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Sony Alpha DSLRA300K 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

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A300 w/ 18-70mm Lens
  • 10.2 MP for high-resolution image detail
  • Kit include DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Zoom Lens
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) with noise reduction
  • Tiltable 2.7¿ LCD screen for high/low angle shots
  • In-camera image stabilization
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Technical Details

Style: A300 w/ 18-70mm Lens
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: B00138MVBY
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

Style: A300 w/ 18-70mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.9 x 3.9 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
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  • ASIN: B00138MVBY
  • Item model number: B00138MVBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,462 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Style: A300 w/ 18-70mm Lens

From the Manufacturer

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A300: the camera that links you and your subject. For first-time DSLR users, Sony combines superb 10.2-megapixel quality, a high-quality DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens, and Live Preview in a large, tilting 2.7-inch LCD monitor for point-and-shoot simplicity. You'll have super-quick AF response, 3 fps continuous shooting while you see your subject in the viewfinder, and high sensitivity (ISO 3200) for great low-light shots. What's more, you get simple controls, Creative Style settings and in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization that work with every Sony, Carl Zeiss and legacy Minolta a-mount lens. Stamina power for up to 740 shots, Auto Pop-up Flash and many more features make DSLR model an excellent choice for your favorite new hobby.

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A300
Superb image quality delivers great shots
Alpha DSLR-A300 Highlights

10.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD
Superb image quality gives you great DSLR shots right from the start, with a large APS-size CCD imager developed by Sony to expand dynamic range, and minimize noise more effectively for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity setting (up to ISO 3200).

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A300
Live Preview of your subject
The DSLR-A300’s Live Preview mode links you and your subject on a large 2.7-inch LCD screen, for a familiar point-and-shoot style -- with super-quick AF response and accurate exposure control to help you catch the perfect moment. In Live Preview mode, the camera bypasses the optical pentaprism mirror to create a live "eye-to-eye" view of loved ones, children, pets and fast-changing scenes.

Continuous shooting while viewing
The DSLR-A300 lets you shoot continuously at up to 3 frames per second while you see your subject in the viewfinder2, so you never lose track of the action. In JPEG mode, you can shoot up to the limit of your flash memory card; in RAW Burst Mode you can capture up to 6 shots, with intelligent buffer management to allow more shots to be captured without waiting for the buffer to clear.

Smart teleconverter 2x zoom
At the touch of a button you can zoom in electronically on your subject, reproducing pixels on a 1:1 basis with no degradation in picture quality. One touch zooms in at 1.4X, the second touch advances to 2X zoom -- creating the 35mm equivalent of a 200mm telephoto effect with the DSLR-A300’s standard 18-70mm zoom lens.

Alpha DSLR-A300 Highlights
Expanded ISO for low-light image quality
Expanded ISO sensitivity
A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the DSLR-A300 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light -- with High ISO Noise Reduction technology that reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion.

Alpha DSLR-A300 Highlights
Super SteadyShot in action
Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization
Because image stabilization is built into the DSLR-A300, every lens benefits by an advantage of from 2.5 to 3.5 exposure steps. This allows you to shoot effectively with minimum blur even in low light without flash -- or adjust exposure control for smaller lens aperture, to increase depth of field and bring both foreground and background into sharp focus.

Bionz image processor
The "brain" of the Alpha DSLR-A300 is the advanced Sony Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, improved white balance and exposure control, and expanded D-Range Optimizer capabilities. With 2-channel data transfer from CCD to processor, your camera can also respond faster.

1200-zone evaluative metering
Exposure information from the image sensor dedicated to Live View is divided into 1200 zones of luminance and RGB color information. In addition D-Range Optimizer technology contributes to judge the scene and then determine the optimum exposure to reproduce images with a more natural look.

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A300
Dynamic Range Optimizer delivers precision photos
Dynamic Range Optimizer
To improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare, the DSLR-A300 provides Dynamic Range Optimizer at two levels: Normal DRO, to improve detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO, to adjust dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision.

Anti-Dust technology
Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to keep the CCD imager cleaner for better pictures, the DSLR-A300 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

Auto Pop-up flash
The camera flash automatically pops up and fires when needed, to help first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively. Auto Pop-up works in Auto mode and some scene selection modes; Flash is cancelled in Landscape, Sport or Sunset modes and in "Flash Off" position on the Exposure Mode dial.

Eye-Start autofocus system
It begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye -- so unlike some DSLR cameras that don’t start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed, the Sony DSLR-A300 never slows down your ability to catch fast action.

9-point center cross AF sensor
A fast focus motor and improved focus control help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, with predictive focus control that automatically calculates the position of a fast-moving subject.

Tiltable 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen
A large built-in screen with 2-way angle tilt provides a sharp, clear view of your subject and tilts up or down for low-angle or high-angle monitoring in situations where you want a child-level or overhead shot.

