Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

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Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, a Digital SLR camera with 10.2 MP CCD sensor featuring CCD-shift dust reduction mechanism, CCD-Shift ‘Super SteadyShot’ system, 3 fps, up to 6 frames RAW shooting and 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera is measuring 133 x 95 x 71 mm (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.8 in) and weighing 638 g (1.4 lb) with battery. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 will be available on July 2006 with recommended retail price of US$999.95

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NeoCamera has compared the Pentax K10D to Sony Alpha A100 and writes;
Sony: Greater sharpness, Better automatic white-balance, Superior image stabilization, Easier to use with gloves, More usable status screen, Eye-start sensor efficiently controls status display, Keyed ISO settings help with high-contrast subjects, DRO optimizes image tonality directly in-camera, Wider range of image parameters, although with larger increments, Customizable EC and AEL behavior
Eye-start auto focus, More lenses currently in production. Pentax: Lower image noise, More image details, Better color accuracy, White-balance preview, Greater accessibility of features, Larger and brighter viewfinder, Top-mounted status screen, Unique exposure modes, Customizable Auto-ISO and Program line, Finer control of image parameters including white-balance, Weather sealing with applicable lenses when they become available, In-camera RAW development.”

NeoCamera reviews the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The A100 is fast and responsive. Shot-to-shot lag is very short, as long as focus can lock fast enough. That depends on the lens and lighting conditions, but the focusing system is extremely accurate. This is where the eye-start focus works to the Alpha A100’s advantage. By pre-focusing before the shutter-button is half-pressed, focus lock time is greatly reduced. Image playback and zoom are very fast, even when switching between images while being zoomed. In terms of speed, the A100 never lets the photographer wait. The continuous shooting at 3 FPS can continue until the memory card gets full. No similarly priced 10 megapixels DSLR can do better.”

PCWorld reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 where they rated the camera 77/100 and wrote;
“The camera delivered speedy boot-up and wake-from-sleep times, plus very low shutter lag. Its drive mode was speedy, too, capturing 3 frames per second for six frames when shooting Raw images, and letting us shoot unlimited JPEG images until our card filled up. The Alpha 100 delivered high image quality overall. In shots taken at ISO 100 to 400, image quality was very good–comparable to that of other entry-level SLRs. At ISO 800 to 1600, however, the Alpha 100 got noisy. The Sony DSLR-Alpha 100K is a very good but somewhat pricey camera. Despite feeling clunkier than its competitors, it delivers good image quality and a full feature set, plus some nice extras such as image stabilization.”

PCAuthority reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“..the A100 certainly resolved more detail than the 350D, but in real-life situations it’s a subtle difference. Of greater concern are the A100’s noise levels, which at 800 ISO and above are noticeably worse than the 350D. While only bothering people who shoot at high sensitivities, this is traditionally a key benefit of digital SLRs. Despite some minor disappointments, the Sony A100 remains a highly compelling proposition and an impressive debut. At this price, the 10.2-megapixel resolution, built-in anti-shake and slightly longer kit lens make it a worthy alternative to the 350D. The latter’s current bargain price keeps it on the A List, but the Alpha range is certainly one to watch.”

Macworld reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K is a very good camera, albeit a little pricey. While it feels clunkier than its competitors, it delivers very good image quality and a full feature set, as well as some nice extras such as image stabilization. While Sony has released a good selection of lenses for the Alpha 100, its lens collection is fairly expensive when compared to the digital-specific lenses from Nikon, Canon, and Pentax. The Alpha 100 is a good competitor to the Canon Rebel XTi and the Nikon D80, but you should get your hands on all three to get a feel for their interfaces and grips before making a decision. “

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The amateur dSLR market is very competitive, and it would be safe to say that Sony faces stiff competition. But with Sony’s aggressive A100 pricing (street of under-$700 body only, under $900 with both 18-70mm and 75-300mm kit lenses at the time of this review), it’s Canon and Nikon who will be feeling the heat. Pricing aside, the A100’s 10.2-megapixels of resolution, robust shooting performance, excellent image quality and unique combination of Super Steady Shot image stabilization and anti-dust technology make it a very worthy competitor. The A100 is clearly the right choice for photographers upgrading from Minolta film cameras or dSLRs, and makes a compelling case for itself to first time SLR users who have no inventory of interchangable lenses that need a compatible body. “

