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: We hoped the new Olympus E-620 would give Canon and Nikon a modicum of competition in the cut-throat DSLR arena, but no such luck—the camera simply didn’t measure up. Another week, another new model, but this time Sony’s entering the ring. The company will be introducing a trio of new models soon and we got our hands on the middle child, a 10.2-megapixel edition with built-in sensor shift stabilization, a 2.7-inch moveable screen and a Live View we actually like using .
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
10 January 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
Excerpt: With a petite size and a relatively low price, the 10-megapixel Sony Alpha a330 builds on the strong foundation laid by its predecessor, the a300. Although this camera is clearly intended for the same new-to-digital-SLR crowd that the a300 targeted, this model is not enough of an upgrade to entice existing owners.
Summary: While a lot of digital cameras have special features – some much better than others – a DSLR camera can normally take a better image, yes they are bulkier and even if you settle just for a single 18-55mm lens you will not regret it.
Summary: The Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 is a solid entry-level dSLR that will surely appeal to some, but, unless you really want live-view shooting, its cheaper sibling, the Alpha DSLR-A230, is a better deal
Pros: Fast autofocus, High-magnification viewfinder for its class, Dual memory-card slots, Relatively simple, straightforward operation, Built-in wireless flash and image stabilisation, Helpful SteadyShot indicator
Cons: Smallish grip, Default settings produce sub-optimal photos