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: While some competing units may be better for more advanced users, Sony's Alpha A300 is a compelling option for first-time SLR buyers with its combination of image quality, features and an intuitive menu.
Pros: Best Live View implementation on the market, good image quality, sensor-based stabilisation, intuitive interface
Cons: Images come out somewhat soft with default lens, resolution a little lower than some of the competition
Excerpt: Dans la famille des récents Alpha , on peut dire que le Sony A300 est le grand frère du A200 et le petit frère du A350. Du A200 , le Alpha 300 garde le capteur CCD de 10,2 mégapixels, équipé d'un système anti-poussière et d'un revêtement de protection du capteur, point commun à l'ensemble de la gamme Alpha. Du A350 , il reprend le Liveview efficace (le système permet la conservation de l’autofocus).
Pros: Liveview efficace, Ecran orientable, Qualité d'image en faible sensibilité, La stabilisation, Le système anti-poussière
Cons: Cadences limitées, Bruit de déclenchement, Finition plutôt légère (plastique), Viseur encore trop étriqué