Sony A330 Review

August 14, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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#1 wedding photographer

the noise performance on the A300 was terrible… iso400 was the most you’d want to go, so i hope this one is a lot better!!!

9:19 pm - Saturday, August 15, 2009

#2 Susan

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3:58 am - Sunday, August 16, 2009

#3 Kcynodia

The best camera that I have. After I do research about Camera DSLR for entry level, I have decided to buy this one. Sony alpha 330.

Very friendly user. Ergonomic. Menu and button are simple. Easy to use. I’m satisfied with the image from this camera.

Love it…

3:44 am - Friday, August 21, 2009

#4 Lars

The new APS-C camaras from Sony are a huge dissapointment.

I would never trade my Alpha 300 for the Alpha 330 as the new model is virtually a “step-down” instead of an “upgrade”.

Removing e.g. the EAL lock is scandalous mildly put - and when you need to spend a lot of time pressing a button just to change the focussing point then Sony should be happy even being considered as a APS-C SLR camera manufacturer.

What’s even worse it that the recommended price is completely ridiculous as the camera is inferior to the camara brands that Sony is to take on in the battle for market shares.

This “step-down” camera will loose Sone their position in the market.

Truly a shame as it looked as Sony was going to become a serious player in the dSLR market.

Is Sony only going to support the Alpha 900 and rumoured cousins/replacements? It seems that Sony does not care about providing value to their customers.

Hmmm, seems that I picked the wrong horse when investing in KM/Sony :-(

1:44 pm - Friday, August 28, 2009

#5 chris

initial statement!
a330 + double lens combo costs only 529 euros these days, so -YES- it IS a bargain.

1. i dont know what hands these reviewers who flame the a330’s grip have, i suppose either them or myself must be aliens…. i found the a330’s grip superb with right palm fingers immediately landing on (a) dial control (middle finger), (b) shutter button (index) and (c) exposure button (thumb). Furthermore thumb could easily move to access function button…. so honestly cut the crap about this camer being falsely built.

2. battery: i got reserves here…. i personaly find the battery charging time of 205 min (standard charge) and 265(!!!)mins (full charge) absolutely ridiculous. Such a HUGE charging time hinders the camera’s creativity as it is absolutely impossible to just “grab&shoot;” as u have to plan each shooting FOUR hrs in advance….
sony should either (a) reduce battery charging time to at least half or (b) offer an alcaline alternative so as to to provide users with an alternative and fast way to power the camera.
3. camera and 18-55lens are manufactured in Thailand, while the 55-200 lens is made in China. No further comments on this, just wanted peeps to know.
4. Both lenses “provide” a 18-200 range or 27-300 on the traditional 35mm film cameras scale. Aperture is ofc mediocre ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 minimum. Naturally noone would expect a more exotic minimum aperture in combo lenses….. on the other hand dont expect to “blur out” backgrounds with these aperures in most cases…. these “special effects” need much lower minimum apertures such as 2.8 or 1.4…. On the other hand a “300” max zoom (on the 35mm scale) is a good tele position that will bring close distant objects. This is what, imo, makes this combo worth buying. Most rivals come either as just “bodies” or with a 18-50 or 18-70 lens….
5. macro isn’t spectacular either. In fact some p&s cameras can achieve better minimum macro distances.  The 18-55 lens can achieve a 25cm macro distance and that is the best this product will go as the other lens has a macro distance of almost 1m (95cm). As u see i emphasize on lenses in my comment as i believe this camera is not targeting people who will go buy extra lenses etc….
6. the ability to tilt the LCD is an important feature, though it may seem at first just a show off feature. It will come handy mainly in photos where u want to place camera close to the ground (ie macro photos of short plants). This is not a frequent case but in the past i have come accross situations where i had to lie down to take a picture. This camera allows u to compose a picture while it is placed on the ground without having to also lie down urself. So indeed i would consider this an important feature of the camera. The feeling of the lcd during tilting is good and makes u believe it is robustly built.
7. supplied software is traditionaly badly built. I would advise purchasing an ACDSEE product which can import RAW images as well and will provide a much more enjoyable experience. The ability, however, to communicate with a sony bravia TV is important for owners of sony bravias as it will enchance the viewing of ur pics at home.
8. QUALITY: Quality is better than that of any p&s camera i have used and i suppose it will satisfy most people with a p&s backgrpund. In fact, any proffessional pgrapher would tell u that better lenses and not better bodies pave the way to better photos…. the supplied combo lenses ( esp the 18-55 ) are surprisingly well built though ofc the aperture is as i have said mediocre…..

VERDICT: This camera would be perfect for me if i could get rid of the HUGE battery charging time. I hate to having to plan my shootings as i am an amateur. In every other aspect this canera with the twin lenses combo is perfect really for me and for the money it requires. I would indeed appreciate a better macro distance as i often indulge in trying to shoot macro photos of flowers but 25cm are not that bad after all… just 10cm would be better….

