Sony DSLR-A100 a (alpha) Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-70mm Lens, 10.2 MP, Interchangeable Lens.

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About Sony

Sony a (alpha) DSLR camera....

WHY SONY? Because people want to take better pictures, & the all-new Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera makes it easier to explore all the creative possibilities of digital photography. Sony electronic innovations for higher sensitivity, smoother image stabilization & superior picture quality give the system spectacular DSLR performance with amazing simplicity.

Along with superb Sony & Carl Zeiss lenses & a full range of professional accessories, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera builds on 20 years of Minolta camera optics to provide instant compatibility with over 16,000,000 A-mount lenses sold worldwide.

Advanced technology, intuitive operation & professional results, a combination that places the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera in Sony's long tradition of leadership in creative imaging, from the first Cyber-Shot cameras to the broadcast digital camcorders that are creating the motion pictures & TV series of tomorrow.

More Megapixels, Greater Sensitivity: For large prints & tight crops with more detail, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera captures 10MP resolution, higher than most DSLR cameras today. And Sony's large APS-size Super HAD CCD provides high sensitivity (ISO 1600) with low noise, for superb shots with the creative mood using available light, even at night or by candlelight.

Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization: The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera builds image stabilization into the camera body, so all lenses benefit from anti-shake performance. With higher ISO sensitivity, Sony's Super SteadyShot system minimizes shaky hand blur so you can take sharp photos with hand-held camera in situations that would require a tripod, helping extended telephoto & macro close-up shooting.

Sophisticated Electronic Features: The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera advances the state of the art with innovations like a Dynamic Range Optimizer that automatically adjusts dynamic range showing more detail in highlights & shadows, DDR-SDRAM to write data faster for improved signal processing efficiency, Anti-Dust Technology keeps the CCD imager cleaner for better pictures, & Eye-Start Autofocus begins focusing as soon as you bring your eye to the viewfinder for faster response.

Unlimited Creative Possibilities: The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is your gateway to unlimited creativety, combining advanced electronic features with a professional array of lenses including advanced Sony zoom lenses, new Carl Zeiss precision optics, & legacy Maxxum/Dynax/Alpha A-mount lenses dating back to 1985, like the classic 135mm Smooth Transition Focus (STF), the awe-inspiring 300mm f2.8 G & the unique 500mm F/8 Reflex (the world's only AF telephoto reflex lens).

The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is also so simple, even first-time DSLR users can take great pictures. A big, brilliant 2.5" Clear Photo LCD Plus LCD Plus screen makes camera menus easy to read even in in bright sunlight.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Simple controls (7),Accurate colors (5),Nice features and settings (5),Great resolution (4),Rugged (3),Short lag time (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (8),Everyday (5),Outdoors (5),Portraits (4),Art (3),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (7)

