Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Review

Overall Score

54

Main Features

  • 10 MP APS-C CCD Sensor
  • 100 - 3200 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 2" Tilting Screen
  • Optical (pentamirror) Viewfinder
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 131 x 99 x 75 mm, 632g.
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  • Replaced by: Alpha DSLR-A330

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Overview


First introduced in January, 2008, Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 is a 10 MP DSLR with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Sony replaced Alpha DSLR-A300 with Sony A330. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A300 with Sony A330


Sony A300 comes with a 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.4 mm (1.11").

- Full Frame
- Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Sensor resolution of Sony A300 ~ 3860 x 2590 pixels.

Sony A300 has Crop Factor: 1.52

The sensor has a surface area of 372.9 mm².

There are approximate 9,997,400 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Sony A300 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Sony A390 2010 14MP 100 - 3200 549g 128 x 97 x 86mm
Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Sony A380 2009 14MP 100 - 3200 519g 128 x 97 x 71mm
Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Sony A330 2009 10MP 100 - 3200 529g 128 x 97 x 71mm
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Sony A350 2008 14MP 100 - 3200 674g 131 x 99 x 75mm
Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Sony A300 2008 10MP 100 - 3200 632g 131 x 99 x 75mm

Proc and Cons of Sony A300


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 with competitors in entry-level dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Tilting Screen
Optical Viewfinder
3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
9 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
External Flash
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
2 AE Bracketing Range
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No AF Face Detection
Small LCD Screen: 2"
Slow Continuous Shooting: 230 fps
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No Environmental Sealing
Low Screen Resolution: 230k dots
Weight: 632g
Type Scores

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 has an Overall Score of 54/100 and ranked #134 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #442 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony A300 Scores
Imaging score
49
Features score
51
Value for money score
71
Portability score
77
Overall score
54
Average Scores in Entry-Level DSLR
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
59
Value For Money Score
75
Portability Score
79
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Sony A300


Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 weighs 632g and has external dimensions of 131 x 99 x 75mm (5.16 x 3.9 x 2.95"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level DSLR cameras is 538g, Sony A300 is 94 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Sony A300
632g
Average weight
538g
Min weight
365g
Max weight
690g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Sony A300
75mm
Average Thickness
73mm
Min Thickness
53mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Alpha DSLR-A300 Dimensions Alpha DSLR-A300
Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Sony A330 529 g 632 g 128 x 97 x 71 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Sony SLT-A58 Sony A58 492 g 632 g 129 x 95 x 78 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Nikon D3200 Nikon D3200 505 g 632 g 125 x 96 x 77 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Canon EOS 1200D Canon 1200D 480 g 632 g 130 x 100 x 78 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Sony SLT-A57 Sony A57 618 g 632 g 132 x 98 x 81 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Nikon D3300 Nikon D3300 430 g 632 g 124 x 98 x 76 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Sony A350 674 g 632 g 131 x 99 x 75 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Sony SLT-A37 Sony A37 506 g 632 g 124 x 92 x 85 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha DSLR-A300


General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha DSLR-A300
Announced January, 2008
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 143
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 2"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.49
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Sensor Area 372.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 10 MP
Max Image Resolution 3872 x 2592
Max Native ISO 3200
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 0 shots
Battery Type
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 632 g
Physical Dimensions 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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