PMA 2018 Report
Sony is bringing live-view shooting to its digital SLR camera line with the 10.2-megapixel Alpha DSLR-A300. The new Sony A300 features new technologies that make picture taking faster, easier, and more familiar for first-time DSLR users. The Alpha 300 offers Sony’s new “Quick AF Live View” technology so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD without sacrificing auto-focusing speed common to other live-view systems. Sony’s innovative Pentamirror Tilt mechanism directs light to a dedicated live view image sensor, enabling fast and responsive TTL phase-detection auto-focusing, even during live view. Eliminating the focus delay of other systems, the new Sony A300 is equally responsive whether using live view or optical viewfinder.
Sony A300 - Clear Photo LCD screen
With its two sensor design, Quick AF Live View can even continuously focus-track the subject and provide live view during burst shooting, helping you capture that special moment. Taking further advantage of Quick AF Live View is the models’ variable angle 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD screen. This makes it easy to frame scenes from high or low positions difficult to reach when using an eye-level viewfinder. With Live View and an adjustable LCD, the Sony Alpha A300 camera does not need to be in front of the user’s face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children.
Sony Alpha A300 - Quick AF Live View
“Mainstream users stepping up to DSLRs are looking for a similar experience to their point and shoot cameras, but without compromise in speed or performance” said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics. “Quick AF Live View gives the new Sony A300 model a familiar shooting style without compromising speed - ideal for the growing market of first-time SLR users.”
Sony Alpha 300 - Exceptional image quality
The Sony Alpha 300 produces images with fine detail, rich tonality and vibrant color due to their APS-C CCD image sensors and BIONZ processing engine. To aid shooting in low light, Super SteadyShot image stabilization enables shutter speeds 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible, with every compatible Minolta Maxxum and Sony α (Alpha) lens (sold separately) attached to the camera.
Sony A300 DSLR camera - High sensitivity
High sensitivity operation at ISO 1600 and 3200 and very low noise are made possible by the user-selectable high-ISO noise reduction features. Sony’s D-Range Optimizer delivers suitable tonality and exposures with rich shadow and highlight detail, even under high contrast situations.
Sony DLSR-A300 - InfoLithium battery
The Sony A300 model can shoot about three continuous frames per second, when using the optical viewfinder. The SLR-A300 is powered by the Bionz processing engine and supplied InfoLithium battery for fast start-up times, quick response and long battery life - up to 730 shots per full charge when using the optical viewfinder and up to 410 shots per full charge in live-view mode.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 - Lighter, slimmer body
The Sony A300 features a lighter, slimmer body for easy handling; an improved user interface; an automatic pop-up flash; a comfortable camera grip with an easily accessible mode dial; an anti-dust system to keep the CCD image sensor clean for spot-free pictures; and JPEG and RAW file format support. The Sony Alpha 300 further features a slot for CompactFlash Type I/II media cards.
Sony Alpha Accessories & Price
An adaptor for Memory Stick Duo media cards is also available for the Sony A300 camera and sold separately. The new DSLR-A300 camera is compatible with a range of accessories, including the ergonomic Sony VG-B30AM vertical grip. Also available as an option is the new Sony HVL-F42AM flash unit. It offers advanced features such as automatic white balance adjustment with color temperature information, adjustable bounce angles, ADI metering and wireless remote operation to suit the needs of most photographers. The DSLR-A300 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens will ship in April for about $800.