Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Review

Overall 40
Imaging 12
Features 20
Size 73
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 133 x 95 x 71 mm
  • Weight: 638 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony Konica Minolta 5D.
  • Replaced by Sony A580.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Summary

This review is devoted to Alpha DSLR-A100 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Jul 31, 2006. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product Konica Minolta 5D and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one Konica Minolta 5D.

In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #129 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #934 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Live View: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.2
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 476
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Tracking: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha DSLR-A100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 has the following external dimensions 133 x 133 x 71 mm (52.36 x 37.4 x 27.95″) with the weight of 638 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 71mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 — 71 mm
Min: 53 mm
Average: 73 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 — 638 g
Min: 365 g
Average: 539 g
Max: 690 g

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 features a 10.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 61 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in Alpha DSLR-A100 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.55x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Alpha DSLR-A100 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Alpha DSLR-A100 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha DSLR-A100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha DSLR-A100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha DSLR-A100 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (133 x 95 x 71 mm)
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 can be called a 60 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (133 x 95 x 71 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (476)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (638 g)
  • Big size (133 x 95 x 71 mm)
  • Video is not available

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 can be called a 70 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.2)
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (476)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha DSLR-A100
Announced Jul 31, 2006
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses 141
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.55
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 61
DxO Color Depth 22.0
DxO Dynamic Range 11.2
DxO Low Light ISO 476
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Sensor Area 372.88 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3872 x 2592
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 638 g
Physical Dimensions 133 x 95 x 71 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model NP-FM55H
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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