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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 791 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and value for money. The usability and screen also get good views, whereas the control panel and flash get negative opinions.

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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-A700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony DSLR-A700


Sony's capable DLSR is full-featured enough for pros, at a price serious hobbyists can actually afford.

High resolution. Built-in image stabilization. Uses UDMA cards

No live view. Proprietary battery. No automatic flash pop-up

The A700 offers great image quality at a good price. As with all DSLRs, a purchase commits you to that camera's family of lenses and other accessories. If you are comfortable with Sony's current offerings or have an investment in Minolta alpha lenses,...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700


The Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 ($999.99, body only) may be a solid shooter, but there are other digital SLRs (D-SLRs) that will give you more for your thousand bucks. Sure, it can crank out five full-resolution images per second, and it performs better in...

Low noise at high ISOs (excels at low-light shooting). Fast operation. HDMI out. Includes a remote control

Expensive for what you get. Soft images. Dull design. LCD doesn't support Live View. No video capability

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 takes superb low-light photos, but overall, there are better options for the price.

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First impressions of the Alpha DSLR-A700, Sony's $1900 (as of 12/14/2007), 12-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, brings to mind terms like "massive," "brick-like," and "complex." With its deep right-hand grip and 2.75-pound weight (which...

Sturdy magnesium body Extensive exposure controls

Inconsistencies with auto white balance Mediocre software bundle

With its sharp, 12-megapixel imaging and with more exposure controls than most photographers--amateur or professional--will likely use, the beefy and finely designed A700 rises to nearly pro-level photography, making it well worth its $1900 price tag....


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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700


Update: The noise sections of this review (and the conclusions) were updated February 2009 to reflect significant changes in the way noise reduction works with raw files.

Good detail at lower sensitivities, very slightly more than ten megapixels but no massive gain ; Low noise at higher sensitivities although at the expense of detail (perhaps too much luminance NR) ; Excellent dynamic range at ISO 200 (more highlight...

Noise reduction settings are applied to raw as well as JPEG files. Would be preferable if they affected JPEG only (as is normal practice). Kudos to Sony for updating the firmware to allow you to actually turn it off at all though ; Base sensitivity...

The Alpha 700 was introduced as a complementary model to the Alpha 100; aimed more at the serious amateur and semi-professional photographer it enters a segment of the market which is buzzing with new models (EOS 40D, D300 and E-3). The A700 clearly...


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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700


It must be hard for Sony being number 3 or 4 when it comes to cameras, especially when it dominates just about every other category it enters—other than that little iPod thing the company wishes would go away. HDTVs? Sony is number one. Home audio?...

Excellent photos; fast response; built-in stabilization

Expensive; heavy; noisy at very high ISOs

The alpha DSLR-A700 is an excellent camera and I recommend it without reservation.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 (with 16mm-105mm lens)


Exceptionally streamlined, comfortable shooting design; broad, functional feature set, including sensor-shift image stabilizer; excellent photo quality; fast burst-shooting performance.

A few design quirks.

A top-of-the-line amateur digital SLR camera, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 will delight Konica Minolta diehards and makes a great choice if you don't already have a stake in other lens systems.

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Sony DSLR-A700


The alpha 700 accepts Minolta a-mount lenses, Sony's "G" Series lenses with motorized auto focusing and Sony's wide-aperture zoom lenses. A new APS-C size, CMOS imager with on-chip noise-canceling provides the quality you need to make the most of all...

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Sony A700 DSLR


A superb addition to the DSLR market. The only problem is it now gives you one more camera to consider as it is a definite competitor. Providing quality photos, an overabundance of useful features and functions; it reaches out to the camera enthusiast...

12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor3.0 inch LCD screenSuper Steady Shot Image StabilizationFull resolution 5 fps continuous shutterHDMI output

Old Minolta fans stand by, enter the Sony DSLR A700. With a 12.24 mega...

Highly Recommended!

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Sony A700 Review


The Sony A700 is the second DSLR camera from Sony, a more complex model than the original A100 that is aimed at the prosumer photographer. The Sony A700 bears more than a passing resemblance to the Konica Minolta Maxxum / Dynax 7D DSLR, which is...

Offering a compelling combination of intuitive design and handling, sophisticated functionality and excellent image quality, the Sony A700 is an easy DSLR camera to recommend. Being based so clearly upon a previous Konica Minolta camera has given Sony...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Digital Camera - Hands-On Preview - The Imaging Resource!


Now that the din of Canon and Nikon fans has quieted from last month's announcements, Sony and Minolta fans have something to smile about: the Sony A700. I longed for the next Alpha when I reviewed the first Sony Alpha A100. Though impressive, it...

The new Sony A700 is a beefy SLR with a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor designed for the photo enthusiast. The sensor was made by Sony specifically for this camera, according to the company. The Sony A700's sensor has a 1.5x crop factor, the same as most...

Product Specifications

Enjoy the all-new Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A700 camera with an amazing zoom lens to get you started. Included in this kit is the versatile SAL-18200 18-200mm standard zoom lens. This easily handles the standard range of shots you'll take most often? But there's nothing standard about the alpha's advanced optical design. 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. The brilliant (alpha) DSLR-A700, with 12.2 megapixel resolution to capture the full imaging precision of Sony zoom lenses, Carl Zeiss lenses and legacy Minolta a-mount lenses, is today's most exciting DSLR. Quick response, creative style modes and high-speed shooting help you capture your creative vision, while Super SteadyShot image stabilization conveniently works with every lens. For improved picture quality and reduced blur, the Eye-Start g Autofocus system uses an 11-point center twin-cross AF sensor for phenomenal results. All of this combined with Sony's innovative Anti-Dust Technology and a rugged magnesium alloy body and you have the ultimate DSLR for serious photo enthusiasts and amateurs alike.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM500H

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo / Microdrive/Memory Stick PRO Duo / Microdrive / Memory Stick Duo / CompactFlash / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


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 16-105mm lens/Sony DT 18-200mm/Sony DT 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses/Sony DT 18-70mm lens
Max Focal Length:105mm/200mm/70mm
Min Focal Length:16mm/18mm
Optical Zoom:11/3.9/6.5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.24Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 160 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 4000 / ISO 5000 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO auto / ISO 3200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100 / ISO 4000 / ISO 5000
Special Effects:Autumn Leaves / Black & White / Clear / Deep / Landscape / Light / Neutral / Night View / Portrait / Sepia / Sunset / Vivid/Portrait / Landscape / Sunset / Vivid / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White / Clear / Deep / Light / Night View / Autumn Leaves
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical