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.
Summary: Wie eingangs erwähnt, leitet sich die Alpha 300 (600 Euro) von der 14-Megapixel-Schwester Alpha 350 ab. Bei beiden Kameras kann das Gehäuse nicht sonderlich überzeugen. Im direkten Vergleich wirkt das feinporig-schwarze Finish der EOS 450D im Gegensatz zum aufgerauhten Kunststoff der Sony ein Stück edler.