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5.8 out of 10 based on 461 reviews

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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  • Expert Score (41)
    8.2 8.2 from 41 reviewers
  • Design (8)
    6.1 6.1 from 8 reviewers
  • Value for money (20)
    5.9 5.9 from 20 reviewers
  • Features (7)
    6.2 6.2 from 7 reviewers
  • Ease of use (12)
    6.5 6.5 from 12 reviewers
  • Performance (53)
    6.1 6.1 from 53 reviewers
  • Picture quality (68)
    6.1 6.1 from 68 reviewers
  • Comfort (2)
    6.0 6.0 from 2 reviewers
  • Durability (6)
    6.6 6.6 from 6 reviewers
  • Overall quality (4)
    6.5 6.5 from 4 reviewers
  • Battery performance (8)
    5.8 5.8 from 8 reviewers
  • Display (52)
    6.3 6.3 from 52 reviewers
  • Photo quality (5)
    6.0 6.0 from 5 reviewers
  • Video quality (7)
    5.3 5.3 from 7 reviewers
  • Functionality (2)
    6.7 6.7 from 2 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (53)
    6.1 6.1 from 53 reviewers
  • Portability (2)
    6.0 6.0 from 2 reviewers
  • Build quality (3)
    5.5 5.5 from 3 reviewers
  • Color and saturation (3)
    6.2 6.2 from 3 reviewers
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Transferring of photos can be done through the USB 2.0 port. It also has a video output too. Focusing can be set to manual or auto and its resolution is 12 megapixels. It does not have a movie mode. The image size is 4288x2856 pixels and its ISO range is 100-6400. The metering options can be spot, center weighted or multi-pattern. It also has superior built quality.

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Sony’s DLSR-A700 has an anti-shake feature that is built in. It too enables decent handling. The configuratio…

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Transferring of photos can be done through the USB 2.0 port. It also has a video output too. Focusing can be set to manual or auto and its resolution is 12 megapixels. It does not have a movie mode. The image size is 4288x2856 pixels and its ISO range is 100-6400. The metering options can be spot, center weighted or multi-pattern. It also has superior built quality.

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Sony’s DLSR-A700 has an anti-shake feature that is built in. It too enables decent handling. The configurations are easy to modify and it also has a rapid shooting speed. There are also fine color gradation and focus point selections. Some things that need to be remembered before buying this camera are that the images are on the soft side, the images tend to be noisy after ISO 1600 and that there is no top mounted on the LCD plate.

Review Summary

Following the success of the Sony DSLR-A100 from last year, Sony and Konica Minolta have teamed up to create the 12-megapixel Sony Alpha 700. Based on the Minolta Maxxum 7D body, this new Alpha model features a durable magnesium alloy shell over an aluminum chassis and is sealed to be dust and moisture resistant. The A700 features loads of useful settings, like creative style modes, high-speed shooting, and Sony’s exclusive Super SteadyShot image. It weighs 1.75 pounds and it is solid and well made, making it exceptionally comfortable and stable to hold. Operating the A700 is not complicated. As there is no monochrome display on the top, settings can be set via a combination of direct-access buttons and the LCD. There’s a function button that activates the Quick Nav interactive information display of all your current settings, which you comfortably navigate via a big joystick. Only focus modes (single-shot, continuous, single/continuous autoselection, and manual) and the three metering modes (spot, evaluative, and center-weighted) have their own selection switches. You can control shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, and program shift with dials. The Sony DSLR-A700 includes a solid set of really practical features, including SteadyShot sensor-shift image stabilization, a built-in wireless flash transmitter and dual memory-card slots. It also provides Eye-Start AF, one can choose how long the AF area displays, as well as set both minimum and maximum values for the Auto ISO range. Overall the camera’s performance is great with excellent photo quality. Sony has provided different kits available for the A700, namely a kit with an f/3.5-to-f/4.6, 18mm to 70mm lens; a kit with an f/3.5-to-f/5.6, 18mm to 200mm lens; and a dual-lens kit with 18mm to 70mm lens and an f/3.5-to-f/6.3, 75mm to 300mm lens. If you opt for a kit, the dual-lens package looks like the best value. The only disadvantage is the batteries finish fast.

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