Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Kit
10.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm lens (Black)
Item #: 158A330L
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Item #: 158A330L
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $479.99
Sony's Alpha DSLR-A330 delivers the exceptional image quality and rapid responsiveness that digital SLRs are famous for. It also offers a compact, easy-to-use design that's sure to please both first-time and experienced photographers alike. The supplied 18-55mm Sony zoom lens gives you crisp pics and versatile, all around performance for everyday use. You can add optional wide-angle, closeup, or long-range telephoto lenses to optimize the 'A330 for different shooting situations.
High-resolution 10.2-megapixel photos
The 'A330 has what it takes to deliver beautiful, accurate photographs. Sony's 10.2-megapixel image sensor offers more than enough detail for cropping out portions of a shot, blowing them up, and printing them at large sizes. The sensor also handles an extended range of ISO (film speed equivalent) sensitivity that's ideal for accurate shooting in tricky conditions, especially indoor and low-light environments. Finally, the sensor's wide dynamic range combined with the speed of Sony's proprietary image processor permits faithful rendering of complex subjects, like sunny highlights on a subject with plenty of shadow.
Enjoy spotless, blur-free pictures
The 'A330's built-in image stabilization technology minimizes unwanted blur caused by an unsteady hand. This system physically shifts the position of the image sensor to compensate for camera shake, maintaining optimum picture sharpness. Because the system is built into the camera instead of the lens, you can take advantage of its benefits with any lens you use. The same technology that keeps your images blur-free also helps to keep them spotless. Every time you power off the camera, the sensor-shifting system vibrates to dislodge any dust particles that might have accumulated.
Easy shooting from any angle
Unlike some digital SLRs, this camera gives you two ways to compose and shoot your pictures. You can frame your photos with the 'A330's traditional optical viewfinder. A handy autofocus feature begins focusing your picture as soon as you bring your eye to the viewfinder no need to press down the shutter-release button halfway. Or, spot your subjects and frame your shots using the camera's responsive live view LCD just like you would with a point-and-shoot camera. The LCD's tilt-screen design lets you adjust it up or down for super-convenient shooting from tricky high- or low-angle positions.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
I am very happy with this camera. I read many reviews and shopped around before
purchasing it. The picture quality is better than expected and we love all the features.
I defiantly recommend this camera.
This is a great camera for a beginner or semi-beginner. We are taking a class this weekend to learn the full in and outs of this item. We took this to our son's football camp and were amazed with the pictures. I defenitly recommend a telephoto lens with this purchase. As far as Crutchfield everything was delivered as promised and in perfect condition. We will use again and again.
|LCD Screen Size||2.7"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27mm-82.5mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||1.02e+007|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||3872 x 2592|
|HD Video Recording||No|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||29.85|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Sony DSLR-A330L package contains the A330 camera body and the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens. The A330 features an intuitive button layout allows for easy single-handed operation.
Adjustable Angle LCD Monitor: The camera uses a 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Plus screen with 5-step adjustable brightness. This design makes it easy to read the camera's setup menus even in bright sunlight. To assist you in focusing and framing shots from difficult angles, the monitor can be tilted downward to a 45° angle, and can be tilted upward to a 90° angle.
Live View: The A330 allows you to select between Live View (using the 2.7" LCD screen) and the Optical Viewfinder (OVF) to frame your shots. A two-way switch on the top of the camera is used for selecting the desired mode. When using Live View, the recorded image will likely be different from the image shown in the LCD monitor, especially in low-light situations, or when the flash is used. The battery capacity using Live View is approximately half of the capacity when in the Viewfinder mode.
Optical Viewfinder: The DSLR-A330 uses a fixed eye-level, penta-Dach mirror viewfinder with a 95% field of view. The built-in diopter-adjustment dial, located just to the right of the viewfinder, allows you to focus the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Eye-Start Autofocus System: The Eye-Start Autofocus System allows the DSLR-A330L camera to begin its precision autofocus adjustment the moment you raise the camera to your eye. This cuts down focusing time so your camera is ready to capture the shot.
