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  • 10.2-megapixel APS-C size CCD with 3,872 x 2,592-pixel images
  • ISO from 100 to 1,600
  • Super SteadyShot® CCD shift image stabilization with anti-dust feature
  • High-speed Bionz image processing engine
  • 9-point AF with eye-start activation
  • Continuous 3fps shooting limited only by size and speed of the media card
  • 2.5-inch "Clear Photo LCD Plus", auto-dimmed by viewfinder eye-start AF sensor
  • Sony Alpha lens mount, compatible with Minolta A-type bayonet mount

(From company literature) SAN DIEGO, June 5, 2006 - Sony is jumping into the digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera market with today’s introduction of the a (Alpha) DSLR-A100 system. The system combines advanced SLR features with other Sony digital imaging innovations.


With its 10.2-megapixel APS CCD image sensor, the DSLR-A100 camera is expected to have the highest resolution available in its class. It will be introduced with 19 high-quality Sony lenses, and will be compatible with most of the former Konica-Minolta Maxxum® mount lenses. The system will include a wide range of accessories as well.


Sony developed a new Dynamic Range Optimizer image analysis technology to provide exceptional picture quality and natural color reproduction, along with a new Bionz image processing engine. This new engine supports a continuous burst mode for fast-action shooting and performs intelligent power management.


“Our system will be attractive to people who are ready for something beyond what’s available in D-SLR cameras today,” said James Neal, director of marketing for digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “Sony enthusiasts who want to upgrade from point-and-shoot cameras, as well as former Konica-Minolta digital and film SLR camera users who have already made substantial investments in lenses, will welcome this initiative.”


Fight Blur With Your Camera, Not Your Lens
The DSLR-A100 camera is engineered to combat blurry pictures through high light sensitivity (up to ISO 1600) and Super SteadyShot® image stabilization, a Sony technology that shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera movement.


Because Super SteadyShot is built into the camera body, all compatible telephoto, wide-angle, standard and macro lenses are automatically image-stabilized. This also allows from two to 3-1/2 stops of latitude in exposure, which supports hand-held shooting at longer shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible. In the end, you have more opportunities to shoot in natural lighting without a tripod or a flash.


Innovative Approach to Deliver Exceptional Image Quality
The a (Alpha) DSLR-A100 will be the only D-SLR camera that can optimize dynamic range, meaning the range from highlights to shadows, including gain and contrast, through in-camera hardware processing.


Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) analyzes the captured image data and instantly determines the best exposure and color tonality of an image before JPEG compression. Unlike software optimization of a processed image, DRO is performed in the hardware. It is the first hardware-based DRO solution with the speed required for high-speed shooting.


Now You Can Really Catch The Action
The high-speed Bionz image processing engine allows you to capture pictures at lightning speed. The camera will offer high-speed burst shooting at up to three frames per second continuously, at 10.2-megapixels and the finest JPEG compression. For those action shots, you’re limited only by the speed of your media card.


The new camera will also have a long battery life. The supplied lithium ion battery gives you up to 750 shots per full charge, depending on usage patterns and environmental conditions.


Get Dust under Control
“For D-SLR camera users,” Neal said that, “dust is the enemy.”


Dust collects on the image sensor, usually when lenses are changed, and appears as annoying spots in photos, which then need to be retouched later. Sony’s new system offers a novel, two-pronged approach to fighting dust.


The camera’s CCD image sensor has an indium tin oxide coating to avoid static build-up so that dust does not readily adhere. Additionally, when you turn the camera on or off, an anti-dust feature is activated to literally shake off dust particles.


A Flexible System for Creative Possibilities
Sony is continuing its long-standing relationship with Carl Zeiss® to deliver superior optical performance for the a (Alpha) camera system. The two companies have co-developed three lenses, including an ultra-wide, 16-80 mm Vario-Sonnar T* zoom model and two fixed focal length telephoto models - a Planar T* 85 mm and Sonnar T* 135 mm.


The system will also be supported with a full range of accessories, including a line-up of flashes, cable releases, rechargeable battery packs and several styles of carrying cases.


