Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Review
Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Specifications
|Price (body only)|| $1400 [check]|
|Body material *||Magnesium Alloy chassis, high grade plastic exterior|
|Sensor *|| 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor 'Exmor'
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
13.05 million total pixels
12.25 million effective pixels
On-chip Column A/D Conversion & NR
|Image sizes *||
4288 x 2856 (L RAW
|File qualities / formats *|| RAW (.ARW 2.0)
Compressed or uncompressed RAW option
RAW + JPEG Fine
• JPEG Extra Fine
|Dust reduction|| Static-resistant anti-dust coating
CCD-shift dust reduction mechanism
|Lenses|| Sony Alpha lenses
(also compatible with Minolta A-type bayonet mount lenses)
|Super SteadyShot|| CCD-Shift 'Super SteadyShot' system
Five level LED shake indicator in viewfinder
Claimed equivalent to 2.5 – 4 steps in shutter speed *
|Auto Focus *|| TTL CCD line sensors (11-points, 10 lines with center dual cross sensor)
EV 0 to 18 (ISO 100) detection range
Predictive focus control for moving subjects
|AF area selection||
Wide AF area
|Focus modes|| Single-shot AF
Direct Manual Focus
|• Yes (built-in LED lamp)
• Range approx 1m - 7m
|Eye-start AF||Yes, selectable from menu (optionally with grip sensor trigger*)|
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Auto (200 - 1600) - upper/lower limit selectable *
|Metering modes|| Multi-segment (40 segment Honeycomb pattern)
|Metering range|| EV 0 to 20 (Multi-segment / Center-weighted) *
EV 2 to 20 (Spot metering) *
(at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
|AE Lock|| AEL button (customizable)
Half-press shutter release
|AE Bracketing|| Single or continuous bracketing
3 or 5 frames
0.3, 0.5 or 0.7 EV steps *
|Exposure compen.|| -3.0 to +3.0 EV *
0.3 or 0.5 EV steps *
|Shutter||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter|
|Shutter Speed *|| 30 to 1/8000 sec
|Flash X-sync *|| 1/250 sec
1/200 sec (with Super SteadyShot on)
|Aperture values||Depends on lens, 0.3 EV steps|
|DOF preview||Yes, dedicated button|
|White balance fine tuning|| Auto (none)
Preset WB: -3 to +3
Fluorescent WB: -2 to +4
Color temperature WB: G9 to M9 (Magenta to Green)
|White balance bracketing|| 3 frames
Hi or Lo steps
|Dynamic range optimizer||
|Color space|| sRGB
|Color modes|| Standard
• Neutral *
• Clear *
• Deep *
• Light *
• Autumn Leaves *
• Sepia *
|Image parameters *|| Contrast (-3 to +3)
Saturation (-3 to +3)
Sharpness (-3 to +3)
• Zone Matching (-1 to +2 steps)
• Brightness (-3 to +3 steps)
(Available in all color modes)
|Noise reduction *|| Long exposure for exposures longer than 1 second
• High ISO NR High/Normal/Low at ISO 1600 or higher
User controllable: On / Off
Eye-level fixed optical glass pentaprism
|LCD monitor *|| 3.0 " 'Xtra Fine' TFT LCD
920,000 pixels (640 x 480 x 3 (RGB))
• 270 ppi
|Flash|| Built-in pop-up flash (manual release)
Metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m)
Angle of coverage 24 mm (35 mm equiv.)
Flash sync 1/250 sec, 1/200 sec (SteadyShot on) *
|Flash compensation *||-3.0 to +3.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps|
|External flash (optional)|| Sony HVL-F56M (guide no. 56)
Sony HVL-F36M (guide no. 36)
Macro Twin Flash Kit HVL-MT24AM
• Ring Light HVL-RLAM
• Off camera flash shoe FA-CS1 AM
|Drive modes|| Single-frame
Continuous (H/L selectable) *
Self-timer (10 or 2 sec)
White balance bracket
• DRO bracket *
|• H: Approx 5fps max
• L: Approx 3fps max
RAW: Up to 18 frames
• cRAW (compressed): Up to 25 frames
RAW+JPEG: Up to 12 frames
JPEG (XFINE): Up to 16 frames
• JPEG (STD/FINE): Unlimited (to card capacity)
|Orientation sensor||Yes, for shooting, playback and control panel display|
|Connectivity *|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage, Multi-LUN or PTP)
Video out (NTSC or PAL)
• HDMI type C mini jack
• PC control (with supplied software)
|Remote control *||• Wired: with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
• Wireless: with included remote control
|Video out||• AV (Selectable NTSC or PAL)
• HDMI (1920 x 1080i, 1280 x 720p, 720 x 580p, 720 x 576p)
• 'PhotoTV' HD settings applied with BRAVIA.
|Storage *|| Compact Flash Type I/II
Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo
Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32
|Power *|| NP-FM500H Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (1650 mAh)
Battery charger included
Optional AC adapter
• Batter life Approx 650 shots (CIPA standard)
|Vertical grip *||• Vertical Grip VG-C70AM
• One or Two NP-FM500H batteries with auto switchover for power (additional battery is optional).
|Dimensions||141.7 x 104.8 x 79.7 mm (5.6 x 4.25 x 3.25 in)|
|Weight (body)|| No battery: 690 g (1.5 lb)
With battery: 768 g (1.7 lb)
|Home from first day. by Frank LoPriore|
from Back to School
|Hummingbird in Flight by Lensmate|
from A Big Year - birds
|Green turtle in the shallows by gcachon|
|Bruce Green by George Veltchev|
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