Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Review

Overall 42
Imaging 17
Features 33
Size 71
Price 1

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 142 x 105 x 80 mm
  • Weight: 768 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony Konica Minolta 7D.
  • Replaced by Sony A77.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Summary

This review is devoted to Alpha DSLR-A700 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Dec 19, 2007. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product Konica Minolta 7D and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one Konica Minolta 7D.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #92 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #680 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 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

  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.9
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 581
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro 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-A700. 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 Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 has the following external dimensions 142 x 142 x 80 mm (55.91 x 41.34 x 31.5″) with the weight of 768 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Alpha DSLR-A700, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 80mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 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-A700 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-A700 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 — 80 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 — 768 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 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-A700 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-A700 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

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-A700 features a 12.0 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-A700, 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 66 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 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-A700 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

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

The ViewFinder in Alpha DSLR-A700 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.6x 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-A700 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Alpha DSLR-A700 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-A700 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-A700 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha DSLR-A700’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-A700’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha DSLR-A700 to the average DSLR camera.

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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 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 (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (142 x 105 x 80 mm)
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 can be called a 87 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (142 x 105 x 80 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (581)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (768 g)
  • Big size (142 x 105 x 80 mm)
  • Video is not available

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 can be called a 84 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 (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.9)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (581)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha DSLR-A700
Announced Dec 19, 2007
Body Type Mid-size 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 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.6
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 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 12
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, rear curtain
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 66
DxO Color Depth 22.3
DxO Dynamic Range 11.9
DxO Low Light ISO 581
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4272 x 2848
Max Native ISO 6,400
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 11
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 Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 768 g
Physical Dimensions 142 x 105 x 80 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model NP-FM500H
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo
Storage Slots 1

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