Sony Features

  • The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is an instant classic: the top-quality 10 MP DSLR system camera that builds on a two-decade legacy of Minolta photographicleadership, accepts 20 years of A-mount lenses sold worldwide?and introduces Sony imaging innovations
  • Like high-sensitivity shooting with Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, Dynamic Range Optimizer to automatically increase detail in bright and dark picture areas, new Anti-Dust technology to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, and Eye-Start® Autofocus system for faster camera response.
  • The Rebirth of a Legend.
  • In the revolutionary new Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, Sony's mastery of digital technology combines with Minolta's legendary SLR technology, including autofocus and anti-shake compatibility with over 20 years of A-mount lenses sold worldwide.
  • Advanced Lenses and Accessories.
  • The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is your gateway to one of the world's most sophisticated camera systems, including precision Sony standard and zoom lenses, Sony G Series lenses with advanced motorized autofocusing, amazingly bright Carl Zeiss T* coated lenses, professional-quality flash units and more.
  • 10.2 Megapixel CCD.
  • A large, 23.6 x 15.8 mm APS-C-size CCD imager with Sony's advanced design allowsmore light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise, and providing greater detail when you make big prints or crop in close on your subject.
  • Super SteadyShot
  • When you shoot in low light, the shutter remains open longer, so to compensate for shaky hands or fast-moving subjects, the Sony Super SteadyShot system automatically reduces image blur. And because it works in-camera, you'll get thebenefit of Super SteadyShot stabilization with every lens you use.
  • Sharp, Clear Photos The Preserve the Mood.
  • With high-sensitivity (ISO 1600) shooting, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera captures great photos without flash even in low light, which makes it an idealsystem camera for shooting without a tripod or in locations (like museums and churches) where flash is prohibited.
  • Anti-Dust Technology.
  • Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera, so to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer.
  • To recover details in dark or bright areas of the picture, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera provides two levels of Dynamic Range Optimization: Normal DRO, to improve shadow detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO, to adjust dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision.
  • Bionz Image Processor.
  • At the heart of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is the advanced Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry that responds ten times faster than software image processors, improving camera response time, handling Dynamic Range Optimization processing and extending Stamina battery
  • Eye-Start Autofocus System.
  • Some DSLR systems don't start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed, but that can slow down camera response. The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera begins its precision autofocus adjustments the moment you bring your eye to the viewfinder, to capture fast-action subjects other cameras might blur.
  • 2.5" Clear Photo LCD Plus Screen.
  • The Clear Photo LCD Plus design of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera's built-in screen makes it easy to read camera setup menus even in bright sunlight, and gives you a better picture when you use your screen to set up shots and check results.
  • Continuous Burst Mode at 3 Frames Per Second.
  • To catch fast action more effectively, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera offers continuous JPEG image capture up to the limit of your flash memory card, plus RAW Burst Mode (up to 6 shots) with intelligent buffer management to allow more shots to be captured without waiting for the buffer to clear
  • Super-Accurate Exposure Control.
  • A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy.
  • Flexible Exposure Modes.
  • For greater creative freedom in a wide range of shooting conditions, the Sony a(alpha) DSLR-A100 camera provides full manual exposure control as well as Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Exposure Compensation modes.
  • 9-Point Auto Focus Selection.
  • The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera gives you all the focusing options you needfor composing your shot with foreground, background or off-center subjects, including manual focus point selection, Spot AF, Continuous AF and AF Lock.
  • Lithium Ion Battery with Stamina Power.
  • Based on CIPA standard, a supplied NP-FM55H Lithium Ion rechargeable battery lets you take up to 700 shots, on a full charge, recharges quickly with supplied battery charger.
  • Dual Media Options.
  • The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera accepts both CompactFlash Type I/II media and optional Memory Stick Duo media (with supplied adaptor).

Sony Specifications

Imaging Device:
10.2 (effective) APC CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter
Chipset:
Bionz Processor LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+)
Recording Media:
Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo media (via MSAC-MCF1N adaptor); CompactFlash Type I/ CompactFlash Type II / Microdrive media
Shutter Speed:
30 1/4000 sec, with Bulb
Exposure:
Manual Exposure: Yes, w/EV indicator
EV Compensation:
±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
ISO:
Auto/100/200/400/800/1600/Lo80/Hi200
LCD:
2.5-inch (measured diagonally) TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo LCD Plus design
Histogram:
Yes, Playback
Microphone/Speaker:
No/ No
Red-Eye Reduction:
Yes: On/ Off
White Balance:
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash ( with custom White Balance color temperature adjustments)
Burst Mode:
Continuous burst mode at 3 FPS to limit of media; Up to 6 RAW images in burst.
Color Mode(s):
Black & White, Standard, Vivid, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other colormodes use the sRGB color space)
Scene Modes:
Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View/Night Portrait
Self Timer:
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)
Still Image Mode(s):
Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), High-speed Burst (JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG), RAW (.ARW)
Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility:
Tested to support up to 4GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Flash Modes:
Manual Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM)
Flash Effective Range:
GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)
Output(s):
Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable
USB Port(s):
Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Battery Type:
NP-FM55 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Capacity:
7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 750 pictures
Supplied Software:
Picture Motion Browser for Sony v1.1 (Windows), Image Data Converter SR Ver. 1.1(Windows & Macintosh), USB Driver
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.
Sony Limited Warranty:
1 Year Parts & Labor
Weight:
1 lb., 3 oz (545 g) body, not including battery, lens and media
Dimensions (WHD):
(WHD) 5 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 2 7/8" (133 x 95 x 71 mm)
Lens:
18-70mm Lens included
Mfr #
DSLRA100K
SKU
ISODSLRA100K

Reviews about this item

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4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow! Great Camera, great glass and pics

It more than met expectations. I've used this as my main camera on a photo shoot in Alaska, 2650 images most in RAW. The Sony RAW Converter works great. We need compatability with Elements and Paintshop Pro, the poor man's photoshop. All of my Minolta Maxxum lense, flash, etc. work just fine on the Sony 100. This was a big plus. The antishake in the camera is a blessing... hand held in low light works better than expected. I had experienced Minolta's antishake on my Minolta A-2... also a good...