Convenience and Simplicity
The a (Alpha) camera also features eye-start auto focus, which starts focusing your picture before you even press the shutter; a 2.5-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus™ screen for wide-angle viewing and exceptional color reproduction; JPEG and RAW file format support; and a comfortable camera grip with easily-accessible function and mode dials.


There is a slot for CompactFlash Type I/II and Microdrive® media cards. The camera also accepts Memory Stick PRO™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media cards through a supplied adaptor.


The DSLR-A100 camera body will be available for about $900. The DSLR-A100K kit, which includes the camera body along with an 18-70mm zoom lens, will be available for about $1,000. Both ship in July and will be available at SonyStyle.com, Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), and authorized dealers nationwide.


See the full review at imaging-resource.com. Or post your own review below!


Keywords: Sony SLR CF MS APS-C 10MP Anti-Shake


nikonfreak

Registered: March 2010
Posts: 4
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 review by nikonfreak
Review Date: 6/19/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $309.65| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Image Quality, Anti Dust , Wide range of lenses, easy to use
Cons: noise from 800 iso

I bought this sony with a 18-70 sony kit lens it is a good combination and low weight , i alos like the Super Steady Shot and the onboard anti dust shake off . i can recommend this camera and sony kit lens , it makes a fair budget combo with great specs and colour
dupmeister

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 5
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 review by dupmeister
Review Date: 9/25/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $600.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good starter Camera
Cons: image noise issues after ISO400

This is a good little camera, for the money it offers a heck of a lot of bang for the buck. it is very solid in build and very light weight. it is small compared to its big brother (A700) so they had to pack all the controls into as little space as possible, this means alot of toggling through controls to get what you need. it takes getting used to but otherwise the camera functions well and gave me no problems during 1 year of very hard use. I took several hundred pictures a day for a year and never one hickup. it made it through a Michigan winter so it gets my vote for tough.
Bodhidharmazen

Registered: January 2007
Posts: 2
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 review by Bodhidharmazen
Review Date: 1/15/2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Stabilized body, ergonomics, screen and amount of info in it
Cons: Noise, lots of noise above ISO400

Cámara Digital Sony Alpha A100


Soy fan de la fotografía digital, vamos, incluso tengo un proyecto en el área editorial (del cual ya le platicaré si fructifica). Dicho esto, por supuesto evalué esta cámara desde un punto de vista bastante crítico, por un lado porque es una cámara que presume de estar dirigida a un mercado más exigente, y segundo porque es el primer intento de Sony para ofrecernos una cámara de lentes intercambiables.


Estas son conocidas como “dSLR” (digital single lens reflex) o más sencillamente (en México) como Reflex Digitales. En claro contraste a las digitales comunes, la A100 puede ser prácticamente considerada como un equipo profesional.


Todo empezó cuando Sony se hizo de lo que fuera Konica Minolta, una de las compañías con más tradición en el ámbito de la fotografía. De esta manera, la nueva A100 es algo así como una Minolta que usa electrónica de los ingenieros de Sony.


Los más beneficiados son los actuales dueños de lentes compatibles con las cámaras digitales de Konica, ya que serán compatibles con la nueva A100. Claro que Sony está ya sacando al mercado toda una nueva línea de lentes, algunos de los cuales serán de primer nivel.


¿Para quién es una dSLR? Digamos que a usted ya le queda chica una cámara digital convencional, que está cansado de que la misma no responde tan rápido como usted lo demanda, de que las fotos salen sucias o movidas o de que simplemente no puede tomar buenas fotos en interiores sin prender el flash.


También es para quien sigue gastando en rollos de película en vez de la comodidad que representa una cámara digital, debido a que las digitales “no lo convencen”. Dicho esto hay que agregar que algunos fotógrafos profesionales siguen usando película en algunas situaciones, pero para otras han abrazado desde hace tiempo, y con gusto, “la era digital”.


¿Cómo se compara? Bueno, si viene de una cámara digital de tipo “apunta y dispara” o aún si usa de las “Prosumer” (las mejores antes de llegar a las reflex) la encontrará rapidísima, toma fotos al segundo de encender, enfoca como de rayo, transfiere fotos a la computadora a 9MB por segundo. WOW.


