Sony Alpha A330

Last updated (22 December’11):
– Review by PCAuthority

Sony Alpha A330 is a digital SLR offers 10.2-megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor, SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens (included), in-camera image stabilization, Eye-Start Autofocus, Tiltable, and a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display. The camera is compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately).

Sony Alpha A330
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony Alpha A330 Reviews

PCAuthority reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“The A330 is a perfectly capable DSLR, streamlined and easier to use than the previous generation. But beyond ease of use it offers nothing we haven’t seen before. It’s a good camera, but it’s currently too expensive to recommend over its predecessor.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“I was pleased with the image quality from the camera. The 10.2-megapixel (30+MB open size) images yielded very good 13×19” prints with a full range of color and tone…In all, this is a very nice beginner D-SLR that borrows from its more advanced cousins to yield very good image quality and some quite creative shooting options. It delivers all you could want for the price and certainly should be considered a competitive model in its class. “
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“The target audience are also unlikely to be overly concerned by the below average performance beyond 400 ISO, relatively slow continuous shooting and technical limitations of the Live View system; indeed they’re much more likely to be bothered by the lack of video recording. But ultimately many will be won over by the easy user interface, fuss-free Live View experience, built-in stabilisation and fairly unique styling.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“In terms of digital noise, the a330 performed admirably, holding down the ugly chromatic noise until ISO 400, and much of the time, even ISO 800. (The camera offers an ISO range from 100 to 3200.)”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“It produces pleasing photos in a variety of shooting environments, offers speedy performance, plenty of user-friendly exposure options, terrific high ISO results, and is comfortable to use/hold. With a street price…. we feel the Sony DSLR-A330 offers a great value for the capabilities and quality you are receiving. “
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“A330 is distinctly an entry-level model, with a limited range of features and options. While those upgrading from a compact camera will feel right at home, more experienced photographers will find its limitations restrictive. Build quality is adequate and the camera looks good, but the new body design is awkward to use. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“A330 produced images of very high quality. The shots exhibit a pleasing combination of nice colours and wide dynamic range. Noise is not a real problem up to ISO 800, though it does become rather noticeable at ISO 1600”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TechRadar reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“Overall performance of the exposure system was impressive. It consistently delivered fine exposures and was difficult to fool. Only in extreme lighting did we experience duff exposures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBay reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“Sony A330 is an excellent camera for those of you looking to make the switch from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR. If you like being able to frame your scene on the back of the camera’s LCD, you’ll love the A330. The fast autofocus during Live View shooting blows the competition away – sorry, Canon and Nikon, you’re behind the curve on this one.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
The bottom line: The Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 is a solid entry-level dSLR that will surely have its fans, but unless you really want Live View its cheaper sibling, the A230, is a better deal.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“So the Sony Alpha A330 was squaring up to be a distinctly average camera then it came to the noise test and blew me away….I really like the noise test results, I think it takes good portraits and the colour test chart provided fruitful. If I was in the market for a mid-range DSLR, this would be in my top three. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Sony Alpha A330 and writes;
“We have no reservations suggesting first-time DSLR buyers pick up the Sony alpha DSLR-A330. It feels right and takes fine, accurate photos with little noise until you hit the outer limits (1600+). We did find the 3x zoom a bit limiting, and you should opt for a more potent lens to complement the kit glass. The Live View can’t be beat, but the burst mode is less than the competition, and the camera is definitely noisy, as the mirror mechanism clunks along when you’re firing away. Still, as a $649 list package, this one is hard to beat. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sony Alpha A330 Samples

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Sony Alpha A330 User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Sony Alpha A330 User Manual (English | PDF – 6.5 MB)
– Download Sony Alpha A330 Quick Setup Guide (English | PDF – 1.2 MB)


* Camera Type : Sony α Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses
* Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
* Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 10.2 megapixels
* Imaging Sensor : APS-C size CCD sensor (23.5×15.7mm)
* Lens Mount Type : Sony α lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
* Pixel Gross : Approx. 10.8 megapixels
* Processor : BIONZ™ image processor
* Recording Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media / , SD and SDHC memory card,
* Recording Mode : RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard
* Still Actual 16:9 : L size: 3872×2176 (8.4M) M size: 2896×1632 (4.7M) S size: 1920×1088 (2.1M)
* Still Actual 3:2 : L size: 3872×2592 (10M) M size: 2896×1936 (5.6M) S size: 1920×1280 (2.5M)

* Anti-dust function : Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
* BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
* Color Mode(s) : Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink)
* Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
* Scene Mode(s) : Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view)
* User Interface : “Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu”

* Diopter Adjustment : -2.5 – +1.0m-1
* Eye relief : “Approx. 19.7 mm from the eyepiece / 14.1 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter”
* Field of View : 95%
* Focusing Screen : Spherical Acute Matte Screen
* Magnification : 0.74x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
* Type : Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror

LCD Display
* Angle Adjustment : Yes(upward by up to 135 degrees, downward by up to 55 degrees)
* Brightness Control : Auto Brightness Control (Auto setting in 2 steps, manual setting in 5 steps)
* Coverage : 100% (Playback), 90% (Live View)
* Type : 2.7” TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)

Weights and Measurements

* Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 128 x 97 x 71.4mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
* Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 491g (without battery, memory card, accessories

3 Responses to “Sony Alpha A330”

  1. Zoltan says:

    The PhotographyBLOG overall rating is actually only 3.5 stars, not four.

  2. The overall rating has been corrected. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. rose says:

    hi i just got my new a330
    waaaa any tips? in taking good
    photographs? pls pls 🙂

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