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Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A100 digital SLR


Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100

Category: Serious Amateur

Based on Konica Minolta's Alpha/Maxxum/Dynax digital SLR technology that Sony acquired from the former, the new Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A100 digital SLR inherits the legacy of the Konica Minolta A-mount system

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A100 features 10.2-megapixel resolution on an APS-sized CCD image sensor. Its main differentiator from its competitors is Konica Minolta's unique Anti-Shake system, now renamed the Super SteadyShot. Instead of shifting a lens (thus requiring you to purchase expensive Image Stabilized lenses), the Super SteadyShot technology shifts the CCD to compensate for camera movement, so all lenses benefit from anti-shake performance.

New to both Konica-Minolta and Sony is an Anti-Dust Technology. Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

The large 2.5-in. LCD monitor is high resolution at 230,000 pixels and the Clear Photo LCD Plus™ design makes it possible to view it comfortably even in bright sunlight. An Eye-Start® Autofocus System begins its precision autofocus adjustments the moment you bring your eye to the viewfinder.

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A100 kit comes with a 18-70mm lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-105mm. There are over 16 million A-mount lenses sold worldwide that could be used with the Sony A100. The Sony name now graces many of the formerly Konica Minolta branded lenses, and some Carl Zeiss® T* coated lenses will also be compatible with the camera.

With the Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A100 digital SLR, beginner and serious amateur photographers now again have the choice of what was already one of the most innovative digital camera (Konica Minolta 5D) with additional features sure to please most photographers.

Sony A100
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100  
  Image Sensor 10.2 (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter  
  Chipset Bionz™ Processor LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+)  
  Lens Mount

Minolta A-type bayonet mount

  Lens Kit

Kit includes SAL-1870 DT18-70mm (3.8x optical zoom) F3.5-5.6 Lens with Aspherical Lens Elements, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass, and Circular Aperture

  Auto Focus
9-Point, with foreground, background or off-center subjects -- including manual focus point selection, Spot AF, Continuous AF and AF Lock.
Eye-Start® Autofocus System
Super SteadyShot® (in camera)
  Shutter Speed
30 ~ 1/4000 sec, with Bulb
Flash sync speed: 1/160 s (with Anti-Shake OFF), 1/125 s (with Anti-Shake ON)
  Exposure Manual Exposure: Yes, w/EV indicator  
  EV Compensation ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps  
  Shooting Modes Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual  
  Burst Mode Continuous burst mode at 3 FPS to limit of media; Up to 6 RAW images in burst  
  Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View/Night Portrait  
  Self Timer Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)  
  Light Metering 40-segment honeycomb  
  ISO Auto/160/200/400/800/1600
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash ( with custom White Balance color temperature adjustments)  
  Viewfinder Eye-level fixed system with optical-glass pentaprism; Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard); Approx. 95% coverage
  LCD 2.5-inch (measured diagonally) TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo ™ design; Eye-start Auto-focus sensor  
  Display Histogram: Yes, Live, RGB Playback  
  Microphone/Speaker No/ No  
  Red-Eye Reduction Yes: On/ Off  
  Color Mode(s) Black & White, Standard, Vivid, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)  
  Still Image Mode(s) Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), High-speed Burst (JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG), RAW (.ARW)  
  Recording Media

Memory Stick® Duo/Memory Stick PRO™ Duo media (via MSAC-MCF1N adaptor);

CompactFlash™ Type I/ CompactFlash Type II / Microdrive™ media

  Memory Stick Pro™ Media Compatibility Tested to support up to 4GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function  
  Flash Modes Manual Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM)  
  Flash Effective Range GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)  
  Output(s) Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable  
  USB Port(s) Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed  
  Battery Type NP-FM55 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery  
  Battery Capacity 7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 750 pictures  
  Supplied Software Picture Motion Browser for Sony v1.1 (Windows), Image Data Converter SR Ver. 1.1 (Windows & Macintosh), USB Driver  
  Operating System Compatibility Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, ME, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh® OS X (v 10.3 or later). OS must be installed at the factory  
  Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor  
  Included Accessories
No Memory Stick media or adapters are included
NP-FM55 Lithium-Ion Battery;
BC-VM10 Battery Charger
Video Cable, USB Cable
Shoulder strap with eyepiece cap and Remote Commander clip
Body cap; Accessory shoe cap
MSAC-MCF1N MS-Duo to CF Adaptor
Software CD-ROMs (Sony Picture Package software; Sony Image Data Converter .SRF software)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 133 x 95 x 71 mm /
5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 545 g / 1 lb., 3 oz body, not including battery, lens and media  
  MSRP US $899.95 / CDN $1,099.99 (expected to ship mid-July, 2006)  
  with 18-70mm lens: US $999.95 / CDN $1,199.99  
  with 75-300mm lens: US $1,299.95 / CDN $1,499.99  

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