5:23 pm - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

#6 S Burris

In regards to the Sony a330 battery charging…..ALWAYS HAVE A SECOND BATTERY..WALA..PROBLEM SOLVED.

7:20 pm - Monday, December 28, 2009

#7 Lars Hater

Lars, you suck. You’re just jealous that your camera’s just the a300. No one cares what you think. Okay? :|
Anyways, I think this is one great camera for everyone. It enables you to take nice photographs. Nice work sony!

2:52 pm - Saturday, January 23, 2010

#8 Lars hater > Hater

Lars Hater, man, Lars is totally right about he said. The AEL button is completely necessary in a camera like this, and, Sony is going backwards with this unvolution…

So, let the smart people have their say, because it is more usefull that your meaningless words.

And My english sucks, psche.

About review:

I’m thinking to buy this camera, I have a DSC-H20, and her DOF are crappy. So, I don’t really know what to do, Maybe Nikon D3000, Maybe Olympus E-520, Maybe nothing. I found a good price for this Sony, 350 Euros with the starter kit lense, but… It has the wors score in the low budget cameras competition.

1:05 pm - Thursday, January 28, 2010

#9 Dan

Does anyone have any suggestions for the short battery life of the A330?  I love the camera, but need to go to a spare battery after just a few hours of admittedly heavy use.

1:51 pm - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

#10 giovanni

In regards to A330 battery life: Buy Canon instead!

seriously, the battery performance is terrible. How sony could release that camera when others do so much better is beyond me!

1:56 pm - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

#11 Zer0X

Chris, i absolutely support you about the grip…we asian have smaller the grip matched perfectly with our hand…

7:08 am - Saturday, February 20, 2010

#12 Sydney

I agree with Giovanni. I saw the A330 Battery and thought the same comments.

7:16 am - Sunday, February 21, 2010

#13 CCP

I bought this camera because I had Minolta lenses from my previous Minolta-dig-SLR camera. The built quality and button/function arrangement is a huge step down from Minolta. It must be said that the Minolta is/was excelent in this category, up to the point were it can even be un-economical to make such a camera in the current market?
However picure quality, the most important factor in a camera, is very good in the Sony A330. And every function works well, so I still think I bough a good camera.

12:51 pm - Saturday, March 6, 2010

#14 CCP

I switch the live-view off, then the battery last longer. Sometimes I even do my manual settings and switch the LCD screen off. Then the battery last much longer. As long as your expocure is correct, you can do the other adjustments on your computer. Use the viewfinder, the most important info is there

1:50 pm - Saturday, March 6, 2010

#15 Ben

Yeah got the camera today. so far so good. As a entry level camera I think it’s grand. It good value for money. Well done Sony you’ve released something that is good for the price!

1:05 am - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

#16 sony boy

i got this camera last year when it was released. so far it works pretty well. it takes amazingly nice pictures. for an entry level dslr, i think it is a good value for money.

2:34 pm - Sunday, July 25, 2010

#17 Russ

I would just like to say that I found the grip very comfortable, with all my fingers falling exactly where they were supposed to.
I am a beginning dSLR user and found the Sony a330 very easy to use, and like it much better than either the Canon XS or Nikon D3000.

4:21 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

#18 momo

im a total noob in photography i just buyed this sony a330. i used a canon D5oo but just for one week then i gave it to my brother. but i think this sony is more well made. im more comfortable with this one than with the canon. (remember im just new into the business this is just what i personally think :D )

11:02 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2010

#19 Corrie

IS there not internal memory…or do you need a memory stick?

11:58 pm - Thursday, September 9, 2010

#20 Russ

There is no internal memory, unfortunately, and you do need either a Memory Stick Pro Duo or an SD card.

12:05 am - Friday, September 10, 2010

#21 momo

actually you can use both at the same time Memory Stick Pro Duo(i use 4 gb)and SD (i use 8gb) card. i think its better so you can move the picture easily.

10:02 am - Friday, September 24, 2010

#22 A.R

Hi all

i have bought this camera and i can tell it’s MORE THAN AMAZING!!!

I did participated just recently in an a photography exh. and everyone like the photos.

just let me say it’s from the person who’s behind the camera and it’s not the camera it self.

thanks all for the comments


9:47 am - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

#23 nandhu

is video recording is possible in a330

3:30 am - Sunday, February 13, 2011

#24 Adrian Chene

I have been using my A330 for about six months now, and have taken it backpacking in the Cascade Mountains and on many Bicycle trips.  I got two Sony Lenses(18-55mm and 75-300mm) and the body for about $600. 

While I have read some negative reviews concerning this product, I can say that they are not comparing apples to apples.  For $600 including two lenses, Sony has made a camera that is affordable for the mass market and is designed for it as well. 