Megapixel reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and rated the camera functionality 9/10 and photographic quality 8.8/10;
Positives: Excellent image quality up to 400 ISO, particularly when with RAW format, Good 40-segment metering, Colour modes, Effecitve Super Steady Shot stabilizer, Function Dial quick and efficient, Dynamic range optimization, Anti-dust system, Unlimited JPEG Fine burst mode, Excellent autonomy with the Li-ion battery. Negatives: Control Dial placed too close and in front of the shutter release, Somewhat slow and noisy autofocus, Depth of Field Preview button placed too far down to be practical, Manually opened flash, Hight-duty construction.”

DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The Sony α (alpha) A100 is a good value for users who want stabilization, dust control and 10 megapixels, but don’t mind a clunky interface and slow operation. It’s a snapshot camera with some very appealing bells and whistles, and it will be a very good fit for casual photographers who want a DSLR, but don’t need one. The Sony A100 is an overall disappointment. It’s far too similar to the Konica-Minolta cameras it’s built on. Those cameras failed in the marketplace, and some of Sony’s few and minor changes, such as the parameters dial, aren’t improvements. The strategy doesn’t seem to improve a product that didn’t sell; it just markets it with a bigger name.”

Photozone reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“So far I enjoyed using the camera and the quality of the results are about in line with my expectations of a modern consumer-class DSLR. The camera worked flawlessly during the first months of half-year journey and I´m confident that it´ll survive the rest. Some may prefer to have an extra kick in terms of build quality (specifically regarding the shutter sound) but then I had no reliability problems whatsoever to date. An obvious strength of the camera is the build-in image stabilizer which helped in several situations especially when working with tele lenses. The AF is both accurate and responsive – at least with fast focusing lenses. Sensor noise is a weakness in comparison to the rest of the gang and the tonality could also be somewhat smoother in shadow areas in medium to high ISO image. The amount of details is pretty impressive as is the color reproduction quality.”

CameraLabs has done some tests comparing the 10 megapixel DSLR cameras: Nikon D80 Vs Sony A100 Vs Canon EOS 400D/Rebel Xti;
“In many group tests a clear leader emerges to win, and while the Nikon D80 is arguably the best in traditional photographic respects, the Canon and Sony are both cheaper and boast compelling features it’s lacking. Ultimately once you take price, performance and features all into consideration, it’s impossible to single out one as being best for everyone. All three are quite different propositions, and the goal of this feature has been to highlight aspects where each excels, allowing you to choose the one which best suits your kind of photography and budget.”

DigitalSLRGuide reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The A100 has a big bright 2.5 inch LCD that is very easy to see, even in daylight.But the real feature of this LCD that I like (acquired from the Konica Minolta line of cameras) is that the display rotates when you flip the camera up to take a portrait shot.While this is not one of those make-or-break features, it does make it incredibly easy to view and change camera settings no matter how you’re holding it..”

PhotographyBlog reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“In auto mode the Sony A100 delivers an impressively consistent performance, with the combination of nine point AF and 40-segment pattern metering ensuring that focus and exposure are, in the main, right on target. Having tried the camera with some older Minolta lenses, both tele and macro, alongside the ‘catch all’ of the supplied 17-80mm kit lens, I can vouch that, although the latter delivers images which are detailed but ever so slightly soft, with the right lens combination it’s capable of some stunning results…One area in which the Sony A100 did disappoint was in its handling of image noise, which becomes fairly pronounced at settings above ISO 400, to the extent that it’s immediately visible on the LCD.”

DCViews reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“All images showed good sharpness and excellent color rendition. Sharpness, contrast and saturation can be beefed up or toned down over +/- two steps. Low ISO levels were virtually noise free and it was only at ISO 800 and above that noise became clearly evident. However we found even those images taken at ISO 1600 to be perfectly useable albeit with some loss of fine detail and color saturation…General camera performance is excellent with quick focusing and good color rendition. The few niggles we had with the Alpha 100 during our tests are really small beer and should not be serious enough to put you off buying one.”

