Sony alpha 300 User's manual

Sony alpha 300 User's manual
Main specifications of
Camera type
Lens compatibility
Image Sensor
Sensor type
Effective pixels
Total pixels
Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses
Sony lenses, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses
APS-C type (23.6 x 15.8mm), with RGB primary color filters
Approx. 10.2 megapixels
Approx. 10.8 megapixels
Charge protection coating on low pass filter
and image-sensor shift mechanism
AUTO, 100 to 3200 (in 1-stop increments, Recommended Exposure Index)
12 bits
Anti-Dust system
ISO sensitivity range
A/D conversion
JPEG (DCF2.0 and Exif 2.21 compliant, DPOF supported),
RAW (Sony ARW 2.0 format), RAW + JPEG
<Aspect ratio 3:2>
L size: 3872 x 2592 (10M), M size: 2896 x 1936 (5.6M), S size: 1920 x 1280 (2.5M)
<Aspect ratio 16:9>
L size: 3872 x 2176 (8.4M), M size: 2896 x 1632 (4.7M), S size: 1920 x 1088 (2.1M)
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 1 sec.
High ISO NR: On/Off selectable, available at ISO 1600 or higher
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Creative Style, D-Range Optimizer (Off, Standard, Advanced)
Recording format
Image size
Image quality modes
Noise reduction
Color space
Other features
White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
Color Temperature / Color filter, Custom
3 exposures, H/L level selectable
Focus Control
No. of focus point
Sensitivity range
Focus area
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 control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF,
AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1-5m)
Other features
Exposure Control
Type: TTL 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
Modes: Program AE (AUTO, AUTO - Flash Off, P), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual,
Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait / Night view)
Exposure compensation: +/-2 EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
Bracketing: 3 continuous or single exposures selectable, in 0.3 or 0.7-stop increments
Viewf inder
Diopter adjustment
Eye point
LCD Monitor
Total number of dots
Brightness adjustment
Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
0.74 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
-3.0 to +1.0 m-1
Approx. 20.8 mm from the eyepiece lens, approx. 16.7 mm from the eyepiece frame
Spherical Acute Matte
2.7-inch type, TFT
230,400 dots
Selectable in 5 steps
Live View
Image sensor
Smart Teleconverter
Other functions
Digital SLR Camera
Pentamirror tilt system
Dedicated to live view
1200-zone evaluative
EV 2 - 17 (in all metering modes, at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
1.4x or 2x selectable
Histogram display, real-time image-adjustment display (exposure compensation,
white balance, sunset / B&W in Creative Style)
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Speed range
1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Flash sync speed
1/160 sec.
Super SteadyShot ® (Image Stabilization)
Image-sensor shift mechanism
Super SteadyShot scale and Camera-shake warning in the viewfinder
Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 3.5 steps in shutter speeds
Compensation effect
(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
Built-in Flash
Guide number
12 (in meters at ISO 100)
Flash coverage
18 mm (focal length printed on the lens body)
ADI, Pre-flash TTL
Flash compensation
+/- 2 EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
Auto (Flash-off), Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync,
High speed sync, Wireless
Flash bracketing
3 exposures (in 0.3/0.7-stop increments)
Recycling time
Approx. 4 sec.
Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10 sec. / 2 sec. delay selectable)
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
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
PC interface
USB2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage, PTP)
Video output
NTSC / PAL selectable
Supported OS Environments
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / XP Home Edition / XP Professional / Vista
Home Basic / Vista Home Premium / Vista Ultimate / Vista Business / Vista Enterprise
Mac OS X (v. 10.13 or later)
Compatible standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
One Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FM500H
Power source
* NP-FM55H for DSLR-A100 is not usable.
Approx. 730 shots with viewfinder, approx. 410 shots in live view mode
Battery performance
* Both measured using CIPA standard
External power source
AC Adapter / Charger AC-VQ900AM (optional)
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)
Operating temperature
0 - 40 degrees C (32- 104 degrees F)
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
Image size: L
Image size: M
Image size: S
325 / 370
241 / 277
48 / 51
61 / 61
471 / 523
363 / 409
Image size: S
240 / 267
185 / 208
1307 / 1484
969 / 1115
198 / 210
250 / 250
2606 / 2960
1933 / 2223
397 / 421
500 / 500
945 / 1049
727/ 819
1891 / 2099
1456 / 1641
3771 / 4185
2903 / 3271
CompactFlash Card(3:2 = 2.5 MB / 16:9 = 2.1 MB)
Image size: M
653 / 741
484 / 556
98 / 104
124 / 124
CompactFlash Card(3:2 = 5.6 MB / 16:9 = 4.7 MB)
240 / 267
185 / 208
329 / 355
268 / 294
Smart Teleconverter at 1.4x
CompactFlash Card(3:2 = 10 MB / 16:9 = 8.4 MB)
166 / 188
123 / 141
24 / 26
31 / 31
644 / 696
526 / 577
1291 / 1395
1053 / 1155
CompactFlash Card(3:2 / 16:9 )
471 / 523
363 / 409
945 / 1049
727 / 819
2584 / 2791
2109 / 2313
5150 / 5564
4203 / 4610
1891 / 2099
1456 / 1641
3771 / 4185
2903 / 3271
CompactFlash Card(3:2 / 16:9 )
Smart Teleconverter at 2x
329 / 355
644 / 696
1291 / 1395
2584 / 2791
5150 / 5564
268 / 294
526 / 577
1053 / 1155
2109 / 2313
4203 / 4610
• 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.
Image size: L
Image size: M
Image size: S
154 / 175
114 / 131
22 / 24
28 / 28
223 / 248
172 / 194
Image size: M
306 / 330
249 / 273
Image size: S
223 / 248
172 / 194
306 / 330
249 / 273
Smart Teleconverter at 1.4x
Smart Teleconverter at 2x
Memory Stick Duo(3:2 = 10 MB / 16:9 = 8.4 MB)
649 / 737
481 / 553
145 / 104
124 / 124
2575 / 2924
1910 / 2196
392 / 416
494 / 494
316 / 359
234 / 269
47 / 50
60 / 60
1283 / 1457
952 / 1094
146 / 206
246 / 246
Memory Stick Duo(3:2 = 5.6 MB / 16:9 = 4.7 MB)
457 / 508
352 / 397
939 / 1042
723 / 814
1857 / 2061
1430 / 1611
Memory Stick Duo(3:2 = 2.5 MB / 16:9 = 2.1 MB)
625 / 675
510 / 559
1283 / 1386
1047 / 1148
457 / 508
352 / 397
939 / 1042
723 / 814
1283 / 1386
1047 / 1148
5089 / 5498
4153 / 4555
1857 / 2061
1430 / 1611
3726 / 4135
2869 / 3232
Memory Stick Duo(3:2 / 16:9 )
625 / 675
510 / 559
2537 / 2740
2070 / 2270
Memory Stick Duo(3:2 / 16:9 )
3726 / 4135
2869 / 3232
2537 / 2740
2070 / 2270
5089 / 5498
4153 / 4555
System requirements of bundled software
Image Data Converter SR ver. 2.0
Image Data Lightbox SR ver. 1.0
Picture Motion Browser Ver. 2.1.02
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4 / Windows XP*SP2 /
Windows Vista*, Mac OS X (v. 10.4) or later
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4 / Windows XP*SP2 /
Windows Vista*, Mac OS X (v. 10.4) or later
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4 /
Windows XP* SP2 / Windows Vista*
* 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 a trademark of Sony Corporation.
* Bionz
, Bravia
, Super SteadyShot, InfoLITHIUM
, Memory Stick
, Memory Stick PRO
, Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation.
* 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 a registered trademark of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in the United States and/or other countries.
* 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.
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
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When shooting becomes a dialogue
A new level of shooting freedom makes SLR photography easier and more fun than ever
The 300 is an exciting new digital SLR that gives you unprecedented freedom in where and how
you shoot. Featuring revolutionary Quick AF Live View — an industry first that lets you frame your
subject in the camera's LCD monitor without sacrificing the speed and accuracy of SLR-class TTL
( Through-The-Lens) autofocusing — the 300 frees you from having to look through the optical
viewfinder when you shoot, so you can remain face to face with your subjects and talk to them
to put them at ease.
To assure superb image quality, the 300 couples the high-resolution imaging power of a
10.2-megapixel CCD sensor with Sony's exclusive BIONZ image processing engine. And to help
prevent blurring caused by camera shake, it features built-in Super SteadyShot® image stabilization that works with any system lens. With outstanding quality and the freedom of live view
shooting, 300 is an SLR camera that lets you capture beautiful images with conversational ease.
DT18-70mm F3.5-5.6 (SAL1870), P mode (1/1000 sec., F6.3), ISO 100, Auto white balance
Set your creativity free with
Quick AF Live View freestyle shooting
Unlike previous systems that required a tradeoff in autofocusing performance, there's
no compromise with the 300's Quick AF Live View. Instead, you get full SLR functionality and image quality, plus the ability to shoot easily and comfortably from angles
and positions you never could before. So you can take advantage of more spur-ofthe-moment photo opportunities, and capture more of the magic moments that SLR
photography is all about.
Low-position shooting comfort
Thanks to the 300's Quick AF Live View and variableangle Clear Photo LCD monitor, low-position shooting is
incredibly easy. With the monitor angled upward, you can
maintain a comfortable posture and frame your subject
correctly even when taking dramatic, low-position sports
photos like the one below. Low-position live view shooting
is also great for macro close-ups of flowers, and eye-level
portraits of children or pets. It's even helpful on regular
portraits because you can hold the camera at waist level
and maintain a dialogue with your subjects to ensure a
more natural expression.
DT18-70mm F3.5-5.6 (SAL1870), P mode (1/100 sec., F8), ISO 100, Auto white balance
High-position shooting ease
DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 (SAL55200), Sports action mode (1/500 sec., F5.6), ISO 100, Auto white balance
The 300's variable-angle Clear Photo LCD monitor makes
it easy to maximize the shooting freedom offered by Quick
AF Live View. For high-position shots, the monitor can be
angled downward, enabling you to frame your subject accurately even with the camera held at arm's length above
you. As a result, you can take well-composed photos at
sports events, concerts, and other public venues even
when you need to shoot over the heads of a crowd. Or
you might just find it's the perfect way to capture the excitement of young footballers as they huddle to discuss
their game plan!
At last, live view shooting
with true SLR-class autofocusing
Pentamirror tilt mechanism
for fast TTL phase-detection autofocusing
1200-zone evaluative metering
for spot-on exposures
In a significant breakthrough in digital SLR camera design,
a unique Sony-developed pentamirror tilt mechanism
enables true TTL (Through-The-Lens) phase-detection
autofocusing during live view operation. So whether you
frame your subject in the optical viewfinder or the LCD
monitor, you enjoy the benefits of a fast, accurate TTL
center-cross 9-point autofocus system with continuous
autofocusing to help you capture fast-moving subjects.
During live view shooting, an advanced 1200-zone metering system evaluates light levels and color distribution to
calculate correct exposure with extremely high precision.
Incorporated into the dedicated live view image sensor,
it also offers you a choice of spot and center-weighted
metering, just like an optical metering system.
1200-zone evaluative metering
Real-time image-adjustment display
With Quick AF Live View
With conventional live view
Variable-angle LCD for freestyle
shooting ease
The variable-angle Clear Photo LCD monitor can be tilted
upward by up to 130° or downward by up to 40° for easy
high- and low-position shooting.
Ergonomic design for enhanced
shooting stability
The grip and body are designed to assure stable, secure
handling during high- and low-position live view shooting,
as well as during conventional shooting.
Real-time exposure compensation display
Live view even lets you confirm the effects of
exposure and white balance adjustments on
the Clear Photo LCD monitor in real time —
something that is impossible to do with an
optical viewfinder.
Tilting mirror
Smart Teleconverter function in live view
During live view shooting, you can press
the Smart Teleconverter button on the back
of the camera to instantly apply zoom scaling
that achieves the effective equivalent of 1.4x
or 2x magnification. There's no reduction in
image quality because only the size of the
image area is reduced, so even 2x images
can be turned into great-looking prints.
Normal view (1x )
With 1.4x Smart Teleconverter
With 2x Smart Teleconverter
* With Smart Teleconverter function, image size is automatically set to M size at 1.4x, or to S size at 2x magnification.
Using Live View mode
Image sensor for live view
Real-time white balance display
Using the viewfinder
When you switch to live view operation, an innovative new
pentamirror tilt mechanism directs the subject image to a
dedicated live view sensor positioned over the viewfinder
When you use the viewfinder, you can also take advantage of Sony Eye-Start® AF, which automatically focuses
the camera as soon as you put your eye to the viewfinder.
Vibrant, true-to-life color reproduction
with rich image detail and
tonal gradation
A 10.2-megapixel CCD image sensor
for beautiful, high-definition imaging
The 300's high-resolution CCD image sensor captures
light in much the same way as the retina of an eye. Both
the CCD and its associated circuitry benefit from Sony’s
long experience in semiconductor and microprocessor
manufacturing, enabling a significant reduction in the
analog signal noise that tends to increase at higher pixel
densities. The 10.2-megapixel CCD assures stunning image
quality even on big 12" x 16" (297mm x 420mm) prints, and
because it’s a large 23.6 x 15.8mm APS-C type CCD, it offers approximately 15 times the surface area of the 1/2.5inch sensors used in most compact digital cameras, and
has larger individual photosensitive elements that enable
it to capture more image data per pixel. The result is richer
color and a wider dynamic range for excellent shadow
and highlight detail.
10.2-megapixel (effective) CCD
Advanced Sony imaging technologies reveal
nuances of eye color and eyelash/eyebrow
detail with amazing clarity.
Powerful BIONZ image processing engine
for vibrant colors with rich tonal detail
DT 55-200mm F4.-5.6 (SAL55200), A mode, F14 (1/50 sec.), ISO 100, Auto white balance
The 300 is equipped with a BIONZ image processing engine that uses advanced Sony technologies to achieve truly vibrant color reproduction with rich texture and depth.
You can see the difference this makes in photos like the
one on the facing page. Details like the delicate hue and
shape of individual rose petals, the natural skin tones of the
young woman's face, and the subtle tonalities of background elements are rendered with true-to-life fidelity.
The BIONZ engine is also fast, instantly processing highresolution image data from the 10.2-megapixel sensor to
optimize dynamic range and white balance, and reduce
any signal noise.
Working together, the CCD and BIONZ render
the subtle color tones and velvety texture of
flower petals with true-to-life fidelity.
Built-in features for sharp, clear imaging
in virtually any situation
D-Range Optimizer for
superior exposure balance
An advanced D-Range Optimizer helps ensure
beautifully balanced exposures in backlit situations. In Standard mode, it optimizes brightness
and contrast for the image overall, and in
Advanced mode, it optimizes each area of the
composition separately to bring out maximum
shadow and highlight detail. The D-Range
Optimizer can be used on all image formats in
all metering modes.
* D-Range Optimizer Advanced uses technology provided by Apical Limited.
ISO3200 sensitivity setting for
low-light shooting
ISO 800
High-sensitivity ISO3200 and 1600 settings let you take advantage of
low-light photo opportunities with confidence. When shooting at these
higher settings, the BIONZ engine assures the highest possible image
quality by applying high-ISO noise reduction immediately before each
image is processed. This, together with powerful Super SteadyShot®
image stabilization, enables you to use faster shutter speeds in low light,
and greatly expands the range of situations in which you can shoot.
ISO 1600
ISO 3200
DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 (SAL18250), A mode, F6.3 (1/6 sec.), -1.0EV, ISO 100, Auto white balance
Super SteadyShot on
Super SteadyShot of f
Super SteadyShot ® Inside for
greater handheld shooting freedom
3 fps continuous shooting* and
center-cross 9-point AF
The 300 is equipped with an advanced Super SteadyShot® image
stabilization system to help prevent blurring caused by camera shake.
Built right into the camera body, the system works with any lens,
enabling you to capture sharp images at shutter speeds 2.5-3.5 steps
slower than would otherwise be possible. And that means you can enjoy the freedom of unencumbered handheld shooting in situations
that would normally require the use of flash or a tripod.
The 300 features three frame-per-second continuous shooting that's
great for sports and action sequences, and a center-cross 9-point
autofocus system that boasts one of the quickest response times in its
class. The AF system also offers high predictive focusing accuracy when
shooting moving subjects, and exclusive Eye-Start® activation, which reduces missed shots by automatically focusing the camera for you as soon
as you put your eye to the viewfinder.
* Up to 2 fps with live view. Number of recordable frames varies according to shooting
conditions and type of memory media.
3 fps continuous shooting
AF frame and 9-point AF sensor layout
With the Super SteadyShot system, you can enjoy the benefits of image stabilization
with any series lens.
Anti-dust system
Low-pass filter
All digital SLR cameras are susceptible to dust contamination when
changing lenses -- it's a fact of life. But the 300 employs built-in systems to keep the sensor clean, and your images beautiful. First, there's
an anti-static coating to help prevent dust from adhering to the lowpass filter and other internal components. And to dislodge any particles that do manage to reach the CCD, the sensor is vibrated at ultrahigh speed every time the camera is switched off.
Image sensor
Anti-dust coating
Anti-dust protection for cleaner images
Versatile 40-segment
honeycomb-pattern metering
When you're using the optical viewfinder, the 300’s 40-segment, honeycomb-pattern metering system gives you the versatility you need to get precise
readings under a wide range of shooting conditions. It also gives you a
choice of multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering, and spot
metering mode to suit your subject and shooting conditions.
Dust particles dislodged by sensor vibration
Enhanced creativity and operating ease
make shooting and viewing more fun
New menu list for easy access to essential settings
Easy dial access to basic exposure and scene modes
Sports action
The mode dial on the top of the 300 provides immediate access to
Program, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, and Manual exposure
modes, as well as a fully-automatic Auto mode, Flash Off Auto mode, and
6 Scene Selection modes. The Scene Selection modes optimize AF, drive
mode, shutter speed, aperture, and other settings to
ensure beautiful results when shooting portraits, landscapes, sunsets, sports, macro photos, and night scenes.
Whether you're framing your subject in the optical viewfinder or the LCD
monitor, a quick press of the Function (Fn) button displays the menu list,
which gives you instant access to mode settings for the flash, metering,
autofocus, AF area, white balance, and D-Range Optimizer. It’s a fast
and easy way to get to frequently used functions without having to
navigate through multi-level menus.
2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD monitor for on-the-spot image review
Whether you're framing your subject or reviewing images,the large 2.7-inch
Clear Photo LCD monitor makes it easy to confirm focus and fine details.
Detailed shooting information and RGB histograms can also be displayed
for on-the-spot confirmation of exposure balance, color distribution and
highlight/shadow reproduction, and the screen automatically switches to
a vertical-format display when you rotate the camera for vertical-format
shooting. Convenient index views of up to 25 frames are provided to help
you find your favorites fast.
Exposure and other basic modes
Scene selections
Program auto
Shutter speed and aperture are set automatically,
but other settings can be adjusted
For beautiful portraits with soft background
priority mode
User sets aperture manually; camera selects
optimum shutter speed automatically
For crisp, vivid images of distant scenery
and foreground subjects
Shutter speed
priority mode
User sets shutter speed manually;
camera selects optimum aperture automatically
For clear, sharp images of flowers, insects,
and other small subjects
User sets both aperture and shutter speed
exposure mode
Sports action
For continuous shooting of fast-moving subjects
in bright light
Full auto mode
The camera automatically controls all settings
For sunset images with rich red tones
Flash off mode
Flash is disabled, and other camera settings are
adjusted automatically
Night portrait /
Night view
For nighttime flash portraits with rich background detail;
for dramatic night scenes and nighttime cityscapes
Creative Style settings for greater freedom of expression
Creative Style settings make it easy to adjust image parameters to suit
your preference and creative intent. A choice of Standard, Vivid, Portrait,
Landscape, Night view, Sunset, Black & White, and Adobe RGB styles is
offered, and each can be digitally adjusted for contrast, saturation, and
sharpness (no saturation adjustment on Black & White). Whether you want
to capture a moody black & white portrait or a colorful sunset at the
beach, Creative Style settings offer a quick, easy way to get the precise
image you want.
Auto pop-up flash
In Auto and Scene Selection modes, the built-in flash pops up automatically whenever it is needed. Even when you’re shooting outdoors in daylight, if the 300 senses that a subject is backlit, the flash will pop up to provide
additional illumination. Flash power is rated GN12 (ISO100·m ), with wide
enough coverage to allow use with an 18mm fisheye lens.
Creative Style settings
Night view
Black & White
Adobe RGB
Black & White
Power and versatility for extended shooting
The 300 is powered by a high-density NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM TM battery that
lets you take approximately 730 shots* before recharging is required, and
features a battery level indicator that offers precise 1% accuracy. An optional
VG-B30AM vertical grip, capable of holding two NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM batteries, offers extended power and a full complement of basic camera controls to enhance operating ease during vertical-format shooting.
16:9 aspect ratio for high-quality PhotoTV HD viewing
The option of recording images in the 16:9 format enables you to view
dramatic slideshows on a widescreen HDTV. In addition, if you use PhotoTV
HD compatible Sony peripheral devices for image playback, you can
enjoy an even higher level of big-screen display quality.
* 410 shots in live view mode; CIPA standard test with built-in flash used on 50% of shots
* Availability of peripheral devices varies according to region.
Photo display on a PhotoTV HD-compatible BRAVIA HDTV
The expanding world of
Smart teleconverter button
AEL / Zoom in button
Control dial
Built-in flash
Exposure / Zoom out /
Index button
Shutter button
Self-timer lamp
POWER switch
Flash pop-up button
MENU button
There's virtually no limit to the ways you can express your
creativity with the System. From super wide angle, zoom,
and macro, to STF (Smooth Trans Focus) and reflex super
telephoto, the lens lineup has it all. And whichever lens
you use, you'll be able to take full advantage of the Super
SteadyShot ® image stabilization built into the 300's body.
Fn (Function) /
Image rotation button
DISP (Display) / LCD
brightness button
Mode dial
Delete button
Playback button
LIVE VIEW / OVF switch
LCD monitor
Controller / Controller Enter /
Spot AF button
Drive button
Lens release button
Super SteadyShot switch
ISO button
Focus mode switch
System accessories
lens lineup
Flash & Flash accessories
Batteries / Grip & Charger
AC Adapter /
DT 11–18mm F4.5–5.6
DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 (SAL1870 )*
DT 55–200mm F4–5.6 (SAL55200)*
A versatile wide-angle to medium-telephoto zoom
lens that incorporates aspherical and ED (Extralow Dispersion) elements for sharp imaging.
(35mm equivalent: 27-105mm )
A light, compact, and affordable zoom with high
telephoto power that makes it a perfect companion to the wide-angle to medium-telephoto
DT 18–70mm lens.
(35mm equivalent: 82.5–300mm).
DT 18 -250mm F3.5 - 6.3 (SAL18250 )*
50mm F2.8 Macro (SAL50M28)
A powerful yet compact lens with a 14 x zoom
range that provides an all-in-one solution for
travel and nature photography.
(35mm equivalent: 27-375mm)
A compact macro lens with 1:1 magnification, a
minimum shooting distance of 20cm, and a circular aperture for superb background defocusing. Offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 75mm
when mounted on the 300.