It has a reasonable battery life.  It’s performance in good light is excellent.  It does have a tendency to generate some chroma-noise at anything over ISO 1600.  In low light conditions, this is more pronounced. 

With it’s auto-modes, and menu hidden primary functions, it is definitely an introductory camera designed to lighten user workload by allowing you to leave certain functions automated while giving you control of others.  I leave it in A mode.  This lets you adjust aperture but auto adjusts exposure. 

I like the weight of it.  It is light

As with any portable electronic device, I have purchased a service plan through the seller for 5 years, which includes annual cleaning and tune up. 

I would purchase this again.  Especially considering that the closest Rebel or Nikon to it would have been a couple of hundred dollars more once you include the lenses.

6:19 pm - Sunday, February 20, 2011

#25 Chandran Christian

Im a begginer. Somebody has found a A330L Sony for a good price my original choice for a DSLR was a Canon Rebel T2i…how does this compare with that ?

7:17 am - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

#26 kim


I am a complete beginner with DSLRs and have just bought this camera - does anybody have any tips on how to get the best out of it?

4:36 pm - Saturday, June 18, 2011

#27 Nigel

I got the a330 with the 18-55mm and the 70-300mm for christmas last year, and I must say that it is absolutely amazing!

Yes, the battery is slow to charge, but I purchased several to help overcome the problem.

The only criticism that I have is the typical Minolta “First Frame Black” problem reared its ugly head. Eventually I had to have the slider replaced, done under warranty, however, they took 6 weeks to replace the part, and only after much kicking and screaming!

I have invested in some lens filters, a LensPen, and a LensPen SensorKlear cleaning kit.

I would thoroughly reccomend this camera to anyone looking for an entry level DSLR

8:22 am - Friday, July 22, 2011

#28 sorin

I got the a 330 ccd sensor 2 years ago.It is an amazing camera for an entry level DSRL.My lenses Sony 18-55 and 75-300,Samyang Fisheye 8 and 14 mm only in manual mode,no problem with manual exposure.An alternative is also Sony a 390 cmos 14 MP sensor.After learning with this entry level DSLR I intend to upgrade to a 65 a mid level 24 MP amazing DSLT.

1:28 pm - Saturday, March 3, 2012

#29 Scotty

I moved up from a Sony DHC-H50 (ultra zoom, prosumer digi) to the 330 in 2010, for my 1st and current DSLR. I’ve found it to be much more difficult to use but much more rewarding than the H50.

As much as I love my 330, I’m becoming much more demanding and will be upgrading to an a65 or 77 as I find anything above 400ISO on the 330 to be too noisy. The burst mode too seems slow and the shutter operation sort of “clunky” I’m not a fan of the live view and rarely use it unless I’m backed into a corner or have to hold the camera above or below me - the feature is nice, but rarely used.
I also find the view finder to be a little shallow, opening too small and not as cusioned as I’d like as I wear glasses. Can be hard to see the shot and technical data at the same time.

2:52 pm - Saturday, September 8, 2012

#30 Scotty

I forgot to mention that it really has been a great camera to learn with. No issues after 2.5 years of hard use except for the rubber thumb pad falling off. I’ll likely end up keeping it as a spare body when I finally upgrade as its lovely for outdoor shots. Overall, I’m pleased with its performance, especially with higher quality lenses. (Minolta 28-135 and Sony 100mm macro)

2:57 pm - Saturday, September 8, 2012

#31 sorin

I have also Sony A 65 and I love this SLT camera.I know the best option is A 77 but A 65 is cheaper. This high resolution cameras 24 MP need high quality lenses.I have Sony 1650mm f2,8 and 35mm f1,8, they are sharp with good IQ and are not so expensive.I recommend you to buy standard zoom Sony 1650mmf2,8 or wider Tokina 1116mmf2,8 lens wich is amazing for landscapes.I ask you about Sony 100mm macro because I intend to buy this lens.

9:25 pm - Sunday, September 9, 2012

#32 Scotty

Sorin, I love the Sony 100mm macro. It is a superb piece of glass, though I have never owned another macro to compare it to. I like the fact I dont have to be right on top of an object (insects, frogs etc) to grab a shot. It does a lot of hunting though and can be extra slow to focus if the focus lock isnt used. I like using this as a portrait lens sometimes. Its super sharp

2:37 am - Monday, September 10, 2012

#33 sorin

Thank you Scotty.

5:28 pm - Monday, September 10, 2012

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11:28 pm - Thursday, February 7, 2013

#36 Sorin

Sony a 330 is a CCD crop sensor DSLR with good IQ,easy to use allaround camera for beginner.For mid level user Sony a65 with 24MP CMOS crop sensor SLT is a interesting option.For professional and enthousiasts Sony a77 crop sensor and the amazing Sony a 99 full frame sensor SLT are good options.DSLR have opticalVF and SLT electrical OLED VF.

8:37 pm - Friday, February 8, 2013

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