Camera preview: Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 DSLR

I’ve been reading reviews about the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, and I’m very impressed. It looks like the successor to Minolta’s D-SLR line is a worthy one, and the features it packs for the price point are powerful indeed. This camera has a 10.2-megapixel image sensor, improved 40-segment metering, a 2.5-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus, and Anti Dust technology. It will have 19 high-quality Sony lenses and a wide range of accessories, not to mention that it will be compatible with Minolta’s line of lenses. The lithium-ion battery will let you get up to 750 shots per charge.

I would love to get my hands on it for an up-close review, but until I do, all I can do is drool. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with links to some good reviews:

Some detailed specs are also in order:

  • Lightweight and durable magnesium alloy body: frame is 545g and frame+lens is 630g
  • Sony a Alpha/Minolta-A bayonet lens mount
  • 10.2-megapixel Sony CCD sensor with 10M/5M/2.5M image sizes
  • Recording choice of JPEG, RAW, or RAW plus Fine JPEG
  • Super SteadyShot anti-shake system with viewfinder indicators
  • Anti-dust system automatically shakes dust off the imager
  • Large 2.5-inch TFT color Clear Photo LCD Plus
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 95% coverage and Eye Start AF
  • 9-point AF with Wide, Spot and Focus Area Selection
  • Image adjustments: Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness (5 levels)
  • Shooting modes: Full-auto, Programmed AE with program shift, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual and Scenes
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer using the Bionz image processor
  • TTL metering: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern, Center-weighted or Spot
  • White Balance: Auto, six presets and Manual color temperature
  • Unlimited Continuous 3fps shooting Large/Fine JPEG images, up to 6 RAW
  • Shutter speeds: 30 to 1/4,000 seconds, 1/160 sec. flash sync
  • ISO Range: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (with lo80 and hi200)
  • Built-in TTL popup flash with red-eye reduction.
  • Hot shoe for Sony/Minolta Program Flash units
  • CompactFlash I/II card slot, Microdrive and FAT32 compatible
  • Video Out with selectable NTSC or PAL timing
  • High capacity lithium-ion battery pack and charger included
  • Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, PictBridge compatible

4 Thoughts

  1. Some fast test pics during the press event in Marrakech on my Flickr-page (www.bartgoossens.be). It was impressive to see how good the results are even through the open window of a jeep driving at 120 km/hour!

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