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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 980 reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A300. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the lens and price. The screen and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the memory and flash.

performance, usability, screen, price, lens

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the portability and lens. The viewfinder and price also get good reviews, but many are critical about the screen and durability.

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durability, screen

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the image quality and screen. The performance and usability also get good opinions, but views are divided on the flash.

price, usability, performance, screen, image quality

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Alpha DSLRA300X 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 & DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Zoom Lenses Sony Alpha DSLRA300X 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 & DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Zoom Lenses

Oct, 2018

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300K Digital SLR Camera

 

The A300K's versatile, real-time live-view LCD eases the transition from point-and-shoot to digital SLR.

Live View" handling is quite impressive ; Very easy to navigate and operate

Noticeable noise at high ISO settings ; Artifacting in high-contrast edges

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A300K's smooth live-view handling makes this model worth consideration for anyone graduating from a point-and-shoot camera. That this model offers advanced features in a fun-to-use, uncomplicated form should only make for more...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Kathleen Cullen (pcworld.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

 

Updated 12/23/08: Like competing compact digital SLRs designed for users stepping up from the point-and-shoot realm, the 10.2-megapixel Sony Alpha DSLR-A300K has live-view functions--but it enjoys an edge over its rivals in that its flexible live-view...

Live View" handling is quite impressive ; Very easy to navigate and operate

Noticeable noise at high ISO settings ; Artifacting in high-contrast edges

Tiltable LCD and real-time, fast live view previews; camera is very well designed, in both ease of use and ergonomics

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Digital SLR Camera

 

The A300's versatile, real-time Live View LCD eases the transition from point-and-shoot to digital SLR.

"Live View" handling is quite impressive, Very easy to navigate and operate

Noticeable noise at high ISO settings, Artifacting in high-contrast edges

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A300's smooth Live View handling makes this model worth consideration for anyone graduating from a point-and-shoot camera. That this model offers advanced features in a fun-to-use, uncomplicated form should only make for more...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Bright Hub (brighthub.com)

Sony DSLR-A300 Review

 

If you've been thinking about investing in a digital SLR camera, Sony's DSLR-A300 has a competitive price without sacrificing features.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : jonathanb (dcamerareview.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

 

The Sony Alpha A300 DSLR (announced 30 January 2008) is a 10.2 megapixel DSLR. It features Sony's new Quick AF Live View system which allows you to frame images in the camera's 2.7 inch LCD yet still be able to … Continue reading →

The new DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350 cameras are compatible with a range of accessories, including the ergonomic Sony VG-B30AM vertical grip. Also available as an option is the new Sony HVL-F42AM flash unit. It offers advanced features such as automatic...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Alpha A300

 

10.2-megapixel D-SLR with the works.

Best Live View implementation on the market, good image quality, sensor-based stabilisation, intuitive interface

Images come out somewhat soft with default lens, resolution a little lower than some of the competition

While some competing units may be better for more advanced users, Sony's Alpha A300 is a compelling option for first-time SLR buyers with its combination of image quality, features and an intuitive menu.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Alpha A300

 

We take a long-overdue look at this Jessops-exclusive DSLR

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Sony Alpha A300

 

10.2-megapixel D-SLR with the works.

Best Live View implementation on the market, good image quality, sensor-based stabilisation, intuitive interface

Images come out somewhat soft with default lens, resolution a little lower than some of the competition

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Alexandra Savvides (cnet.com.au)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

 

The A300 is the piggy in the middle of Sony's entry-level dSLR line-up. But does it suffer from middle child syndrome or is it the pick of the bunch?

Tilting LCD screen ; Easy to use ; Well-placed controls

Relatively heavy for an entry-level dSLR ; Kit lenses leave something to be desired

Conclusion Seeming to buck the trend of middle child syndrome, the A300 is the pick of the bunch from Sony's entry-level dSLR range unless you need resolution greater than 10.2 megapixels. There are a couple of quirks with the model, but nothing...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Melissa J Perenson (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 review

 

Like competing compact digital SLRs designed for users stepping up from the point-and-shoot realm, the 10.2Mp Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 has Live View functions - but it enjoys an edge over its rivals in that its flexible Live View LCD works in real time.

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A300's smooth Live View handling makes this model worth consideration for anyone graduating from a point-and-shoot camera. That this model offers advanced features in a fun-to-use, uncomplicated form should only make for more...

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC, AC3, MP4
Audio system:Mono
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Noise reduction: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1080 / 1600
Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):4700 / 730
Battery performance:1080 / 1600
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FM500H / NP-FW50
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC / Battery

Camera

Built-in processor:BIONZ
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating
Image processor:BIONZ
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR
Photo effects:Black&White, Vivid
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset, Twilight / Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Landscape, Portrait, Sunset
Self-timer:10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:10 / 2,10
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black / Gold
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:2.7 / 3
Display resolution (numeric):230400 / 921600
Field of view:100 / 95

Flash

Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/3 EV step) / ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Flash guide number:472.4
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Flash on, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Hi-speed sync, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash recharging time:4
Flash sync-speed:1/160
Pre-flash: Yes

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:117
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Manual focusing range (wide):0.25
Normal focusing range:0.5 - 3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:3 / 4
Filter size:1.81
Focal length range (f-f):0.709 - 2.76
Lens mount interface:Sony E
Lens structure:8/6
Lens structure (elements/groups):8/6
Maximum aperture number:22
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.12
Optical Zoom:2

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 100, 200, 6400, 25600 / 160, 3200, 16000
ISO sensitivity (max):16000 / 25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:CF, MicroDrive, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo / MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:30 - 1/4000
Digital SLR: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Power Source:7.2V
Video capability: No

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB
Carrying case: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG, RAW / JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):0.913 x 0.606 / 1.41 x 0.941
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:3872 x 2592 / 5456 x 3632 / 6000 x 4000
Megapixel:10.2 / 20.1 / 24.3
Sensor Format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1280,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3872 x 2592 / 5456 x 3064\n5456 x 3632\n3872 x 2576\n3872 x 2176\n2736 x 1824\n2736 x 1536
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9
Total megapixels:20.4 / 24.7

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
PictBridge:No / Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000 / 1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Image processor:BIONZ X

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC / NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@25fps, 640x480@30fps, 1440x1080@25fps
Video compression format:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electronic / Optical
Magnification:0.71 / 0.74
Viewfinder type:Electronic / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.9 / 2.94 / 3.33
Height:3.58 / 3.72 / 3.88
Weight:12.5 / 14.7 / 20.5
Weight (including battery):16.7
Width:5 / 5.04 / 5.16