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A300
Scene Selection modes
Along with auto exposure, the DSLR-A300 gives you scene selection modes to optimize camera performance for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night Portrait/Night View situations.

Creative Style Settings
To express your creativity and personal taste, you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings for any of 8 finishing styles -- including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W and Adobe RGB modes.

Index and Slide Show Display
To quickly review your photos, the DSLR-A300 can display 4, 9 or 25-frame index views -- or present automatic slide shows with fade-in/fade-out effect.

High-resolution thumbnails for PhotoTV HD viewing
The DSLR-A300 automatically creates high-resolution thumbnail images for viewing on Sony’s BRAVIA HDTV in optimized PhotoTV HD mode, with image format adjustable for standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 display.

Function Guide Display
On-screen menus are intuitive and easy to use -- and a simple Camera Function Display can be activated and operated with one hand using the "Fn" (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer.

Stamina Battery Power
In optical viewfinder mode, you can take up to 750 shots3 on a fully charged NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery -- and you’ll be able to see about how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

High-capacity media options
For conveniently storing and sharing your images, the DSLR-A300 accepts CompactFlash Type I/II media and optional Memory Stick Pro Duo media.

Optional advanced lenses and system accessories
Sony’s Alpha system gives you everything you need to expand your creativity in DSLR photography: precision Sony DT zoom lenses and specialty lenses, Sony "G" Series lenses with advanced motorized autofocusing, amazingly bright Carl Zeiss lens designs, professional-quality flash units, and over 16 million Minolta a-mount lenses sold worldwide.

