Sony A900 Review

Review Date: January 26th 2009
Author: Zoltan Arva-Toth

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

Lens Mount

Sony ? mount

YES

Compatibility with A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta

YES

Lens Compatibility

All types of Sony ? lenses

YES (DT lens compatibility is not guaranteed)

Minolta & Konica Minolta ?/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses

YES (DT lens compatibility is not guaranteed)

Image Sensory

Image sensor type

Exmor CMOS sensor

Image sensor colour filter

R, G, B, Primary color

Size (mm)

35.9 x 24

Camera

Total sensor Pixels (megapixels)

Approx. 25.7

Effective Pixels (megapixels)

Approx. 24.6

A/D Conversion (Bit depth)

12

Automatic White Balance

YES

White balance: preset selection

Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, 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 - 3200 equivalent, ISO numbers up from ISO100 to ISO6400 can be set as expanded ISO range

SteadyShot INSIDE

System: CCD-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 Alpha 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 sensor shift mechanism)

YES

Auto Focus System

TTL phase-detection system

YES

Sensor

9 points with centre dual-cross sensor + 10 assist focus points

Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV

0 - 18

Eye Start AF System (on off selectable)

NO

AF Area: Wide focus area

YES (auto with 9 areas)

AF Area: Spot

YES (center dual-cross sensor)

AF Area: Local focus area selection

YES (9 local areas)

AF Modes

Continuous, Single Shot, Automatic, Manual Focus, Direct Manual Focus

Predictive Focus Control

YES (with moving subjects in AF-A and AF-C)

Focus Lock

YES

AF Illuminator

YES (with built-in LED)

AF Illuminator range (meters)

Approx. 1 - 7

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 (with Program Shift)

Exposure: Shutter priority

YES

Exposure: Aperture priority

YES

Exposure: Manual

YES

Exposure: Scene selection

NO

AE Lock

YES

Exposure compensation

YES (+/-3.0 EV, 0.3 EV, 0.5 EV steps selectable)

AE Bracketing

0.3 EV / 0.5 EV / 0.7 EV / 2.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames selectable (2.0 EV only 3 frames)

Shutter

Type

Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Shutter Speed Range (seconds)

1/8000 - 30 and bulb

Flash Sync Speed (With Steady Shoot Off); second

1/250

Flash Sync Speed (With Steady Shoot On); second

1/200

Flash

Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100)

NO

Flash Metering System

ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering

Flash Compensation

+/-3.0 EV (0.3 EV, 0.5 EV steps selectable)

Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds)

NO

Flash Mode

Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync. High Speed sync. with optional compatible accessory flash

Wireless flash mode

YES (only with optional accessory HVL-F58AM)

Slow Synchronization

YES

Red-Eye Reduction

NO

Flash Popup

NO

Automatic Flash

YES (with AUTO mode)

Viewfinder

Type

Fixed eye-level system with optical glass type pentaprism

Field of View (%)

Approx. 100

Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity)

0.74x

Eye Relief

Approx. 20mm from the eyepiece lens

Diopter Adjustment

-3.0 to +1.0 diopter

Live View

Type

NO

Other

NO

LCD screen

Screen Size (inches)

3

Monitor Type

Xtra Fine LCD

LCD Total Dot Number

921.600

LCD on/off

YES

Brightness adjustable

YES

Tilting screen

NO

Recording

Drive Mode

Single, Continuous, 10sec. / 2sec. Self-timer, Single AE bracketing, Continuous AE bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Advanced Bracketing, Mirror lock up, Remote commander

Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum)

Hi: Max. 5 fps, Lo: Max. 3 fps

Number of Continuous Advance

JPEG (L size, Fine): 105 images, RAW: 12 images, RAW+JPEG: 10 images

Recording Media

Compact Flash Type I / II / MicroDrive slot. Memory Stick™ Duo / MS Pro Duo and MS-PRO HG Duo

Recording Format

JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG, 16:9 selectable

RAW (pixels)

6048 x 4032

Image Size L - JPEG (pixels)

6048 x 4032 (24M)

Image Size M (pixels)

4400 x 2936 (13M)

Image Size S (pixels)

3024 x 2016 (6.1M)

Still Image quality

RAW, cRAW, RAW+JPEG, cRAW+JPEG, Extra fine(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)

High/Normal/Low/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, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night view, Autumn leaves, B/W, Sepia

Dynamic Range Optimizer

Off, Standard / Advanced: Auto / Advanced: Level

Date/Time Print

With PictBridge™

Playback/Edit

Information Display

YES

White/Black Out Alert

YES

Index Playback

YES (25, 9, 4 or 5 last frames filmstrip)

Enlarge (Maximum magnification)

L size: 19x, M size: 14x, S size: 9.4x

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 / Finnish / Polish / Czech / Hungarian

Zone Matching

YES

Depth-of-Field Preview

YES (selectable intelligent preview or optical preview by pressing Depth-of-field preview button)

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

YES (PAL or NTSC)

HD/HDMI™ Out

YES, HDMI™ mini connector 1920x1080i 59.94/50Hz , 1280x720p 59.94/50Hz, 720x480p 59.94Hz, 720x576p 50Hz

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

YES

USB Mode

Mass Storage (PC connection) / PTP (PictBridge™) / Remort PC

Power/Others

Battery System

NP-FM500H

Supplied Battery

NP-FM500H

Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition)

Approx. 880 images

Weight (g)

Approx. 850

Dimensions

Width (mm)

156.3

Height (mm)

116.9

Depth (mm)

81.9

   
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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