Product Reviews (14)
Hard to beat the value
Strengths: Unbeatable value for your money; Live View w/ no AF lag; 700+ shot battery; built-in image stabilization; fast 9-point auto focus
Weakness: Included kit lenses are above average performers, but not as good as some competitor kit lenses; shutter click is noticeable in quiet settings; accessories can be expensive; no SDHC support
This is a great camera value. While Sony is traditionally associated with design, technology and performance (not value), the consumer electronics conglomerate is making a hard push into the digital SLR market. As a result, their pricing these cameras below competitors, while adding premium features to swing the undecided. If you can get over not having a Canon or Nikon branded camera, you'll find yourself with a very capable camera deeply rooted in the rich photographic legacy of Konica-Minolta.
**Caveat: This is my first digital SLR and I've only owned the camera for about a month, but I wanted to provide readers some insight into the thought process and early reflections of a person like me: a novice dSLR-user, who relied on online and magazine research.
Unbeatable value for your money (closest comparables Nikon D60 and Canon XSi) are hundreds more, except Olympus E510
Live View allows for point-and-shoot convenience with only slight AF lag, due to unique Sony live view technology
700+ shot battery w/ capacity gauge is an industry best
Second-generation image stabilization is built-in to camera and produces great results with any lens
9-point autofocus is really fast and very accurate
Large 2.7" LCD is bright, but not as clear as on other cameras
Great accessory support, including battery grip, memory stick adapter for CompactFlash, wide assortment of Sony and legacy Minolta lenses.
By davelin - Jun 15, 2008
Great Frist dSLR
Strengths: 1. Wide choices of Lens (competitable with Monolta's Lens) 2. Grip is good for small to middle size hands user 3. LiveView 4. Great Price for a starter dSLR
Weakness: 1. Accessories are expensive 2. Switch back to MF when you change mode
After owning this camera for 2 week, I have took around 1200 pictures in several different situation, I have found it pretty reliable.
1. I took most of my pictures out door, my pictures are very detailed. When using Marco mode, I can see every single detail on the lizard's skin. When setting ISO 200, you can get most of the outdoor pictures perfectly.
2. I went to a wedding dinner with it. Took about 300 pictures indoor. With ISO 800 the pictures are as bright as outdoor. My only concern is, the position of the flash light is a bit too low. When using my 75 - 300 lens, sometimes I got shadow in my picture.
3. Live View is a incredible. No more "blind shot" when taking pictures from "High Angle" or "Low Angle". I like this function most for this camera.
4. As mentioned above, every time I change the shooting mode, it will be in AF mode no matter what. I will have to switch the button back to AF and then MF again in order to use manual focus. This is pretty annoying but I guess some firmware update will help.
Overall, it is a great Cost-Value product and I would highly recommend this camera to anybody who interested to use a dSLR.
By lamsamson - May 28, 2008
Great budget entry level dSLR
Strengths: Very user friendly Decent amount of advanced user functions Great as a first camera Built in image stabilization into the body
Weakness: Kit lens not so great Noise at higher ISOs, but works well for smaller prints/pictures.
This was my first dSLR and I love it. It has all the features I wanted. It's everything you expect out of a dSLR. It's built off of the a200 but it's got the addition of live view and a tiltable screen. The liveview comes in handy sometimes, but I find myself using the viewfinder the most. The screen is nice and big and shows pictures nicely. You won't find liveview on many other cameras (nikon and only the newer canons). I've taken a bunch of pictures with this and am very proud of the camera. The built in SSS stabilizer saves a ton of money on lenses, let's see canikon do that!
Just a great camera overall.
Oh yeah, and don't bother with the a350, there's no improvements and a larger 14.2 MP sensor will not help. It's the same image processor and has the same amount of noise (if not more at the higher res). Get the a700 for that price range.
By xdr4gon - Jul 29, 2008
Sony A 300
Strengths: View finder is great, matched w 70-300 mm lens is great for far away portratits
Weakness: None yet I need to figure how to get less red eye on flash pictures. The noise is a little loud when shooting. Could be problem if phot animals in wild.
Extremely happy with this purchase. First new camera for me since Canon AE1. I love the view finder to see pictures immediately. Dont like it, delete it. The ability to adjust to individual eye vision is great. Ability to change picture after taken is too cool!
By PeteEGMiller - Jun 1, 2008
Great camera! Great price!
Strengths: dedicated "no-flash" mode on the dial, liveview with tilting LCD (just like using a small digital camera except larger), easy to use functions,
Weakness: expensive sony lenses, lcd is a bit exposed to scratches and damage
I have had the Sony A300K for 2 weeks. This is my first DSLR. I wanted a camera to take pictures of my 1 year old son. Wanted the Sony 50F14 lens but $350 is too much! Got a Minolta 50mm f/1.7 lens at ebay for $100 and very happy with it. Takes such wonderful portrait pictures I was in love with my camera from day one!
