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(based on 11 ratings)
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Express your creativity and shoot like a pro. The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A700 is the perfect DSLR for serious amateurs?with 12.24 megapixel resolution to capture the full imaging precision of Sony zoom lenses, Carl Zeiss lenses and legacy Minolta a-mount lenses. Quick response, creative style modes and high-speed shooting help you capture your creative vision, while Super SteadyShot image stabilization conveniently works with every lens. For improved picture quality and reduced blur, the Eye-Start Autofocus system uses an 11-point center twin-cross AF sensor for phenomenal results. All of this combined with Sony's innovative Anti-Dust Technology and a rugged magnesium alloy body and you have the ultimate DSLR for serious photo enthusiasts and amateurs alike.

12.24 MP Exmor Imaging Sensor - A newly designed APS-C size CMOS imager with on-chip noise-canceling before and after A/D conversion provides over 12 million pixels, drawing out the full image description power of the a (alpha) DSLR-A700's high-performance lenses and providing spectacular detail for making big prints. Advanced on-sensor A/D conversion yields rich tonal reproduction with high signal-to-noise ratio.

Professional Lenses and Accessories - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700 accepts a superb array of precision optics, including new Sony wide-aperture zoom lenses that perform brilliantly over a broad range of focal lengths, Sony G Series lenses with advanced motorized autofocusing, amazingly bright Carl Zeiss T* coated lenses, and over 16 million Minolta a-mount lenses sold worldwide -- plus professional-quality flash units and system accessories to expand your creative horizons.

Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization - Built-in technology moves the image sensor in response to camera shake, enabling every lens to benefit from automatic blur reduction -- and provides an advantage of up to 4.0 shutter speed steps to sharpen images in lower light, for hand-held shots that would normally require a tripod.

Bionz Image Processor - At the heart of the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 DSLR camera is the advanced Sony Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry that improves camera response time, screens out noise before RAW data conversion, handles Dynamic Range Optimization processing and prolongs battery life.

Dynamic Range Optimizer - To recover details in dark or bright areas of the picture, the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 provides multiple levels of Dynamic Range Optimization: Standard mode, to improve shadow detail using standard gamma curves; Advanced Auto mode, allowing you to select any of 5 DRO correction levels, or DRO Advanced Bracketing, that automatically takes three shots at different DRO levels with a single shutter press.

Continuous 5 Frames-Per-Second Advance at 12.24 MP - The high-speed processing power of its Bionz engine, a quick-response coreless motor to drive the shutter, and dual mirror stoppers to prevent mirror bounce -- they all enable the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 to capture action more effectively at either 5 or 3 frames per second, even shooting at full 12.24 MP resolution. You can also shoot continuously to the limit of available memory in JPEG Fine and Standard modes.

Advanced Pentaprism Viewfinder - With a bright focusing matte, an optical glass prism and glass lenses that prevent ghosts inside the finder, the a (alpha) DSLR-A700's viewfinder image makes it easier to see your subject, compose your shot and adjust focus manually.

Eye-Start Autofocus System - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700 begins its precision autofocus adjustments the moment you bring your eye to the viewfinder -- so you'll be ready to catch the perfect moment.

11-Point Center Dual Cross AF Sensor - A newly developed Sony AutoFocus system with a large f2.8 sensor improves your ability to frame the subject and capture moving subjects with greater focusing precision -- and a focus drive clutch lets you switch seamlessly between auto and manual focusing by pressing a simple button.

Super-Accurate Exposure Control - A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions.

Simple Camera Control Menus - Even with all its high-tech features, the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 is amazingly simple to operate -- and a quick press of the Function (Fn) button switches the LCD display from standard menu information to a new Quick Navigation screen for camera setup via joystick and forward-back controls. The menus are easy and intuitive -- and memory function lets you save and recall personalized camera settings.

Creative Custom Settings - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700 is designed to bring out your creativity with a wide range of auto preference settings, including four basic image styles (Standard, Vivid, Neutral and Adobe RGB) and three style-box memory settings for quick setup in special events like weddings and competitive sports.

Easy-to-Use Exposure Mode Dial - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700's top-mounted dial gives you quick access to Program Auto, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual and full Auto exposure setting modes -- as well as six scene selection modes that optimize camera focus, exposure, brightness, contrast and other settings for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset and Night View/Portrait scenes.

