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Bargain price for a 10megapixel digital SLR complete with lens

10.2m pixels.

2.5in LCD screen with navigation display.

3 frames per second.

Lens mount - Sony.

Complete with 18-70mm zoom lens.

Konica Minolta A-type lens.

Number of other lens available - 19.

Compact Flash or Memory Stick PRO Duo compatible up to 4GB.

ISO range - 100/200/400/800/1600 Auto.

Video output - NTSC/PAL selectable.

Super SteadyShot integrated in the camera body to reduce camera shake with any lens.

USB 2.0.

Lithium Ion battery supplied.

PictBridge compatible.

Accessories included in box - Stamina battery and charger, USB cable, neck strap, lens caps (front and rear), body cap, CD-ROM.

Weight 545g body only.

Size (H)9.5, (W)13.3, (D)7.1cm.

Sony a and Konica Minolta AF lens mount compatible.

Anti-dust system.

Eye start autofocus system.
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#1
This is the price it should have been nine months ago when they reduced the silver one last year.
#2
For those that dont know, Sony bought out Minolta & you can still use Minolta lenses with these slr's.
I loved Minolta but after the take over I've now changed to Nikon. This is a good price for a 10mp slr though.
banned#3
rhinopaul
For those that dont know, Sony bought out Minolta & you can still use Minolta lenses with these slr's.
I loved Minolta but after the take over I've now changed to Nikon. This is a good price for a 10mp slr though.


Yeah I understand your sentiment. I am waiting to see if Sony release a full frame CCD (should be Spring time announcment if at all). The Minolta prime lens glass, and the Carl Zeiss sony replacement IMHO is second to none (that certainly includes all Canon or Nikon).

I'm not getting into debate of Canon v Nikon here, but I think it's worth noting that I believe Sony make Nikon CCD's and Canon manufacture their own. At the moment Sony are not in the position to hold back on what Nikon require or don't require, but business is business and if Sony could actually get themselves a proper chunk of the DSLR market, I would imagine the Sony/Nikon sensor relationship might well be different. For that reason I am sitting tight. I have reserved one of these and will give it some thought today. The A700 is quite an improvement though, but for me this A100 would be a interim camera awaiting hopeful full frame sensor.

To anyone who has no Minolta glass, this is a good buy. However you should be aware that SOny are no where near the market leaders of Nikon & Canon. The DSLR market is very new to them, and it is possible that in 4 years time Sony may well be out of the market.
#4
I bought one of these last week to upgrade to an SLR from my Panasonic FZ20 but I was very disappointed to find that the Sony was significantly less sharp than my Panasonic. I would not have been surprised by this if I had gone onto http://www.imaging-resource.com before I bought it. I managed to get my money back even though to 30 day thing is void. I have learned that the lens can be more important than the megapixels. The comparrison site is fantastic but I am now in a quandry as to what to do next.
#5
Here are the reviews of this camera when it was priced at £700 in late 2006. There are loads of them and if you click on the links you'll get through to the full review. Everyone loved it.

http://www.dphotojournal.com/sony-alpha-dslr-a100-review-roundup-sample-photos/

I bought it last year and then upgraded the lens to a sigma 18-200mm. I used to have the Nikon D50. The one major advantage that this camera has over others is it's super steady shot which is superb for low light photography or in hand photography at the top end of the 200mm focal range.

This is a hot deal believe me. It's a better camera than the Nikon D40, D40X and the Canon 400D.
banned#6
pdsir
I bought one of these last week to upgrade to an SLR from my Panasonic FZ20 but I was very disappointed to find that the Sony was significantly less sharp than my Panasonic. I would not have been surprised by this if I had gone onto http://www.imaging-resource.com before I bought it. I managed to get my money back even though to 30 day thing is void. I have learned that the lens can be more important than the megapixels. The comparrison site is fantastic but I am now in a quandry as to what to do next.



It's always a shame to judge a camera based on the kit zoom lens supplied. If you had tried a cheap AF50mm 1.8 (or 1.4 if budget allows) I can almost guarantee that lack of sharpness would not have been on the agenda. At RRP the reduction for body only compared to 18-70 with body is about £60.00. That is telling, but I would buy the kit and flog the lens on ebay.
The main area the Sony A100 lets itself down is noise at around 800iso.

