Sony Alpha DLSR-A100

DLSR-A100 having a 10.2 mega pixel sensor marks the entry of Sony into the digital SLR market. The Alpha DLSR-A100 is developed by Sony in association with Konica Minolta. When you first get a feel of DLSR-A100 it does not seem to justify its price tag and brand name. With its plastic exterior it gives a toy feeling to the camera. Even the Compact Flash door, built-in flash and battery chamber door makes the feeling even stronger but the Sony AlphaDLSR-A100 does redeem it self to certain extent with its well balanced body and deep-contoured finger grip.

The DLSR-A100 has a 2.5inch LCD screen which has an anti-reflective coating on its surface thus allowing people to view clearly from any angle. This helps in taking pictures with ease and comfort. The viewfinder in A100 is big and should make most photographers happy. The clarity of the matte screen makes focusing easier. The A-100 has two dials on top with the one on the right of the camera having options like a point & shoot automatic mode, six preset scene programs along with four creative manual modes. The one on the left provides features such as D-Range optimization, colour settings, white-balance, flash exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, focusing mode and metering mode. The exposure mode dial, exposure compensation and drive mode buttons are the other features also present on the A100.

A100 comes with a ‘M’ series lithium-ion battery but the battery meter is not available in this DLSR camera causing a few problems for the user as he dose not get to know at any time the amount of battery left. One aspect that A100 has is the ability to keep the battery in place due to the blue chip present inside even when the battery door is accidentally open. Carl-Zeiss lenses along with the range of Minolta lenses can be used in the A100. Sony and Minolta Dynax flashguns and accessories can be used for the A100 due to the Dynax hotshoe which the camera uses. The A100 supports Compact Flash memory card and has a slot present on one side of the camera.

The shooting area is where the A100 excels. It is quick and responds faster than most other cameras of its type and the eye start system brings the camera into action the moment it senses your eyes nearing the view finder area. The image quality provided by A100 is sharp and clear. Following the rule-of-thirds areas of the frame thus making the creative composition of the off center subjects easier and simpler. The Super Steady Shake mechanism provides great pictures even with camera shakes and the A100 also implement the CCD-shift system which shakes off dust particles which might be present on the sensor while the camera is closed. The D-Range Optimizer which the camera employs helps during high contrast shooting conditions by adjusting exposure and contrasts.

The flash in the A100 needs to be lifted up physically as no specified button or function is present to activate it. Even with the flash whose powerful looks are a bit deceptive the photos are not outstanding. They can be best said as average. Shooting capabilities are good only if you are taking still shots with minimal or no movement. But try taking shots of moving objects and the camera falters to some extent. Even in Continuous AF it improves but nothing outstanding. The quality of the camera improves greatly when you use a heavy lens, something like 35mm f/1.4 G. Picture quality improves even in low light and the A100 seems a completely different camera all together.

One part where the camera does make you irritate is it’s noisy, like the noise created by the Super Steady Shot when the shutter is pressed. The rubber door for the USB does not ooze class. It just does not provide the confidence that it will last other than making the camera look more like a toy which it anyway looks like. But if you can see over the looks and hear over the sound then this quick responsive camera with good picture quality might just be the one for you.

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