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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

alaTest has collected and analyzed 253 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and screen are generally positive. The performance and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical views about the exposure and video.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony DSLR-A330 Review


SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2009 - Sony is making it easy for first-time digital SLR buyers to step up from point-and-shoot digital still cameras with the introduction today of three new easy-to-use a (alpha) cameras (models DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A230),...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Black)


A modest update over its predecessor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300, the Alpha DSLR-A330 offers the same essential feature set in a redesigned body with sufficient quality and performance-enhancing firmware tweaks to merit the term "upgrade." And like its...

Fast Live View AF and single-shot performance; tiltable LCD; dual card slots; relatively simple, straightforward operation; built-in wireless flash and image stabilization; helpful SteadyShot indicator

Smallish grip; middling viewfinder; default settings produce suboptimal photos

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 is a solid entry-level dSLR that will surely have its fans, but unless you really want Live View, its cheaper sibling, the A230, is a better deal.


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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330


We hoped the new Olympus E-620 would give Canon and Nikon a modicum of competition in the cut-throat DSLR arena, but no such luck—the camera simply didn't measure up. Another week, another new model, but this time Sony's entering the ring. The company...

Affordable 10.2MP DSLR with built-in IS ; Live View

Fewer FPS than competitors

We have no reservations suggesting first-time DSLR buyers pick up the Sony alpha DSLR-A330...


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Sony A330 DSLR


If you are looking for a sophisticated DSLR, then you should consider some of Sony's more professional cameras. This particular model is not as complex as it may seem, yet it doesn't sacrifice quality or performance for simplicity. The number of...

Convenient- easy-to-use digital SLR with on-screen helpPowerful- 10.8-megapixel sensor should not be underestimateFeatures- 2.7 inch LCD, SteadyShot stabilization, HDMI, supports SD/MMC

Average- as far as price and value, this model meets averageSimple- still lacks many of the impressive enhancements and features

Another competitive entry into the digital SLR market is the Sony A330 D...

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Sony’s Alpha A330 D-SLR; Stepping Up Into A More Creative Realm


But here are some of the highlights we noticed when working with the Alpha A330

Last but not least is the Menu button, which brings up all the main setups, including image size (this is a 10.2-megapixel chip), raw/JPEG options, aspect ratio (standard or 16:9), color space (sRGB and Adobe RGB), and SteadyShot on or off, Sony's...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330


Sony's Alpha DSLR-A330 is one the company's latest entry-level DSLRs. Announced in May 2009, it's the successor to the Alpha A300, and inherits many features from this earlier model including the same 10.2 Megapixel CCD sensor, built-in image...

Built-in IS which works with any lens ; Quick and fuss-free Live View ; Vertically-tilting monitor ; Beginner-friendly user interface

More noise than rivals at high ISOs ; Slow continuous shooting ; No movie mode ; Body shape may not be to all tastes

When Sony announced the Alpha A330 (and its siblings the A230 and A380), it wasn’t hard to understand why many enthusiasts were disappointed. Most have become accustomed to new cameras featuring more powerful specifications such as higher resolutions,...

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Sony A330


The Sony A330 is 10.2-megapixel DSLR that is a follow-up to the groundbreaking A300. I wouldn't necessarily call the Sony A330 an upgrade to the A300 – more like a refresh.

Like I said at the outset of this review, the Sony A330 is an excellent camera for those of you looking to make the switch from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR. If you like being able to frame your scene on the back of the camera’s LCD, you’ll love...

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DSLR Test: Sony Alpha 330


Smack in the middle of a trio of new entry-level DSLRs from Sony, the 10.2MP Alpha 330 is an appealing option for photographers stepping up from compacts. A nice price ($650, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony DT SAM lens; $850, street, with an...

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"A good simple beginner DSLR entry level camera"


My first DSLR. Very simple to use and helped my shutterbug experiences. Learnt alot from this camera due to the simple instructions when changing settings like aperture, shutter speed. Light and compact.

Simple to use. Pictures are crisp. Viewfinder is nice

Battery life is horrible. If you plan to take light streaks and long exposure, remember to get an extra battery. Drains really fast.

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A good simple beginner DSLR entry level camera


My first DSLR. Very simple to use and helped my shutterbug experiences. Learnt alot from this camera due to the simple instructions when changing settings like aperture, shutter speed. Light and compact. However battery drains out really fast. Always...

Simple to use. Pictures are crisp. Viewfinder is nice

Battery life is horrible. If you plan to take light streaks and long exposure, remember to get an extra battery. Drains really fast

Product Specifications

Striking a perfect balance between ease-of-use and powerful features, the Sony a DSLR-A330Y digital SLR camera puts better pictures at your fingertips. The a A330 offers the convenience of live view, which lets you compose and capture shots via a tiltable 2.7" LCD screen while 10.2-megapixel resolution provides superb image clarity, and exceptionally quick AF response helps you capture the perfect moment. Plus, SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization reduces blur, while the on-screen help guide and graphic display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The a A330Y comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens and a 55-200mm telephoto lens.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


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

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Sony DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses/Sony DT 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm/15.8 x 23.6mm / 15.7 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.7 x 23.5 mm/15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD 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 (Super Steady Shot, CCD-shift mechanism) / Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Landscape / Neutral / Night View / Portrait / Sunset / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical