About the Sony DSLR-A300 Kit
Sony's Alpha DSLR-A300 treats you to crisp, 10.2-megapixel pictures and an array of photo-taking conveniences designed to help you get that perfect shot.
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 'A300's traditional optical viewfinder. Or, spot your subjects and frame your shots using the camera's responsive Live Preview LCD just like you would with a point-and-shoot camera. Plus, the LCD's tilt-screen design lets you adjust it up or down for super-convenient shooting from tricky high- or low-angle positions.
Enjoy spotless, blur-free pictures
The 'A300's built-in image stabilization system minimizes blurry pictures caused by camera shake, and works with any lens you use. You can also count on spotless pictures thanks to anti-dust technology that uses vibration to shake dust off the sensor each time you power down the camera.
Versatile SLR design
The 'A300's comfortable rubberized hand grip and well-balanced body make it easy to hold. The supplied 18-70mm Sony zoom lens provides crisp pics and versatile shooting you can capture everything from big group shots at short range to close-ups of your subjects at a distance. Save your images to optional CompactFlash® memory cards (no memory included).
- 10.2-megapixel effective recording
- APS-C-size CCD image sensor (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
- 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-105mm)
- compatible with Sony Alpha and Minolta A-type bayonet mount autofocus lenses
- Super SteadyShot® image stabilization
- anti-dust technology to keep image sensor clean
- 2-11/16" tilt-screen LCD with Live Preview mode
- eye-level SLR viewfinder with dioptric adjustment
- 9-point autofocus with center cross-type sensor for accurate, high-speed focusing
- Eye-Start® Autofocus System begins focusing your picture as soon as you bring your eye to the viewfinder
- JPEG image size options: 3872 x 2592; 2896 x 1936; 1920 x 1280
- JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG shooting modes
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-3200
- shutter speed range: 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
- drive mode: 3 frames per second with viewfinder, 2 frames per second using Live Preview mode (up to 6 frames in a row in RAW mode, unlimited frames in JPEG mode)
- custom white balance settings
- spot metering mode
- built-in auto pop-up flash
- flash sync: 1/160 second
- accessory shoe
- memory card slot accepts CompactFlash® (Type I and II), and Microdrive (also accepts Memory Stick® PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo via an optional CF card adapter) no memory card included; must be purchased separately
- PictBridge capability
- high-speed USB interface
- NTSC/PAL video output
- 5-1/4"W x 4"H x 3"D (without lens)
- weight (body only): 20.5 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- Sony 18-70mm lens
- AC battery charger
- lithium ion rechargeable battery (NP-FM500H)
- video cable
- USB cable
- neck strap
- front and rear lens caps
- lens hood
- body cap
- software CD-ROMs (PC & Mac)
- MFR # DSLRA300K
What's in the box:
- DSLR-A300 Sony camera with attached body cap
- DT18-70mm f3.5-5.6 Sony zoom lens with front and rear lens cap and lens hood
- NP-FM500H rechargeable InfoLithium battery (7.2V/11.8Wh)
- BC-VM10 Battery charger
- 62" AC cord
- 56" USB cable (has a USB type A connector on one end and a mini USB connector on the other end)
- 60" Video cable with an RCA composite video connector on one end and a Sony proprietary plug on the other
- Adjustable camera strap
- Viewfinder cover
- CD-ROM Application Software
- a300 Instruction Manual
- SAL1870 Lens Operating Instructions
- Quick Start Guide
- Limited Warranty
- On-Line Registration
- Shutterfly offer
- Sony Accessories brochure
- Sony Lens brochure
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.7"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-105mm|
|Sensor Size||23.6 x 15.8 mm|
|Highest Resolution||3872 x 2592|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||31.7125|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Live View LCD Monitor: The DSLR-A300K uses a 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Plus screen with 230,4000 pixels and adjustable brightness. The camera features a Live View mode which allows you to use the camera's LCD monitor to take photos similar to a point-and-shoot camera. In the Live View mode, the camera bypasses the optical pentaprism mirror to create a live "eye-to-eye" view on the LCD monitor for your subject and/or fast-changing scenes. The large built-in screen also features a 2-way angle tilt to provide a sharp, clear view of your subject and tilts up or down for low-angle or high-angle monitoring situations where you want a child-level or overhead shot. In addition, this design makes it easy to read the camera's setup menus even in bright sunlight and gives you better visibility when you use the screen to view your recorded images.
Optical Viewfinder: The DSLR-A300K uses a fixed eye-level penta-Dach-mirror type viewfinder which allows for a 95% field of view. The optical viewfinder features a diopter adjustment to adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight. The LCD monitor automatically turns off when looking into the viewfinder. This feature allows the DSLR-A300K camera to begin its precision autofocus adjustment the moment you bring your eye to the viewfinder which allows you capture fast-action subjects.
10.2 MP Super HAD CCD: A 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' Super HAD CCD features 10,800,000 gross pixels and 10,200,000 effective pixels.
Bionz Image Processor: By using hardware-based LSI (Large Scale Integrated) circuitry that responds ten times faster than software image processors the camera's response time is faster, the Dynamic Range Optimization processing is improved and battery life is extended.
Dynamic Range Optimizer: To recover details in dark or bright areas of the picture, the DSLR-A300K camera provides two levels of Dynamic Range Optimization:
- Normal Pro: This setting improves shadow detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time.
- Advanced Pro: This setting adjusts the dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision.
Anti-Dust Technology: To keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the DSLR-A300K camera utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and ant-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.
Super Steadyshot In-Camera Image Stabilization: When you shoot in low light, the shutter remains open longer; so to compensate for shaky hands or fast-moving subjects allowing the Super Steadyshot system to automatically reduce image blur. Because the feature is built into the camera and not the lens you will get the benefit of Super SteadyShot stabilization with every compatible lens you use.
Digital Zoom: The DSLR-A300K features a digital zoom during Live View mode. The camera features a digital zoom scale which allows the camera to zoom in on your subject without degradation. The camera will digitally zoom in approximately 1.4x that of the connected lens when the camera is set to record an image size of 2768 x 1840 pixels or it can digitally zoom in approximately 2.0x that of the connected lens when the camera is set to record a smaller image size of 2032 x 1360 pixels.
Note: If the Image Quality setting is set to RAW or RAW+J, the digital zoom is unavailable.
Shooting Mode: You can set the shutter button to shoot in six methods using the camera's Drive button.
- Single Frame Advance: Default setting for standard picture taking. Shoots single picture with each press of Drive button.
- Shooting Continuously: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at 2 images per second when using the LCD monitor and 3 images per seconds when using the Viewfinder. The number of continuous shooting images obtainable has an upper limit - Fine/Standard (No limit/until memory card is full), RAW+JPEG (3 images), and RAW (6 images)
You can set the camera to two different self-timers.
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- Continuous Exposure Bracket:
The camera can shoot three continuous images with the exposures shifted
automatically. It uses 2 settings.
- Bracket 0.3Ev continuous: This setting shoots images continuously with exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 step.
- Bracket 0.7Ev continuous: This setting shoots images continuously with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.7 step.
- Single Exposure Bracket: The camera can shoot frame by frame with exposure value
shifted automatically. It uses 2 settings.
- Bracket 0.3Ev single: This setting shoots images frame by frame with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 step.
- Bracket 0.7Ev single: This setting shoots images frame by frame with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.7 step.
- White Balance Bracket Shooting:
Based on the selected white balance, and color temperature, three pictures
are taken while automatically shifting the color temperature. One shot
records three frames of an image in following order - image with "normal
white balance", image with "paler colors", and image with "reddish colors".
The camera uses two setting for this feature.
- Bracket WB (L): This setting shifts the white balance by 10 mired (a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters) when taking a picture.
- Bracket WB (H): Shifts the white balance by 20 mired when taking a picture.
Focus Modes: The Sony DSLR-A300K features Auto Focus and Manual Focus. The camcorder's 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor features a fast focus motor and improved focus control which help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, with predictive focus control that automatically calculates the position of a fast-moving subject. You can change the auto focus mode and the auto focus area to suit your shooting application.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually.
- AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 4 modes.
- Single-Shot AF: This mode is used when shooting a motionless subject
- Continuous AF: This mode is used when the subject is in motion.
- Automatic AF: This mode automatically switches between single-shot AF and continuous AF depending on the subject's motion.
- AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 3 settings.
- Wide AF Area: The camera determines which of the nine local focus frames is used in focusing with the wide focus frame.
- Spot AF Area: The camera uses the spot focus frame exclusively.
- Local AF Area: You can choose a local focus frame from the nine frames.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. The AF assist illuminator will operate within a 11" range.
Exposure Modes: The Sony DSLR-A300K features the following exposure modes.
- Auto Adjustment: This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically depending entirely on the camera
- Scene Selection: This mode allows you to shot with preset settings according
to the scene.
- Portrait: This setting shoots with the backgrounds blurred out and the subject is sharpened.