16mm F2.8 Fisheye
External Flash
DT 18–70mm F3.5–5.6
20mm F2.8
DT 16–105mm F3.5–5.6
28mm F2.8
DT 18–200mm F3.5–6.3
50mm F1.4
50mm F2.8 Macro
G series lenses
DT 55-200mm F4–5.6
100mm F2.8 Macro
Jointly developed by Sony and Carl Zeiss ® of
Germany, these premium lenses offer excellent
contrast and the stunning clarity of world-famous
Carl Zeiss ® T* coatings.
Even among lenses, G series lenses are notable for their sharp, bright imaging, advanced
aspherical and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) optics,
and exceptionally high build quality.
24–105mm F3.5–4.5
135mm F2.8[ T4.5]
Optimized for digital imaging with auto white
balance adjustment, high-speed synchro, wireless capability, and a variable-angle head. GN42
(105mm, ISO100·m)
75–300mm F4.5–5.6
500mm F8 Reflex
1.4x Teleconverter
2x Teleconverter
G lenses
External Battery Adapter
for Flash FA-EB1AM
Off-Camera Shoe for Flash
Multi-Flash Cable
A powerful program for fast RAW data conversion
that can also be used to adjust images and apply
D-Range Optimizer and Creative Style effects.
A convenient tool for viewing, ranking, sorting,
and comparing RAW and JPEG images to
facilitate “best shot” selection and library
An easy-to-use application for basic photo library
management, and image adjustment. Features
include a convenient calendar view, easy image file
backup, and a map-view function to display images
with position information on an online world map.
LCD Protect Sheet
Eyepiece Cup
Triple Connector for Flash
Cases & Straps
35mm F1.4G
70–200mm F2.8G
ND Filters [8x]
VF-49NDAM / 55NDAM /
62NDAM / 72NDAM / 77NDAM
MC Protectors
VF-49MPAM / 55MPAM /
62MPAM / 72MPAM / 77MPAM
300mm F2.8G
Front Lens Caps
Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA
Camera Case
System case
System Case
System Case
Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA
Vario-Sonnar T*
24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
Grip Belt
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap
ALC-F62Z /
F72Z / F77Z
Lens Hoods
ALC-SH0001 / SH0002 / SH0003 / SH0005 /
SH0006 / SH0007 / SH0008 / SH0009 / SH0010 /
SH0011 / SH0013 / SH0014 / SH0016 / SH102 / SH104 / SH105
GPS Unit Kit
* For use with DSLR-A300, an application update is required.
Please access the URL below for more information.
CompactFlash Card
Vario-Sonnar T*
DT 16–80mm F3.5–4.5 ZA
Lens Cases
LCL-60AM / LCL-90AM / LCL-140AM
* Availability depends on areas
ALC-F49A / F55A /
F62A / F72A / F77A
Picture Motion Browser ver.2.1.02
Eyepiece Correctors
FDA-ECF05 / ECF10 / ECF15 / ECF20 / ECF30,
FDA-ECN10 / ECN20 / ECN30 / ECN40
Sync Terminal Adaptor
Off-Camera Cable for Flash
Carl Zeiss ® lenses
Image Data Lightbox SR ver.1.0
Angle Finder
Lens accessories
70–300mm F4.5–5.6G SSM
Image Data Converter SR ver.2.0
Ring Light
Circular PL Filters
62CPAM / 72CPAM / 77CPAM
Sof tware tools
Macro Twin Flash Kit
External f lash units
Top-of-the-line power with high-speed synchro,
wireless capability, and a variable-angle head for
bounce flash shooting. GN56 ( 85mm, ISO100·m )
Shooting accessories
Extension Cable for Flash
Carl Zeiss® lenses
Battery Pack
Vertical Grip
DT 18–250mm F3.5–6.3
* DT series lenses are compatible only with digital SLR cameras that are equipped with an APS-C type sensor.
External Flash
Memory Stick DuoTM series,
Memory Stick PRO-HG DuoTM series
Rear Lens Cap
Body Cap
Memory Stick Duo Adaptor for
CompactFlash Slot AD-MSCF1
Digital Photo
Digital Photo Frame
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