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Main specifications of 300  
System  
Live View  
Type  
Image sensor  
Metering  
Sensitivity  
Coverage  
Camera type  
Lens compatibility  
Image Sensor  
Sensor type  
Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses  
Sony lenses,Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses  
Pentamirror tilt system  
Dedicated to live view  
1200-zone evaluative  
EV 2 - 17 (in all metering modes,at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)  
Digital SLR Camera  
APS-C type (23.6 x 15.8mm),with RGB primary color filters  
Approx.10.2 megapixels  
Approx.10.8 megapixels  
Effective pixels  
Total pixels  
90%  
SmartTeleconverter  
function  
1.4x or 2x selectable  
Histogram display,real-time image-adjustmen)t display (exposure compensation,  
white balance,sunset / B&W in Creative Style  
Anti-Dust system  
Charge protection coating on low pass filter  
and image-sensor shift mechanism  
Other functions  
ISO sensitivity range  
A/D conversion  
Recording  
AUTO,100 to 3200 (in 1-stop increments,Recommended Exposure Index)  
12 bits  
Shutter  
Type  
Electronically-controlled,vertical-traverse,focal-plane type  
1/4000 to 30 sec.,Bulb  
Recording format  
JPEG (DCF2.0 and Exif 2.21 compliant,DPOF supported),  
RAW (Sony ARW 2.0 format),RAW + JPEG  
Speed range  
Flash sync speed  
1/160 sec.  
Super SteadyShot  
®
(Image Stabilization)  
Type Image-sensor shift mechanism  
<
Aspect ratio 3:2>  
L size:3872 x 2592 (10M),M size: 2896 x 1936 (5.6M),S size:1920 x1280 (2.5M)  
<Aspect ratio 16:9>  
Image size  
L size:3872 x 2176 (8.4M),M size:2896 x 1632 (4.7M),S size:1920 x 1088 (2.1M)  
Indication  
Super SteadyShot scale and Camera-shake warning in the viewfinder  
Equivalent to approx.2.5 to 3.5 steps in shutter speeds  
Image quality modes  
Media  
RAW,RAW + JPEG,Fine,Standard  
CompactFlash (Type I,Type II),Microdrive  
*Separately sold "Memory Stick Duo Adapter for CompactFlash Slot  
AD-MSCF1" is necessary to use Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo/  
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo  
Long exposure NR:On/Off selectable,available at shutter speeds longer than 1sec.  
High ISO NR:On/Off selectable,available at ISO 1600 or higher  
sRGB,Adobe RGB  
Creative Style,D-Range Optimizer (Off,Standard,Advanced)  
Compensation effect  
(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)  
Built-in Flash  
Pop-up  
Guide number  
Flash coverage  
Control  
Auto  
12 (in meters at ISO 100)  
18 mm (focal length printed on the lens body)  
Noise reduction  
ADI,Pre-flash TTL  
+/- 2 EV (in 0.3-stop increments)  
Color space  
Other features  
White Balance  
Flash compensation  
Auto (Flash-off),Auto,Fill-flash,Red-eye reduction,Rear sync,Slow sync,  
High speed sync,Wireless  
Modes  
Auto,Daylight,Shade,Cloudy,Tungsten,Fluorescent,Flash  
Color Temperature / Color filter,Custom  
3 exposures,H/L level selectable  
Flash bracketing  
Recycling time  
Drive  
3 exposures (in 0.3/0.7-stop increments)  
Approx.4 sec.  
Modes  
Bracketing  
Focus Control  
Type  
Modes  
Single,Continuous,Self-timer (10 sec./ 2 sec.delay selectable)  
TTL phase detection system  
CCD line sensors  
9 points  
EV 0 - 18 (at ISO 100)  
AF/MF selectable. AF modes:Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF  
Wide,Spot,Local (9 local areas selectable)  
Predictive cont(rBoul,iFlto-icnusalsohc,kR,aEnyeg-es:taarptpArFo,x.1-5m)  
AF illuminator  
Continuous shooting speed Max.3 fps (approx.) with viewfinder,max.2 fps (approx.) in live view mode  
No. of frames recordable JPEG (L size,Fine):Until memory card is full,RAW:6 frames,RAW+JPEG:3 frames  
Playback  
Sensor  
No. of focus point  
Sensitivity range  
Modes  
Single (with or without shooting information,with 4 previous / following images,  
RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning),4 / 9 / 25-frame index view,  
enlarged display mode (max.zoom - L size:12x,M size:9.1x,S size:6.1x),  
Image orientation,Slideshow  
Modes  
Focus area  
Other features  
Interface  
Exposure Control  
PC interface  
USB2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage,PTP)  
NTSC / PAL selectable  
Supported OS Environments  
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / XP Home Edition / XP Professional / Vista  
Type:TTL metering  
Video output  
Metering  
Sensor:40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC  
Sensitivity range:EV 2 - 20 (EV 4 - 20 in spot metering mode),(at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)  
Modes:Multi segment,Center weighted,Spot  
Windows  
Home Basic / Vista Home Premium / Vista Ultimate / Vista Business / Vista Enterprise  
Mac OS X (v.10.13 or later)  
Modes:Program AE (AUTO,AUTO - Flash Off,P), Aperture priority,Shutter priority,Manual,  
Macintosh  
Print  
Compatible standards  
Power  
Scene selection  
(
Portrait,Landscape,Macro,Sports,Sunset,Night portrait/Night view)  
Exposure  
(
Exif Print,Print Image Matching III,PictBridge  
Bracketing:3continuous or single exposures selectable,in0.3or0.7-stop increments  
Viewfinder  
Type  
Coverage  
Magnification  
Diopter adjustment  
Eye point  
Screen  
LCD Monitor  
Type  
Total number of dots  
Coverage  
Brightness adjustment Selectable in 5 steps  
One Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FM500H  
* NP-FM55H for DSLR-A100 is not usable.  
Fixed eye-level,penta-Dach-mirror  
95%  
Power source  
Battery performance  
External power source  
Approx.730 shots with viewfinder,approx.410 shots in live view mode  
0.74 x (with 50-1mm lens at infinity,-1m-1  
-3.0 to +1.0 m  
)
*
Both measured using CIPA standard  
AC Adapter / Charger AC-VQ900AM (optional)  
Approx. 20.8 mm from the eyepiece lens,approx.16.7mm from the eyepiece frame  
Spherical Acute Matte  
Others  
Dimension (WxHxD)  
Approx.130.8 x 98.5 x 74.7 mm (5-1/4 x 4 x 3 in.) (excl.protrusions)  
Approx.582 g (1 lb 4.5 oz) (w/o battery,memory card,accessories)  
0 - 40 degrees C (32- 104 degrees F)  
Weight  
2.7-inch type,TFT  
230,400 dots  
100%  
Operating temperature  
Specifications are based on the information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.  
Number of recordable frames based on compression, image quality and size  
CompactFlash Card3:2  
=
10 MB  
/
16:9  
=
8.4 MB)  
4GB  
Memory Stick Duo3:2  
1GB  
=
2GB  
10 MB  
/
16:9  
=
8.4 MB)  
4GB  
Image size:L  
Image size:L  
5
12MB  
1
G
B
2
G
B
8GB  
512MB  
8GB  
Standard  
Fine  
RAW  
RAW  
166  
123  
24  
/
/
/
188  
141  
26  
325  
241  
48  
/
/
/
/
370  
277  
51  
653  
484  
98  
/
/
/
/
741  
556  
104  
124  
1307  
969  
198  
250  
/
/
/
/
1484  
1115  
210  
2606  
1933  
397  
/
/
/
/
2960  
2223  
421  
Standard  
Fine  
RAW  
RAW  
154 /175  
316  
234  
47  
/
/
/
/
359  
269  
50  
649  
/
/
/
/
737  
1283  
952  
146 / 206  
246 246  
/
/
1457  
1094  
2575  
1910  
392  
/
/
/
/
2924  
2196  
416  
114  
22  
/
/
/
131  
24  
28  
481  
145  
124  
553  
104  
124  
+
JPEG  
+
JPEG  
31  
/
31  
61  
61  
124  
250  
500  
500  
28  
60  
60  
/
494  
494  
CompactFlash Card3:2  
1GB 2GB  
945 1049  
727/ 819  
2.5 MB  
=
5.6 MB  
/
16:9  
16:9  
=
4.7 MB)  
4GB  
1891/ 2099  
1456/ 1641  
2.1 MB)  
4GB  
Image size:M  
Memory Stick Duo3:2  
=
5.6 MB  
2GB  
939 1042  
723  
/
16:9  
16:9  
=
4.7 MB)  
4GB  