Quick Setting Recall - The C button allows you to make changes more quickly by calling up Creative Style settings, Exposure compensation, Flash compensation and many more operating modes and camera functions.

Stamina Power - To give you confidence for long shooting sessions in the field, the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 can take up to 650 shots3 on a fully charged NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery -- with indication in percentage of about how much battery power remains.

Built-In Flash - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700 flip-up flash covers a wide focal range, synchronizes at 1/250 sec., supports red-eye reduction and slow flash features as well as manual flash mode to set flash intensity. A wireless flash signal is available for external flash synchronization.

Anti-Dust Technology - Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to help keep the CMOS imager cleaner for better pictures, the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

Rugged Magnesium Alloy Body - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700 is built to very high standards of durability and performance -- so you can shoot on location in difficult conditions with confidence that your equipment can handle the challenge.

XtraFine 3.0-inch LCD Screen with 921k Pixels - With almost 1 MP performance, it's like having a high-resolution photo viewer built into your camera -- and the a (alpha) DSLR-A700's amazing photo-quality screen displays sharp, bright images even outdoors with a wide viewing angle so you can share photos more easily.

PhotoTV HD Viewing with HDMI Output - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700 provides direct HDMI output to your Bravia HDTV and other compatible HDTV screens, so you can view and share photos in breathtaking clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio -- and with new Bravia HDTV models, photos are automatically optimized in sharpness, gradation and color reproduction for HD display.

Wireless Remote Control - For shooting as well as viewing convenience, Sony supplies a multi-function wireless remote control with the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 -- allowing you to control HDTV photo viewing and trip the shutter by remote to put yourself in the picture.

Versatile Recording Formats - Images can be captured in RAW, cRAW (optimized for fast action), RAW+JPEG and three JPEG modes (Extra Fine, Fine and Standard), for greater versatility in every digital photo application.

Powerful Supplied Software - The a (alpha) DSLR-A700 comes with a powerful RAW conversion and image management system and newly developed RAW software that gives you the power to handle large volumes of RAW data while taking full advantage of the sophisticated imaging capabilities of the a (alpha) DSLR-A700.

Dual Media Options - For image capture with optional media you may already own, the a (alpha) DSLR-A700 has built-in slots for both CompactFlash Type I/II media and Memory Stick Duo media or high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo media.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.6 stars
(based on 11 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Large clear LCD(11), Quiet(7), Short lag time(8), Simple controls(10), Strong construction(10)
Best Uses:
Art(7), Documentary(3), Fun(8), Photojournalism(4), Portraits(3)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(6), Photo enthusiast(3)
 
Loving It
By JohnVerified Purchaser from St. Petersburg, Fl. on 1/6/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Cons:
Exposed LCD
Best Uses:
Art, Landscape, Pets, Portraits, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

I had planned on purchasing this camera later in 2009, as I already had 2 DSLR bodies, but when I damaged the LCD screen on my A100 in mid December, I decided to go for it now. I could not be happier. The layout has more in common with my older Konica/Minolta DSLR which I like. I never really liked the Function knob on the A100, I think the way it is set up on the A700 and my Minolta is easier for me to use. One thing I'd recommend to anyone with a DSLR(any brand) is get a screen protector; it's worth the cost.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Sony A100 Compared to Sony A700
By Mama ZVerified Purchaser from Merced, CA on 10/24/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Still learning, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fun, Nature Field Photos, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

I find the new A700 much easier to use. It is much quieter than the A100. I'm very satisfied with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone. Takes GREAT images. If you own a Sony A100, you need a different type of battery so beware of having to purchase new batteries.

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Seagull at Bodega Bay

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellant follow up to the minolta 7D
By Mel the tax guyVerified Reviewer from St James, New York on 10/4/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Fast Focus, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
Expensive battery
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Portraits, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

I use the camera to take family portraits, sports photograpy, and natural landscapes.

I love how much faster it focuses and fires in dim light situations in comparison to the Minolta 7D and 5D. I also like the readily available accessories (vertical grip) and the fact that the camera can use all of minolta's legacy lenses.

This is a great camera that can compete with the big guys (Canon and Nikon) 'cause I've used them both. It fires fast and has much newer technology.

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A rescued owl

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Some leaves

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[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
the best
By new superVerified Purchaser from st. j, vt on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

this'll do more than i ever will. it is easy to use & understand, easy controls, solid, comfortable. better than my old minolta, an srt101, and i bet it'll last just as long.

[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best Camera in its Class!
By PeggyVerified Reviewer from North Florida on 5/23/2008
Pros:
3 EV levels, Bright LCD, Built-in IS, Comfortable Controls, Fast and accurate AF, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Travel, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

Great camera for scenics (offers 16:9 aspect as well as 3:2). Perfect for wildlife with built-in image stabilization and auto-focus that locks onto the subject and stays with it. Battery use (which I find to be extended) is indicated in percentage instead of the vague bars. Excellent selection of lenses in all price ranges.

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Wood duck in flight. Sony A700, f8, 28-300mm lens

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Snowy Egret -- Sony A700, f8, 28-300mm lens

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[3 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
Very easy to operate
By Tracy from Texas on 4/21/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
Loud
Best Uses:
Fun
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

I recently owned the A100. I loved it and wanted more. I also love the A700 it is so easy to operate. I am having trouble with sharp pictures that I would expect for this camera. It seems you have to buy really expensive lenses to get the best quality. I am very disappointed with the battery life. The A100 would last me days of continuous shooting. I have 2 batteries for the A700 and combined it will not even last me a day. I take dance competition photos and may take 1500 pics in one day and the battery just will not handle it like the A100 did. I can't say enough about the ease of the controls. I don't even have to look to change anything. I am very pleased with this camera just wish the battery was better. I am also very discouraged about the cropping aspect of digital cameras. I don't hear others complain but I take alot of portraits and I have to shoot from a distance to make sure I leave enough cropping room for pictures larger than a 4x6 which I feel diminished the quality of the picture. All in all this is a great camera.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
A camera to learn with...
By TraeVerified Reviewer from Middletown, DE on 2/15/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
Nothing now
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

I've always been interested in photography, but never officially learned correct terms or settings for each situation. I knew that I wanted to learn more and figured that buying a camera that leaves endless possibilities made sense for me.

I love taking candid photos of people, nature, sunsets, action, and indoor photos. All of the photos in these situations have come out great, although sometimes not so much indoors because I'm still learning the settings.

Holding this camera and viewing the pictures that you take with it makes the photographer look and feel like a professional even if they're just casual users like me. If you're not as experienced as a hobbyist of professional, it may take some patience to get used to it. Free classes are usually offered, so they can help too. If you already know what you're doing, the controls are pretty easy to access.

It may seem pricey, but capturing great moments make it worth the price. I'm a college student who should have spent the money on neccessities, but I'd do it all over again.

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Sunset unedited

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Longwood Gardens - Winter '07

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sony A700
By RMVerified Reviewer from Huntsville, Al on 12/29/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Good mid-range price, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
Loud, No preview
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

I feel you get a alot for the price. There are better cameras out there at higher prices.I would give this camera an overall rating of 8.5. The 12mp and the easy to use menus and controls are two of the things I like best about the A700. After owning a F828 I missed the ability to preview my shot on the LCD.

[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
You have to get your hands on this!
By CPUMagicVerified Reviewer from Eustis, FL on 10/30/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Controls customizable, Excellent image quality, Quick Focus, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction, Super steady shot, Wide ISO range
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

I don't limit my vision to any specific style, target or environment. If it gets in front of my lens and I like it, it's mine and this camera's performance ensures I will get it with ease. You can use the camera as it is out of the box or spend some time going through the many menus and customize the operation to your particular style. I've had the A700 for just over a month and I have not been disappointed yet. You have to get your hands on one of these to really appreciate it.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
You will love to shoot with this!
By BertVerified Reviewer from Rhode Island on 10/11/2007
Pros:
5FPS extremely usable, Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Feels excellent, QuickNav is great, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
Some settings = Softness
Best Uses:
Art, Bug chasing, Fun, Kid Chasing, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

A great camera to use. The feel and responsiveness are just great. You can't beat the quality of the 3" display. No fumbling through the menus as QuickNav gives you just about everything with one button. In camera shot review is a joy.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
awesome.
By frankie benkaVerified Reviewer from marysville, wa on 10/5/2007
Pros:
Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Fast start up, fast write to card, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Rugged
Cons:
Sensor gets dirty
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Camera (Body Only):

best camera i've owned. has all the features one could ever want. use a blower on the sensor and it is clean as new.

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paramotor over the himalaya

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mt. everest

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