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

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About Sony

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:
Pros:
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)

Sony 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

Sony Specifications

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

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera

This is a great camera for its price. While it doesn't quite compare to more expensive cameras (FPS, video recording), it takes great photos (especially compared to your average point and shoot). I have not owned any other DSLR's before this one. I would recommend the 75-300 lens, I use it all the time, it is great for portraits and situations when you need to zoom (wild life, sports). The tilt able screen has come in handy in many situations (the only way having live view makes sense) If you...

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This is a great camera for its price. While it doesn't quite compare to more expensive cameras (FPS, video recording), it takes great photos (especially compared to your average point and shoot). I have not owned any other DSLR's before this one. I would recommend the 75-300 lens, I use it all the time, it is great for portraits and situations when you need to zoom (wild life, sports). The tilt able screen has come in handy in many situations (the only way having live view makes sense) If your upgrading from a point and shoot, you will not be disappointed with this camera, you may even be shocked by the improvement in your photos (especially if you take some time to learn about photography and how to use this camera). Bottom line: Super improvement over point and shoot cameras, works well, but it isn't an expensive DSLR, so don't expect it to perform like one. One thing to consider, the a230 is nearly the same, it just doesn't have live view and a tilt able screen, but the view finder is better, and its cheaper. So if you don't care about live view, get the 230.

Reviewed by 11 customers

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome camera for beginners

By

from Buffalo, NY

This camera takes awesome pictures and is extremely easy to use. To me the 'must have' feature for beginners to explore the Manual settings on a SLR is live view. The macro shots are amazing and so are the long shots. Having steady shot inside the camera is a very nice feature. For the price its competitors are simply not good enough.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera, Great Price, Definatly worth it!

By

from N.Y.

I got this camera for a fair price with an additional lens. It is the perfect mix of quality and ease of use. The picture quality is amazing and it beats the Canon digital elph point and shoot i had. I highly sudgest this product to new DSLR users. It made it easy for me to learn how to use a DSLR with it's special easy use functions. This camera is a perfect match of price and quality.�

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Sony product

By

from BC

I purchased this camera because I went to my son's graduation and was not able to get any good photos. This is my first ever, really nice camera. While I recognize it is "entry level", it is really nice and the photos are just great and there are a lot of features that will take me time to learn, which I also enjoy. It is very easy to use. I would say to shop around, I found this camera at several prices since purchase. And, I have had a lot of trouble finding a lense hood, a UV filter, and a macro lense for super close up. this is partly because the 55 mm lense seems to be non-standard and even the Sony store did not carry any of these items for this camera. And using the website to find these accessories has not been simple for me (not good at searching) and so far I have not found something that definately says, yes, this is the one for this camera....This is the reason for the 4 star rating.

 
5.0

Great.

By

from Virginia

GREAT FOR THE 'VIRGIN' DSLR HANDLER. VERY USER-FRIENDLY!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bang for the buck

By

from Salt Lake City, Utah

Went into the store, looking for a Nikon. Left with a Sony. This is a great beginners camera. Have gone through four point and shoots over a number of years. But I still missed my film SLR. So I went shopping for a DSLR. The a330 had all the features I was looking for. The live view was a nice added touch.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Amazing

By

from Traverse City, MI

This DSLR is just simply amazing. I love the simplicity of the 330 very much. It's easy to use as this is my first DSLR. The image stabilization is awesome! It helps out a lot. The controversial grip is not that bad. My hand is comfortable holding it but it still could be better IMO. It is really just personal preference. It's funny because I bought this before the 290 and 390 were announced and those have improved grips but I am very happy with my purchase! The continuous shooting is good, I have only used it in practice but not in the field yet. The kit lens is great for general purpose but not for what I really want to photograph. I am planning on equipping the 75-300mm lens for the ultimate experience. Anyway, overall Sony has done an amazing job with this entry level camera. Very user friendly and anyone starting out should check out this series. Beginners will learn fast, that's for sure. I feel that once I become more comfortable, experienced, and learn more that I'll step it up to maybe the Alpha 550.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for the price!

By

from PA  -  Casual Photographer

Bought this camera with 75mm X 300mm lens included in kit for [$]. This camera cannot be found anywhere else at that price. Christmas special. Price is back to [$] if you can find it. Kit now includes 55mm X 200mm lens. Glad I bought it when I did! Super value. I love it!!! Thanks Adorama

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

From point and shoot to DSLR

By

from Jersey City, NJ  -  Casual Photographer

For those point and shooters who's aiming to get their feet wet in DSLR photography, the Sony Alpha 330 is a great learning camera. I like to take photos of cars, so the tiltable screen is great for those below the knees angled shots. The kit lens is so so but if you want better sharpness do opt for a better lens if needed and in-body image stabilization is quite helpful, but do disable it if propped on a tripod. Overall, for the most part it's something to start with until you can further appreciate way better cameras.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Starter DSLR

By

from Charlotte, NC  -  Casual Photographer

The a330 is a great way to get into DSLR. The camera takes good photos with the included 18-55 mm lens. I am sure that better quality glass would make even better photos. Most cameras, especially at this price range get noisy above ISO ranges of 800 and this camera is no exception. All of the controls and programs are easy to access and I was up and running in no time after reading some of the manual. Check out my photos. I took them before I even read the manual.To get the most out of the camera you need to read the manual thoroughly and experiment with your photos. Something that is often not mentioned by anyone is that you are going to need a good tripod to take good portaits, macro shots, landscape photos, and anything at lower shutter speeds. This is true with any camera. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase and it has enough settings and features that I am not going to get bored with it anytime soon.

(64 of 70 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from Utah

This is a great camera for its price. While it doesn't quite compare to more expensive cameras (FPS, video recording), it takes great photos (especially compared to your average point and shoot). I have not owned any other DSLR's before this one. I would recommend the 75-300 lens, I use it all the time, it is great for portraits and situations when you need to zoom (wild life, sports). The tilt able screen has come in handy in many situations (the only way having live view makes sense) If your upgrading from a point and shoot, you will not be disappointed with this camera, you may even be shocked by the improvement in your photos (especially if you take some time to learn about photography and how to use this camera). Bottom line: Super improvement over point and shoot cameras, works well, but it isn't an expensive DSLR, so don't expect it to perform like one. One thing to consider, the a230 is nearly the same, it just doesn't have live view and a tilt able screen, but the view finder is better, and its cheaper. So if you don't care about live view, get the 230.

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