Summary: This is a replacement for one I bought new. Much cheaper to replace the body here than to upgrade to a newer camera. This takes amazing pictures. My last Alpha Camera had an issue where the camera started taking pictures off center. This is apparently a common problem with this model. So if you are starting from scratch, try a different model. However if this happened to yours and you can get a body on here used, it is cheaper than the repair from Sony.
Good sharp images at low ISO or using RAW, handy tiltable live view screen
14 May 2014
Summary: Makes good images generally, decent metering, on-camera flash is ok if you really need to use it but must use flash compensation in many cases. Eye level viewfinder is a little small but bright, live view decent except in bright sunlight. High ISO jpegs ok up to ISO 1600 but better to use RAW over ISO 400/800. Very good deal used generally. Fairly small and light.
Summary: Good Camera for price. It has an amazing focus. It takes action pictures great. The one draw back is that it doesn't zoom very far. We are planning on buying a telephoto lens. But great starter camera.
Summary: A seriously brilliant entry level DSLR from Sony. Literally does everything it say on the box. Could not ask for anything more. Is a very practical camera with large easy to use buttons, no issues! Also has a nice ISO range 100-3200 higher than some entry level, although the higher ISO levels do include some noise as expected. The 10.2 megapixel sensor overs really great quality with very vivid colours.
Pros: Practicality, Ease of use, ISO Range, Image Quality, Tilting Screen, Live View, Battery Life
Summary: I had considered several Canon and Nikon models before settling on this camera and I could not be more satisfied. I have taken over 10k photos in the last one year I have owned it. I use it along with my Tamron 18-200 and Sony 50mmF1.4 lens and the image quality is quite good. The most impressive thing about this camera is it's battery. The tiltable lcd makes taking overhead and low level photos a breeze. Some shots taken with this camera have been uploaded in [...].
Summary: I have owned the Sony alpha A300 for a little over a year now. Coming from a traditional film camera background, I find this camera very easy to use while supporting all the features that I need. Sony's liveview is the quickest you're likely to find, and the technology incorporated into the A300 is second to none, and the very useful in the body shake reduction (coupled with legacy minolta lens compatibility) make high quality lenses quite affordable when compared to...
Summary: I purchased the Sony DSLR A300 the first of 2009 and downloaded the software on my 10 year old 32bit computer, the software worked good. A few months later, I up graded to a new computer with Vista- 64Bit processor. I loaded the program on my computer and did a reboot as it asked, the computer did not start up again, I received an error message "Windows failed to start, a recent hardware or software change might be the cause".
Great DSLR for moving up from a point-and-shoot because of Live View
4 May 2009
Summary: There is really only one reason to choose this camera over the more established Nikon and Canon offerings and that is Live View. To put it simply, this is the ONLY DSLR with the ability to use the LCD screen to compose and take your picture with no sacrifice in focus speed vs. using the optical viewfinder. This is similar to how you use a point-and-shoot. Thus it is a great camera for those who prefer to take pictures using the LCD screen.