10.2 MP APS-C Imager: The large 23.6 x15.8mm APS-C size imager with Sony's advanced design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing the sensitivity and reducing noise. This technology provides greater detail when you make big prints or crop in close on your subject. The camera's imager features 10,800,000 gross pixels and 10,200,000 effective pixels.
Anti-Dust Technology: To keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the DSLR-A330 camera utilizes a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter. In addition, an anti-dust vibration automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.
SteadyShot INSIDE: The camera is equipped with SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, which compensates for shaky hands, to enable you to take crisp, sharp pictures at shutter speeds 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 steps slower than would otherwise be possible without a flash or using a tripod. SteadyShot INSIDE works with every lens, including Sony zoom, advanced Sony G-Series, pro-quality Carl Zeiss lens designs, and Minolta ±-mount lenses.
BIONZ Image Processor: The advanced BIONZ image processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry that responds 10 times faster than software image processors. This reduces noise, improves white balance and exposure control to give you clear, sharp pictures even at high sensitivity settings.
Dual Slot Memory Card Compatibility: The DSLR-A330 has dual slots for inserting two types of memory cards. The camera is compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, as well as SD and SDHC Memory cards. You can easily select which memory card you want to use by sliding the memory card switch to the desired position. Memory Stick PRO Duo media with a capacity of up to 16 GB and SD memory cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB have been confirmed to operate properly in this camera.
Image Formats: The Sony DSLR-A330L can shoot still images in the JPEG and RAW (uncompressed) formats. You can also select RAW + JPEG to create two image files: a JPEG image for viewing and a RAW image for editing. When shooting in JPEG, you can select an appropriate image compression rate, Fine or Standard, depending upon the image quality you desire.
Image Size: You can set the image size you want to record based on the aspect ratio you set:
|Aspect Ratio 3:2|
|L:10M||3872 x 2592 pixels|
|M:5.6M||2896 x 1936 pixels|
|S:2.5M||1920 x 1280 pixels|
|Aspect Ratio 16:9|
|L:8.4M||3872 x 2176 pixels|
|M:4.7M||2896 x 1632 pixels|
|S:2.1M||1920 x 1088 pixels|
Image Capacity: The number of recordable images when the camcorder is set to Image Size L10M and an aspect ratio of 3:2. The capacity of Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD Memory Cards differ slightly:
|Size / Capacity||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB||16GB|
|Raw & JPEG||48||98||195||392||797|
SD Memory Card:
|Size / Capacity||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB||16GB|
|Raw & JPEG||47||96||194||392||797|
Smart Teleconverter: The A330 allows you to quickly zoom in to a subject using the Smart Teleconverter feature. When shooting in the Live View, one press of the Smart Teleconverter button (located on the top of the camera) zooms in approximately 1.4x. A second press of the button zooms in to approximately 2x. The image size is automatically changed to "M" for 1.4x (with a resolution of 2768 x 1840) and "S" for 2.0x with a resolution of 2032 x 1360.
Help Guide: An on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings. The Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results. For more advanced photographers, the Help Guide and Graphic Display can be turned off, allowing you to perform the next operation more quickly.
Exposure Modes: The Auto mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any conditions, because the camera automatically chooses the settings depending upon the subject and lighting situation. By turning the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from the following Exposure Modes:
Shooting Modes: When shooting in the Program (P), Aperture-Priority (A), Shutter-Priority (S), or Manual (M) modes, you can set the camera as follows:
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
High Sensitivity: Broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the DSLR-A330 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light. High ISO Noise Reduction technology reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion.
Flash Mode: The Sony DSLR-A330 features a built-in flash. In a dark location, using the flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly and it also helps to prevent camera shake. When shooting into the sun, you can use the flash to shoot a bright image of the backlit subject. The camera offers the following Flash Modes:
Flash Compensation: When shooting with the flash, you can adjust the amount of flash light alone, without changing the exposure compensation. You can only change exposure of a main subject which is within the flash range.
