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Sony A300 Digital SLR + 8Gig Card + Bag + Filter for £369 @Jessops NOW £339 with Voucher
Sony A300 Digital SLR  + 8Gig Card +  Bag +  Filter for £369 @Jessops NOW £339 with Voucher

Sony A300 Digital SLR + 8Gig Card + Bag + Filter for £369 @Jessops NOW £339 with Voucher

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Just went into store to have a look for my first DSLR and came across this it has £20 off the original price of £349, and then investigated further online and came across this bundle:

jessops.com/onl…tml (£389 one).

Use SPRING20 voucher code for another £20 off.

UPDATE (21st May 2009):

Price reduced to £359 online and - SPRING20 is still a valid code

21 Comments

Got one of these cameras in the january sales when Sony were doing £40 cash back. Its a really good camera for the money.

Original Poster

I quite like the idea that the stabilisation feature is in the body rather than the lense so could make buying future lenses cheaper - which was one of my thinkings when picking this camera.

Hmm I have heard some issues with the A3** picture quality, apparently noise is an issue. I was going to buy this, but then people told me to go for the A2** series, which is inferior in spec but better in pic quality. Apparently something to do with the sensor used.

However, I have decided to go for the Olymus E520 with 14-42mm lens for £349.00. 7dayshop do spare batteries and filters etc quite cheap. have a look at it!!
deal is Hot though... plus get 6 % quidco as well!!

unileeds;5145431

Hmm I have heard some issues with the A3** picture quality, apparently … Hmm I have heard some issues with the A3** picture quality, apparently noise is an issue. I was going to buy this, but then people told me to go for the A2** series, which is inferior in spec but better in pic quality. Apparently something to do with the sensor used. However, I have decided to go for the Olymus E520 with 14-42mm lens for £349.00. 7dayshop do spare batteries and filters etc quite cheap. have a look at it!! deal is Hot though... plus get 6 % quidco as well!!



A300 and A200 both use the same sensor the main difference between the 2 cameras is that the A300 has live view and a tilting LCD screen, you may be thinking of the A350 which uses a different sensor?

I upgraded from a nikon d40 to this,my pictures were better with my d40 so ended up taking this back for a refund,.......

hotdealone;5145597

A300 and A200 both use the same sensor the main difference between the 2 … A300 and A200 both use the same sensor the main difference between the 2 cameras is that the A300 has live view and a tilting LCD screen, you may be thinking of the A350 which uses a different sensor?



Ah thats probably it.. !! Sorry about that.. I figured the A300 and A350 were the same series!! Woops!! Good deal then !!

leighbeef;5145672

I upgraded from a nikon d40 to this,my pictures were better with my d40 … I upgraded from a nikon d40 to this,my pictures were better with my d40 so ended up taking this back for a refund,.......



I've heard that for some weird and wonderful reason the Nikon D40 has awesome picture quality, I mean you are not the first one to say that. I have heard tons of pple saying they like their D40 better than the big boys!! I dont know if the D40 is good for beginners though, you need to be on the ball really to use the manual focus and stuff#!!

i have this camera - its very good for the money inmho.......I never use the live view or tilt function though.....Optical view finder for me always :-)

unileeds;5145763

I've heard that for some weird and wonderful reason the Nikon D40 has … I've heard that for some weird and wonderful reason the Nikon D40 has awesome picture quality, I mean you are not the first one to say that. I have heard tons of pple saying they like their D40 better than the big boys!! I dont know if the D40 is good for beginners though, you need to be on the ball really to use the manual focus and stuff#!!



It's not so weird. The D40 has "only" 6M pix whereas the A300 has 10M pix.

The A300 has all I want from a DSLR (antishake in body, Live View, Tilting LCD) but the high ISO performance is so bad (unless you shoot in RAW).

If Sony came up with some new firmware, maybe I would buy this camera.

It is the cheapest DSLR you can buy with those specs, but the high ISO JPEGs are sooooo bad.

unileeds;5145431

Hmm I have heard some issues with the A3** picture quality, apparently … Hmm I have heard some issues with the A3** picture quality, apparently noise is an issue. I was going to buy this, but then people told me to go for the A2** series, which is inferior in spec but better in pic quality. Apparently something to do with the sensor used. However, I have decided to go for the Olymus E520 with 14-42mm lens for £349.00. 7dayshop do spare batteries and filters etc quite cheap. have a look at it!! deal is Hot though... plus get 6 % quidco as well!!



I think the noise in low light are the same with E520 and A300.

Nikon D60 and Canon and Pentax (can't remember the models) are better in low light but those three makes with live view are so much more expensive..

pet2000;5145943

It's not so weird. The D40 has "only" 6M pix whereas the A300 has 10M … It's not so weird. The D40 has "only" 6M pix whereas the A300 has 10M pix.The A300 has all I want from a DSLR (antishake in body, Live View, Tilting LCD) but the high ISO performance is so bad (unless you shoot in RAW). If Sony came up with some new firmware, maybe I would buy this camera.It is the cheapest DSLR you can buy with those specs, but the high ISO JPEGs are sooooo bad.


