Sony Alpha 100k

Sony, a maestro in manufacturing electronic gadgets has yet again come up with a one of a kind digital SLR. Sony’s DSLR-Alpha 100K or Alpha 100 is a powerful performer with 10.2-megapixel digital SLR with built-in image stabilizer technology. It is built with technology acquired from the old renowned Konica/Minolta. Sony’s first digital SLR uses Minolta’s signature mounted, Maxxum lens which Sony has renamed as The AlphaMount. This is compatible with a multitude of legacy Minolta lenses. Sony has also announced 19 new Sony lenses for the DSLR , many of them are based on existing lenses of Minolta.

The camera has been priced with a hefty tag of $1000, for the body and an 18mm-to-70mm lens. The Alpha 100K sits at the high end of market at an entry level. The plastic body and smooth finishing makes the camera sturdy and creak free. The Alpha 100 is small for an SLR but it is lightweight and comfortable to hold and has a longer durability. The Alpha 100 is a package with wholesome features. It has a one of a kind priority mode, full manual, program modes, scene modes and many other such features.

The camera relies on the main 2.5-inch LCD monitor. One amazing technology in this SLR is that if you place your eye on the viewfinder while the screen is on, the screen immediately shuts off. The screen powers up again when you remove your eye from the viewfinder. The Alpha 100’s presets are straightforward and easy to use against any of its competitors because most entry level SLRs have to adjust features via a combination of buttons and menus on the camera’s LCD screen. This is one¬† ¬†problem is faced when you use the Alpha 100K.

You would expect in an SLR, features like ISO speeds of 100 to 1600, easy access to exposure controls, a quick program shift feature, a RAW format support. Above all this Alpha 100 has a continuous autofocus mode that constantly refocuses when you move your camera, but as long as you are looking through the viewfinder. When there is a rapid change in environment, the feature improves the camera’s adaptation of being in focus when you are ready to shoot, but the Alpha 100’s autofocus produces strange grinding noises while in use. So if you value silent shoots than this may not be the right camera for you.

The stabilization system of Alpha 100 is a sensor-based system. The number of stops are close to 1.5 or 2 which is not as impressive as on SLR’s with lens-based stabilization. The system also works as a dust-removal system. But this dust-removal cycle runs only when the camera is off. The camera delivers speedy boot up and wake from sleep times. Also it has a very low shutter lag. Its drive mode is speedy too. It captures 3 frames per second for six frames when shooting Raw images and lets u shoot unlimited JPEG images until your card is full.

Sony uses the CompactFlash technology for memory purpose, rather than the MemoryStick. People who own MemoryStick Duos have the advantage to buy a CompactFlash adapter that enables them to use their current memory stick in the camera. The Alpha 100 delivers images of phenomenal quality overall. Even shots taken at ISO 100 to 400 have a very good image quality as compared to that of other entry level SLRs. At ISO 800 to 1600 the Alpha 100 gets a bit noisy.

The Sony DSLR-Alpha 100K is an excellent camera but is a little expensive. Despite having so much competition from several cameras, it delivers good image quality and also has an its entire set of features, also including image stabilization.

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