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Testseek.com have collected 74 expert reviews of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 and the average rating is 82%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Sony Alpha DSLR-A700.
Award: Good Buy January 2008
January 2008


Experts
82%
74 Reviews


Users
100%
1 Reviews
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The editors liked

  • Good detail at lower sensitivities
  • Very slightly more than ten megapixels but no massive gain
  • Low noise at higher sensitivities although at the expense of detail (perhaps too much luminance NR)
  • Excellent dynamic range at ISO 200 (more highlight range t...
  • Low noise at high ISOs (excels at low-light shooting). Fast operation. HDMI out. Includes a remote control.
  • Good build quality and ergonomics
  • Superb quality VGA screen
  • Built-in sensor-shift stabilisation
  • HDMI port.
  • Exceptionally streamlined
  • Comfortable shooting design
  • Broad
  • Functional feature set
  • Including sensor-shift image stabilizer
  • Excellent photo quality
  • Generally fast performance.
  • 12Mp resolution
  • Fine colour gradation
  • Built-in anti-shake
  • Fast shooting speed
  • Good build quality
  • Decent handling
  • Easy to custom-configure
  • Minolta lens compatibility
  • Focus point selections
  • Decent autofocus
  • Great ISO range
  • Excellent RAW image quality up to 640 ISO
  • 11point AF system
  • Bright TTL viewfinder
  • Super Steady Shot image stabilizer
  • Enhanced Dynamic range optimization
  • Antidust system
  • 3 JPEG quality levels
  • Superb LCD monitor
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Fun to use
  • Great handling
  • Nice features
  • Good images
  • Excellent photos
  • Fast response (5 fps)
  • Built-in stabilization
  • Sturdy magnesium body
  • Extensive exposure controls
  • Great build quality
  • Good image quality
  • Fast performance
  • Beautiful LCD screen.
  • Eye start AF
  • User friendly feel despite level of complexity
  • Well saturated
  • Reasonably sharp and detailed images
  • High resolution. Built-in image stabilization. Uses UDMA cards.

The editors didn't like

  • High sensitivity noise reduction applied before RAW image is produced
  • Base sensitivity isnt ISO 100
  • This isnt directly indicated on the camera
  • Reducing noise reduction setting doesnt make enough difference (doesnt change on-chip NR?)
  • Lack of live view...
  • Expensive for what you get. Soft images. Dull design. LCD doesnt support Live View. No video capability.
  • 12 Mpixels not much better than 10
  • Default settings benefit from sharpening
  • No Live View
  • Upper screen or Wifi option
  • Very tough rivals in this market.
  • A few design quirks
  • Proprietary hot shoe.
  • Images on the soft side
  • No top mounted LCD plate
  • Noisy after ISO1600
  • No Live View mode
  • Fairly bulky and heavy body
  • Manually opened flash
  • HDMI compatible
  • But no HDMI cable included
  • AF points LEDs hard to see in daylight
  • Topplate buttons are fiddly
  • Not much else
  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Noise at very high ISOs
  • Inconsistencies with auto white balance
  • Mediocre software bundle
  • No status LCD
  • No live view
  • Cumbersome button placement
  • In-viewfinder status display doesn’t show ISO
  • Rear LCD screen turns on at inappropriate times.
  • Blocky
  • Chunky styling
  • Lack of top plate mounted LCD status display (though such shooting settings are accessed via the main LCD)
  • No live view. Proprietary battery. No automatic flash popup.

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  Published: 2009-08-13, review by: photographybay.com

  • Can I recommend the Sony A700? Yeah, I like it a lot. I would wait until it ages just a bit more and the price becomes a real bargain when some new camera models come out from Sony. I suspect the Sony A700 will be capturing some great images for som...

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  Published: 2009-06-17, review by: buy-n-shoot.com

  • Abstract:  Both on paper and in the way it handles, Sony’s Alpha A700 certainly gives its prosumer DSLR competition a run for their money. At a glance, this unit is well built, offers some 12.24-megapixels, outstanding LCD resolution, and an array of features...

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  Published: 2009-05-08, review by: pcmag.com

  • Low noise at high ISOs (excels at low-light shooting). Fast operation. HDMI out. Includes a remote control.
  • Expensive for what you get. Soft images. Dull design. LCD doesnt support Live View. No video capability.
  • The Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 takes superb low-light photos, but overall, there are better options for the price....

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  Published: 2008-12-08, review by: electronicsme.com

  • A superb addition to the DSLR market. The only problem is it now gives you one more camera to consider as it is a definite competitor. Providing quality photos, an overabundance of useful features and functions; it reaches out to the camera enthusiast ...

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  Published: 2008-10-14, review by: maclife.com

  • High resolution. Built-in image stabilization. Uses UDMA cards.
  • No live view. Proprietary battery. No automatic flash popup.
  • The A700 offers great image quality at a good price. As with all DSLRs, a purchase commits you to that camera’s family of lenses and other accessories. If you are comfortable with Sony’s current offerings or have an investment in Minolta alpha...

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  Published: 2008-04-24, review by: macworld.com

  • Great build quality; good image quality; fast performance; beautiful LCD screen.
  • No status LCD; no live view; cumbersome button placement; in-viewfinder status display doesn’t show ISO; rear LCD screen turns on at inappropriate times.
  • The Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 is close to being a strong competitor in the DSLR market. It can produce good images, but it’s obvious when using the camera that Sony does not have the legacy of interface development that Canon and Nikon have. The DSLR...

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  Published: 2008-04-17, review by: devhardware.com

  • Abstract:  Sony doesnt have a long history of producing SLR digital cameras. As a matter of fact, the Sony Alpha A700 is only their second DSLR. Their first DSLR was the A100, which was released over a year ago. Since Sonys acquisition of Konica Minolta back in...

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87%
 
  Published: 2008-01-19, review by: photographyblog.com

  • Offering a compelling combination of intuitive design and handling, sophisticated functionality and excellent image quality, the Sony A700 is an easy DSLR camera to recommend. Being based so clearly upon a previous Konica Minolta camera has given Sony...

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  Published: 2008-01-10, review by: best4reviews.com

  • Eye start AF, user friendly feel despite level of complexity, well saturated, reasonably sharp and detailed images
  • Blocky, chunky styling, lack of top plate mounted LCD status display (though such shooting settings are accessed via the main LCD)
  • Not everyone will appreciate the A700’s rather boxy, blocky appearance, but it’s easy to use and will deliver colour rich images with a minimum of fuss, while leaving plenty of scope for further creativity and creative flexibility should you s...

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  Published: 2008-01-08, review by: pcworld.com_techhive.com

  • Sturdy magnesium body, Extensive exposure controls
  • Inconsistencies with auto white balance, Mediocre software bundle
  • A complex, well-made camera with tons of controls, the A700 takes exceptionally sharp, well-exposed shots.

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