Sony A450 Review

June 16, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

Lens Mount
Sony α mount YES
Compatibility with A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta YES
Lens Compatibility
All types of Sony α lenses YES
Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES
Image Sensory
Image sensor type CMOS Sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 23.4 x 15.6 (APS-C size)
Camera
Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.6
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.2
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: preset selection Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
White balance bracketing 3 frames, Selectable 2 steps
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO200 - 12800 equivalent
SteadyShot INSIDE
System: Sensor-shift mechanism YES
SteadyShot INSIDE scale (in viewfinder) YES
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) YES
SteadyShot INSIDE capability Approx. 2.5 EV - 4 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
SteadyShot INSIDE compatibility All Sony DSLR lenses and A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta
*SteadyShot INSIDE was previously known as Super SteadyShot  
Anti-Dust
Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and CCD shift mechanism) YES
Auto Focus System
TTL phase-detection system YES
Sensor 9 points with centre cross sensor
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV 0 - 18
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) YES
AF Area: Wide focus area YES (auto with 9 areas)
AF Area: Spot YES (center cross sensor)
AF Area: Local focus area selection YES (9 local areas)
AF Modes Continuous, Single Shot, Automatic, Manual Focus
Predictive Focus Control YES (with moving subjects in AF-A and AF-C)
Focus Lock YES (with Shutter button or AF button)
AF Illuminator YES (with built-in flash)
AF Illuminator range (meters) Approx. 1-5
Auto Exposure System
Light metering type TTL
Light metering cell 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
AE Lock YES
Exposure compensation YES (+/-2.0 EV, 0.3 EV step)
AE Bracketing With 0.3 EV / 0.7 EV increments, 3 frames
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) 1/4000 - 30 and bulb
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot Off); second 1/160
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot On); second 1/160
Flash
Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) 12
Flash Metering System ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering
Flash Compensation +/-2.0 EV (0.3EV steps)
Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) 4
Flash Mode Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Rear flash sync. High Speed sync. with optional compatible accessory flash
Wireless flash mode YES (with optional compatible accessory flash)
Slow Synchronization YES
Red-Eye Reduction YES
Flash Popup Auto
Automatic Flash YES (with AUTO and Scene selection mode)
Viewfinder
Type Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Focusing Screen Spherical Acute Matte
Field of View (%) 95
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) 0.83x
Eye Relief Approx.16.5mm from the eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to +1.0 diopter
Live View
Type Yes - Manual Focus Check Live View
Other Magnified display (7x / 14x)
LCD screen
Screen Size 6.7cm (2.7 type)
Monitor Type Clear Photo LCD
LCD Total Dot Number 230.400
LCD on/off YES
Brightness adjustable YES
Tilting screen NO
Recording
Drive Mode Single, Continuous, Speed-priority Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Continuous-advance AE bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Remote commander
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) Max.5 fps with viewfinder, max. 4 fps in live view mode (approx.) , max. 7 fps in speed-priority continuous mode
Number of Continuous Advance JPEG (L size, Fine): 32 images, RAW: 14 images, RAW+JPEG: 7 images
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD memory card, SDHC memory card
Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0?Exif Ver.2.21, MPF Baseline) compliant, DPOF compatible, RAW (Sony ARW 2.1 format), RAW + JPEG
RAW (pixels) 4592 x 3056
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 4592 x 3056 (14M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3344 x 2224 (7.4M)
Image Size S (pixels) 2288 x 1520 (3.5M)
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine(JPEG), Standard(JPEG)
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) On/Off, available at the ISO set to 1600 or above
Delete Function Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Auto, Advanced: Level
Date/Time Print With PictBridge
Playback/Edit
Information Display YES
White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES (9, 4)
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L size: 14x, M size: 11x, S size: 7.2x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES
General
Battery Remaining Indicator YES
InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES (in %)
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif 2.21
Exif Print YES
PictBridge YES
Menu Language English / French / German / Spanish / Italian / Portuguese / Dutch / Russian / Swedish / Danish / Norwegian / Finish / Polish / Czech / Hungarian
Zone Matching NO
Depth-of-Field Preview NO
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal YES
IR Remote Control YES (with RMT-DSLR1)
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space (CF) YES
Beep Sound On/Off selectable
File Number Memory On/Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date
Operating Temperature (degrees C) 0 - 40
Jacks
Video Out NO
HD/HDMI™ Out HDMI™ mini connector (Type C), BRAVIA Sync (Sync menu), PhotoTV HD
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass Storage (PC connection) / PTP(PictBridge)
Power/Others
Battery System NP-FM500H
Supplied Battery NP-FM500H
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx. 1050 images with viewfinder
Weight (g) Approx. 520
Dimensions
Width (mm) 137
Height (mm) 104
Depth (mm) 81