One of the things I really love about the camera is that on the different mode dial, there is a "no-flash" mode which is so useful because on other cameras everytime you turn on the camera you have to set the flash to "off" in indoors. It just makes it much more convenient and feel secured that the flash wont go off.
Although new lenses are expensive, for people like me, used minolta AF(auto focus) lenses cost much less and works great. Very happy with my purchase.
By spark770228 - Jun 6, 2008
best DSLR for the money
Strengths: In-Camera Image Stabilization, Best LiveView in the market, Tiltable LCD, Longer reach Kit lens(18-70mm), Minolta-Mount Lens compatible, LOW PRICE
Weakness: Accessories are EXPENSIVE!
This DSLR is the best one in the market for the price! Picture quality is great. I like In-Camera Image Stabilization; any lens you put on, get IS. The Kit lens that comes with it has better range than all the competitors (18-70mm vs 18-55mm). I'm sold on the Tiltable LiveView LCD, allow me to shoot in different positions. The only negative I found is all Sony Accessories are SO EXPENSIVE; extra battery is $70! Ouch!
By kanate - May 16, 2008
great camera for DSLR beginners!
Strengths: good price, live view
Weakness: None so far
This is a great camera for beginners of SLR's to learn on but ain't too bad for those of you who know what you are doing. I myself have had film SLR's for many years, this is my first DSLR and cost was a factor for me. I am in no way made of money so the low price really sold me (no pun intended). The features you expect from an SLR are all there, and you can go from full auto to full manual and every point in between in a just a flip of a switch and the pressing of a few buttons to set up your shot.
Built in Image Stabilization is a great feature to have, especially when some camera makers build it into the lens, which, in turn, makes your lens prices considerably higher.
By coffeeyjh - Apr 21, 2008
Could be better
Strengths: Price; 10.2MP; Live View; 18-70mm Kit Lens; Tiltable LCD; In-camera image stabilization.
Weakness: CF, button place and function; LCD view angle
Best Price: Compare to Canon EOS 450D (Digtial Rebal XSi), Nikon D60 and Pentax K200D.
Longest kit lens: 18-70mm while other brands only offer 18-55mm.
Unique and fastest Live View: Operation just like a traditional DC. Other Brands’ live view function uses the main imaging sensor and requires flipping the reflex mirror to AF. Sony adds a small sensor in the viewfinder to generate live view and AF with the reflex mirror down.
Tiltable LCD: The LCD can tilt up (135 degree) or down (45 degree). This is very useful for a child-level or overhead shot.
In-camera image stabilization: No need to buy expensive IS or VR lenses. With in-camera image stabilization, every lens is IS/VR.
CF storage: If you care the Read/Write speed, you can choose CF cards supporting UDMA, much faster than SD.
CF storage: SD is very cheap now days and has smaller size.
Button place and function: The place of the 8-way arrow keys is too close to my palm. Very easy to mis-press it and change the focus point. The digital teleconverter key only works in Live View mode. It should have some other functions in shooting/replay modes. Right now it just shows an ugly white screen says “Invalid operation”.
Orientation Sensor: It rotates the info screen automatically. However, for picture taken in portrait position, it doesn’t rotate.
LCD view angle: Limited. Only about +/- 45 degrees up and down.
A nice and affordable entry-level DSLR with plenty of functions.
By heatsink - Jun 11, 2008
Great camera for the price!
Strengths: Good performance and low price. Live view is useful for green hand.
Weakness: CompactFlash is more expensive than SD card. The lens is fewer than Canon anf Nikon.
I just used the new camera for the first time at a BBQ party. I took many pictures like view, portrait, Sport etc.
It is very easy to use and Live View is helpful for me. Image quality is 1st rart.
I have to say that Sony A300K is great product amone many primary DSLR products.
By congcongcat - May 11, 2008
Sony Alpha 300
Strengths: live view, tiltable lcd, autofocus starts when you place eye at viewfinder, iso 100 setting.
Weakness: Ergonomics. Camera is not particularly well balanced in the hand- Nikon D40 fits more naturally. Kind of bulky.
Good camera with excellent features. Fun to use, takes good photo's. Ergonomics not as good as my other DSLR - Nikon D40. Also would prefer SD card rather than compact flash and would also appreciate using a standard mini-usb to connect to camera and then to computer. Like much of Sony's products they like prefer to use a proprietary connector (looks like mini usb but is not) to download pics from the camera to the computer. With this said however, the camera is excellent and has perhaps the best features of any dslr in its class.
By jay1317 - May 22, 2008
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