Product Description

Sony Alpha DSLRA300K 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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… Read more ›
I've had this camera for close to a year and still love it. It takes beautiful pictures with little effort and has a ton of options if you want to delve in to them. The… Read more ›
My first additional lens…With this lens, I am now a novice who spent way less than a grand and can even shoot good pictures indoors without a flash in many conditions. Read more ›
Those who simply want a point-and-shoot simplicity can set it on automatic and get great looking shots. Read more ›
I've used the camera on…Now, I'm just an amateur photographer, but I've been at this for about 12 years and this camera really takes beautiful shots, both indoors and out. Read more ›
I myself want to be in the…When camera set to live view, it will turn to a point shoot setting and people who have a very limited experience can still take good picture. Read more ›
w…It also has a tilt up screen, anti-dust vibration and many other features, All that and it is easy to use, with a great 18-70mm kit lens, for a bargin price for a 10mb dslr. Read more ›
This camera is fairly simple and easy to use and once you really get familiar with it (take some time to get familiar with the various features and settings). You will… Read more ›
Great camera for the price. Easy to use. Great pictures in the auto mode. Read more ›
I really love this camera. It is very easy to use. I was so happy to know that my Minolta lens and flash were compatible. Read more ›
The is lowest price DSLR carera that has the realtime lcd view. It's very good and easy to use, the picture is very clear. Read more ›
I prefer the 300 over the Nikons and Canons because of the lower price (about $100 less) and also because it is easier to use and has some more features like the ability to… Read more ›
The stock 18-70 f3.5-5.6 kit lens is nice, but I'm starting to lust after faster glass. I also purchased a Tamron 70-300mm zoom lens for the Sony which has been great for… Read more ›
I've been completely satisfied with it. I originally decided on Sony because the ability to re-use my old Minolta Maxxum lenses (which is a huge plus). The Live View was a… Read more ›
It did not help that I got dust on the…The one constant on all the pictures regardless of which mode I used was a lack of sharpness with either lens, in any zoom range. I… Read more ›
moreover sigma and tamron are already making excellent quality lenses for sony SLRs, stop fretting about flashes and lenses, if the body feels right, whether it's… Read more ›
That is lens I use the most. I really like that lens and the results I get with it and the A300. For me it came down to value, liveview, and image stabilization within the… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
The LCD is way better than the Canon XSi for sure, giving you a much better review of the picture. The menu is easy to handle and the controls are really good. However, the… Read more ›
Since I am new to digital SLRs the Menu ease of use was a big deal. The Menu is easy to use, I hardly used the users manual. Read more ›
Camera Battery rocks, Decent options for Lense from G, DT and Ziess Lense. Read more ›
The fully functional Live View [with real AF, tilt LCD and automatic viewfinder curtain] adds an exciting and useful facility [especially on tripod with a remote shutter… Read more ›
This is an outstanding camera. A perfect balance between options and simplicity. And boy is it fast. Read more ›
I upgraded from a Minolta 5D and I think I'll miss the depth of field preview as well. Small price to pay for all the other great features. Read more ›
Sharp pics! Flip screen is awesome! Move over Canon and Nikon ! Read more ›
I don't use the flash much so it really doesn't bother me. The ability to preview your shots with the LCD is a nice feature, but only use it when you absolutely have to. I… Read more ›
Come 2008, I felt it was time to get my feet wet again. All dSLR's have huge screens (remember the 1.5 inch ones of yesteryear?) and there are more choices than ever before. Read more ›
The ability to…I recently took 400 shots using only the LCD and the pictures all looked great on the LCD, but they were over/underexposed when I uploaded them to my PC. T… Read more ›
1. Large LCD screen with tilt- I have loved tilting screens since I first got my Sony DSC 30 back in 2000. In fact, all my dig. cameras can tilt- Kyocera SL300R, Nikon S4,… Read more ›
I also like the live view with its x 1.4 and X 2 which adds extra zoom to any lens(ONLY ON LIVE VIEW) the flip screen lcd is useful when shooting with live view. to shoot… Read more ›
Modestly, I thought this was one of the best decisions I…The camera is amazing, it looks beautiful, it takes very, very good pictures, and the price is unbelievably good! Read more ›
Good Camera for price. It has an amazing focus. Read more ›
After researching all the available DSLR's cameras online with in depth reviews from reputable unbiased sites, I found the sony alpha 300k, to be the best price/product… Read more ›
10MP - this is the sweet spot for price and capability. The Alpha 350 has 14MP, but I decided to save the money and buy a few accessories right away. Read more ›
camera takes good pictures, good for the price. It has everything i was looking for in my first digital slr camera. super steady shot image stabillization is a plus for me,… Read more ›
I did read the manual the second day and now I can get even better shots of flying geese…The auto focus is great for someone trying to get that once in a lifetime shot. I… Read more ›
I am still learning to take advantage of all the dslr goodies, but it is simple to take professional looking…The articulating live-view and auto-focus are nearly perfect. Read more ›
Good Camera for price. It has an amazing focus. It takes action pictures great. Read more ›
Again, what caught my eye was the live-view feature that Sony implemented in a innovative way which does not hinder the camera's performance (especially the quick focus)… Read more ›
I also bought a tripod (recommended) and so tilting the lcd screen came in really useful when the tripod…The camera feels great in the hand and the buttons are well placed. Read more ›
I have already transitioned into only…They are easily controlled and can be changed on the fly, while photographing your subject matter, by a simple button and a dial. Read more ›
The camera has lots of buttons so I don't have to go searching through menus and if I do need to do something that doesn't have its own button, the Fn button generally gets… Read more ›
The controls are not bad. I would prefer more dials and less menus; however, the critical functions are readily accessible through the function button. Read more ›
The price of the camera means that I did compare it with prosumer…Many of them were had incredible zooms, but were correspondingly heavier eg Fujifilm s100fs is almost 1kg. Read more ›
In terms of user friendliness,…I can take most genral photos on auto, but I still need to consult the manual for some things, like how to zoom in when viewing taken photos. Read more ›
I shot on auto mode! Sports shots come out great, the clarity and speed are really wonderful for an amateur photog. Read more ›
I researched affordable DSLR cameras and chose the A300 for its rear screen viewing when desired, its 'in the camera body' anti shake system, its comfortable shape and… Read more ›
4. IMAGE QUALITY. I hear complaints that the A300 doesn't perform well in high ISO settings. I think it performs superbly. Read more ›
We really need more critical…The 14mp will give a superior image in good lighting, when ISO values (the fake "film" speeds) can be set to higher quality settings. You… Read more ›
The results are stunning. Clear, vibrant colors (all photos shot at 10mp.) I can even zoom in another 50% and the photos still look good. Read more ›
As far as color and quality goes for A300 pictures, I've been very pleased. Well-exposed shots feature vivid color. The A300 color settings can be customized to your liking… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

127 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Grant on May 11, 2008
Style Name: A300 w/ 18-70mm Lens
Having previously reviewed the Alpha 200 and 350, it seems a bit silly to review the Alpha 300. After all, the Alpha 300 is a 200 with Live View, or a 350 with 10 megapixels instead of 14mp. Right?

Well, pretty much that's the case. But there is also a corresponding price difference. Is Live View worth an extra $100? Is 14mp worth an extra $200?

For my money, yes, Live View is worth the $100 because of the way Sony has implemented this feature. Unlike most systems, you won't see a loss in autofocusing performance (or a loss of autofocus completely), nor will you alter the way the exposure and white balance are determined. Add to this the articulated screen that makes extremely low or high angle shots easier, and I say "YES"! Any drawbacks? Yes, this screen is a bit thicker, and pushes you back a bit when looking through the camera. Also, the way Sony implements Live View does mean you only see 90 percent of what you'll get on the image.