Prime lenses every time for me, but I understand why people prefer zooms
banned#7
carleast
Here are the reviews of this camera when it was priced at £700 in late 2006. There are loads of them and if you click on the links you'll get through to the full review. Everyone loved it.

http://www.dphotojournal.com/sony-alpha-dslr-a100-review-roundup-sample-photos/

I bought it last year and then upgraded the lens to a sigma 18-200mm. I used to have the Nikon D50. The one major advantage that this camera has over others is it's super steady shot which is superb for low light photography or in hand photography at the top end of the 200mm focal range.

This is a hot deal believe me. It's a better camera than the Nikon D40, D40X and the Canon 400D.



The only problem I have with the super steady shot is that Sony will continue this throughout their range and not develop image stabilizations lenses. I know Canon, and I think Nikon, both have image stabilisation in the actual lenses. This is far more expensive, as you need purchase each lens rather than the body, but the overall results a better in every report I have read.

However one should note just one lens from Canon or Nikon with image stabilization will cost more than the Sony A100 kit
#8
Lyrrad;1418259
I'm not getting into debate of Canon v Nikon here, but I think it's worth noting that I believe Sony make Nikon CCD's and Canon manufacture their own. At the moment Sony are not in the position to hold back on what Nikon require or don't require, but business is business and if Sony could actually get themselves a proper chunk of the DSLR market, I would imagine the Sony/Nikon sensor relationship might well be different. For that reason I am sitting tight. I have reserved one of these and will give it some thought today. The A700 is quite an improvement though, but for me this A100 would be a interim camera awaiting hopeful full frame sensor..


While I am aware Sony produce some of the Nikon sensors, I think Sony are more reliant on Nikon at the moment as it means they can produce a high volume sensor which they can use in their own cameras. Without Nikon, Sony would not need such high volume and would make their own sensor more expensive. Bear in mind Nikon use their own sensor for the D3 and could potentially move to their own sensors for the rest of the range. However the A700 does look a very capable camera, by the next generation if could be that Sony/Nikon part ways as they no longer need each other.

As with all DSLRs, you need to really check the rest of the system as well - look the focal lengths you are interested in and see what lenses are on offer. Sony do have some good expensive but some of them are extremely expensive. I think onboard IS is superb though and for 330 it's a good deal.

John
#9
Johnmcl7
While I am aware Sony produce some of the Nikon sensors, I think Sony are more reliant on Nikon at the moment as it means they can produce a high volume sensor which they can use in their own cameras. Without Nikon, Sony would not need such high volume and would make their own sensor more expensive. Bear in mind Nikon use their own sensor for the D3 and could potentially move to their own sensors for the rest of the range. However the A700 does look a very capable camera, by the next generation if could be that Sony/Nikon part ways as they no longer need each other.

As with all DSLRs, you need to really check the rest of the system as well - look the focal lengths you are interested in and see what lenses are on offer. Sony do have some good expensive but some of them are extremely expensive. I think onboard IS is superb though and for 330 it's a good deal.
Sony do indeed make the sensors for Nikon cameras. The 10.1mpixel sensor in the A100, for example, is the same sensor that's used in the Nikon D200, D80 and D40x. Likewise, the new Sony A700 uses the same CMOS 12mpixel sensor that's in the Nikon D300.
#10
Sony don't make the sensors for the Nikon pro cameras, wonder how long it is before Nikon do the same for their other cameras - I'm guessing quantity is the main issue.

John
banned#11
pdsir
I bought one of these last week to upgrade to an SLR from my Panasonic FZ20 but I was very disappointed to find that the Sony was significantly less sharp than my Panasonic. I would not have been surprised by this if I had gone onto http://www.imaging-resource.com before I bought it. I managed to get my money back even though to 30 day thing is void. I have learned that the lens can be more important than the megapixels. The comparrison site is fantastic but I am now in a quandry as to what to do next.


