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.
Great starter DSLR for those with a little experience.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: While there may be better DSLR cameras available to the masses, there are very few "wallet friendly" with any admirable features. The Sony A300 (part of the Alpha series) is a mid to entry level DSLR camera continuing up the number chain in Sony's model. For the price point, the camera has a few standout features that beginning camera users will find helpful, most of which being the "live-view" mode.
Excerpt: Ive had my Sony A300 DSLR for about 2 years now. When I first purchased it I would keep it on automatic mode cause I was worried the other features would be far to advanced. But once I read the manual and started to play with the dial and all the options I had on it, it was so easy to use. I love the self cleaning sensor (which will come in handy.) One of my favorite things about this camera is the tilt screen.
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: 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".