Image size:M  
5
240  
185  
12MB  
8GB  
3771/ 4185  
2903/ 3271  
512MB  
1GB  
8GB  
Standard  
Fine  
/
/
267  
208  
471  
363  
/
/
523  
409  
/
Standard  
Fine  
223  
172  
/
/
248  
194  
457  
352  
/
/
508  
397  
/
/
1857  
1430  
/
/
2061  
1611  
3726  
2869  
/
/
4135  
3232  
814  
Image size:S  
CompactFlash Card3:2  
=
/
=
Image size:S  
Memory Stick Duo3:2  
1GB  
=
2GB  
2.5 MB  
/
=
2.1 MB)  
4GB  
5
12MB  
1
G
B
2
G
B
8GB  
512MB  
8GB  
Standard  
Fine  
329  
268  
/
/
355  
294  
644  
526  
/
/
696  
577  
1291  
1053  
/
/
1395  
1155  
2584  
2109  
/
/
2791  
2313  
5150  
4203  
/
/
5564  
4610  
Standard  
Fine  
306  
249  
/
/
330  
273  
625  
510  
/
/
675  
559  
1283  
1047  
/
/
1386  
1148  
2537/2740  
2070/2270  
5089/ 5498  
4153 / 4555  
Image size:M  
CompactFlash Card3:2  
1GB  
/
16:9  
)
)
Image size:M  
Memory Stick Duo3:2  
/
2GB  
16:9  
)
)
Smart Teleconverter at 1.4x  
512MB  
2GB  
4GB  
1891/ 2099  
1456/ 1641  
8GB  
3771/ 4185  
2903/ 3271  
Smart Teleconverter at 1.4x  
512MB  
1GB  
4GB  
8GB  
Standard  
Fine  
240  
185  
/
/
267  
208  
471  
363  
/
/
523  
409  
945  
727  
/
/
1049  
819  
16:9  
2GB  
Standard  
Fine  
223  
172  
/
/
248  
194  
457  
352  
/
/
508  
397  
939  
723  
/
/
1042  
814  
1857  
1430  
/
/
2061  
1611  
3726  
2869  
/
/
4135  
3232  
Image size:S  
CompactFlash Card3:2  
/
Image size:S  
Memory Stick Duo3:2  
1GB  
/
2GB  
16:9  
Smart Teleconverter at 2x  
512MB  
1GB  
4GB  
8GB  
Smart Teleconverter at 2x  
512MB  
4GB  
8GB  
Standard  
Fine  
329  
268  
/
/
355  
294  
644  
526  
/
/
696  
577  
1291  
1053  
/
/
1395  
1155  
2584  
2109  
/
/
2791  
2313  
5150  
4203  
/
/
5564  
4610  
Standard  
Fine  
306  
249  
/
/
330  
273  
625  
510  
/
/
675  
559  
1283  
1047  
/
/
1386  
1148  
2537  
2070  
/
/
2740  
2270  
5089  
4153  
/
/
5498  
4555  
Numeric figures show the number of frame recordable with 3:2 / 16:9 aspect ratio.  
Optional "Memory Stick Duo Adapter for CompactFlash Slot AD-MSCF1" is necessary for use with Memory Stick Duo.  
Number of recordable frames may vary depending on the subjects and other shooting conditions.  
System requirements of bundled software  
Image Data Converter SR ver. 2.0  
Image Data Lightbox SR ver. 1.0  
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4  
Windows Vista*, Mac OS  
(v. 10.4) or later  
Picture Motion Browser Ver. 2.1.02  
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4 /  
Windows XP* SP2 / Windows Vista*  
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4 / Windows XP*SP2 /  
/
Windows XP*SP2  
/
Windows Vista*, Mac OS  
X
(v. 10.4) or later  
X
*
64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.  
Note:Factory pre-installed. We do not guarantee proper operation in the upgraded environment of the OS stated above.  
Trademarks & Remarks  
*
*
is  
Bionz  
Memory Stick PRO Duo  
a
trademark of Sony Corporation.  
,Bravia ,Super SteadyShot, InfoLITHIUM  
,and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo  
,Memory Stick  
,
Memory Stick PRO  
are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation.  
,Memory Stick Duo  
,
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
Microsoft,Windows,and Windows Vista DirectX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  
Macintosh, Mac OS, iMac, iBook, PowerBook, Power Mac, and eMac are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc.  
CompactFlash is  
a registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  
Microdrive is registered trademark of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in the United States and/or other countries.  
a
Adobe is a registered trademark or a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries  
D-Range Optimizer Advanced uses technology provided by Apical Limited  
All other company and product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective owners.  
Images of beauty for everyone  
*
The InfoLITHIUM  
is a lithium battery pack which can exchange data with compatible electronic equipment about its energy consumption.  
Sony recommends that you use the battery pack with electronic equipment that have the mark.  
Monitor images are simulated.  
Printed in Japan  

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