T3 UK Magazine reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 . They rated the camera 4/5 and wrote;
“In the labs, however, the story was markedly different. Both flash and daylight shots displayed little noise at 100 and 400 ISO settings, but when I increased the camera’s speed to 800 and 1,600 ISO, I observed quite a bit of colored noise throughout the image. Also, while my real-world shots possessed vibrant and accurate color, still-life photos in my studio displayed a slight reddish tint. At lower ISOs, the exposure was good, but when I cranked it up, the image deteriorated somewhat.”

PCMag reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 . They rated the camera 4/5 and wrote;
“In the labs, however, the story was markedly different. Both flash and daylight shots displayed little noise at 100 and 400 ISO settings, but when I increased the camera’s speed to 800 and 1,600 ISO, I observed quite a bit of colored noise throughout the image. Also, while my real-world shots possessed vibrant and accurate color, still-life photos in my studio displayed a slight reddish tint. At lower ISOs, the exposure was good, but when I cranked it up, the image deteriorated somewhat.”

ThinkCamera reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100. They rated the camera 9/10 and wrote;
“There are some drawbacks that prevent me declaring this an ideal camera. Build quality is a concern and the lack of any easy way to trigger studio flash seems a major flaw to me but I’m very impressed with the Sony Alpha 100 and can’t wait to see others in the series as they are announced. ..If you are looking for a DSLR and don’t have any system investment or brand loyalty then I’d highly recommend investigating the Sony Alpha 100 – however, I’d also recommend waiting to check out the Nikon D80 and whatever Canon announce next before making a decision. “

LetsGoDigital reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“All in all, Sony has come up with a decent camera in the Alpha 100. A good beginning is half the battle. Consider the price/quality ration in the current market and you will see that the well known DSLR manufacturers have suddenly been confronted with a competitor to be afraid of! Not only is the Sony Alpha 100 a pleasure to work with, it also gives great results. People who now work with a Konica Minolta can go on to Sony without a hitch. This is immediately a strong point for Sony. As well as launching a camera, it has come up with an enormous range of accessories and lenses. The Sony Alpha 100 is only the beginning of Sony’s rise in the world of reflex cameras. To the competitors, one can only say – watch the Sony Alpha 100 – this camera is ready to conquer market share! “

DCRP reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“I pretty much covered all of the A100’s negatives in the previous paragraphs. As you can see, there aren’t too many, which is why I recommend the camera. So which D-SLR should you drop your $1000 on? Well, if you already have Minolta lenses then the A100 is a no-brainer. If you’ve got a collection of Canon, Nikon, or Pentax lenses then I’d probably stick with your respective manufacturer. If you’re just starting out the DSLR-A100 is an intriguing choice. You get high resolution, image stabilization, dust reduction, and robust performance, plus a pretty good selection of lenses.”

Pocketlint reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The Sony Alpha 100 provides a level of specification normally found on a camera costing over a £1000 more, but in a compact, fairly uninspiring (design wise that is) and lightweight body, but a body that does do the job very well indeed. Image quality is excellent and can only be improved by better lenses as they roll out of the factory and perhaps a firmware update to help iron out that noise reduction and detail loss as well. This is a stunning camera that will be perfect for enthusiasts on a tighter budget or anyone trading up (or across from film) and want the specification extras that this camera affords over its similarly priced competitors.”

Shutterbug reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“Based on a couple of days of shooting I’ll offer the following comments. The A100 is much faster than average in terms of buffer clearing so it’s almost always ready to shoot another very long burst. The 3 fps framing rate is competitive in the affordable price range and you need to step up to get 5 fps. Autofocus is fast and reliable with static subjects, though a bit noisy. Shutter and mirror noise (a clunk) is also higher than average. In Continuous AF, the A100 is not as fast/reliable as the Nikon D70s with Silent Wave lenses or the Digital Rebel XT with USM lenses. The DRO improves photos made in ultrahigh contrast lighting, but produces a slightly overprocessed effect. Thanks to the new sensor and processor, the digital noise pattern is fine and tight at ISO 800 and colors remain rich. Noise and color rendition is problematic at ISO 1600. “