Getting back to your dissapointment, I believe I am correct in saying that the Minolta 24-105mm zoom lens was one of the best kit lenses to be supplied in the sensible price range. It was supplied with Dyanx 7 film camera which at the time was a fantastic camera. I bet you could pick that zoom lens up on Ebay for about £120. I reckon you would get £60 for the 18-70mm. Okay you would not have a good wide angle happening, but you would surely have one great versatile zoom lens with your A100. Anyway that's what I would do if I wanted a zoom lens on this camera. It covers nealy all requirements for the average user. I think for nett price of around £400 it would be unbeatable combo if you find a mint secondhand Minolta 24-105mm
#12
personally i wouldnt buy a sony slr that is one thing that sony fail to produce in.
The lense on the camera will be good as they use carl ziess lenses one of the best u can get but there slr cameras just do not live up to what they should be and yes the lense is important but the lense can i only produce as good as the camera which is limited.

I would strongly reccomend you to go for a canon or nikon.
But if you have loads of money why not go for a leica camera :D.
Or if you are slightly short of money then panasonic are good cameras for money.l
#13
put this deal up on boxing day and was frozen out of town
#14
I have owned a Sony A100 since spring 2007 and I have been very happy with it.

My Mum has a Nikon D200, and the performance is very similar (using a 50mm prime on both cameras).

Hers obviously has some more features and feels like a "better" camera overall, but for the price difference, I'm chuffed to bits.

For this price, I'd snap it up.

I got the twin lens kit when I bought the camera. I have been toying with the idea of selling both kit lenses and buying a Sigma or Tamron 18-200 / 18-250, just so I don't have to change lenses as often, but I've read that the Tamron is very slow to focus (slower than the kit Sony 75-300) and I haven't really looked into the Sigma lens enough.

Anyway, at the moment my A100 is sporting a used Minolta 50mm Prime f/1.7 which is producing some truly stunning results.

Heat and Rep left!
#15
MrJoshua

Anyway, at the moment my A100 is sporting a used Minolta 50mm Prime f/1.7 which is producing some truly stunning results.


Great lens, I use it all the time indoors. If you don't already have one, you need to grab a Minolta 70-210 F4 aka "the beercan" from ebay, really really great lens at a cheap price.
#16
I bought this camera for work about 8 months ago - excellent camera - used it all the time.

I was looking for a camera for myself and bought a Canon Eos 400D as I'd heard they were better -doh! Took it back as I wasnt as impressed with it in comparison and bought the Sony A100 from Argos instead as I should have done at the £329 just after Chritmas. Never regretted it. Argos are best price by far at the moment if you can find it for store pickup nearby.

Just so you're not surprised if you think it will be the advertised black version, you'll be lucky in Argos as most of the stores I tried in the midlands sold the silver version. They dont say that on the website.

http://images.amazon.com/images/G/02/uk-electronics/shops/misc/sony/ASONYCM205113262_006.jpg

Look for the silver "S" sticker on the side of the box if you're fussy about having the black. I have the silver but still nice looking. Most of the accessories are black, but still look nice with it.

Cant complain for the price and hot price for the camera even if you're not a fan of it.
#17
just go foa samsung gx10 :-)
#18
davej1710
I bought this camera for work about 8 months ago - excellent camera - used it all the time.

I was looking for a camera for myself and bought a Canon Eos 400D as I'd heard they were better -doh! Took it back as I wasnt as impressed with it in comparison and bought the Sony A100 from Argos instead as I should have done at the £329 just after Chritmas. Never regretted it. Argos are best price by far at the moment if you can find it for store pickup nearby.

Just so you're not surprised if you think it will be the advertised black version, you'll be lucky in Argos as most of the stores I tried in the midlands sold the silver version. They dont say that on the website.

http://images.amazon.com/images/G/02/uk-electronics/shops/misc/sony/ASONYCM205113262_006.jpg

Look for the silver "S" sticker on the side of the box if you're fussy about having the black. I have the silver but still nice looking. Most of the accessories are black, but still look nice with it.

Cant complain for the price and hot price for the camera even if you're not a fan of it.


I think your mad canon eos 400d well outperforms the sony. You ask any professional what they would prefer and they will say the canon. Its a proven fact that the majority of proffesionals use canon pictures eg. papparazzi, sports photographers and you get the drift
#19
Oh, that's a little naughty of Argos. When I bought mine, at least I knew it was the silver. Selling the silver ones whilst advertising the black one (more expensive) is a bit sneaky.
#20
cullet16
I think your mad canon eos 400d well outperforms the sony. You ask any professional what they would prefer and they will say the canon. Its a proven fact that the majority of proffesionals use canon pictures eg. papparazzi, sports photographers and you get the drift


But most people on the forum who will be buying this are NOT professional photographers!!!