- Landscape: This setting shoots scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
- Macro: This setting shoots close subjects such as flowers or insects. You can achieve clear and sharp focus.
- Sports Actions: This setting shoots moving subjects outdoors or in bright places.
- Sunset: This setting shoots the red of the sunset beautifully.
- Night View/Portrait: This shutter speed is slower so using a tripod is
- Night Portrait: This setting shoots portraits in dark places. Pull up flash to use it.
- Night View: This setting shoot night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings. Do not use the flash on this setting.
- Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value). You can
temporarily change the aperture value and shutter speed combination that was
adjusted by the camera using two methods.
- P/s shift: You can choose the desired shutter speed and the aperture value is adjusted automatically.
- P/a shift: You can choose the desired aperture value and the shutter speed is adjusted automatically.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allow you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually. You can adjust the amount of light that passes through the lens.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter
- High Shutter Speed: The moving subject appears as if frozen on the image.
- Slow Shutter Speed: The moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure:
This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually (Both
the shutter speed and the aperture value).
- Manual Shift: You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without changing the exposure in manual mode.
- Bulb (Long Exposure) Shooting: In this setting as long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. You can shoot trails of light, such as fireworks.
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.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the DSLR-A300K 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.
Metering Mode: This Metering mode allows the camera to measure the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
- MultiSegment: This method divides the whole screen into 40 segments to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
White Balance (WB): You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. There are ten preset modes:
- Auto WB: The camera automatically detects a light source and adjusts the color tones.
- Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
- Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
- Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
- Tungsten: This mode adjusts for place where lighting conditions change quickly.
- Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for florescent lighting.
- Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
- Color Temperature: Sets the white balance by the color temperatures.
- Color Filter: Achieves the effect of CC (Color Compensation) filters for photography.
- Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light source, use of the custom white balance feature is recommended in order to accurately produce the whiteness.
Flash Mode: The Sony DSLR-A300K 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.
- Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
- Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires whenever the built-in flash is pulled up.
- Rear Sync: In rear sync mode the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired.
- Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed. In this mode the flash fires whenever the built-in flash pops up.
- Wireless: The camera can use the flash light to transmit signal to an external off-camera flash to produce a more three-dimensional image. (Requires optional HVL-56AM or HVL-F36AM)
- Flash Off: The flash will not fire even if the built-in flash pops up.
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.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function has combination of color tone, white balance, contrast, saturation and sharpness presets that are best for various shooting conditions and purposes:
- Standard: This setting reproduces various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful color.
- Vivid: This setting reproduces memorable scenery such as blue sky, sunsets, spring greenery, and autumn leaves with deep and vivid colors.
- Portrait: This setting accentuates the subject and softly reproduces skin tones.
- Landscape: This setting reproduces the scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
- Sunset: This setting beautifully reproduces the red of the sunset.
- Night View: This setting reproduces the light area vividly and the dark area crisply.
- B & W: This setting is for monochrome images.
- Adobe RGB: This setting uses the Adobe RGB color space.
Note: Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness can be adjusted manually for each Creative Style mode
Noise Reduction: This feature is used to reduce the grainy noise typical in a long exposure.
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.
Lithium Ion Battery with Stamina Power: The supplied NP-FM500H Lithium Ion rechargeable battery lets you take up to 730 shots using the viewfinder or 410 shots using the LCD monitor on a full charge based on CIPA standard. It recharges quickly with supplied the battery charger. Using the supplied AC battery charger, you can charge the NP-FM500H in 235 minutes (Full Charge) or 175 minutes (Normal Charge).
Protect: You can protect images against accidental erasure.
Auto Review: This feature allows you to check a recorded image on the LCD monitor right after the shooting.
Playback Screen: There are 4 display settings to view you pictures back.
- Single Image Screen: This setting allows you to view one picture at a time.
- Folder Screen: This setting allows you to display your images by folders. Each folder contains nine images that will display on the screen.
- Index Screen: This setting allows you to view your pictures four, nine, or twenty-five 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.
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 from 1.1x to 12x based on image size.
Viewing Images on a TV Screen: The camera comes with a 60" video composite cable to hook up to your TV so you can view your still images back on your television.
Printing Options: There are fours ways you can print your pictures from your camera.
- Printing directly using a PictBridge compliant printer.
- Printing directly using a Memory Stick Duo, CF Card or Microdrive compliant printer:
- Printing using a computer with the supplied software and requirements.
- Printing from a picture station at a retail shop.
DT 18-70mm Zoom Lens: In 35mm equivalent terms, the supplied DT 18-70mm covers wide-angle 27mm to 105mm midrange telephoto for snapshots, portraits, interiors and more.
