO 3200) for great low-light shots. What's more, you get simple controls, Creative Style settings and in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization that work with every Sony, Carl Zeiss and legacy Minolta a-mount lens. Stamina power for up to 740 shots, Auto Pop-up Flash and many more features make this DSLR model hard to pass up.|
|MPN||DSLRA300X with MSMT4G and LCS-AMSC30|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||10.2 MP|
|Sensor Size||15.8 x 23.6mm|
|Sensor Type||CCD, Super HAD CCD|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||DT 18-70mm and DT 55-200mm|
|Focal Length Range||18mm - 70mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||55 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens, ED Glass|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Lens Construction||9 group(s) / 11 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||27 - 105mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 2-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||3200|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, Wireless Off-Camera Control|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||CompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, Microdrive|
|Floppy Drive Storage||None|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||95%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-3 to +1|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control|
|Expansion Slot||1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later, MS Windows 2000 Professional, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AF Lock, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Dust proof, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Eye-Start AF System, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Programs||Landscape, Macro, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Landscape, Neutral, Night View, Portrait, Sunset, Vivid|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Colour Temperature Adjust, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
Average review score based on 28 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I'm giving this camera 5 stars to counteract the guy who gave it only 1 - because he was (justifiably) ticked off at eBay... But the camera really deserves better... at least 4 stars!
This is NOT a "pro" camera, but for the ordinary person - including most real photography "enthusiasts" - it'll do 90% or more of what the $1000 to $9000 pro DSLRs can do, and for half to one-tenth as much money. Rich idiots and poseurs can spend the extra if they like, but as a 30-year+ "pro", I'm not impressed...
The little Sony a300 takes really nice, sharp, colorful pictures with its modest 10 MP sensor, given a decent lens - and that's where I'd suggest buyers go first if they're disappointed with their out-of-the-box results. The kit zoom lens is a bit too "low budget", so take a look at the extensive line of older, used Konica-Minolta glass that's still abundant and now dirt cheap. Try a prime like the Maxxum 50mm f/1.4 and see what you get! Or good zooms like the Minolta f/4 35-70 and 70-210...
Of the complaint about this camera's perceived cheapness - it IS mostly good, thermally stable plastic, presumably over a heavier internal skeleton of some kind - I would point out that digital cameras, unlike the gear of 20-50 years ago, are technically obsolete in 2-3 years. Does it make sense to invest big bucks in a equally soon-to-be-obsolete professional, magnesium bodied camera if you're NOT going to Africa or Antarctica or some war zone?
Put your camera money into the very best lenses you can afford! And put you efforts into using the gear you've bought A LOT... That's how you will develop as a photographer and start to bring home the most stunning pictures.
These Sony's are excellant. For the pro there's a new, tank-like a900 model which shoots full-frame, 24+ MP... and you can buy beautiful pro-grade Zeiss optics if you like. But on the low end, the a200, a300 and a350 all give real value for the money.
Of the lot, I most like the a300: Like the cheaper a200, it gives enough resolution for 11x14 prints - about as big as most amateurs will ever want - and, by virtue of its lower density 10 MP sensor, it avoids most of the noise problems which plague today's higher megapixel sensors... including that in the slightly more expensive a350.
The a300's improvement over the a200 is mostly it's improved dust control and its mechanism for tilting the live view screen on the camera's back. Both can be quite useful at times, although those on really tight budgets will probably be happy enough with the cheaper a200 model.
The real clincher, though, for all these Sony cameras, is the availability of fully automatic A-mount lenses on the used market... of a quality completely equal to anything from the big-name companies. You will lose some status, certainly, with "Minolta" or "Maxxum" on your lens' front... But you will get pictures of color, contrast and resolution that cannot be faulted. And with the A-mount, all of these older auto-focus lenses work exactly like the stuff Sony sells today for these cameras. Only Nikon and Pentax offer anything like this compatibility with older, excellant optics... and neither go so far with their compatibility as Sony does.
This is my first DSLR, and I love it. Im not to photography and regular point and shoots, but this is my first DSLR. I cant say much since I've only had it for a while, but I'll give you a quick review.
Pros: Solid feeling body, average burst speed (3 fps), Nice resolution for price (10.2), Auto- Eye start feature works well, Battery life is average, Live view works well and comes in handy and you will actually use the tilt screen more than you think, Shoots in RAW format (most do).
Cons: flash is low (height) which can cause red eye in most cases, only takes CF cards, would be nicer if it had a memory stick slot also.
This camera is very cheaply made, plastic, loose parts, poor focus sharpness, expensive CF cards (rather than SD), and poor image stabilization technology. For the price I would recommend the K200D from Pentax (though it has no live view). If you need live view, buy a great point and shoot like the Canon G9 which will give you far better image quality and consistent results. If you think you absolutely must go to a point and shoot with live view, go for the Canon 12meg Xsi. You will be more than happy with it. Seriously, you should not buy this cheaply made plastic box, the image quality is noise filled and over filtered, the lens is an unmodified Minolta 35mm lens so it just does not work well and the menus are counter intuitive. For the price, the K200D, for live view, the Canon, for great images at a little more cash the Pentax K20D (with live view). Also, Canon seems to be clearing out their 40D camera which is a great camera (though large). Good Luck, keep shooting!!!
I had this camera before, I broke the LCD (literally) and bought another camera body.
Just the fact that I bought the same camera body means I like it. Good images, still only 10 MP, so if you want a bit more resolution look for another model. Nice basic settings buttons on the back, nice grip (my finger tips barely hit the body while holding the camera). You can tilt the LCD so you can take photos from multiple positions. Shoots RAW... Good value for the price I paid.
Original battery lasts... forever :). I have 2x4GB and 1x2GB cards, and with one full battery charge I can fill them up with about 800-1000 images, RAW format.
I miss the full rotating LCD. Only 10 MP resolution (I don't shoot landscapes, and don't print large images, so it's more than enough for me - I can just see while using my sharp 50 mm lens, that the sensor could have a higher resolution).
I was looking for DSLR cameras for about a month, I first looked at the Nikon models, then canon models and after that I looked at the Olympus cameras. They all have their plusses and minuses but after looking at the Sony A200 I started to get really interested in the sony range. After looking onte to A200 I was about to purchase and then looked into getting the one up model, the A300.
A300 offers everything that the A350 has except for the 14.2 megapixel resolution. But some of the great qualities of the SONY cameras are the BIONZ Image processor which works wonders and works extremely fast, D-Range optimizer image enhancer. LIVE VIEW, Super high ISO range from 100-3200, shoot 3 frames per second (A350 only offers 2.5 frames per second), 9 point Auto Focus, 2.7 inch LCD that is tiltable and that is a huge plus for the hard to get angles, the camera also offers a smart teleconverter which is basically a built in 2x tele zoom. Super handy at the touch of a button and super clear thanks to the D-Range optimizer.
A300 gives you approx 730 shots per charge which is stunning. And the kit lens, although not to well spoken about, has given me some fantastic photos and amazing clarity, so dont listen to the pros if you are an amateur since they use $1000+ lenses, you can not compare them to a kit lens.
The A300 is a real bargain for the buck, I bought mine brand new on ebay for no more than 425 including shipping which is a heck of a deal. I have also added a Tamron 70-300mm macro tele lens which is a great compliment for the camera.
If you are choosing between a A#50 and an A300, then the only thing you need to think about is; will I ever print 48x72 prints? if the answer is no then the A300 is for you.
I love the camera and it is exceeding all my expectations daily. Its fast and its easy to understand. I would recommend this to anyone!