- 25MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- No Video
- Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
- 895g - 156 x 117 x 82mm
- Released October 2008
- Successor is Sony A99
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A900 summary
Sony A900 is Sony's Advanced DSLR camera initially launched on October of 2008. It houses a 25 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6048 x 4032.
Sony introduced the updated Sony A99 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this camera.
The A900 is rated #42 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & overall #239 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should use our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
Here is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Sony A900 family
The Sony A900 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all earlier and most recent models along with important specs.
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Sony A900 Gallery
You can see the A900 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony A900 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Sony A900 based on features which are oftentimes considered important in a camera.
Sony A900 Sensor specifications
The Sony A900 features the Bionz processor. The sensor spec in the Sony A900 is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor is able to capture 6048 x 4032 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 25 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW format is saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath illustrates the A900's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The A900 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony A900 dimensions
Sony A900 weighs about 1.97 lbs (895g / 31.57 oz) & has outer measurements of 156mm x 117mm x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776g so the Sony A900 is more heavy when compared with other rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a shot of the Sony A900 next to a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view under will highlight the button layout on the A900.
Sony A900 Lens specifications
The A900 works with the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses available for sale. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the A900.
Sony A900 Connectivity
The A900 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer photos and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Sony A900 Video specifications
Sony A900 does not take video. In case you are wanting a camera to take only photos, this is not a problem.
Sony A900 Weather Sealing
Sony A900 comes with weather proofing making it a very good selection for use for rough conditions. This is particularly helpful in case you are not sure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.
Sony A900 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony A900 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 922 thousand dots.
Please note that the screen has no touch support. The A900 also has a builtin Top LCD display so it’s possible to instantly see camera settings.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder specs for Sony A900 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.74x
For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders can be particularly useful.
Sony A900 Shutter specifications
Sony A900 continuous shooting rate is 5.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.
Sony A900 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony A900 features external flash support but is without in-built flash. The highest flash sync is 1/250 seconds.
Sony A900 Autofocus specifications
Sony A900 features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing.
It supports 9 focus points to choose from. Sony A900 supports manual focus if required for low light occasions or you need to have more accurate focus control.
Sony A900 Battery life
The battery pack (NP-FM500H) in the Sony A900 is built to last for 880 photos based on the CIPA specifications which is on par with it's competition. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 offers the maximum (2260) battery life for this type of cameras.
Here is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras having the highest battery life:
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Sony A900 for different types of photography
The following chart gives a summary of the Sony A900 for different types of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Sony A900 Portrait photography highlights
The Sony A900 receives a points total of 72 which is nice, and means the camera is a good pick to use for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the capability to work with external lighting.
Sony A900 as a Street photography camera
With a nice points total of 66, the Sony A900 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.
Sony A900 Sports photography advice
A nice sports photography rating of 71 means the Sony A900 is a very decent choice for shooting sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony A900 Travel photography info
Weight is super crucial when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Sony A900 gets a modest 55 as a travelling camera which is reasonably suitable to purchase for your holidays.
Sony A900 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony A900 and it's above average score of 73 for a landscape camera is a respectable fit within the current market.
Sony A900 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony A900 is just not suitable for vlogging as it gets a horrible score of 9.
Sony A900 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the A900, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Advanced DSLR.
The graph below provides you an overview of the A900 compared to it's highest rated competitors listed previously.
These are some more cameras you might check out as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.