Sony (alpha) A330 10.2 Megapixel DSLR Camera with 18-55mm SAM Kit Lens

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Striking a perfect balance between ease-of-use and powerful features, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A330Y digital SLR camera puts better pictures at your fingertips. The a A330 offers the convenience of Live View, which lets you compose and capture shots via a tiltable 2.7" LCD screen while 10.2 megapixel resolution provides superb image clarity and exceptionally quick AF response helps you capture the perfect moment.

Plus, SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization reduces blur, while the on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The a A330L comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (4) , Image stabilization (4) , Large clear LCD (4) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (3) , Fast shutter speed (3) , Good image quality (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (3) , Travel (3) , Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (4)

Key Features

  • 2.7" (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus featuring Live View with Quick Auto Focus: A large 2.7" (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display features Live View with Quick Auto Focus, which lets you compose and shoot pictures in real-time using the LCD, just as you would with a point-and-shoot camera
  • SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization: SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization is built into each camera body, so every a-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake
  • 10.2 megapixel resolution for ultra-fine detail: A 10.2 megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor captures your images in stunning detail, giving you the freedom to make large prints and tight crops without sacrificing quality
  • Lightweight and stylish body: The a330 features a stylish, modern design with an intuitive button layout for easier operation. In addition, the lightweight body and revised grip make the camera more comfortable to hold and carry
  • Integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display: The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
  • HDMI terminal and BRAVIA Sync compatibility: An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in stunning high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately)
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) for superior noise reduction: A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables you to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light
  • Eye-Start Autofocus: Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye, so the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment
  • 9-Point AF Sensor: 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor with improved focus control to help bring images into sharp definition more quickly and predictive focus control automatically calculates the position of fast-moving subjects
  • Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting: Continuous Shooting lets you shoot at up to 2.5 fps (frames per second) while viewing your subject through the optical viewfinder so you never lose track of the action
  • Creative Style settings: Choose from 8 finishing styles, including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W and Adobe RGB and fine tune them to your personal taste with the ability to adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: It provides standard/Plus to improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare
  • Built-in Pop-Up Flash: The Auto Pop-Up Flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes, helping first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively
  • Anti-Dust Technology: Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CCD imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures, by utilizing a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter, as well as an anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to help dislodge dust
  • Stamina Battery power: Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 510 shots2 on a fully charged NP-FM50 InfoLITHIUM battery when using the optical viewfinder mode and you'll be able to see how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • Smart Teleconverter 2X Digital Zoom: Smart Teleconverter 2x Digital Zoom lets you zoom in electronically on your subject and reproduces pixels on a 1:1 basis so there's no degradation in picture quality
  • BIONZ image processor: The advanced BIONZ image processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, reduced noise and improved white balance and exposure control, for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity settings
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility: PhotoTV HD compatibility lets you automatically create high-resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV
  • Scene Selection Modes: Scene Selection Modes optimize camera settings for different shooting situations. Just turn the Mode Dial to select from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night View modes
  • Index and Slide Show Display: Index and Slide Show Display enable you to quickly review your photos using 4, 9 or 25-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect
  • Function Guide Display: Function Guide Display provides intuitive and easy to use on-screen menus that can be activated and 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
  • Dual slot Compatibility for Memory Stick and SD media: Compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately) for convenient storage and sharing of your images

Technical Specs

Anti-dust function Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
Color Mode(s) Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Scene Mode(s) Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view)
User Interface Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 - +1.0m-1
Eye relief Approx. 19.7 mm from the eyepiece / 14.1 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter
Field of View 95%
Focusing Screen Spherical Acute Matte Screen
Magnification 0.74x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
Viewfinder Type Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Battery Type NP-FH50
Number of Shots Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard)
Camera Type Sony a Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 14.2 megapixels
Imaging Sensor APS-C size CCD sensor (23.5x15.7mm)
Lens Mount Type Sony a lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
Pixel Gross Approx. 14.9 megapixels
Processor BIONZ image processor
Recording Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo media / SD and SDHC memory card
Recording Mode RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard
Still Actual 16:9 L size: 3872x2176 (8.4M) M size: 2896x1632 (4.7M) S size: 1920x1088 (2.1M)
Still Actual 3:2 L size: 3872x2592 (10M) M size: 2896x1936 (5.6M) S size: 1920x1280 (2.5M)
Angle Adjustment Yes (upward by up to 135 degrees, downward by up to 55 degrees)
Brightness Control Auto Brightness Control (Auto setting in 2 steps, manual setting in 5 steps)
Coverage 100% (Playback), 90% (Live View)
LCD Display Type 2.7" TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
Flash Compensation ±2EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
Flash Coverage 18mm in focal-length of lens attached
Flash Metering System ADI flash (automatic change for Pre-flash TTL)
Guide Number 10 (in meters at ISO100)
Modes Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync, Hi-speed sync., Wireless
Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec.
Flash Type Auto Pop-up
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X (v10.1.3) or later
Supplied Software PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Image Data Converter SR Image Data Lightbox SR
Operating Temperature 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)
HD Output HDMI
Memory Card Slot Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo media SD and SDHC memory card
Tripod Mount Yes, 1/4"-20
USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
AF modes Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, (AF/MF selectable)
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous, Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, Bracketing, Remote Commander
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure settings Auto, Auto Flash Off, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Focus Area Wide (Up to 3 active focus points glow), Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)
Focus Features Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1-5m)
Focus Points 9 points
Focus Sensitivity EV0 - 18 (ISO100)
Focus System TTL phase detection system
ISO Auto, 100 to 3200 (in 1 EV steps, Recommended Exposure Index)
Metering TTL metering w/ 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV2 - 20 at ISO100 with F1.4 lens, (EV4 - 20 in spot metering mode)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 128 x 97 x 71.4mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
Weight (Approx.) Approx. 491g (without battery, memory card, accessories
Warranty Sony 1 year parts & labor warranty
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