Oh dear the old canon v nikon v pentax v sony

Most professionals have canon as they have lots of lenses for the brand, and are used to that brands menus & button location etc... Most photographers do not compare brands for this reason. The cost to replace the many expensive lenses is prohibitive.

A photo is only as good as the person creating it:whistling: camera brand choice does not really come into it, quality of lens will make the biggest difference....
banned#21
cullet16
I think your mad canon eos 400d well outperforms the sony. You ask any professional what they would prefer and they will say the canon. Its a proven fact that the majority of proffesionals use canon pictures eg. papparazzi, sports photographers and you get the drift


http://www.cameralabs.com/features/10Megapixel_DSLR_test/page6.shtml

It's crazy for anyone to choose one saying you are mad to choose the other. The Nikon D80, Canon EOS 400 etc. In this report the D80 is preffered. The A100 IMHO was overpriced when first released, but at this price is a good deal.

Minolta were always behind in the digital SLR game, but always had a good following because they made excellent lenses. This camera is an excellent buy if you are prepared to spend a little time doing research and find out what Minolta lenses are worth buying secondhand. Buying a secondhand lens is not like buying a car. 9 times out of 10 if it is cosmetically sound, it will be mechanically sound. You will find most sellers will describe the condition of a lens in a fair manner. Just read a few secondhand descriptions and you will find the obvious things to avoid.
#22
Brought one of these when the Argos deal came up last summer, really chuffed with it.

Admittedly if I could have got an Canon EOS 400 for the same price that would have been my choice, but it wasn't and I think the saving at the time was more than worth it the A100 is an excellent DSLR for people looking to move into the SLR market., but not wanting to spend a fortune.

If your a pro/serious ametuer, then this is wrong range of camera anyway, so all those arguements are invalid

If you think you might start taking it seriously and decide to move up the price range towards the Nikon/Canons then none of the accesories you "may" purchase will not fit. But if like me you just want a decent camera and don't plan to take it much further.... Get yourself down to Argos
#23
cullet16;1421052
I think your mad canon eos 400d well outperforms the sony. You ask any professional what they would prefer and they will say the canon. Its a proven fact that the majority of proffesionals use canon pictures eg. papparazzi, sports photographers and you get the drift


You are correct in saying that pro photographers favour Canonm but they will NOT be using a 400D! More like 1D with 5D as a backup. The A100 is a fine camera and the equal of anything that Canon or Nikon have for the same price. If you want a step up, look at the Pentax K10D / Samsung GX10.
#24
Might be worth holding off on this as replacement A200 due soon and the price might not be nuch higher.
Sony unveils the α (alpha) DSLR-A200 digital SLR camera, a new model influenced by the recently-introduced Sony A700 camera and replacing the Sony A100 model. The new model is designed to be faster, and includes a wider, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD screen for easy playback viewing. Furthermore, the A200 offers an improved mode dial and function menu, improved noise control, auto focus speed 1.7x faster than the previous model. The A200 kit including a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom lens will ship in February for about $700
#25
sburley
Might be worth holding off on this as replacement A200 due soon and the price might not be nuch higher.


Damn. Got one reserved and now undecided.

According to Sonystyle UK website the body will cost £369

With a 18-70mm lense the price goes up to £449

No doubt other stores might be able to improve on these prices but, the question is by how much.

Any advice appreciated. I am a bit of a Sony ***** and have always fancied a SLR but, never taken the jump. Instead preferring the point and shoot option with my DSC V3.
#26
bluecfc
put this deal up on boxing day and was frozen out of town



To be fair it wasnt the best posting of a deal I've seen.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/128877/sony-alpha-a100-499-99-argos/

You stated £499.99 in the main header yet the price when clicking in the deal was £329.99.

The link provided took you to the £499.99 camera which is the same one as this deal but, with an extra lense.

Bit more homework next time might result in a hotter deal.:thumbsup:
#27
Grabbed one of these last week ,very pleased with it ,works great with all my minolta lenses. Jessops are taking preorders on the a200 at £449 for the 18-70mm kit

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