Sony Alpha A300

Last update (16 November’12):
- Review by ePhotozine

The Sony Alpha A300 is a Digital SLR camera features a 10.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD, Live Preview of your subject, Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, Scene Selection Modes, High-resolution thumbnails for PhotoTV HD viewing, Eye-Start Autofocus System, Anti-dust technology, 1200-zone evaluative meteringa tiltable, and a Tiltable 2.7”1 Clear Photo LCD Plus™ Screen

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info



Expert Reviews

Sony Alpha A300 Reviews

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“A300 represents good value for money, offering virtually the same features as the more expensive A350 with only a slight reduction in overall picture quality..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“The kit lens (18-70mm) provides only reasonable performance. At anything less than f/8, the image is very soft around the edges.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“The Sony A300 is certainly a fun camera to use, owing to its zippy Live View performance, tilting screen and advanced feature set… the Sony A300 deserves to be highly recommended by us to anyone except those who consider a big optical viewfinder a must have on an SLR.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.UK reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“The A300 is not the only budget dSLR with live view, and its 10-megapixel resolution is pretty ordinary too. It feels crude and plasticky and the live view ‘solution’ is hardly elegant. But it is very practical, and in fact the whole camera has an appealing chunky, down-to-earth straightforwardness”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SMH reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“We feel that image quality is not up to par, even shooting RAW, mainly because of the indifferent performance of the lenses. Compared with the Canon 1000D and the Nikon D60, the Sony stands out in features and falls behind in kit lens quality. “
Rating: N/A

PCAdvisor reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“we observed a good deal of noise in shots not employing noise reduction; we also noticed some artifacting along high-contrast edges,.. That this model offers advanced features in a fun-to-use, uncomplicated form should only make for more photographic joy. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.au reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“the camera coped well, choosing good exposures on automatic settings. Noise at ISO 1600 and 3200 is very noticeable, with the camera struggling to implement its noise reduction algorithm at these high levels. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“While some competing units may be better for more advanced users, Sony’s Alpha A300 is a compelling option for first-time SLR buyers with its combination of image quality, features and an intuitive menu.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview.au reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“Image noise was generally low up to ISO 800 where traces of noise became apparent. By ISO 3200, noise was obvious and we observed colour shifts and sharpness had deteriorated noticeably”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“in the final evaluation of PC World Test Center tests, this model earned a score of Superior for its overall image quality, including its excellent flash exposures… this model offers advanced features in a fun-to-use, uncomplicated form should only make for more photographic joy.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Sony Alpha A300 and writes;
“So despite a few issues which will annoy technical photographers, the Alpha A300 is a strong DSLR with great features and arguably one of the best Live View implementations to date. Its lower price than the A350 also makes it better value and a sensible choice for anyone who wants a Sony DSLR but doesn’t need 14 Megapixels.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Video Reviews

Samples

Sony Alpha A300 Samples

- Sony Alpha A300 Photos @ TrustedReviews

- Sony Alpha A300 Photos @ CameraLabs

Manual

Sony Alpha A300 User Manual (PDF)

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- Download Sony Alpha A300 User Manual (PDF – 4.2MB)
- Download Sony Alpha A300 Quick Start Guide (PDF – 564Kb)


Sony Alpha A300 Guides

- SONY DSLR A300/A350 (Magic Lantern Guides) by Peter K. Burian
- The Complete Guide to Sony’s A300 & A350 DLSRs by Gary L. Friedman
- Sony Alpha DSLR-A350/A300/A200 Guide by David Busch
- Sony A300 / A350 JumpStart Guide (2 Disk Tutorial DVD for the Sony Alpha 300 / 350) by JumpStart
- Sony A300/A350: Focal Digital Camera guides by Shawn Barnett

Features

Sony Alpha A300 Press Release

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2008 – Sony is bringing live-view shooting to its digital SLR camera line with today’s introduction of a 14.2-megapixel a (alpha) DSLR-A350 camera and 10.2-megapixel ? (alpha) DSLR A300 model. Both cameras feature new technologies that make picture taking faster, easier, and more familiar for first-time DSLR users. Quick AF Live View System

They both offer Sony’s new “Quick AF Live View” technology so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD without sacrificing auto-focusing speed common to other live-view systems.

Sony’s innovative Pentamirror Tilt mechanism directs light to a dedicated live view image sensor, enabling fast and responsive TTL phase-detection auto-focusing, even during live view.

Eliminating the focus delay of other systems, the new models are equally responsive whether using live view or optical viewfinder.

With its two sensor design, Quick AF Live View can even continuously focus-track the subject and provide live view during burst shooting, helping you capture that special moment.

Taking further advantage of Quick AF Live View is the models’ variable angle 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD™ screen. This makes it easy to frame scenes from high or low positions difficult to reach when using an eye-level viewfinder.

With Live View and an adjustable LCD, the cameras do not need to be in front of the user’s face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children.

“Mainstream users stepping up to DSLRs are looking for a similar experience to their point and shoot cameras, but without compromise in speed or performance” said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics. “Quick AF Live View gives these new models a familiar shooting style without compromising speed – ideal for the growing market of first-time SLR users.”

Exceptional Image Quality

The new models produce images with fine detail, rich tonality and vibrant color due to their APS-C CCD image sensors and BIONZ® processing engine. To aid shooting in low light, Super SteadyShot® image stabilization enables shutter speeds 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible, with every compatible Minolta Maxxum® and Sony ? (alpha) lens (sold separately) attached to the camera.

High sensitivity operation at ISO 1600 and 3200 and very low noise are made possible by the user-selectable high-ISO noise reduction features. Sony’s D-Range Optimizer delivers suitable tonality and exposures with rich shadow and highlight detail, even under high contrast situations. Powerful Performance, Easy to Use

The DSLR-A300 model can shoot about three continuous frames per second and the DSLR-A350 model can shoot up to two-and-a-half continuous frames per second, when using the optical viewfinder. Both are powered by the Bionz processing engine and supplied InfoLITHIUM™ battery for fast start-up times, quick response and long battery life – up to 730 shots per full charge when using the optical viewfinder and up to 410 shots per full charge in live-view mode.

Both models feature lighter, slimmer bodies for easy handling; an improved user interface; an automatic pop-up flash; a comfortable camera grip with an easily accessible mode dial; an anti-dust system to keep the CCD image sensor clean for spot-free pictures; and JPEG and RAW file format support. Both have a slot for CompactFlash™ Type I/II media cards.

An adaptor for Memory Stick Duo™ media cards is also available for the cameras and sold separately.

The new DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350 cameras are compatible with a range of accessories, including the ergonomic Sony VG-B30AM vertical grip. Also available as an option is the new Sony HVL-F42AM flash unit. It offers advanced features such as automatic white balance adjustment with color temperature information, adjustable bounce angles, ADI metering and wireless remote operation to suit the needs of most photographers.

Price and Availability

The DSLR-A300 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens will ship in April for about $800. The DSLR-A350 camera body will be available in March for about $800, and the DSLR-A350 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom lens will be available for about $900 at the same time. Both models will be available at sonystyle.com, Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), military base exchanges, and authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin online today at www.sonystyle.com/dslr.


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1 Comment »

Comment by -byline-
2008-12-22 09:51:05

There is a new review of this camera at
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_sony_a300.php

 

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