Sony A450

 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 front
 
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 560g - 137 x 104 x 81mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
65
Imaging
56
Features
52
Overall
54

Sony A450 overview

Sony A450 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera first revealed on January of 2010. It includes a 14 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4592 x 3056.

The A450 stands at #47 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #352 out of 1421 for cameras in our list. You can try our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom factors.

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The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony A450 history

The Sony A450 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can check out all past and newer models as well as important specifications.

ModelResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleasedWeight
Sony-SLT-A68 front thumbnailSony A68
A450 vs A68
24MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015610g
Sony-SLT-A58 front thumbnailSony A58
A450 vs A58
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013492g
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Sony-SLT-A57 front thumbnailSony A57
A450 vs A57
16MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012618g
Sony-SLT-A37 front thumbnailSony A37
A450 vs A37
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012506g
Sony-SLT-A65 front thumbnailSony A65
A450 vs A65
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011622g
Sony-SLT-A35 front thumbnailSony A35
A450 vs A35
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011415g
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A580 front thumbnailSony A580
A450 vs A580
16MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011599g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A560 front thumbnailSony A560
A450 vs A560
14MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010599g
Sony-SLT-A33 front thumbnailSony A33
A450 vs A33
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010500g
Sony-SLT-A55 front thumbnailSony A55
A450 vs A55
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010500g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A390 front thumbnailSony A390
A450 vs A390
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010549g
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A290 front thumbnailSony A290
A450 vs A290
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010549g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A450 front thumbnailSony A45014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010560g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A550 front thumbnailSony A550
A450 vs A550
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009632g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A500 front thumbnailSony A500
A450 vs A500
12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009630g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A380 front thumbnailSony A380
A450 vs A380
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009519g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A230 front thumbnailSony A230
A450 vs A230
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009490g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A330 front thumbnailSony A330
A450 vs A330
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009529g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A200 front thumbnailSony A200
A450 vs A200
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008572g
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A350 front thumbnailSony A350
A450 vs A350
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008674g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A300 front thumbnailSony A300
A450 vs A300
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008632g
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A100 front thumbnailSony A100
A450 vs A100
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006638g

Sony A450 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony A450 based on things which are oftentimes seen as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with phase detect autofocus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
does have HDMI port
exports RAW files
great battery power (1,050 CIPA)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
you can focus manually
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have microphone port
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Timelapse mode
lack of video recording
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
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Sony A450 Sensor specs

The Sony A450 is powered by the Bionz processor. The sensor size on the Sony A450 is 23.4mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 365 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4592 x 3056 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 14 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 200 to 12800. RAW format is saved so you have more margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the A450's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The A450 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A450 dimensions

Sony A450 weighs 1.23 lbs (560g / 19.75 ounces) & has external size of 137mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g and the Sony A450 is very similar as compared to various rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Sony A450 besides a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button design on the A450.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 topview buttons dials

Sony A450 Lens details

The A450 works with the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 142 lenses on the market today. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the A450.

ModelFocal LengthApertureStabilizedAutofocusWeight
Sigma-15mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Diagonal-Fisheye-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye15mmf/2.8 370g
Lensbaby-Burnside-35-Sony-Alpha lensLensbaby Burnside 3535mmf/2.8 374g
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Sigma-10-20mm-F3.5-EX-DC-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM10-20mmf/3.5 520g
Sony-DT-55-300mm-F4.5-5.6-SAM lensSony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM55-300mmf/4.5-5.6 460g
Sony-75-300mm-F4.5-5.6 lensSony 75-300mm F4.5-5.675-300mmf/4.5-5.6 460g
Sigma-300mm-F2.8-APO-EX-DG-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM300mmf/2.8 2400g
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Sigma-28mm-F1.8-EX-DG-Aspherical-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro28mmf/1.8 500g
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Sony A450 Connectivity

The A450 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer files and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Certain apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Sony A450 Video details

Sony A450 doesn't record video. If you are searching for a digital camera to shoot just pictures, it might not be a problem.

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Sony A450 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Sony A450 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Sony A450 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony A450 includes a 2.7 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications for Sony A450 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x

Viewfinders can be quite helpful for sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Sony A450 Shutter details

Sony A450 continuous shooting rate is 7.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Sony A450 Flash and Hot shoe details

Sony A450 comes with both in-built flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/160 sec.

Sony A450 Autofocus details

Sony A450 comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

It includes 9 focus points to select from. Sony A450 supports manual focus when needed for low light conditions or you want to have more exact focus control.

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Sony A450 Battery life

The battery power (NP-FM500H) in the Sony A450 is fashioned to last for 1050 shots according to the CIPA benchmarks which is higher than standard ın comparison with its class. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x features the highest (1900) battery life for this class of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the highest battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Pentax-K-x front thumbnailPentax K-x
A450 vs K-x
1280 x 7201900 yesnono
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
A450 vs D3500
1920 x 10801550 yesnoyes
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
A450 vs D3400
1920 x 10801200 yesnoyes
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
A450 vs SL3
3840 x 21601070 yesnoyes
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A450 front thumbnailSony A450None1050 yesnono

Sony A450 for different categories of photography

The following graph gives a summation of the Sony A450 for different categories of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Sony A450

The Sony A450 gets a points tally of 73 which is above average, and means the camera is a good choice to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & ability to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats

Street photography with Sony A450

With a above average points tally of 66, the Sony A450 is a very decent fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen

Sports photography with Sony A450

A superb sports photography points tally of 78 indicates the Sony A450 is a great choice for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great battery power (1,050 CIPA)
supports phase detect AF

Travel photography with Sony A450

Portability is extremely crucial when picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony A450 gets a nice 61 as a travel camera which is a fine option to take on your holidays.

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great battery power (1,050 CIPA)
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly

Sony A450 Landscape photography features

For anyone planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony A450 at it's very good rating of 67 as a landscape camera is a fine pick among it's rivals.

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has manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
good battery (1,050 per charge)
screen is small (2.7")
no Time Lapse mode

Sony A450 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony A450 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible score of 9.

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can't record video

Sony A450 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the A450, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The diagram below will give you a bird's eye view of the A450 compared to it's top rated rivals mentioned above.

Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Sony
Model
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
Category
Entry-Level DSLR
Released
2010-01-05
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor
Bionz
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
365.0mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4592 x 3056
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
12800
Min native ISO
200
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses
143
Crop factor
1.5
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech
TFT Clear Photo Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95%
Viewfinder magnification
0.53x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
66
DXO Color Depth score
21.8
DXO Dynamic range score
11.8
DXO Low light score
769
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, Fill, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Wireless/ High Speed Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
None
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
560g (1.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions
137 x 104 x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2")
Other
Battery life
1050 pictures
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-FM500H
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
One
Price at launch
$1,241