Sony introduced the Alpha DSLR range consisting of three different models to provide consumers with some great options for affordable yet quality DSLR cameras. The A300 fits primarily in the middle of the other two (A200 and A350) in a sense that it has features present in both, remains very affordable at an entry-level price, yet doesn’t feature quite the same picture quality as the most expensive.
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That doesn’t mean it isn’t lacking in plenty of great features or that the picture quality isn’t fantastic – far from it!
- APS-C Sensor
- Sony/Minolta Alpha Lens Mount
- 7 Tilting LCD Screen, 230,000 screen dots
The A300 features the same 10.2-megapixel APS-C sensor that was present in Sony’s original DSLR, the A100, and this is the very same sensor present in the A200 as well.
This may not be as many megapixels as similar models from other manufacturers, but the A300 still provides some nice additions that help it to stand out. Also, the sensor is found in many fine entry-level models throughout the market, and it offers very good image quality with fine detail.
The fact that the A300 features Sony’s impressive Live View mode is well worth noting. This allows users to view any live image on the rotating LCD screen and can be easily activated by hitting the switch on the top of the camera.
In addition to this, the Super SteadyShot anti-shake system is really effective and will be appreciated by beginners and more skilled users alike. Similarly, the user interface is simple enough to use.
A main dial allows you to change through typical exposure modes (program auto, full auto manual, aperture and shitter priority) as well as various scene modes that are regularly used. Changes to the exposure are simple enough too thanks to the adjustment wheel present in front of the shutter button.
Likewise, you can find a number of handy shooting parameter that can be easily adjusted at the touch of the button on the back. Modes include flash, metering, autofocus, autofocus area, and white balance.
The autofocus is particularly impressive, and is actually the same as in the costlier A350. Fast and accurate, it performs very well in low light conditions too.
Sony’s Alpha A300 is a fine option for an entry-level DSLR. Cheaper than the A350 and with only a slightly lower picture quality, the A300 performs well and has fantastic handling. There plenty of handy features and image quality is decent too.
For anyone looking for an affordable and dependable DSLR, the A300 is definitely worth considering.