It is rumoured that Sony are replacing the A300 with the A320 in the summer which will also have a much improved kit lens but only a 18-55mm range, that may be the answer to your problems if you can wait especially if they fit a CMOS sensor rather than a CCD

gaanja;5146237

I'm thinking of getting this as well, but how does this compare to the … I'm thinking of getting this as well, but how does this compare to the A300? It's priced at £398.99]Sony Alpha A350 + 18-70 f3.5-5.6 Sony lens



I had a look at the A350 as well. But with the higher megapixels, noise is even worth than with the A300. But if you shoot in RAW, you can make bigger prints (it all depends what you normally use it for). There would be no difference between the two with prints up to 10x8 or there about.

hotdealone;5146232

It is rumoured that Sony are replacing the A300 with the A320 in the … It is rumoured that Sony are replacing the A300 with the A320 in the summer which will also have a much improved kit lens but only a 18-55mm range, that may be the answer to your problems if you can wait especially if they fit a CMOS sensor rather than a CCD



The lens would make no difference to me since I only use prime lenses and never use zooms. But the sensor sounds like a big improvement. I am actually waiting for such a long time already, how much longer can I take? LOL..

pet2000;5145984

I think the noise in low light are the same with E520 and A300. Nikon D60 … I think the noise in low light are the same with E520 and A300. Nikon D60 and Canon and Pentax (can't remember the models) are better in low light but those three makes with live view are so much more expensive..



well the 4/3 sensor has an inherent low light isue, but ths is compensated for in the aalgorithm. yes at 1600ISO you will suffer, but most reviewers have suggested that both Oly and the Panasonic manage noise alright till ISO800, plus things like built in shake reduction, shadow compensation and contrast AF assist in reducing the noise.

Ideally id want the Canon 450D, but it is waaay too expensive!!

Original Poster

This deal is now £359 without the voucher.. so if the voucher is still valid this gets better.

Dont personally prefer Sony Camera's because the lenses are quite expensive
when you compare them to the options available. {Nikkor / Sigma etc etc}

secondly they are from sony only so you are tied to what sony will make.

If you plan to use the camera with the standard lens only then probably a good deal...

Still voted hot.

i did my homework on this camera on the what digital camera website. they compared it with the sony a350 which is a 14.1 mp camera. the 350 shoots slower due to the extra pixels than the a300 and images are poorer at higher iso settings on the a350 than the a300. on that basis i bought the a300. i use it with a tamron 200-500mm for bird photography and get superb results. check out the reviews on what digital camera.

room.hunter77;5747374

Dont personally prefer Sony Camera's because the lenses are quite … Dont personally prefer Sony Camera's because the lenses are quite expensivewhen you compare them to the options available. {Nikkor / Sigma etc etc}secondly they are from sony only so you are tied to what sony will make.If you plan to use the camera with the standard lens only then probably a good deal...Still voted hot.



Why do people insist on giving out INCORRECT ADVICE?

1) Sony bought out Minolta, so there are A LOT of second hand lenses on the market that would fit the Sony Alpha series. I've got a 25year old lens on my Sony DSLR at the moment. Also, Sigma and Tamron make lenses for Sony fit as well - so it's not only restricted to what Sony will make.

2) A lot of lenses for the sony are CHEAPER than their Canon or Nikon equivalent because the image stabilisation is in the body on the Sony's rather than the lens. So if you buy an entry level Canon or Nikon body, which will be without Image Stabilisation, you will be paying a lot more for image stabilisation lenses than for the Sony.

I'm happy starting out with my A200, I can pick up old or new elses without worrying if they have IS, and know that they'll be good value.

Please - if you don't know what you're talking about, please refrain from giving out advice!

GafferTape;5747492

Why do people insist on giving out INCORRECT ADVICE?



Ignorance.

unileeds;5145763

I've heard that for some weird and wonderful reason the Nikon D40 has … I've heard that for some weird and wonderful reason the Nikon D40 has awesome picture quality, I mean you are not the first one to say that. I have heard tons of pple saying they like their D40 better than the big boys!! I dont know if the D40 is good for beginners though, you need to be on the ball really to use the manual focus and stuff#!!



The D40 is feature packed but it is pretty much point and shoot when on various auto modes. Though saying that, I love that it has scope to go as far as you want to go with it,ie different lenses etc.

Half my life time ago i worked as a portrait photographer but that was a long time ago and i came to this camera with virtually no experience at all. The pictures are great. You might consider a tripod if you suffer with a lot of camera shake like i do, but really, with the basic D40 kit, you are well away!
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