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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 review

Techworld
18 June 2008
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha DSLR-A300's smooth Live View handling makes this model worth consideration for anyone graduating from a point-and-shoot camera. That this model offers advanced features in a fun-to-use, uncomplicated form should only make for more photographic joy.
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Overall 9
8.7

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Camera Labs
1 May 2008
  • Summary: Sony’s latest DSLRs, the A300 and A350, double the Alpha range and illustrate Sony’s commitment in the market. Indeed by discontinuing the original A100 and introducing four brand new models in as many months, Sony has been more aggressive than any other DSLR manufacturer. Unlike rival manufacturers, Sony is also interestingly now applying the same strategy to its DSLR range as it has with compacts for years – that is, producing a base model (in this case the A200), then...
  • Pros: Built-in anti-shake - works with any lens., No-fuss Live View with quick AF., Tilting monitor., InfoLithium battery gives accurate feedback.
  • Cons: Relatively small optical viewfinder., Noise levels not much better than A350., Live View not 100% accurate., Anti-dust system not 100% effective in our tests.
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Overall 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0

Sony DSLR-A300 Review

Bright Hub
20 March 2008
  • Excerpt: If you’ve been thinking about investing in a digital SLR camera, Sony’s DSLR-A300 has a competitive price without sacrificing features.
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A Trio Of Sony D-SLRs; The Sony A350, A300, And A200

Shutterbug
1 August 2001
  • Excerpt: Earlier this year, Sony became the most prolific D-SLR manufacturer by announcing four cameras within a two-week period. This included a pro model, due later this year, that had scant specs available at press time. I was able to extensively test the other three, which are quite similar in that they all start from the same "base": the entry-level 10-megapixel A200, which replaced the A100. The A300 adds Live View and a vertically tiltable LCD monitor.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha A300

Trusted Reviews
5 February 2011
  • Summary: We take a long-overdue look at this Jessops-exclusive DSLR
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 10
10
Value for money 10
10
Features 10
10
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Sony A300

PhotographyBLOG
22 December 2008
  • Summary: The Sony A300 is certainly a fun camera to use, owing to its zippy Live View performance, tilting screen and advanced feature set. While plastic, it is well made, looking and feeling like it was built to last. The control interface is largely intuitive and easy to use, although allow yourself a bit of time to get used to it if you are switching from another brand. If I had to pick one of its many features, I would cast my vote in favour of Manual Exposure Shift.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 review Review

CNET
2 December 2008
  • Summary: The A300 is not the only budget dSLR with live view, and its 10-megapixel resolution is pretty ordinary too. It feels crude and plasticky and the live view 'solution' is hardly elegant.
  • Pros: Straightforward live view, Tilting LCD, Great colour rendition
  • Cons: Plasticky feel, Noisy AF, Weak kit lens
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Overall 7
7.2

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

CNET
28 October 2008
  • Summary: The A300 is the piggy in the middle of Sony's entry-level dSLR line-up. But does it suffer from middle child syndrome or is it the pick of the bunch?
  • Pros: Tilting LCD screen, Easy to use, Well-placed controls
  • Cons: Relatively heavy for an entry-level dSLR, Kit lenses leave something to be desired
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 8
8.0
Reliability 8
8.0
Looks 6
6.0
Audio & image quality 6
6.0
Usability 6
6.0

Sony A300 + 18-70mm lens

PriceRunner
2 October 2008
  • Conclusion: Sony’s photo expertise was developed in compact cameras and this shows all too clearly in the A300 . It’s certainly well built and festooned with fancy features: a good SteadyShot image stabiliser, powerful batteries (700+ shots between charges) and an anti-dust system. Sadly, while it’s ahead on technology, it’s behind in two crucial areas: shooting speed and image quality.
  • Pros: The A300 tries to make the transition from compact camera to SLR as smooth as possible, thanks to a unique dual-sensor system that lets you use Live View framing during focusing and even burst shooting (up to 3fps). It also has a big 2.7-inch screen and a kit lens with more zoom power (3.8x) than its mostly 3x rivals.
  • Cons: The Sony shares some of compact cameras’ less appealing habits, too. Soft, grainy 10-megapixel images are only average, plus the A300 suffers from some of the most sluggish focusing and unresponsive menus we’ve seen on a digital SLR. If you don’t want to use the Live View function, the optical viewfinder is rather cramped.
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Overall 9
8.8
Ease of use 9
8.5
Build quality 9
9.0

Sony DSLR-A300

PhotoReview
1 July 2008
  • Summary: A competitively-priced, feature-rich DSLR camera with a tilting LCD and live viewing.Sitting between the DSLR-A200 and DSLR-A350 models (both of which have been reviewed on this website), Sony's DSLR-A300 offers the resolution of the A200 model plus the Live View system of the A350. Initially the company had no plans to release the A300 in Australia but it obviously saw a need to compete with other manufacturers that offered live viewing in their entry-level models. . .
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