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Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1636 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and lens. The performance and usability also get good views, but the reliability and video get mixed comments. Many are critical about the control panel and manual image adjustments.

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

shutter, software, exposure, manual adjust., control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha A100


After Sony bought over some major divisions of Konica Minolta, everyone knew that something new would turn up from there. Sure enough, around a year later, Sony launched the Alpha A100, it's first DSLR, along with a range of lenses. The biggest...

The Rs. 60,000 street price makes this one a very expensive option for a starter level DSLR, in fact it's a price that perfectly suites the semi-pro range. It's not a problem fitting the A100 into either of the above categories, because even though it...

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Alpha DSLR-A100K


Rejuvenated Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D SLR Camera

Great ergonomics. Easy to learn. Fine images. Built-in antishake preserves image sharpness at slow shutter speeds ; Flash must be raised manually. Mechanically noisier than others in its class. No Mac image browser included

Flash must be raised manually. Mechanically noisier than others in its class. No Mac image browser included

When Konica-Minolta decided to ditch its camera business, you could just hear its Maxxum 5D echoing a Brando-esque, "I coulda been a contenda!" With Sony now at ringside, the rejuvenated A100 definitely has a shot at the title.

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Sony alpha DSLR-A100


Sony's first DSLR melds comfort and functionality to make an impressive debut.


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Alpha DSLR-A100K Digital Camera Kit


Sony's first digital SLR is a solid, full-featured performer.

Very good image quality, Good lens selection

Lenses are expensive, Sensor-based stabilization not optimal

The Sony DSLR-Alpha 100K is a very good but somewhat pricey camera. Despite feeling clunkier than its competitors, it delivers good image quality and a full feature set, plus some nice extras such as image stabilization

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Alpha DSLR-A100


With the release of the Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A100, the biggest name in consumer electronics has entered the booming DSLR market. The 10.2-megapixel DSLR has a dust control system and sells with a kit lens for $850, making it very competitive in its...

Built-in Super SteadyShot stabilization ; Effective dust control ; Aggressive pricing ; Convenient Dynamic Range system ; Good control display and menu organization

Parameters dial is slow and clunky ; Plastic construction ; Video port is inside media compartment ; 1/4-second shutter lag ; Inconvenient manual controls

The Sony α (alpha) A100 is a good value for users who want stabilization, dust control and 10 megapixels, but don't mind a clunky interface and slow operation. It's a snapshot camera with some very appealing bells and whistles, and it will be a very...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K digital SLR


Sony's DSLR-Alpha 100K--or Alpha 100--is a full-featured, 10.2-megapixel digital SLR with built-in shake reduction technology.

Very good image quality ; Good lens selection

Lenses are expensive ; Sensor-based stabilization not optimal

Offers features such as continuous autofocus and dust-removal, though its image stabilization lags behind lens-based systems.

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Sony DSLR-A100


The a (alpha) DSLR-A100 digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera is the first product to come from Sony's aquisition of Konica Minolta's D-SLR and technologies. The DSLR-A100 is based heavily on the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D and incorporates a higher...

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Canon Rebel XTi vs. Nikon D80 vs. Sony Alpha A100 Head-to-Head-to-Head Digital Camera Review


There are choices for the photographer who wants a combination of manual and automatic options in a 10-megapixel sub-$1000 DSLR.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A100


Very good image quality. Sensor-based image stabilization.

Borrowing its design from the Konica-Minolta 5D, Sony's first D-SLR may not be original or very affordable, but its nice image quality and robust feature set are promising.

Highly Recommended!

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Sony DSLR-A100


Excellent resolution, plenty of detail although no leap over eight megapixels, Vibrant color response, similar hues to other digital SLR's, About a third of a stop more sensitive than indicated, Neutral tone response with soft roll-off in highlights,...

High sensitivity noise at ISO 800 and 1600, Occasional Multi-segment metering under-exposure, Long exposure noise reduction artifacts (black pitting, softness, posterization), Limited image parameter adjustment (only -2 to +2), LCD anti-reflective...

Sony's entrance to the digital SLR market comes thanks to their finial association with and later purchase of Konica Minolta's photo division.

Product Specifications

Get closer to your subject with the SAL-18200 zoom lens. Excellent for everyday shooting, this telephoto lens excels at capturing faraway subjects, sports events, dramatic landscapes and intimate close-up views. Specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager, this is the standard zoom lens that brings you closer to your subject. With superior all-in-one lens performance for everyday shooting, its 35mm-equivalent range of 27mm wide-angle to 300mm telephoto excels at capturing faraway subjects, sports events, dramatic landscapes and intimate close-up views.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM55

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive/CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode / Night portrait / Sunset/Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony a (alpha)

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/3.5-6.3
Lens for SD:Body only/Sony DT 18-200mm/Sony DT 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses/Sony DT 18-70mm lens
Max Focal Length:200mm/70mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:11.1/3.9
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot, CCD-shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level roof prism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Neutral / Vivid/Black & White / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical