Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Digital SLR Camera with 18 - 70mm Lens, 10.2 Megapixel & 2.7" LCD Screen

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About Sony

Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A300 camera combines superb 10.2 MP quality, a high quality DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens and Live Preview in a large tilting 2.7" LCD monitor for point-and-shoot simplicity. You'll have super-quick AF response, 3 fps continuous shooting while you see your subject in the viewfinder and high sensitivity (ISO 3200) for great low-light shots.

What's more, you get simple controls, Creative Style settings and in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization that work with every Sony, Carl Zeiss and legacy Minolta a-mount lens. Stamina power for up to 740 shots, Auto Pop-up Flash and many more other features.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (4),Image stabilization (4)

Sony Features

  • 10.2 MP Super HAD CCD: Superb image quality gives you great DSLR shots right from the start, with a large APS-size CCD imager developed by Sony to expand dynamic range and minimize noise more effectively for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity setting (up to ISO 3200)
  • Live Preview of Your Subject: The DSLR-A300's Live Preview mode links you and your subject on a large 2.7" LCD screen, for a familiar point-and-shoot style - with super-quick AF response and accurate exposure control to help you catch the perfect moment
  • Tiltable 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Plus Screen: A large built-in screen with 2-way angle tilt provides a sharp, clear view of your subject and tilts up or down for low-angle or high-angle monitoring in situations where you want a child-level or overhead shot
  • Continuous Shooting While Viewing: The DSLR-A300 lets you shoot continuously at up to 3 frames per second while you see your subject in the viewfinder, so you never lose track of the action. In JPEG mode, you can shoot up to the limit of your flash memory card
  • Smart Teleconverter 2X Zoom: At the touch of a button you can zoom in electronically on your subject, reproducing pixels on a 1:1 basis with no degradation in picture quality. One touch zooms in at 1.4X, the second touch advances to 2X zoom - creating the 35mm equivalent of a 200mm telephoto effect
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity: A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the DSLR-A300 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light - with High ISO Noise Reduction technology that reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings
  • Super SteadyShot In-Camera Image Stabilization: Because image stabilization is built into the DSLR-A300, every lens benefits by an advantage of from 2.5 to 3.5 exposure steps. This allows you to shoot effectively with minimum blur even in low light without flash
  • Bionz Image Processor: The "brain" of the a (alpha) DSLR-A300 is the advanced Sony Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, improved white balance and exposure control & expanded D-Range Optimizer capabilities
  • 1200-zone Evaluative Metering: Exposure information from the image sensor dedicated to Live View is divided into 1200 zones of luminance and RGB color information. In addition D-Range Optimizer technology contributes to judge the scene and then determine the optimum exposure to reproduce images
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: To improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare, the DSLR-A300 provides Dynamic Range Optimizer at two levels: Normal DRO, to improve detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO
  • Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera - so to keep the CCD imager cleaner for better pictures, the DSLR-A300 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD
  • Auto Pop-Up Flash: The camera flash automatically pops up and fires when needed, to help first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively. Auto Pop-up works in Auto mode and some scene selection modes; Flash is cancelled in Landscape, Sport or Sunset modes
  • Eye-Start Autofocus System: It begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye - so unlike some DSLR cameras that don't start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed, the Sony DSLR-A300 never slows down your ability to catch fast action
  • 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor: A fast focus motor and improved focus control help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, with predictive focus control that automatically calculates the position of a fast-moving subject
  • Scene Selection Modes: Along with auto exposure, the DSLR-A300 gives you scene selection modes to optimize camera performance for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night Portrait/Night View situations
  • Creative Style Settings: To express your creativity and personal taste, you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings for any of 8 finishing styles - including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W and Adobe RGB modes
  • Index and Slide Show Display: To quickly review your photos, the DSLR-A300 can display 4, 9 or 25-frame index views - or present automatic slide shows with fade-in/fade-out effect
  • High-Resolution Thumbnails for PhotoTV HD Viewing: The DSLR-A300 automatically creates high-resolution thumbnail images for viewing on Sony's BRAVIA HDTV in optimized PhotoTV HD mode, with image format adjustable for standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 display
  • Function Guide Display: On-screen menus are intuitive and easy to use & a simple Camera Function Display can be activated & operated with one hand using the "Fn" (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer
  • Stamina Battery Power: In optical viewfinder mode, you can take up to 750 shots on a fully charged NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM battery - and you'll be able to see about how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • High-Capacity Media Options: For conveniently storing and sharing your images, the DSLR-A300 accepts CompactFlash Type I/II media and optional Memory Stick PRO Duo media

Sony Specifications

Imaging Device
10.2 (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter
Bionz Engine
Yes (LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+))
Tiltable 2.7" TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo design
No/ No
Optical: TTL, 0.74x magification with 50mm lens at infinity; 95% coverage
White Balance
Auto plus 8 Modes (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Tempature/Color filter, Custom), each with +/-3 adjustable step.
Self Timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)
Burst Mode
Max 3 fps with viewfinder. 2 fps in live view mode
Burst Mode-2
Shooting Capacity: JPEG (L size, Fine): Until memory card is full. RAW: 6 frames. RAW + JPEG: 3 frames. Up to 3FPS; Unlimited to capacity of media (JPEG L/M/S); Maximum 3 frames (RAW + JPEG); Maximum 6 frames (RAW)
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
Yes: On/ Off
Movie Mode(s)
AF Illuminator Light
Yes, On/Off Select
Multi-Pattern Measuring
40 Segment, Center Weighted, Spot
Clear RAW NR
Histogram Display
Yes - RGB, playback only
Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable
USB Port(s)
Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed
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)
Flash Effective Range
GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)
Shutter Speed
30 ~ 1/4000 sec 52 step, Bulb
Manual Exposure: Yes, w/EV indicator
Exposure Compensation
±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Lens Type
Interchangeable A mount
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
Manual Exposure: Yes; Aperture/Shutter Priority, Manual
Program Shift: Yes, Command Dial
Battery Type
NP-FM500H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Capacity
7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 740 pictures
Dimensions (Approx.)
5 1/4" x 4" x 3" (130.8 x 98.5 x 74.7 mm) (W x H x D)
Weight (Approx.)
1 lb., 4.5 oz (582 g) body, not including battery, lens and media
Sony 1 year parts & labor warranty

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers


Good Starter Camera


from San Jose, CA  -  Casual Photographer

Good starter camera. Love Sony's battery indicator.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Minolta Maxuim owner should love it.


from Upper Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

May take a week to learn all the controls and what they. Live view helps to see the effects as you change the controls. This is very nice feature.


Great DSLR


from Augusta, GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is so easy, heck my wife can even take great picturs!

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


All DLSR's should work like this!


from Detroit, Michigan  -  Professional

I have worked with many digital cameras and the A300 sets the standard for ease of use in a DSLR. Controls are well situated, logical and readily available. Having a feature is important, but making the feature accessible and easy to use is key. This is a feature rich camera offering great control and stunning results. Most of all, in those off-eye level situations, the live action, 2.7-inch movable display is a huge asset. Creative shots become a cake walk. Above-the-crowd, ground level - no problems. White balance adjustments (preset and configurable) are excellent. Lens quality is also exceptional. The standard 18 - 70 (27 - 105mm 35mm equivalent) does a great job. The 55 - 200 is also a strong performer.

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