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Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A450L

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and image quality. The usability and performance also get good reviews. The size and portability get less positive views. There are some mixed views about the video.

value for money, performance, usability, image quality, color

screen, build quality, viewfinder, portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A450L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 94 reviews)

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Sony Alpha 450 DSLR camera


An entry-level DSLR ideal for sports fans?

Fast frame rate is fairly unique on this level of camera, display scales make the effect of setting obvious, battery life

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Sony Alpha A450


Sony's new mid-range DSLR is a bit light on features

, both of which are over £100 cheaper.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 review


What Sony's Alpha DSLR-A450 lacks in elegance it makes up for in usability. It's missing a couple of features, but this is still an impressive entry-level digital SLR.

Fast and responsive ; Large and clear controls ; Impressive image quality

Rear display could be larger ; Plasticky build quality

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 is speedy, easy to use and delivers impressive results. Although it faces stiff competition from other entry-level dSLRs -- not least from Nikon's excellent D3100, which offers 1080p video recording -- the A450 is one of the...


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Sony DSLR-A450


Sony's range of DSLRs has ballooned of late to include a bewildering range of entry- and intermediate-level models, yet the replacement for the semi-pro A700 is so long overdue as to have practically missed a generation when compared with its rivals....

With low, fine-grained noise, good colour rendition and reasonable detail up to ISO6400, in terms of high-ISO performance the A450 was very impressive. The ISO12800 option less so, and likely unusable for the most part. A new HDR option combing two...

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Sony Alpha 450 review


The Sony a450 is a new mid-level DSLR to the Alpha range, but is it a successful release? The What Digital Camera Sony Alpha a450 review...

7fps shooting, in-camera HDR, sub-£500 price point

Build quality a bit ‘plasticy', noisy AF, no proper AF-illuminator lamp

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Sony DSLR A450L


The Sony DSLR A450L is a new model that offers exceptional image quality and quick responses. It has powerful creative features that include 14.2 megapixels. It allows details to appear in the images and even though high-speed continuous shots can be...

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Sony Alpha A450 dSLR review


The 14.2-megapixel A450 tags itself onto the bottom end of Sony's mid-range “intermediate” dSLR cameras, flanked either side by entry level “beginner” models (A230, A330 and A380) and the cripplingly expensive full-frame “Advanced” models in the form...

Excellent build quality. Easy to use. Good range of high-quality lenses available. Very long battery life. Good value for money

No Video. Small, fixed LCD screen and no autofocus live view. Some features lacking from less expensive models. No depth-of-field preview

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Sony a450


Sony's new DSLR camera is a versatile easy to use choice for step-up photographers


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Sony a450


This latest 14.2MP DSLR from Sony – the a450 – offers one of the fastest shutter performances you will find for less than £500, plus an extensive sensitivity range.

Place this DSLR alongside other sub-£500 cameras and it comes out well. The shooting speed is one of its biggest attractions, but it has a great resolution at 14.2MP. SteadyShot INSIDE is a very useful tool, and there’s the healthy mix of enhancements...

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Sony Alpha 450


The Sony Alpha 450 features a 14.2Mp sensor with an ISO ceiling of 12,800, but the minimum ISO is 200 and not 100.


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.4 x 15.6 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:Unknown
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FM500H
Battery Type:Sony NP-FM500H


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording: No
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes