Sony A300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 front
  • 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
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #60 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #486 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-SLT-A68 front thumbnailSony A68
A300 vs A68
24MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
Sony-SLT-A58 front thumbnailSony A58
A300 vs A58
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
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Sony-SLT-A57 front thumbnailSony A57
A300 vs A57
16MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
Sony-SLT-A37 front thumbnailSony A37
A300 vs A37
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
Sony-SLT-A65 front thumbnailSony A65
A300 vs A65
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
Sony-SLT-A35 front thumbnailSony A35
A300 vs A35
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A580 front thumbnailSony A580
A300 vs A580
16MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A560 front thumbnailSony A560
A300 vs A560
14MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
Sony-SLT-A33 front thumbnailSony A33
A300 vs A33
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony-SLT-A55 front thumbnailSony A55
A300 vs A55
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A390 front thumbnailSony A390
A300 vs A390
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A290 front thumbnailSony A290
A300 vs A290
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A450 front thumbnailSony A450
A300 vs A450
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A550 front thumbnailSony A550
A300 vs A550
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A500 front thumbnailSony A500
A300 vs A500
12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A380 front thumbnailSony A380
A300 vs A380
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A230 front thumbnailSony A230
A300 vs A230
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A330 front thumbnailSony A330
A300 vs A330
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A200 front thumbnailSony A200
A300 vs A200
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A350 front thumbnailSony A350
A300 vs A350
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A300 front thumbnailSony A30010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A100 front thumbnailSony A100
A300 vs A100
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006

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.

above average min ISO (100)
comes with phase detect AF
flash built-in
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
saves RAW files
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (APS-C)
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
low megapixels (10MP)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
missing external microphone socket
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing Timelapse recording
screen is small (2.7 inch)
slow fps (3.0 fps)
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Here is a image of the Sony A300 beside a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button design on the A300.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sony-DT-30mm-F2.8-Macro-SAM lensSony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM30mmf/2.8 150g
Tamron-SP-35mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD-Sony-Alpha lensTamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD35mmf/1.8 450g
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Tamron-18-270mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-PZD-Sony-Alpha lensTamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II PZD18-270mmf/3.5-6.3 450g
Sony-35mm-F1.4-G lensSony 35mm F1.4 G35mmf/1.4 510g
Tamron-AF-28-75mm-F2.8-XR-Di-LD-Aspherical-IF-Sony-Alpha lensTamron AF 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical IF28-75mmf/2.8 510g
Rokinon-85mm-F1.4-Sony-Alpha lensRokinon 85mm F1.485mmf/1.4 539g
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Sony-50mm-F2.8-Macro lensSony 50mm F2.8 Macro50mmf/2.8 295g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
A300 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

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 59 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.

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focusing manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
low MP (10MP)

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.

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screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files

Sony A300 Sports photography details

A decent sports photography points tally of 54 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.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
max fps very slow (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)

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.

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built-in flash
no Time Lapse mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen

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.

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manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
small screen (2.7 inches)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording

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.

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can't shoot video

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.

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General Information
Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Highest resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
632 gr (1.39 pounds)
131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Compact Flash
Card slots
Retail price