Sony A300 Review

May 5, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras | 5 Comments | |

Sony A300CameraLabs have reviewed the Sony A300 DSLR camera, which has a 10.2 megapixel sensor and variable angle 2.7 inch LCD screen.

“The Sony Alpha A300 is a feature-packed DSLR with a compelling price tag. With built-in stabilisation, Live View and a flip-out screen, it ticks the boxes of most new DSLR buyers. Sony’s fuss-free Live View is also arguably the best implementation yet for general consumers. It’s quick, quiet and offers uncompromised auto-focusing performance. Sure the coverage and accuracy isn’t the same as systems which use the main sensor, but this will only bother the more technical photographers out there.”

Website: CameraLabs - Sony A300 review

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#1 Steve Steinberg

Really informative review. But I am one of those amateurs who need the big viewfinder and thus, we need more help on this. Which dslrs were you referring to as having a big bright viewfinder? Can you find one in the price range that the Sony 300 is in? I do recall that the 300 and others of its price range have penta=mirrors which do not have the brightness or view that a penta-mirror viewfinder has. So, in order to get a brighter viewfinder, do we amateurs need to leave the start up category and go to the next level? In other words, which cameras were you referring to when you said that the 300 was great for all of us except those of us who wanted a brighter viewfinder (like me). Thanks

12:56 am - Tuesday, December 23, 2008

#2 Robert Hall

Your review was very helpful, but it was your sample images that inspired me to buy the a300 - they are excellent and the quality is crystal clear. What lens(es) did you use on these wonderful photos? The image that sold me the most was surprisingly the one of the bathtub faucet - incredible realism. I agree the kit lens is poor but I have several Maxxum lenses that work fine, but I am still getting soft images. Thanks very much for your review, sample shots, and reply.

10:05 am - Friday, June 26, 2009

#3 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Sorry guys for taking so much time to get back to you. Robert, the shot of the bathtub faucet was captured using a Minolta AF 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 lens at f/8, ISO 100, 1.6-second exposure with the camera on a tripod.

Steve, the Sony A200 and its successor the A230 are but two examples of entry-level DSLRs with a bigger viewfinder.

2:20 pm - Friday, August 7, 2009

#4 Steve

Thanks, Zoltan. I bought a Nikon D5000 and am very happy with all aspects of its performance and its results. Best. Steve

5:23 pm - Friday, August 7, 2009

#5 VictorF

Please, what lens has been used for the 3rd and 4th shots, those with the church at 18mm?
I recently bought the a230 with a Tamron 18-200mm superzoom and I found colors to bo be cooler and less powerful than those in the pictures I mentioned above, guessing whether it could be the lens or the camera... I had the same feeling looking at the samples posted later with the a230 + 18-55mm SAM review

3:51 pm - Monday, April 18, 2011