The Sony DSLR-A300 is sweet!

Well, I got the camera!

I may not get around to writing a truly in-depth review of it soon, not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I have so much to say about it. It is an amazing camera. Since it’s a DSLR, I can take pictures at high speeds with no noise. Even shots done at ISO 1600 are usable; coming from eight years of point-and-shoot digital cameras that produced speckled, grainy images at anything shot above ISO 100, this is a huge change for me. What a welcome change! Add to that the Super Steady Shot image stabilization, and it’s pure poetry.

The flash refreshes so quickly, I can shoot in burst mode and take a shot about every 1 1/2 seconds. Its ability to analyze backlit scenes and expose different parts of the frame individually is great. The flash is intelligent, not over-exposing the subject. Skin tones look natural, not bleached out. Its continuous focus works very well, too, letting me shoot multiple shots of moving subjects while keeping the subjects in focus. There are nine areas on the focusing grid, and one mode allows you to choose at which point in the grid you want to assign focus. This allows for great flexibility in composing shots.

The common functions you want to access like flash mode and light metering mode come right up on the screen with the push of the F button (Function). If you want to change the ISO, press the ISO button and the choices come up on the screen. Changing drive from single shot to burst mode is as easy as pushing the drive button on the camera and choosing from the options that come up on the screen. It is really nice to have these functions readily available instead of buried in a series of menu choices.

I recognize Minolta DNA in the Alpha and that makes it feel very familiar to me, intuitive. If you’ve used and liked Konica-Minolta DiMAGE cameras, especially, you will adapt quickly to these latest in the Alpha line. The lens quality is great, too — my images are crisp and bright, even when fully zoomed in. Some that I’ve even further cropped have still looked very sharp.

In a nutshell, it’s the first digital camera I’ve ever used that lets me get the shots I want, the ones I see in my mind. It’s the first time I have ZERO buyers remorse. Those who know me well realize how unusual it is for me to say things like this.

8 thoughts on “The Sony DSLR-A300 is sweet!

  1. I never noticed any speckled or grainy photos from you. Your pictures have always been top notch, so I cannot imagine them getting better. You should get comparison shots from each camera! ……. That would be a lot of work I know. Just enjoy your new baby 🙂

  2. Tami, I just don’t post the crappy shots! 😉 Dr. John, I don’t know beans about model roading, so we’re even. 😀

  3. Cool! I am so glad to see you get this camera. I know that you will get the most out of it and have a great time. The timing is great too since spring is a wonderful time of year for photo treks and outings.

  4. Cool – I’ll have to come down with the grandkids and a “roll” of film 🙂 What’s it use SD or CF ??? – Yeah I know read the blurb 😉 Enjoy!!!!!!!! You going to let Howie touch it or just give him the other one hmmmmmm ??

  5. It uses CF or memory stick, which I guess they left in for legacy’s sake since their point-and-shoots take them. I have let Howie take shots with it, yes! We hope to pick up another camera body a few years down the line and then we can share lenses as we get them. We can use the Minolta Maxxum series lenses on it, and since that was a popular camera there are a lot of them out there.

  6. Cool – That means I can use the CF I bought that turned out to be too big for my HP-315 which is basically a Brownie Box camera compared to even the Canon I got 😉
    Time to start saving money again 🙂 Can’t wait to see what Next Years model has !! 🙂

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