The Sony α (Alpha) DSLR-A700 Digital Camera features advanced imaging technologies and ultra-responsive operation, as well as a lightweight, dust- and moisture-resistant, magnesium alloy construction, making it ideal for the photo enthusiast or serious photo hobbyist. It incorporates Sony's Super SteadyShot image stabilization in the camera body and is compatible with most Minolta Maxxum mount lenses in addition to Sony's selection of high quality lenses.
The camera's 12.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor provides impressive image quality with noise reduction right on the sensor itself for incredibly clear images - even at high ISO settings. While the BIONZ processing engine, which has been optimized to process data-rich picture information at high speeds and to further reduce picture noise, provides detailed images with rich tonal reproduction.
The DSLR-A700 camera provides for extensive creative control beginning with fourteen creative styles, including night view, autumn leaves or vivid, which can be selected to enhance images. These effects can then be fine-tuned by customizing contrast, sharpness, zone matching and other parameters.
Furthermore, Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) function, provides users with the ability to choose the desired level of detail recovered in areas of shadow. Additionally, there is an extensive array of customization options to personalize the camera to match shooting styles. Up to 28 camera settings can be stored in one of three user memories for instant recall, and the camera's custom function button can be assigned to 15 frequently-accessed functions.
The large, bright, viewfinder uses a precision-ground optical glass pentaprism, and includes an interchangeable spherical acute matte focusing screen so that you can easily discern focus and framing. Then view your photos on the 3-inch XtraFine LCD screen, with its ultra-sharp resolution that makes it possible to check focus and image quality with much greater accuracy.
The camera also features an HDMI output for connection to HDTV sets, putting a high-resolution spin on the conventional photo slideshow.
Imaging Device: 12.24 (effective) APS Exmor Sensor; 23.5 x 15.6 mm; RGB primary color filter Chipset: Bionz Engine w/ Dynamic Range Optimizer. DRO Modes include Off, Standard, Advanced Auto, Advanced Manual, Advanced 3-frame bracketing. Advanced Manual include 5 adjustable levels. Recording Media: Built-in slots for both CompactFlash Type I/II media and Memory Stick Duo media or high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo media. Shutter Speed: 30 ~ 1/8000 sec 55 step, Bulb Exposure: Manual Exposure: Yes, w/EV indicator
Manual Exposure: Yes; Aperture/Shutter Priority, Manual
Program Shift: Yes, Command Dial
EV Compensation: ±3.0 EV, 0.3 EV / 0.5 EV steps selectable ISO: Auto/160/200/400/800/1600/3200/4000/5000/6400 LCD: 3.0" TFT (921k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo design Histogram: Yes; RGB display; Playback only Microphone/Speaker: No/ No Red-Eye Reduction: Yes: On/ Off White Balance: Auto plus 6 Modes (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash); +/- 3-step adjustable Kelvin temperature control (2500-9900k w/19-step Magenta/Greencompensation). Burst Mode: Selectable Hi(5 FPS) Lo(3 FPS); JPEG Standard/Fine: Unlimited to capacity of media; JPEG Extra Fine: 8; cRAW (compressed): 24; cRAW+JPEG: 12; RAW: 17; RAW+JPEG: 11. Color Mode(s): Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Adobe RGB, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night view, Autumn, B/W, Sepia (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space) Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night view/portrait Self Timer: Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off) Still Image Mode(s): RAW, cRAW (optimized for fast action), RAW+JPEG and three JPEG modes (Extra Fine, Fine and Standard) Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 8GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function Flash Modes: Manual Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM) Flash Effective Range: Manual popup; Approx. GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100); Coverage of up to 16 mm (in focal length); Approx. 3 sec. recycling time; Flash-ready indicator. Output(s): Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable USB Port(s): Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed Battery Type: NP-FM500H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery Battery Capacity: 7.2V, CIPA standard: approx. 650 pictures Supplied Software: Image Data Converter SR ver.2.0, Image Data Lightbox SR ver.1.0, Remote Camera Control ver.1.0 (all Windows & Macintosh), Picture Motion Browser Ver.2.1.02 (Windows only). Operating System Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional, Vista; Macintosh® OS X (v 10.1.3 or later). OS must be installed at the factory. Sony Limited Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor Other Focus :
TTL Phase Detection
Multi-point: 11 Area, 11 Line, 5 center twin-cross lines
Auto Focus Mode: Yes
Wide focus area (Auto, 11 areas), Spot focus area, Local focus area (11 local areas selectable)
Visual Focus Confirm: Direct via VF Matte Screen