Excerpt: Sony has finally entered the digital SLR game with its new 10MP Alpha 100, and it's full of surprises. Does this newcomer stand a chance against veteran DSLR players Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax? Some might have said, "No way!
Excerpt: We used to have a lot of questions about Sony's takeover of Konica Minolta's camera division. Now, after running a full set of Certified Lab Tests and field tests of the new 10.2MP Sony Alpha 100 ($900, street, body only), only one question is left: How will Sony make enough of them to satisfy the...
Excerpt: Most photographers shooting from a boat rolling on the waters off Alaska's Kenai Peninsula might wish for image-stabilized lenses. But I didn't need them. I was shooting with the shake-beating camera body of Sony's new Alpha 100 DSLR.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,...
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