- 10MP - APS-C Sensor
- 2.7" Tilting Display
- ISO 100 - 3200
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- No Video
- Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
- 632g - 131 x 99 x 75mm
- Introduced January 2008
- New Model is Sony A330
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A300 overview
Sony A300 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially launched on January of 2008. It comes with a 10 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3872 x 2592.
Sony introduced the updated Sony A330 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.
The A300 is scored #59 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #466 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized factors.
Here is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony A300 family
The Sony A300 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can check out all earlier and most recent models as well as important specs.
A300 vs A6824MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
A300 vs A5820MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
A300 vs A5716MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
A300 vs A3716MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
A300 vs A6524MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
A300 vs A3516MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
A300 vs A58016MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
A300 vs A56014MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
A300 vs A3314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A300 vs A5516MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
A300 vs A39014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A300 vs A29014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A300 vs A45014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A300 vs A55014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
A300 vs A50012MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
A300 vs A38014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A300 vs A23010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A300 vs A33010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A300 vs A20010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A300 vs A35014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A300 vs A10010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Sony A300 Gallery
You can check the A300 from several angles in the gallery here.
Sony A300 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Sony A300 based on features which are usually viewed as necessary in a camera.
Sony A300 Sensor details
The specification of the sensor on the Sony A300 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels . The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CCD sensor has 10MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW files are supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the A300's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The A300 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony A300 dimensions
Sony A300 is 1.39 lbs (632 grams / 22.29 oz) & has outer size of 131mm x 99mm x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 grams and the Sony A300 is heavier when compared to its competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Here is a image of the Sony A300 beside a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will show you the button design on the A300.
Sony A300 Lens specs
The A300 uses the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses on the market today. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the A300.
Sony A300 Connectivity
The A300 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and sometimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Sony A300 Video specs
Sony A300 does not record video. If you are wanting a camera to take only photos, this is not a concern.
Sony A300 Weather Sealing
Sony A300 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions could damage the camera.
Sony A300 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony A300 comes with a 2.7 inch tilting display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specs for Sony A300 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.49x
For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be particularly helpful.
Sony A300 Shutter specs
Sony A300 has the ability to shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony A300 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony A300 features both built in flash together with external flash ability.
Sony A300 Autofocusing specs
Sony A300 features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
The AF system comes with 9 focus points to select from. Sony A300 boasts manual focus in case it is required in low light conditions or you want more precise focus control.
Sony A300 Battery life
The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x offers the highest possible (1900) battery life in this category of cameras.
Following is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the strongest battery life:
A300 vs K-x1900 yesnono
A300 vs D35001550 yesnoyes
A300 vs D34001200 yesnoyes
A300 vs SL31070 yesnoyes
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Sony A300 for various types of photography
The following bar chart gives a summation of the Sony A300 for various types of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony A300 Portrait photography advice
The Sony A300 receives a score of 60 which is average, meaning that it is reasonably adequate to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the flexibility to use external flash.
Sony A300 Street photography highlights
Getting a above average points total of 74, the Sony A300 is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Sony A300 Sports photography details
A decent sports photography points tally of 55 indicates the Sony A300 is fairly suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony A300 Travel photography highlights
Portability is extremely important in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony A300 gets a horrible 45 for a travel camera which makes it simply not very good to take on your vacations.
Landscape photography with Sony A300
When you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will be image quality. The Sony A300 and it's average rating of 57 for a landscape camera is relatively suited within the current marketplace.
Sony A300 Vlogging highlights
A vlogging camera ought to have a articulating display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Sony A300 is simply not very good for vlogging as it receives a horrible score of 9.
Sony A300 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the A300, here is a list of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The diagram followed below gives you a bird's eye view of the A300 versus it's top scored competitors listed above.
There are more cameras you may regard as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.