Computer Active reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100. They rated the camera 5/5 and wrote;
Good Points: Fast and responsive, Easy to use and won’t frighten first time SLR owners, If you know your way around lenses, it’s capable of some stunningly detailed results, though the standard lens is adequate for starters. Bad Points: Loud shutter sound may distract your subjects, Plastic build and feel, Expensive investment for anyone more used to snapshot cameras. Overall: Boasting more pixels (for now) than its budget D-SLR rivals, Sony’s Alpha 100 mixes innovation with the tried and tested. The result is a camera that’s a fuss-free pleasure to use.”

ePhotozine reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“First impressions of the A100’s build quality are not good. The plastic construction has a lightweight ‘toy-like’ feel to it, not a cheap toy though. This feeling is especially apparent on the CompactFlash door, built-in flash and battery chamber door. Things aren’t all bad though. The deep-contoured finger grip has a textured finish that feels secure to hold, and the body feels well-balanced, despite the cameras lightweight design. The size and weight makes the A100 an ideal travel camera, when the idea of lugging a solid professional body around all day isn’t all that appealling…PROS: Image quality up to ISO800, Super SteadyShot and related dust removal feature, Responsiveness, Backwards compatible with Minolta Dynax lenses. CONS: Plastic build, D-Range Optimiser doesn’t produce results as promised”

PopPhoto tested the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“In color accuracy, the A100’s Excellent Rating rivals that of the Canon 3OD and Nikon D200. At lower ISOs (from 80 to 800), it held down noise rather well. But we were disappointed with the Unacceptable noise level at ISO 1600….The bottom line? KM and Minolta loyalists should be thrilled with the A100, as it continues many of the best aspects of the Maxxum line and won’t let their investment in lenses go to waste. The merger of KM into Sony appears to have produced a better DSLR than either company could have made on its own, with features and a price that should attract anyone ready to move up from a compact or EVF digital camera to their first DSLR. Looks like the established players will be scrambling to top it—and not the other way around.”

PopPhoto compared the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 to Nikon D200 and wrote;
“I think the Sony compares favorably to the Nikon D200 in image quality, if not in build and features. (I hear it even uses the same Sony-made chip.) If you’re not hard on your camera and don’t need such features as the Nikon’s higher framing speed, I think it would serve your purposes very well. Keep in mind that if you’re stitching multiple images, especially at full resolution, noise and other artifacts won’t be nearly as apparent as if you were taking a single frame up to the same print size, and that a three-frame stitch turns the Sony (or the Nikon) into something on the order of a 30-megapixel camera.”

CNET reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, rated it 7.5 (Very Good) and wrote;
“Overall, Sony’s first foray into digital SLRs is very successful. Solid performance, plenty of features, impressive image quality, and 10.2 megapixels make for a convincing argument. Add to that a large installed base of lenses and accessories, thanks to the Konica Minolta legacy, as well as an attractive price point, and it looks as if Sony’s off to a good start. Since neither Canon’s nor Nikon’s lineup lets you get 10 megapixels for less than $1,000–at least not yet–Sony may be jumping into this market at just the right time.”

CameraLabs reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, rated it 85% (Highly Recommended) and wrote;
“There’s no denying Sony’s Alpha DSLR-A100 is an impressive camera for the money. Simply having 10.2 Megapixel resolution and built-in anti-camera-shake is enough to elevate it beyond most budget digital SLRs. Throw in a high resolution 2.5in screen and some neat image processing options along with a kit lens which zooms-in further than the competition, and it’s looking even stronger.But it’s not all good news. Increasing resolutions on sensors with the same surface area always raises concerns over higher noise levels, and as our results show, the A100 is noticeably noisier than rivals like Canon’s EOS-350D / Rebel XT, particularly at 800 ISO and above. Our gallery also reveals higher noise levels than we’d like even at 400 ISO. It’s interesting to note the A100’s also noisier than the Nikon D200 at high ISOs, despite them sharing essentially the same sensor. To be fair, most people will shoot below 400 ISO, where the A100 performs well, but one of the key selling points of a digital SLR is low noise at high sensitivities.”