AF Illuminator: The built-in AF illuminator function may fire the flash to enables the camera to focus when the subject is poorly lit. The AF illuminator works in a range between 1 and 5 meters (3.3' to 16.4').
Noise Reduction: This feature is used to reduce the grainy noise typical in long exposures or high ISO settings. When you set the shutter speed to a second or longer, Long Exposure Noise Reduction is turned on for the same duration that the shutter is open. When shooting with the ISO set at 1600 or above, the camera reduces the noise that becomes more noticeable when the camera sensitivity is high (High ISO NR). Both NR settings can be turned on or off independently.
Histogram Display: A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Optics: The DSLR-A330L camera kit features the Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens. The DT lens is a more compact, lightweight lens, designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in the Sony DSLR-A330. The lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange telephoto shots with ease.
Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the zooming ring to set the desired focal length. The 18-55mm lens features a 3.0x optical zoom.
Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus or manual focus mode. You can switch between focusing modes using the 2-way switch on the lens barrel.
Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.727", Length=3.027" to 3.441" (without lens caps).
|Lens||DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM|
|Angle of View||76° to 29°|
|Minimum Focus||0.82' (9.84")|
Optional Lenses: In addition to the supplied lens, the DSLR-A330 can use any of the Sony α (alpha) lenses, most Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses, and third party lenses with the Sony/Minolta bayonet-type mount.
Auto Review: This feature allows you to check a recorded image on the LCD monitor right after the shooting. The length of the display time can be adjusted.
Image Playback: When you press the playback button, the last recorded image is displayed on the LCD monitor. You can view the image with or without the recording data showing, and with a histogram display.
Image Index: This feature allows you to view your pictures 4, 9, or 25 images at a time.
Slide Show: Plays back all recorded image in order in a Slide Show fashion. The slide show automatically stops after all the images have been played back, or you can set the slide show to repeat. You can also adjust the interval between images (default is 3 seconds).
Rotating an Image: You can rotate a playback image upside down or horizontally. You can copy rotated images to a computer depending on your computer's software.
Enlarge Images: This camera allows you to enlarge an image for closer examination. The scaling range depends upon the image size: Large image (1.1x to 12x), Medium image (1.1x to 9.1x), Small image (1.1x to 6.1x).
PhotoTV HD Compatibility: The DSLR-A330 is compatible with the "PhotoTV HD" standard. With an optional HDMI cable (mini-HDMI to HDMI) you can share your photos in high definition. If you connect the camera to a compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV, the TV automatically switches to Photo mode and begins playback of the images. If the TV supports BRAVIA Sync, you can operate the camera with the TV's remote control.
Printing Options: There are four ways you can print your pictures from your camera.
Lithium Ion Battery: The supplied NP-FH50 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery lets you take up to 510 shots with the viewfinder or 230 shots in Live View on a full charge based on CIPA standard. With a fully depleted battery, a normal charge takes approximately 205 minutes, while a full charge requires approximately 265 minutes.
Copying Images To A Computer: Using the camera's USB port and supplied USB cable you can copy images to your computer from an inserted memory card. The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to the camera to import images:
Application Software CD-ROM: The Sony DSLR-A330 comes supplied with an Application Software CD-ROM which contains the following software programs.
Recommended Computer Environments:
|Compatible Software||Image Data Converter SR
Image Data Lightbox SR
|Picture Motion Browser||Image Data Converter SR
Image Data Lightbox SR
|OS||Windows XP SP3
Windows Vista SP1
|Mac OS X v.10.4/v10.5|
|CPU/Memory||Pentium 4 or faster
1 GB RAM or more
|Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (800 MHz or
256MB RAM or more (512MB RAM or more recommended)
|Power PC G4/G5
1.0 GHz or faster
Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo
|Hard Disk||---||500 MB or more for installation||1 GB or more|
|Display||1024 x 768 dots or more||1024 x 768 dots or more|
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