Excerpt: Smack in the middle of a trio of new entry-level DSLRs from Sony, the 10.2MP Alpha 330 is an appealing option for photographers stepping up from compacts. A nice price ($650, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony DT SAM lens; $850, street, with an additional 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Sony DT SAM lens), fast autofocus, tilting LCD, and easy-to-understand controls are a few of its highlights. And it aced nearly all of our tests in the Pop Photo Lab.
Summary: Sony’s Alpha A330 sits in the middle of three models in the company’s consumer DSLR range, featuring 10.2 Megapixel resolution, built-in image stabilisation which works with any lens you attach, a quick Live View system and vertically-tilting screen. It’s a fair specification, although one which shares a great deal with its predecessor, the Alpha A300 – indeed as we mentioned at the start of this review, the internal specification is almost identical, with most of the...
Pros: Built-in IS which works with any lens., Quick and fuss-free Live View., Vertically-tilting monitor., Beginner-friendly user interface.
Cons: More noise than rivals at high ISOs., Slow continuous shooting., No movie mode., Body shape may not be to all tastes.
Excerpt: Sony's DSLR product range grew again recently with three more models, the A230, A330 and the A380 and it's the middle model, the Sony Alpha 330, which is exclusive to Jessops that we try here.
Summary: Like I said at the outset of this review, the Sony A330 is an excellent camera for those of you looking to make the switch from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR. If you like being able to frame your scene on the back of the camera’s LCD, you’ll love the A330. The fast autofocus during Live View shooting blows the competition away – sorry, Canon and Nikon, you’re behind the curve on this one.
Excerpt: A modest update over its predecessor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300, the Alpha DSLR-A330 offers the same essential feature set in a redesigned body with sufficient quality and performance-enhancing firmware tweaks to merit the term "upgrade." And like its predecessor, the result is a generally solid, if not stellar, entry-level dSLR option. The A330 is nearly identical to its cheaper sibling, the A230 .
Pros: Fast Live View AF and single-shot performance; tiltable LCD; dual card slots; relatively simple, straightforward operation; built-in wireless flash and image stabilization; helpful SteadyShot indicator.
Cons: Smallish grip; middling viewfinder; default settings produce suboptimal photos.
Conclusion: We have no reservations suggesting first-time DSLR buyers pick up the Sony alpha DSLR-A330. It feels right and takes fine, accurate photos with little noise until you hit the outer limits (1600+). We did find the 3x zoom a bit limiting, and you should opt for a more potent lens to complement the kit glass.
Pros: Affordable 10.2MP DSLR with built-in IS, Live View
The Sony Alpha a330 is a small and lightweight D-SLR
Good Gear Guide.au
17 May 2010
Summary: Seeing as the Sony Alpha a330 contains a nearly identical feature set and the same imaging chip as its predecessor, this camera is not worth an upgrade, nor is it hearty enough to take on the latest models from Nikon and Canon. But for consumers new to DSLRs and looking for a camera with advanced features that's easy to tote around, the inexpensive Sony a330 meets its mark. It's very simple to handle - and it offers the added benefit of Live View.
Pros: Extremely fast autofocus, hot shoe, dynamic range optimiser works well