The new Sony alpha DSLR-A100 combines Sonys mastery of digital technology with Minoltas 21-year heritage. The new DSLR features a 10-megapixel image sensor along with Sonys Super SteadyShot® in-camera image stabilization, Dynamic Range Optimizer, and new Anti-Dust technlogy to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures. The new camera will also feature the Eye-Start® Autofocus system for faster camera response.
The Rebirth of a Legend.
In the revolutionary new Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, Sony's mastery of digital technology combines with
Minoltas legendary SLR technology -- including autofocus and anti-shake
compatibility with over 16 million A-mount lenses sold worldwide.
Advanced Lenses and Accessories.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is your gateway to one of the worlds most sophisticated camera systems, including precision Sony® standard and zoom lenses, Sony® "G" Series lenses with advanced motorized autofocusing, amazingly bright Carl Zeiss® T* coated lenses, professional-quality flash units and more.
10 MP Super HAD™ CCD.
A large APS-size CCD imager with Sony's advanced Super HAD™ (Hole Accumulated Diode) design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise -- and providing greater detail when you make big prints or crop in close on your subject.
Super SteadyShot® Image Stabilization.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera builds image stabilization into the camera body, so all lenses
benefit from anti-shake performance. And along with higher ISO sensitivity,
Sonys Super SteadyShot® system minimizes blur from shaky hands so you can take
sharp, clear photos with hand-held camera in situations that would normally
require a tripod -- and also helps both extended telephoto and macro close-up
Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow
dust to enter the camera -- so to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to
dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.
Dynamic Range Optimizer.
To recover details in dark or
bright areas of the picture, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera provides two levels of Dynamic Range Optimization: Normal DRO, to improve shadow detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO, to adjust dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision.
Bionz™ Image Processor.
At the heart of the Sony® α (alpha)
DSLR-A100 camera is the advanced Bionz™ Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry that responds ten times faster than software image processors -- improving camera response time, handling Dynamic Range Optimization processing and extending Stamina® battery life.
Eye-Start® Autofocus System.
Some DSLR systems dont start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed -- but that can slow down camera response. The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera begins its precision
autofocus adjustments the moment you bring your eye to the viewfinder, to
capture fast-action subjects other cameras might blur.
2.5" 1 Clear Photo LCD Plus? Screen.
The Clear Photo LCD Plus™ design of the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 cameras built-in screen makes it
easy to read camera setup menus even in bright sunlight -- and gives you a
better picture when you use your screen to set up shots and check results.
Continuous Burst Mode at 3 Frames Per Second.
To catch fast action more effectively, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera offers continuous JPEG image capture up to the limit of your flash memory card -- plus RAW Burst Mode (up to 6 shots) with intelligent buffer management to allow more shots to be captured without waiting for the buffer to clear.
Super-Accurate Exposure Control.
A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control
Flexible Exposure Modes.
For greater creative freedom in a wide range of shooting conditions, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera provides full manual exposure control as well as Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter
Priority, and Exposure Compensation modes.
9-Point Auto Focus Selection.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera gives you all the focusing options you need for composing your shot with foreground, background or off-center subjects -- including manual focus point
selection, Spot AF, Continuous AF and AF Lock.
Lithium Ion Battery with Stamina® Power.
NP-FM55H Lithium Ion rechargeable battery lets you take up to 600
shots2 on a full charge, recharges quickly with supplied battery
Dual Media Options.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera
accepts both CompactFlash? Type I/II media and optional Memory Stick Duo? media (with supplied adaptor).
SAL1870 DT18-70mm F3.5-5.6 Lens Features:
DT Lens Design:
A more compact, lightweight lens designed
specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera.
Aspherical Lens Elements:
To correct visual aberrations at wide-angle setting, enabling a lightweight lens to capture more visually accurate wide-angle shots.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass:
To reduce chromatic
aberration at telephoto extension, correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.
Because aperture blades form a near
circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.