Sony A700

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 front

Sony A700 overview

Sony A700 is Sony's Advanced DSLR camera originally announced on December of 2007. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4272 x 2848.

Sony brought out this camera as a way to upgrade the earlier Konica Minolta 7D (Read Full Comparison) & then brought out the newer Sony A77 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The A700 stands at #55 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all around #395 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your custom factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony A700 family

The Sony A700 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-SLT-A77-II front thumbnailSony A77 II
A700 vs A77 II
24MPAPS-C12.0 fps2014
Sony-SLT-A77 front thumbnailSony A77
A700 vs A77
24MPAPS-C12.0 fps2011
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A700 front thumbnailSony A70012MPAPS-C5.0 fps2007

Sony A700 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of pluses and minuses of the Sony A700 based on things which are typically seen as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
focusing manually
good min ISO (100)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has dual storage slots
has HDMI support
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has phase detect auto focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
screen has good resolution (920 k dot)
weather sealing
can't record video
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have liveview
fixed screen
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
missing headphone jack
missing microphone jack
missing Timelapse recording
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Sony A700 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor on the Sony A700 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4272 x 2848 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW photos are saved so the user has more margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the A700's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The A700 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A700 dimensions

Sony A700 is 1.69 lb (768 gr or 27.09 oz) & has outside measurements of 142mm x 105mm x 80mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.1"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Sony A700 is very similar when compared to its rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Sony A700 alongside a soda so you can get a sense of its size.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the A700.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 topview buttons dials

Sony A700 Lens information

The A700 works with the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses to choose from. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the A700.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sony-DT-18-70mm-F3.5-5.6 lensSony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.618-70mmf/3.5-5.6 235g
Sony-Vario-Sonnar-T-16-35mm-F2.8-ZA-SSM-II lensSony Vario-Sonnar T 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II16-35mmf/2.8 872g
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Sony-DT-16-80mm-F3.5-4.5-ZA-Carl-Zeiss-Vario-Sonnar-T lensSony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T16-80mmf/3.5-4.5 445g
Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-OS-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 610g
Sony-500mm-F4-G-SSM lensSony 500mm F4 G SSM500mmf/4.0 3460g
Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro24-70mmf/2.8 715g
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Sigma-18-35mm-F1.8-DC-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM18-35mmf/1.8 810g
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Sony A700 Connectivity

The A700 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can send pictures and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Several apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Sony A700 Video information

Sony A700 does not record video. If you are looking for a camera to shoot just pictures, it is not a problem.

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Sony A700 Weather Sealing

Sony A700 provides weather sealing making it a excellent option for use in tricky climates. This can be particularly helpful if you are unsure about the elements you might face in outdoor photography.

Sony A700 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony A700 includes a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 920k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications for Sony A700 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.6x

Viewfinders are really handy in sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Sony A700 Shutter information

Sony A700 is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Sony A700 Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony A700 comes with both built in flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/250s.

Sony A700 Autofocus information

Sony A700 comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and precise than Contrast Detect focusing.

It includes 11 focus points to select from. Sony A700 can use manual focus when required in low light or you want more accurate focus control.

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Sony A700 Battery life

The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the highest (2260) battery life in this range of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras that have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
A700 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
Photography Glossary
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
A700 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
A700 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
A700 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Sony A700 for specific styles of photography

The following chart presents a summation of the Sony A700 for specific styles of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Sony A700

The Sony A700 receives a points tally of 54 which is decent, and means the camera is fairly suited to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support along with the flexibility to use off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
low megapixels (12 megapixels)

Sony A700 Street photography information

With a nice points total of 64, the Sony A700 is a respectable pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
screen is fixed

Sony A700 Sports photography highlights

A modest sports photography points total of 56 indicates the Sony A700 is reasonably suited for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather proofing
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
low MP (12 megapixels)

Sony A700 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is super crucial in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Sony A700 gets a average 49 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably acceptable for your travels.

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environment proofing
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Sony A700

For anyone who is looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Sony A700 at it's very good grade of 62 as a landscape camera is a fine pick in the current marketplace.

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manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
2 card slots
no liveview feature
low megapixels (12MP)
lack of Time Lapse function

Sony A700 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Sony A700 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a awful score of 9.

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lack of video recording

Sony A700 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the A700, below is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line graph just below shows you a bird's eye view of the A700 vs it's top rated competitors listed previously.

Following are additional cameras you might see as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4272 x 2848
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Display resolution
920k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
12.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, rear curtain, Off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
768 grams (1.69 lb)
142 x 105 x 80mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.1")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo
Storage slots
Cost at launch