Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

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The Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is the initial Sony-branded DSLR release after cooperation between Konica Minolta and Sony which began in autumn 2005. In winter 2005/2006 Konica Minolta decided to hand over all its assets related to DSLR technology to Sony.

The Alpha A-100 is Sony's first product in the modern SLR segment. It is the successor of the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D which had a similar antishake system introduced to DSLRs in Konica Minolta's 7D (initially introduced in Minolta's DiMage A1 "bridge" digital camera). The digital capture sensor is placed on the antishake-mechanism. The camera doesn't need special antishake lenses because shake-compensating movements are done by the sensor. All lenses for Minolta's 35mm autofocus SLRs can be used on the Sony camera body - the lens mount is Minolta's 1985 A-mount/Alpha-mount bayonet.

A dust removing system helps to keep the sensor clean. It shakes the sensor by means of the anti-shake mechanism. An improvement compared to the Konica Minolta DSLRs was the DRO setting, the Dynamic Range Optimization to make more details visible in shadow areas.


Specifications

  • Type: digital single lens reflex camera body
  • Manufacturer: Sony [1] in Japan
  • Factory: Konica Minolta production facility in Malaysia
  • Year of launch: 2006
  • Lens mount: Sony Alpha mount (was Minolta then Konica Minolta Alpha- or A-bayonet)
  • Sensor: Sony Interlace scan CCD in APS-C format (23.6×15.8mm), 10.8 megapixels
  • Metering: TTL (multi, spot, or center)
  • Focusing: autofocus with four different modes
  • Shutter: focal plane, controlled electronically, with speeds from 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
  • Viewfinder: pentamirror finder, showing 95% of image, with diopter correction
  • Display: 2.5 inch TFT, 230,000 color pixels
  • Storage: CF CompactFlash card, Sony Memory Stick Pro via supplied adapter to CF
  • Flash: built-in
  • Weight: 545 g without rechargeable lithium-ions battery NP-FM55H
  • Dimensions: 133×95×72mm

Notes

  1. AMC Alpha Mount Camera division


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