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Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A330


Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A330 digital SLR features 10.2MP resolution (on a 23.6 x 15.8mm APS-C CCD image sensor), a tiltable 2.7-in. LCD (230K dots), built-in Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, and a unique Live View with Quick Auto Focus.

Sony's new "Quick AF Live View" technology is unique 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 requires the main mirror to flip back and forth to engage AF or use slow Contrast-detect AF in Live View mode, the A330 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 of Sony Lens and KonicaMinolta α / MAXXUM / DYNAX Lens.

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-A330 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 tiltable 2.7-in. LCD monitor has 230,000 dots resolution with the Clear Photo LCD™ design for easy playback viewing. It is tiltable upward by up to 135 degrees, downward by up to 55 degrees to make it super convenient for overhead and low to the ground shots.

Note that the A330 accepts SD/SDHC memory cards in addition to Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, and Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo HX cards.

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A330 targets the point-and-shoot crowd desiring to move up to an easy-to-use DSLR with a user experience similar to that of using a compact digicam. First-time DSLR buyers will appreciate Auto and Scene Modes, as well as one of the best Live View implementations on a DSLR. More advanced users will find a full-featured DSLR.


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Sony A330
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A330US | CAN | UK Photoxels OriGenial Award  
  Camera Type

Sony α Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses

  Image Sensor

Approx. 10.2 megapixels; APS-C size CCD sensor (23.5x15.7mm);
RGB primary color filter with Anti-Dust Technology

  Image Stabilization Super SteadyShot Sensor-Shift mechanism
Approximately 2.5 to 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
  Lens Mount

Sony α lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens

  Lens Compatibility

All of Sony Lens and KonicaMinolta α / MAXXUM / DYNAX Lens

  Auto Focus - Focus System : TTL phase-detection system, CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
- Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, (AF/MF selectable)
- Focus Area : Wide (Up to 3 active focus points glow), Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)
- Focus Features : Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1-5m)
- Focus Points : 9 points
- Focus Sensitivity : EV0 - 18 (ISO100)
  Shutter Speed - Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
- 1/4000 second to 30 seconds, bulb, (1/3 EV step)
- Flash sync speed: 1/160 second
  Exposure Control Auto, Auto Flash Off, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)  
  EV Compensation ±2EV (in 0.3 EV steps)  
  Drive Mode

Single-shot, Continuous, Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, Bracketing, Remote Commander

  Continuous Shooting

Fine/Standard: No limit (Until the memory card is full)
RAW & JPEG: 3 images
RAW: 6 images

  Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view  
  Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Continuous Self-timer: 5 shots or 3 shots every 10 seconds
  Light Metering TTL metering w/ 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Exclusive image sensor for Live View in Live View mode
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  ISO Auto, ISO100 - 3200  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom  

Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Field of View: 95%
Magnification: 0.74 x, with 50mm lens at infinity

Eye Relief: Approx. 19.7 mm from the eyepiece,
Approx. 14.1 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter

Diopter Adjustment: -2.5 - +1.0m-1

Focusing Screen: Spherical Acute Matte

  Live View Function

- Pentamirror tilt mechanism
- Exclusive image sensor for Live View
- 1200-zone evaluative metering

  LCD 2.7” TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
Tiltable (upward by up to 135 degrees, downward by up to 55 degrees)
Auto Brightness Control (Auto setting in 2 steps, manual setting in 5 steps)
Coverage: 100% (Playback), 90% (Live View)
  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 Modes Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink)  
  Creative Styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness  
  Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard/Plus, Normal DRO, Advanced DRO  
  User Interface Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu  
  Recording Mode RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard  
  Recording Media

Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media SD and SDHC memory card


Auto popup, built-in
Guide No.: 10 (in meters at ISO100)
Flash Coverage: 18mm in focal-length of lens attached
Flash Compensation : ±2EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
Flash Metering System : ADI flash (automatic change for Pre-flash TTL)
Modes : Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync, Hi-speed sync*., Wireless
Recycling Time : Approx. 4 sec.

  Output HDMI type C minijack  
  USB Port USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP) miniB  
  Remote Control Wireless RMTDSLR1 (optional)  
  Tripod Mount 1/4"-20  
  Battery Type InfoLithium NP-FH50  
  Battery Life Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard)  
  Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor  
  Included Accessories

- BC-VH1 Battery Charger
- NP-FH50 Rechargeable Battery
- Shoulder strap
- Body cap
- Software CD-ROM
- USB cable

  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 128 x 97 x 71.4mm /
5 1/8 × 3 7/8 ×2 7/8 in
(excluding protrusions)
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 491g / 1 lb 1.3 oz
(without battery, memory card, accessories
  MSRP (body only) US $  
  with 18-55mm lens: US $649.99 / CAD $699.99  
  with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses: US $699.99  

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