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Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A300


Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A300 digital SLR features Live Preview on a 10.2MP APS-sized CCD image sensor with High ISO noise reduction that takes place in the RAW data stage before image JPEG conversion, providing a high ISO of 3200.

Sony's new "Quick AF Live View" technology is a first in a DSLR. It uses a second image sensor in the viewfinder and a tilt mirror up there to engage Live View without having to lift up the main mirror.

What this translates to in practice is that, unlike the Live View of other DSLR systems that either require the main mirror to flip back and forth to engage AF or use slow contrast-detect AF in Live View mode, the A300 can use DSLR-fast phase-detection AF in Live View mode! This super fast Live View wins our Photoxels OriGenial Award.

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.

Super Steady Shot claims to offer from 2.5-3.5 steps anti-shake performance with all alpha lenses. Since the anti-shake system shifts the CCD to compensate for camera movement, all alpha lenses benefit from anti-shake performance. Compatible lenses encompass all Minolta Maxxum® A mount lenses, in addition to Sony a (alpha) lens lineup - including Carl Zeiss® lenses.

Compatible Lenses
Compatible Lenses

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-A300 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 powered off.

The large 2.7-in. LCD monitor is high resolution at 230,000 pixels with the Clear Photo LCD™ design for easy playback viewing. It is tiltable, so make it very convenient for overhead and low to the ground shots.

The DSLR-A300 camera’s supplied lithium ion battery offers up to 740 shots per full charge. It supports JPEG and RAW file format. Note that the A300 has a slot for CompactFlash™ Type I/II media cards; an adaptor for Memory Stick Duo™ media cards is sold separately as an accessory.

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A300K kit comes with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-105mm. The DSLR-A300X kit includes the DT 18-70mm lens and a 55–200mm f4-5.6 lens.

Noise is a problem even at low ISOs. At high ISOs, aggressive noise reduction kicks in at the expense of fine image detail.

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A300 digital SLR targets the beginner to serious amateur photographers with an easy-to-use and affordable digital SLR. It is rich with practical features: CCD-shift image stabilization, Anti-Dust Technology, tiltable LCD -- now with Live Preview.

For about $100 more, you can purchase the DSLR-A350 which is identical to the A300, except it has a 14.2MP sensor.


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Sony A300
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A300US | CAN | UK Photoxels OriGenial Award  
  Image Sensor 10.2MP (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter with Anti-Dust Technology  
  Image Stabilization Super SteadyShot with approx. 2.5 – 3.5 EV gain in exposure steps
(actual stabilisation depends on shooting conditions and lens)
  Bionz™ Engine LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+)  
  Lens Mount

Interchangeable A mount

  Lens Kit

The DSLR-A300 kit includes the DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 lens.
The DSLR-A300W kit includes the DT 18-70mm lens and a 55–200mm f4-5.6 lens

  Auto Focus TTL Phase Detection
Multi-point: 9 Area, 8 Line, 1 Cross Sensor
Adjustable Spot AF: Selectable Sensor
Visual Focus Confirm: Direct via Spherical Acute Matte Screen
  Shutter Speed 30 ~ 1/4000 sec 52 step, Bulb  
  Exposure Control Program Shift, Aperture/Shutter Priority, Manual  
  EV Compensation ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps  
  Continuous Shooting

Max 3 fps with viewfinder. 2 fps in live view mode.

Shooting Capacity:
JPEG (L size, Fine): Until memory card is full.
RAW: 6 frames.
RAW + JPEG: 3 frames.
Up to 3FPS; Unlimited to capacity of media (JPEG L/M/S); Maximum 3 frames (RAW + JPEG); Maximum 6 frames (RAW)

  D-Range Optimiser Normal DRO, to improve detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO, to adjust dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision  
  Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night Portrait/Night View  
  Self Timer Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)  
  Light Metering Multi-Pattern 40 Segment, Center Weighted, Spot  
  ISO Auto/100/200/400/800/1600/3200  
  White Balance Auto plus 8 Modes (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Tempature/Color filter, Custom), each with +/-3 adjustable step.  

Optical: TTL, 0.74x magification with 50mm lens at infinity; 95% coverage

Eye-Start Autofocus System

  LCD Tiltable 2.7" TFT (230k pixels) Live Preview LCD with Clear Photo™ design  
  Histogram Display RGB, playback only  
  Microphone/Speaker No/ No  
  Red-Eye Reduction Yes: On/ Off  
  Color Mode(s) Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, Black & White, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)  
  AF Illuminator Light Yes, On/Off Select  
  Max no. of frames JPEG Fine/Std: unlimited (until memory card is full), RAW+JPEG: 3, RAW: 6 recordable (continuous)  
  Recording Media

CompactFlash card: Type I, Type II (Microdrive).
Optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media

  Flash Modes

Built-in Auto Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM)

Effective Range: GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)

  Built-in Flash System Auto popup (GN 12) with manual popup button  
  Output(s) Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable  
  USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed  
  Battery Type NP-FM500H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery  
  Battery Capacity 7.2V, 1600 mAh;
CIPA standard: approx. 740 pictures
  Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor  
  Included Accessories - NP-FM500H rechargeable battery
- BC-VM10 battery charger
- Video and USB cables
- Shoulder strap with eyepiece cap and Remote Commander clip
- Body cap
- Software/USB Driver CD-ROM
- NOTE: No Memory Stick media nor adaptors are included
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 130.8 x 98.5 x 74.7 mm /
5 1/4 x 4 x 3 in.
(excl. protrusions)
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 582 g / 1 lb., 4.5 oz
body, not including battery, lens and media
  with DT 18-70mm lens: US $799.99  
  with DT 18-70mm and 55-200mm lenses: US $999.99  

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