- DT Lens Design: The DT18-70mm lens is specially designed for the APS-size CCD imager used in Sony DSLR-A300K camera. APS-size sensors are smaller than a 35mm-format film frame, so the focal distance to cover the same field of view can be about 2/3 shorter, allowing a more compact lens design.
- Aspherical Lens Elements: This allows the lens to correct visual abnormalities at wide-angle setting, enabling the lightweight lens to capture more visually accurate wide--angle shots.
- ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass: This technology reduces color abnormalities at telephoto extension, correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.
- Circular Aperture: The aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots which allows spot-light sources to have a pleasing circular defocused effect
- Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the zooming ring to set the desired focal length. The lens features a 3.9x optical zoom.
- Focusing: The lens can be used in the
auto-focus or manual focus mode.
- Auto-Focus: when using the auto-focus, the camera focuses the lens automatically. Do not touch the focus ring when the camera is set to auto-focus
- Manual Focus: when using the manual focus rotate the focusing ring while looking through the viewfinder
- Lens Hood: It is recommended that you use the supplied lens hood to reduce fare and ensure maximum image quality.
Multi Media Options: The DSLR-A300K camera accepts both CompactFlash Type I/II media (Optional), Microdrive and Memory Stick Duo media (requires an optional Memory Stick Duo to Compact Flash adapter, sold separately).
Image Formats: The Sony DSLR-A300K will shoot both RAW and JPEG formats. Selecting the appropriate image compression rate determines the image quality of your pictures. You can choose from the following Quality Modes.
- RAW: A RAW file is the raw material to be processed on the computer for professional purposes.
- RAW & JPEG (RAW+J): A RAW image and a JPEG image are created at the same time. This is suitable when you need two image files (a JPEG for viewing and a RAW for editing).
- Fine: JPEG format for capturing still images in high quality.
- Standard (STD): This JPEG format will allow more images to be recorded but the image quality will be lower.
Image Size: You can set the image size you want to record to one of the following based on the aspect ratio you set.
- 3:2 Aspect Ratio: L:10M (3872 x 2592 pixels), M:5.6M (2896 x 1936 pixels), or S:2.5M (1920 x 1280 pixels)
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio: L:8.4M (3872 x 2176 pixels), M:4.7M (2896 x 1632 pixels), or S2.1M (1920 x 1088 pixels)
Image Capacity: The number of recordable images when the camcorder is set to Image Size L10M (3872 x 2592 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 3:2.
|Size / Capacity||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB|
|Raw & JPEG||48||98||198||397|
Copying Images To A Computer: Using the camera's USB port and supplied USB cable you can copy images from an inserted memory card within the camera to your computer. The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to the camera to import images.
- Windows Compatible: Operating System of Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows, XP SP2 or Windows Vista (does not support 64-0bit and Starter editions). Computer must have a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port.
- Macintosh Compatible: Operating System of Mac OS X (v10.1.3 or later). Computer must have a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port.
Application Software CD-ROM: The Sony DSLR-A300K comes supplied with an Application Software CD-ROM which contains the following software programs.
- Picture Motion Browser Ver. 2.1.02 (Windows only):
- Import images shot with the camera and display them on the camera.
- Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them.
- Retouch, print, and send images as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date.
- Create a data disc using a CD burner drive or DVD burner drive.
- Image Data Converter SR Ver. 2.0 (Windows/Macintosh):
- You can edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
- Adjust images with the white balance, exposure, and creative style.
- You can save the images as RAW date or in a general-purpose file format.
- Image Data Lightbox SR Ver. 1.0 (for Windows/Macintosh):
- Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera.
- Rate the images on a scale of five.
- Display an image in "Image Data Converter SR" and make adjustments to it.
- OS Pre-Installed: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows XP SP2, and Windows Vista (64-bit and Started editions not supported)
- CPU/Memory: Sony recommends Pentium III 500 MHz or faster, 256 MB of RAM or more for use with "Picture Browser". Sony recommends MMX Pentium III 1GHz or faster, 512 MB of RAM or more for use with the "Image Data Converter/Lightbox SR".
- Hard Disk Space: 200 MB or more.
- Virtual Memory: 700 MB or more
- Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more; high color (16-bit color) or more.
- OS Pre-Installed: Mac OS X (v10.4 or later)
- CPU: Power Mac G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is recommended)/ Intel Core Solo/Core duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
- Memory: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more is recommended)
- Display: 1024 x768 dots or more; 32,000 colors or more.