OK, is 14mp worth the extra $200? I don't know, but I don't think so. We really need more critical comparisons from people with true scientific methods of measuring the difference in image quality, but there are a few assumptions that will probably hold true, based on previous cameras. The 14mp will give a superior image in good lighting, when ISO values (the fake "film" speeds) can be set to higher quality settings. You won't see this difference on an 8x10 standard photo, but probably could in very big enlargements or severe cropping of photos. Keep in mind that the "1.4x and 2x teleconverter" option you have with Live View is nothing more than cropping, with 2x dropping your effective megapixels in half.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Gil on May 14, 2008
Style Name: A300 w/ 18-70mm Lens & 55-200 Lens
I had to choose between the a200, a300 and a350. Like another reviewer said, I think the a300 hits the sweetspot. The Live view is a feature that I might have to add to my list of requirements for future upgrades.

One of the things that annoyed me about shooting with a dslr were my glasses. To prevent them from being smudged, I'd flip them up when pressing my face against the eyepiece. Spend an entire day doing this and it becomes a royal PITA. I've only used the camera for about a week so far and I can already see that I'll be relying on Live view a lot.

The other major benefits of Live view are: 1) being able to shoot pics from the ground level perspective (great for kids and dogs) without multiple trial and errors or crouching/laying on the ground (my back thanks me), and 2) shooting over a crowd of heads, fence, glass partition, etc.

The image doesn't track as smooth as I'd hoped, but it's good enough for framing the shot. It shows you the autofocus points as well as providing a live histogram (i love it!).

I upgraded from a Minolta 5D and I think I'll miss the depth of field preview as well. Small price to pay for all the other great features.

In summary, get this camera if you're not heavily invested in other lens systems. I haven't checked out the competition since I'm one of the surviving members of the Minolta clan, but I'm sure others have competent implementations as well.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Robert Correll on May 17, 2008
Style Name: A300 w/ 18-70mm Lens
My first DSLR, and I am very satisfied.

Why I bought it:

Live View - excellent implementation. This was my number one purchase point for this camera. Fast switching to and from the Optical Viewfinder. You can use Live View outside of the studio and it acts just like a standard consumer digital camera screen. Screen tilts, which is handy.

10MP - this is the sweet spot for price and capability. The Alpha 350 has 14MP, but I decided to save the money and buy a few accessories right away.

RAW+JPEG - I wanted a camera that shot RAW+JPEG and didn't skimp on the JPEG. You can shoot high-quality JPEG and RAW at the same time.

Great photos - has to do that.

Good surprises after I got the camera and started using it:

Ease of Use - very easy to start using right out of the box (recharge the battery first).

Steady Shot - gives me the confidence to shoot without a tripod and it has a nice readout on the LCD that tells you when you're shaking.

Battery life - I've been taking quite a few photos the last week and have yet to recharge the internal battery.

Display Button - easy to press and review your photos. Very easy to get back to shooting.

Minor Bad Point - in-camera flash is very low and kit lens casts a shadow if you are too close to your subject. I got an HVL-F36AM external flash with the camera so I don't have to worry about this too much.

Some mention that the viewfinder is small, but I used it all day today because of the bright sunlight and was happy with it. I was sitting in our vehicle and noticed a tank in my side mirror. I decided to take the photo using auto focus but that didn't work, so I focused manually on the tank about 30 yards behind me through the driver's side window in the left side mirror and got a perfectly sharp picture using the Optical Viewfinder.

Great camera!!
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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful By TAGOLDSTEIN on November 11, 2008
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I purchased the Sony A300 5 months ago through J&R Music World. The camera came to me quickly and with no apparent problems. Since then I have used the camera several times to take photos of my grandchildren and also some landscapes. I always mount the camera on a sturdy tripod. When it is not being used, it is stored in a padded camera case. The last time I turned on my camera the LCD showed a white screen with just a couple of lines running through it. I did not bang it, drop it or otherwise abuse it. The camera comes with a 1 year warranty. Since I purchased a Sony product I did not expect to have a problem with them honoring my warranty. They gave me instructions to send it to Precision Camera Repair. After about a week I checked Precision's online repair status and I had a message saying that repairs were delayed because they were waiting for payment. When I called they told me that the camera showed some small scratches on it's base so the camera was obviously abused and therefore they would have to charge me $254 to repair it! I went ballistic. Precision's customer service person told me that maybe they could reduce the repair cost and immediately reduced the charge to $175. Now you may say that my argument should not be with Sony. It should be with Precision Camera. However when I called Sony Customer Relations they refused to intercede and told me I was out of luck. My argument is with Sony because they are using an obviously unscrupulous repair service. How do I know they are unscrupulous? Because I have since found out that what they did to me, they have also done to other people. There are many complaints about them at these websites: [...]
[...] Sony's Customer Relations Department turned a deaf ear to my complaint. I had no choice but to pay for a repair that should have been covered by the warranty.
I am very disappointed with the durability of this camera and the way Sony handled my problem.
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