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It more than met expectations. I've used this as my main camera on a photo shoot in Alaska, 2650 images most in RAW. The Sony RAW Converter works great. We need compatability with Elements and Paintshop Pro, the poor man's photoshop. All of my Minolta Maxxum lense, flash, etc. work just fine on the Sony 100. This was a big plus. The antishake in the camera is a blessing... hand held in low light works better than expected. I had experienced Minolta's antishake on my Minolta A-2... also a good camera. Does it lack anything? Not on my book. I've also begun to use the Sony for a local newspaper, small town weekly. The publisher saw some of my images and asked if I'd take a few assignments such as football games, local teas and such. Great experience. Putting the story together with the pics... and choosing 2-4 images out of say a hundred or two is difficult, at times, as I want folks to see my work.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
4.0

Love it!

By

from PA  -  Casual user

I got this camera just recently. So far my only complaint is that my nose puts prints on the screen. I know there is newer stuff out there, but I went for this model because there is lots of experience out there for me to refer to. I have had Minolta film SLRs, hence the comment that it "feels like home." It may not do everything perfectly but for someone starting out, it can't be beat. [...]. You won't go wrong with this model or with Adorama.

 
4.0

Great Deal!

By

from Shelby, NC  -  Serious amaetur

I already own a Canon XT(8 meg) Digital Rebel, but I have a old Minolta 550 35mm with a few xtra lens. I decided to get the A100, to use those lens.Since I've been using both now, I can say I like the Sony A little better.I still like the Canon's slighty(actually very slight) less noise at high asa's though for astro pics.But for all around use, the Sony seems better.Longer kit lens, better grip and feel, more megs,larger lcd screen,"chip cleaner",easy to find controls,great pics, and a lot faster upload speed to my pc. And a great price!!

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By

from Tucsom, AZ  -  Professional

Was disappointed that I was not made aware that the kit lens is 18-70 mm in film cameras,while in digital it is 27-105mm.

 
4.0

Great value with surprisingly good lens

By

from Pueblo, CO  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I miss the extra control dial that allows for seperate dials for f-stop and shutter speed (a la the Maxxum 7D) but have learned to live with it. Excellent RAW conversion software included.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow! Great Camera, great glass and pics

By

from Columbus, Ohio  -  I've sold some work

It more than met expectations. I've used this as my main camera on a photo shoot in Alaska, 2650 images most in RAW. The Sony RAW Converter works great. We need compatability with Elements and Paintshop Pro, the poor man's photoshop. All of my Minolta Maxxum lense, flash, etc. work just fine on the Sony 100. This was a big plus. The antishake in the camera is a blessing... hand held in low light works better than expected. I had experienced Minolta's antishake on my Minolta A-2... also a good camera. Does it lack anything? Not on my book. I've also begun to use the Sony for a local newspaper, small town weekly. The publisher saw some of my images and asked if I'd take a few assignments such as football games, local teas and such. Great experience. Putting the story together with the pics... and choosing 2-4 images out of say a hundred or two is difficult, at times, as I want folks to see my work.

 
4.0

Great camera, quality images

By

from Lafayette Hill, PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is my first digital SLR. I purchased the camera two weeks before a cruise to Alaska, and I didn't want to schlep my old camera with rolls and rolls of film, so I took the plunge. I was very pleased with the ease of learning to use the controls and menus. The images I captured, in sunlight and in overcast and rainy conditions, are equally high-quality. The image stabilization feature is incredible--I shot the scenery while leaning over the side of a railroad car traveling up a mountain and they weren't shaky at all! The only negative point I find is the graininess of images taken in low-light conditions with an ISO of 800 or greater. Otherwise, I highly recommend this camera.

 
5.0

Could not be more satisfied!!

By

from Stone Mountain, GA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Controls similarly enough to a Minolta Maxxum that I had no trouble just picking it up and begin taking photos. Taking it to Israel and then to Honduras with no concerns.

 
4.0

A GOOD CAMERA

By

from MUSIC CITY, USA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Well worth $

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