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Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha A100

neocamera.com
29 September 2011
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha A100 is a superb and well valued DSLR camera. This 10 megapixel digital SLR is packed with useful features and technology such as body-based stabilization and a hardware dust-reduction system. With body-based stabilization, all lenses automatically benefit from stabilization, even ultra-wide-angle lenses, at no additional cost.
  • Pros: Superb photo quality, Great color accuracy, Very good dynamic range, Excellent metering and exposure, Low image noise up to ISO 400, Effectively stabilizes all lenses, Hardware dust-reduction, Very fast and responsive, Fast focusing, Good ergonomics, Eye-start auto-focus, Excellent build quality, Selectable low-key and high-key tone-curve, Ambient and flash-based exposure compensation, Good battery life
  • Cons: Quite noisy and low-saturation at ISO 1600, Slightly above average noise at ISO 800 for a DSLR, Long exposure noise-reduction image artifacts, Dynamic range optimizer not reliable, Rare multi-segment exposure errors
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Sony Alpha A100 DSLR Digital Camera Review

PhotoAxe
30 September 2007
  • Excerpt: It’s a good-sized dSLR camer a with a sturdy plastic shell over a metal frame. The camera is easy to hold, with a substantial right hand grip, and the important controls are within easy reach of your fingers. The A100 has quite a few buttons and dials, which can be intimidating to new users.
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Overall 6
6.0

Sony alpha DSLR-A100 Review

LAPTOP Magazine
15 September 2007
  • Excerpt: For its first digital SLR, Sony took the best of what it inherited from its acquisition of Konica Minolta and added some new features that have made its competitors sit up and take notice. From the "something borrowed" category, the Sony A100 sports an in-camera image stabilization system called Super SteadyShot, which is based on Konica Minolta's tried-and-true sensor-shifting technology.
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
9.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Ergonomics 9
8.5
Build quality 8
8.0

Expert Review

DP Review
31 August 2007
  • Conclusion: Sony's entrance to the digital SLR market comes thanks to their finial association with and later purchase of Konica Minolta's photo division. When you first use the A100 it clearly has more Konica Minolta DNA than Sony however their influence comes in the added features and image processing (the camera's user interface and control systems are very similar to previous Konica Minolta digital SLR's, and that's no bad thing).
  • Pros: Excellent resolution, plenty of detail although no leap over eight megapixels, Vibrant color response, similar hues to other digital SLR's, About a third of a stop more sensitive than indicated, Neutral tone response with soft roll-off in highlights, In-body SteadyShot system provides about 2 stops of additional shutter speed latitude, All your lenses become 'SteadyShot' at no extra cost, Extra highlight detail using the High Key Hi200 setting, In-hardware Dynamic Ran...
  • Cons: High sensitivity noise at ISO 800 and 1600, Occasional Multi-segment metering under-exposure, Long exposure noise reduction artifacts (black pitting, softness, posterization), Limited image parameter adjustment (only -2 to +2), LCD anti-reflective coating becomes smeared with marks easily, Proprietary hot-shoe design (fewer third party flash / accessories), Flash must be raised for AF assist, Unable to control in-camera high ISO noise reduction, Blinking highlights on...
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Expert Review

photo.net
21 July 2007
  • Conclusion: The Sony A100 is competitive in performance with the cheapest Canon and Nikon bodies. The Sony system of lenses and accessories is smaller than Pentax's and much smaller than Canon's and Nikon's. The A100's main advantage over similar priced bodies from Canon and Nikon is the built-in image stabilization. The A100's main weakness is objectionable noise at higher ISO settings.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 10
10

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LetsGoDigital
18 July 2007
  • Conclusion: Sony Alpha 100 digital reflex camera No one will be surprised that Sony's first digital SLR camera bears a strong resemblance to one of Konica Minolta's models. Sony took over the camera division of the illustrious brand and the two companies had been working together even before the takeover. However, Sony has done more than just put a simple clone on the market: certain things have been added and changed. Generally, they have been to the benefit of the camera.
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Expert Review

photographycorner.com
9 February 2007
  • Excerpt: Sony finally landed in the dSLR market with Alpha dSLR-A100 after collaboration with Konica Minolta last year. The later has now quit the scene and passed on the proven digital SLR technologies to Sony - most notably being the lens mount and anti-shake system. The Sony Alpha DSLR -A100, in short, the A100, is a 10.2 Megapixel, 3 frames per second SLR based on the MAXXUM 5D (a Konica Minolta dSLR) with a high resolution LCD display.
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Expert Review

I Like Cameras
30 November 2006
  • Excerpt: Sony has always been a leading force in technology. They were the first to produce a prototype of a digital camera when other companies were still contemplating the idea. Sony used the body of the Konica Minolta to produce this camera. Perhaps it does not look like a Sony camera because it is lacking the Sony symbol which can be confusing to some consumers.
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Overall 9
8.7
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 10
9.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 9
8.5

Sony Alpha a100 Review

What Digital Camera
1 August 2006
  • Summary: It’s always exciting to see the very first camera from a new (to this market) company. Sony’s reputation in consumer electronics whipped up a lot of hype in this camera, some of which is deserved, but generally overblown.
  • Pros: Image stabilisation, promising range of lenses, pleasant images, good LCD, good image noise control, high resolution, button placements
  • Cons: Shutter noise, slight oversaturation of images, no histogram, extended dynamic range less effective than hoped, average build quality
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Overall 9
8.5

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 review with DT 18-70mm f3.5~5.6

Camera Labs
1 July 2006
  • Summary: But it's not all good news. Increasing resolutions on sensors with the same surface area always raises concerns over higher noise levels, and as our results show , the A100 is noticeably noisier than rivals like Canon's EOS-350D / Rebel XT, particularly at 800 ISO and above. Our gallery also reveals higher noise levels than we'd like even at 400 ISO.
  • Pros: Unique and effective built-in anti-shake system, High resolution 10 Megapixel sensor, 18-70mm kit lens longer than the usual 55mm, Screen information stays upright as body rotated
  • Cons: Anti-dust system far from infallible, Relatively noisy at 800 ISO and above, Kit lens soft in corners when open at wide angle, Can't see effect of anti-shake while composing, Feels like an enhancement, not a new DSLR
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