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Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR Camera + 18-70mm and 75-300mm Sony Lenses

Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR Camera + 18-70mm and 75-300mm Sony Lenses

10.2 Megapixel.GIF2.5 inch LCD.GIFuses JPEG and RAW file formats.GIFthis camera has an ACCESSORY SHOE for ADD ONS such as external flash, light or microphone.GIFconnects via USB only.GIFuses Compact Flash (CF) type I and Microdrives (CF Type II).GIFuses Memory Stick Pro Duo cards.GIF

The Sony Alpha a A100 Digital SLR Camera featured 10.2 megapixels, super steady Image Stabilization, Anti Dust technology, eye start auto focusing, 2.5 inch LCD screen, 3 frames per second burst mode and 9 point auto focus selection. This twin lens package includes the camera body plus 18-70mm and 75-300mm Sony Lenses. No Longer Available.


Sony Alpha 100 - Awarded "Best Consumer Camera Europe 2006-2007" by EISA

"With its 10 million-pixel CCD, the Sony Alpha 100 has taken a large leap into the market of digital SLRs. It has very useful functions like Super SteadyShot, (which reduces camera shake) and their Anti-Dust System, which operates every time the camera is turned off. Thanks to its Bionz image engine, it is now possible to reduce noise and improve colour and detail reproduction, and a Dynamic Range Optimizer function is provided for better backlight shots in difficult lighting conditions." EISA Best Consumer Camera Europe Award


What's in the box?

Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR Camera Body
Sony 18-70mm Lens
Sony 75-300mm Lens
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (NP-FM55H)
Battery Charger
USB Cable
Video Cable
Shoulder Strap
Memory Stick Adaptor for CF Slot
Body Cap
12 Month Warranty with Sony Australia

To get started, DCW recommends...

uses Compact Flash (CF) type I and Microdrives (CF Type II).GIF
uses Memory Stick Pro Duo cards.GIF

Memory - The Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR Camera comes with no memory, so you'll need to order a memory card with your camera.  This camera uses Compact Flash Type I or Compact Flash Type II (also called Microdrive).

We recommend a 1gb memory card or higher.  If you plan to use RAW file format, the files are a lot larger, and we recommend you purchase the largest memory card within your budget.
Card Size 1gb 2gb 4gb
Approx number of photos (.jpeg)167 334 668

The Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR Camera also comes with a Compact Flash Adaptor to allow you to use Memory Stick Duo Cards.  Click here for Memory Stick Pro Duo Cards.
 ms reader.JPG Card Readers - These provide an easy way to transfer your images to your computer.  You simply take your memory card out of your camera and put it in your card reader and transfer.  It also means that you don't run your batteries down while transferring images from the camera, and you don't have to leave your camera sitting on your desk at risk of being knocked. Click through for Compact Flash Card Readers, Memory Stick Card Readers or Multiple Card Readers.
  Spare Battery - We recommend you carry a spare battery with you so you don't miss out on that perfect shot. The Sony Alpha A100 uses a Sony NP-FM500H Battery

Protect your
camera and lenses from bumps and scratches

Lowepro TLZ Mini Black

Lowepro Nova Micro
5 Million bag
Sony Alpha 
 Sony Alpha 

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Peace of mind - Extend your warranty.  These additional warranties are available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 years and cover all the same conditions as the manufacturers warranty. 
Click through for Extended Warranty options.

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Cleaning and Screen Protection - We recommend the use of LCD Screen Protective Sheets, Lens Cleaning Cloths and Cleaning Kits.
Click through for Cleaning and Screen Protection Options.

Take your photography to the next level with these optional accessories

Flash Units


AC Adaptor- Super Quick charger



Full Specifications of the Sony Alpha 100 Digital SLR Camera (from Sony Australia)


Camera Type: Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses

Lens Used: All Sony lenses, Konica Minolta Maxxum/Dynax Alpha Lenses

Image Capture

Sensor: 23.6 x 15.8mm (APS-C size) interlace scan CCD with primary colour filter

No. of pixels: Total: 10.8 megapixels; Effective: 10.2 megapixels

Aspect ratio : 3:2

Dust reduction: Static-resistant anti-dust coating (Indium Tin Oxide) with Anti-Dust Vibration mechanism

Sensitivity : Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Lo 80, Hi 200


Recording media: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (includes Memory Stick Duo adaptor for CompactFlash slot), Compact Flash (Type I & II), Microdrive

Format function: FAT 12, 16, 32

A/D conversion : 12 bit

File Format : JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG (DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF 1.1 print functions supported, Exif 2.21 supported)

No. of recorded pixels: L (10MP): 3,872 x 2,592; M (5.6MP): 2,896 x 1,936; S (2.5MP): 1,920 x 1,280

Colour modes: sRGB, Adobe RGB

Image quality modes: Standard, Fine, RAW, RAW+JPEG

Noise reduction: Available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec

Delete function: Single, multiple or all frames in a folder / memory card can be deleted. Folders can be deleted in the File Browser.