De hecho, hace que la calidad de las fotos de cámaras “Prosumer” (de la misma Sony tenemos la R1, la H1, la H2 y la H5 en esta categoría) parezca broma, y ni que decir al contrastarla con cámaras más sencillas. Vamos, la diferencia es tan grande que encontré que volver a usar mi (de otra manera fantástica) Panasonic FZ5 (que también pertenece a esta liga) me está costando trabajo.


Es agradable en la mano, pesada pero con un buen balance y tamaño justo. Eso sí, se ve el trabajo de Sony porque presenta características técnicas interesantes, algunas de las cuales no son ofrecidas por nadie más, como una pantalla que se apaga al acercar la cara al visor, estabilización de imagen o un menú que gira según la posición de la A100.


Pero no todo es color de rosa, la A100 presenta un nivel de ruido muy alto comparándola con ofertas de Nikon o Canon, especialmente en ISOs arriba de 800, lo cual es, a mi juicio, imperdonable. De hecho ya desde ISO400 el ruido del sensor comienza a ser molesto.


Sí, mucho mejor que las Prosumer, pero en clara desventaja con respecto a otras reflex digitales. Si a esto le aunamos que, al menos en México, su precio suele ser mayor al de la competencia, pues obtenemos un tache para Sony.


Pero sigamos con lo positivo. Una buena noticia es que decidieron mantener el slot para la memoria CompactFlash propia de las Konica Minolta. Si hubieran insistido en utilizar sólo MemoryStick’s se hubieran metido en problemas.


Me gustaron también las opciones para revisar las fotos en la cámara, los menús son sencillos de usar y nos aportan toda la información necesaria. Aunque alguno que otro crítico se enfocó en la falta de una pantalla extra para controlar factores como la apertura o la velocidad. En realidad, dicha pantalla no es necesaria.



Algunas Características:


• 10 Megapixeles
• Formato de imagen: RAW y JPEG
• Sistema Sony de eliminación de polvo del sensor
• Estabilizador de imagen: Super SteadyShot
• Sensibilidad: hasta ISO 1600
• Memoria: Tarjeta CompactFlash y MemoryStick Pro Duo
• Compatible con montura tipo “A” de Konica Minolta
• Dimensiones: 133.1 x 94.7 x 71.3 mm
• Peso: 545 gr.



En Resumen:


Un buen modelo de entrada al mundo de las dSLR. Si nunca ha manejado una cámara de este tipo ya es hora de que lo haga, no sabe de lo que se está perdiendo. La A100 se compara con ofertas tan famosas como la D80 de Nikon y la XTi de Canon. En lo personal, si no fuera por el ruido en altos ISOs, yo no tendría problema en decir que la A100 es tan buena como aquellas dos.
moeman

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 3
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 review by moeman
Review Date: 1/5/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $636.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: AS rocks, Great value, fast AF, great image detail, nice user interface
Cons: Noise at 800 & 1600 a little high

Major Plus: I really like the value the camera presents. Anti-Shake is a fantastic feature and is the tie breaker between any DSLR w/ this feature verses one w/o it in simular price catogories,


Plus: Fast AF, Wireless flash works well. Good burst mode, Very nice control set up, DRO+ is an interesting feature, Extremely high image detail, fits my hand well, DRO+ does work pretty well (JPEG only), intuitive design easy to live with, printed pics are VERY nice


Minus: I shoot RAW so noise isn't a real issue at 800-1600 but if one insists on JPEG these pics can be very noisy. More lenses from Sony would be nice (I use a Tamron 17-50 w/ mine), Wish DRO+ could be used w/ RAW to lower PP time, pentaprism viewfinder would be better
trix13

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 3
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 review by trix13
Review Date: 11/29/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,000.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Image Stabilization bild in.
Cons: noise to high at iso 800-1600

over all good camera ,
cons: anti-dust system not very efective.
High sensitivity noise at ISO 800 and 1600.
loud mirror / shutter noise.
Proprietary hot-shoe design (fewer third party flash / accessories).Occasional Multi-segment metering under-exposure.


pros:In-body SteadyShot system provides about 2 stops of additional shutter speed latitude.All your lenses become 'SteadyShot' at no extra cost.
Eye Start AF can be an advantage in certain circumstances (useful for 'priming' AF).
Good build quality but slightly lighter-weight plastic than expected from Sony.
Good battery life.
10MP.


 






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