Sony A300 Review

Review Date: December 22nd 2008
Author: Zoltan Arva-Toth

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Specifications

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : (WHD) 5 1/4" x 4" x 3" (130.8 x 98.5 x 74.7 mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : 1 lb. 4.5 oz (582g) body, not including battery, lens and media

Convenience

  • Burst Mode : Max 3 FPS with optical viewfinder. 2FPS in live view mode., Shooting Capacity: JPEG (L size, Fine): Until memory card is full. RAW: 6 frames. RAW + JPEG: 3 frames.
  • Color Mode(s) : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, Black & White, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)
  • Red-Eye Reduction : On/Off (all modes)
  • Self Timer : Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)
  • White Balance : Auto plus 8 Modes (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Tempature/Color filter, Custom), each with +/-3 adjustable step.

Hardware

  • LCD : Tiltable 2.7"1 TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo™ design
  • Microphone : N/A
  • Viewfinder : Optical: TTL, 0.74x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity; 95% coverage

Power

  • Battery Capacity : 7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 730 pictures3
  • Battery Type : NP-FM500H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery

General

  • Imaging Device : 10.2 (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter
  • Megapixel : 10.2MP

Convenience Features

  • AF Illuminator Light : Yes, On/Off Select
  • Clear RAW NR : N/A
  • Histogram Display : Yes - RGB, playback only
  • Live View : Yes
  • Movie Mode(s) : N/A
  • Multi-Pattern Measuring : 40 Segment, Center Weighted, Spot
  • Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View/Night Portrait

Processor

  • BIONZ™ Engine : Yes (LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+))

Optics/Lens

  • EV Compensation : ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
  • Exposure : Manual Exposure: Yes, w/EV indicator, Manual Exposure: Yes; Aperture/Shutter Priority, Manual, Program Shift: Yes, Command Dial
  • Focus : Auto Focus: TTL Phase Detection, Multi-point: 9 Area, 8 Line, 1 Cross Sensor, Auto Focus Mode: Yes, Adjustable Spot AF: Selectable Sensor, Visual Focus Confirm: Direct via Spherical Acute Matte Screen
  • ISO : Auto/100/200/400/800/1600/3200
  • Lens Type : Interchangeable A-mount
  • Shutter Speed : 1/4000 - 30 sec., Bulb

Software

  • Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, ME, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh® OS X (v 10.3 or later). OS must be installed at the factory.
  • Supplied Software : Image Data Converter SR ver.2.0, Image Data Lightbox SR ver.1.0, (all Windows & Macintosh), Picture Motion Browser Ver.2.1.02 (Windows only)

Operating Conditions

  • Flash Effective Range : GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)
  • Flash Mode(s) : Built-in Auto Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM)

Inputs and Outputs

  • Output(s) : Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable
  • USB Port(s) : Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed

Service and Warranty Information

  • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor

Accessories Supplied

  • SAL-1870 DT 18-70mm f3.5 Zoom lens (27 - 105 35mm eq), SAL-55200 DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • NP-FM500H rechargeable battery
  • BC-VM10 battery charger
  • Video and USB cables
  • Shoulder strap with eyepiece cap and Remote Commander clip
  • Body cap
  • Software/USB Driver CD-ROM
  • NOTE: No Memory Stick media nor adaptors are included.
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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