D-Range Optimiser : Advanced / Standard / Off (automatically off in M-Mode)

White Balance

Settings : Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash), colour temperature (2500 - 9900k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation), custom

Super SteadyShot

System : CCD-shift mechanism

Display: Indicator inside viewfinder

Compensation: Approx. 2EV - 3.5EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to conditions and lens used)


LCD monitor: 2.5-inch low temperature polysilicon TFT display (Clear Photo LCD Plus), 230,000 total pixels

Information display: Navigation display functions, enlarged text view, camera orientation adjustment

Image display modes : Single image (image only, image + information, image + information + histogram), index (4 / 9 / 16 images), tabbed browsing

Other display functions : Enlarged view (maximum zoom : L size -12x, M size - 9x, S size - 6x), overexposure / underexposure warning, slideshow, image orientation (automatic rotation mode on/off)

AF System

Focus modes : Auto-focus / manual focus selectable (auto-focus modes: AF automatic selection, one-shot AF, continuous AF, direct manual focus)

Main functions : Focus areas selection (wide area / 9-point local frame selection / fixed centre spot focus), predictive focus for moving subjects, auto-tracking focus point, focus lock (by half pressing shutter button or via the spot AF button)

Eye-start AF: Selectable via main menu

Type: TTL phase-detection system

Sensor : CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with centre cross-hair sensor)

Sensitivity range: EV1 - EV18, ISO 100 equivalent

AF illuminator : Activated via built-in flash in lowlight / low-contrast situations, range: 1 - 5m

AE System

Exposure modes: Program AE (Auto mode / P-Mode, with program shift), aperture-priority AE (A-Mode), shutter-priority AE (S-Mode), manual (M-Mode)

Scene selector: Portrait, landscape, macro, sports, evening, night, night portrait

Metering type: Direct TTL metering (40- segment honeycomb-pattern metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering)

Metering sensor: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC

Metering range : EV1 - EV20 (EV4 - EV20 with spot metering), ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens

Exposure compensation: +/- 2EV (1/3 EV increments)

AE lock: Automatically activated with AF lock, available with AE lock button

Built-In Flash

Flash metering and control: ADI/ Pre- flash TTL flash metering, manually activated

Effective area: 18mm lens coverage equivalent (same focal length)

Flash modes: Automatic, Fill flash, Red-eye reduction pre-flash, Rear Sync Flash, Wireless*, High-speed sync*, Slow sync (with AE lock on) *Requires compatible external flash

Guide no.: GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100)

Flash compensation: +/- 2EV (1/3 EV increments)


Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter

Speed range: 1/4000 sec. -30 sec., bulb

Flash sync speed: 1/160 sec. (1/125 sec. with Super SteadyShot on)


Type : Fixed eye-level

Pentaprism : Roof mirror type

Diopter control: -2.5 - 1.0m-1


Exposure bracketing: Single or continuous shot (3 frames), 0.3EV / 0.7EV increments

White balance bracketing: 3 frames, 2-step increments

Continuous shooting rate: Up to 3 frames per second

Continuous shooting limit: JPEG: unlimited (depending on media write speed and capacity), RAW: 6 frames, RAW+JPEG 3 frames

Self-timer: 10 sec., 2 sec. (with mirror up), LED and buzzer signals

Digital effect control modes: Adjustment functions: 8 modes (standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Evening, Night / Night Portrait, Monochrome, Adobe RGB), contrast, saturation and sharpness settings (+/- 2 steps) are also possible

Other functions: After-view, depth-of-field preview, zone-matching


Printing output control: Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge


Battery: NP-FM55H

Power display: 5 levels

External power source: AC adaptor - AV-VQ900AM (optional)

Battery performance: Approx. 750 frames recorded (CIPA measurement)


PC interface : USB2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage mode / PTP mode)

Compatible OS: Microsoft Windows Me / 2000 Professional / XP Home Edition / XP Professional, Macintosh Mac OS X (v.10.1.3 and later)

Video output: NTSC / PAL selectable


Dimensions (WxHxD) : Approx. 133.1 x 94.7 x 71.3mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8")

Weight Approx.: 545g (not including battery or accessories)


Sony A100 SLR features in detail (from dpreview)

Sony Alpha lens mount
Identical to the Minolta A-type bayonet mount, enabling the use of a large back catalogue of existing Minolta and third party lenses as well as avoiding the development of a whole new system.  

10 megapixel APS-C CCD
Interestingly Sony has gone for CCD rather than CMOS with this camera, ... this is the same 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD used in the Nikon D200.

Sony has renamed Minolta's CCD shift Anti-Shake system as 'Super SteadyShot', but the principal is the same. However we have it on good authority that Sony's engineers have made some significant improvements to the system and now claim shutter speeds 3.5 stops slower can be used with Super SteadyShot enabled. The second part of the Anti-Blur story is the availability of high sensitivities of up to ISO 1600.

The 'dust' issue has been around since the beginning of digital SLR photography and it affects different cameras to different degrees. The Sony A100 deals with this firstly by using a special anti-static coating (Indium Tin Oxide) on the low-pass filter in front of the CCD ensures no build up of dust due to static electricity. Secondly an 'Anti-Dust vibration' using the cameras CCD shift system, but instead of introducing a delay at startup this occurs at power off.

Bionz Image Processor
Their new 'Bionz' image processor enables one of the A100's unique features, Dynamic Range Optimization. Sony claim this will be the fastest such system as it is designed in at a hardware level.

Eye Start AF
On the A100 Eye Start AF does exactly what it says, when the sensor detects the proximity of your eye to the eyepiece it begins to auto focus and remains in 'continuous' auto focus until the shutter release is half-pressed or you put the camera down. In reality this means that the camera is likely to have an approximate focus on the subject before shutter release.

Continuous shooting until media full
The Sony A100 allows you to shoot continuously at three frames per second at any image quality setting (apart from RAW) until the storage card is full (with a reasonably good performance Compact Flash card).



For a full review of the Sony A100 D-SLR see the Dp-review site.