CNET Asia reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, rated it 8.1 out of 10 (Excellent) and wrote;
“Our JPEG images were pleasing with rich vibrant colors and lots of details which we liked. Barrel distortions were minimal, though we did see some traces of it, especially with straight lines along the corners at the wide end of our lens. Exposures were well-controlled and the camera’s automatic white balance was spot-on most of the time–good for first-time dSLR users still learning the workings of a dSLR. One thing to note is the shadow cast at the bottom of your frame caused by the pop-up flash.”

Fotopolis reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“Among competing products Sony A100 looks superb. Superb resolution of the sensor, superb autofocus, very good design of white-balance settings, D-Range system, function dial and possibly some other solutions set the thresold on a very high level. Other camera makers have something to be jealous of. If only this noise was lower … But no camera is perfect. With regards to the noise alpha cannot compete with Canon EOS 350 or Nikon D50. However the noise is not all [is not the most important], and in the most situations it will not be disturbing for the A100 user. “

DigitalTrends has previewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and writes;
“The DSLR-A100 was responsive, starting up in less than a second and it captured shots quickly. Continuous shooting was very fast as was focusing. We did a lot of shooting in the RAW+JPEG setting and the camera handled those massive files with ease. Remember this is a 10MP camera and JPEGs are 3872 x 2592 pixels. Color was very accurate though we tended to up the compensation simply because we like more contrasty images, especially landscapes. Skin tones were spot on, even when making large prints (13 x 19s are no problem with a 10-megapixel camera). “

PopPhoto reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“Easy Operation. Manuals? We didn’t even have them on the Alaska trip—the camera is that new. While it would have been great to delve into the deepest regions of the Alpha’s functions with a manual in hand, I didn’t miss it a whole lot. Operation is quite intuitive. The button array is much like you see on other DSLRs, but one nice difference is the control dial on top that lets you quickly access the menus for—and set—ISO, white balance, flash, and more. It didn’t take me long to get comfortable with the camera, and even in the heat of shooting, I never faced menu fumbling. Considering that the Alpha lists for $999 with the kit lens, a lot of DSLR newbies will be buying it. They won’t be frustrated.” has written a preview of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and writes;
“Without doubt, the new Sony Alpha 100 will compete with popular mid-range cameras like Canon EOS 30D and Nikon D70s, but also the best-selling cheaper models like Canon EOS 350D, Nikon D50, Olympus E500 and Pentax *ist DL. Those who may be considering the Nikon D200 for its image resolution also should take a closer look at the Sony Alpha 100. However, after having shot some three-digit number of pictures with the Alpha 100 under the Moroccan”

TrustedReviews has reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and writes;
“Taking photos in the harsh desert sun is a challenge for any metering system, but the α100 coped with the conditions admirably. The autofocus and exposure system proved to be extremely quick and precise, certainly the equal of any of the camera’s main market rivals, and the Dynamic Range Optimiser was a revelation. At midday everything was either eye-searingly bright or deep black shadows, but the system never missed a trick, capturing detail in both shadows and highlights.”

DigicamReview has previewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and writes;
“The lens is identical to the Konica Minolta version that came with the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D. Focusing and feel seem identical apart from the SONY logo, and the camera’s new “Eyestart Autofocus”, everytime you put your eye up to the viewfinder, the camera automatically focuses on the subject, automatically works out the correct exposure setting, and automatically switches the LCD screen off. “

Steve’sDigicams had their hands on the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The high-performance AF system offers exceptional accuracy, with 9 separate AF sensors for wide-area coverage that gives you great flexibility in how you frame your subject. To exercise even more control, you can use the focus area selector switch on the back of the camera to choose any of the nine sensors as a spot-focusing target — the selected focus point will be indicated by a red mark superimposed on the image in the viewfinder”

ImagingResource’s Shawn Barnett and Stephanie Boozer had their hands on the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and wrote;
“The A100 isn’t small enough to fit a pocket or purse, but is light enough to carry on vacation. You’ll want a camera bag for better protection and portability, but the positions of the eyelets for the included neck strap at least let the camera hang level with the standard lens.”

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One Response to “Sony Alpha DSLR-A100”

  1. Ralph Goodwin says:

    I have a Sony Alpha 100. When using my 75-300 zoom or my 100-300 zoom lens the camera won’t take the picture when the zoom is at max or at min.

    Very frustrating. Any ideas?

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