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Sony Alpha 100 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Sony Alpha 100 looks good and feels pretty much as you would expect. First impressions are important and fortunately, this camera scores well on this point. It is not an ultra light camera, partly because of the battery and partly due to the heavy mechanics of the image stabilisation. Extra weight is not always a bad thing; a heavier camera is easier to hold steady. The hand grip is well designed which is good for positioning and stability.
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Sony A100 DSLR - Bayonet
There is not much to see on the front of the Sony Alpha 100. A LED for the self-timer on the hand grip, a depth-of-field control button to the bottom left of the mount and the lens unlock to the right of the bayonet. That's it, but it's enough. The lens mount is metal with an orange edge. This remains visible when the lens is on it, and I have to say that I really like this subtle, attractive style logo.

Sony Alpha 100 camera - Buttons
The sides of the Sony Alpha 100 DSLR camera are as simple as the front. To the right hand side, there is a switch to turn the auto focus on or off and there is a interface behind the rubber for the optional external power supply. There is also an eyelet for a camera strap. The left of the camera has only a door for the CompactFlash format flash memory card. There is also a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface behind the flap. To the right there is a second eyelet for the strap. The Lithium Ion battery is placed underneath the hand grip and there is a metal universal connection for the tripod in the middle.

Sony A100 digital reflex camera - Settings
If we look at the camera from above, we can see lots more buttons. To the far right the most important settings are placed around the mode button. You must set the mode dial at the correct setting and you can change settings by holding in the mode button. On top of the prism there is a built-in flash that you need to fold out manually. The hot shoe for the external flash has the same connection as that in the Konica Minolta and is therefore not universal. In a way, this is a pity and a missed opportunity, but it is also understandable. The different exposure programs are chosen with the command dial to the right of the flash. In addition to the requisite pictograms there is also an aperture and shutter priority and manual setting. To the right of this is the button to arrange the speed of the continuous mode and the self timer. The shutter release button is logically placed on top of the hand grip with the only mode dial on the camera.
Sony A-100 reflex camera - 2,5 inch LCD display
The back of the Sony Alpha 100 DSLR is dominated by the large 2.5 inch screen. This is a high quality LCD screen, although the photos look just a bit too saturated. On top of the screen, there is a viewfinder with the dioptre setting behind the rubber. There are two black surfaces under the viewfinder that detect if you have the camera in front of you. Actually, these sensors just notice if there is something in front of the viewfinder. They also react to dust particles, etc. The optical viewfinder is quite good; it's nice, clear and well ordered but a bit on the small side. Enough information is given on the viewfinder, including the how effective the Super Steady Shot is.

Sony Alpha-100 SLR - Main switch & Menu buttons
To the left of the viewfinder and the screen is a row of buttons. The top one is the main switch and it must be said that Sony has chosen a strange location for this switch. Normally, the main switch is beside the release button or on the right side. I suppose it's a matter of getting used to it. Arranged underneath each other are the buttons for the menu, the switch between the screen reproduction, the rubbish bin and the play back button. Everything regarding looking at the pictures is shown in dark blue, which is difficult to see in the dark.

Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR camera - Exposure compensation
Above right is the button for exposure compensation that is used for the aperture with manual exposure and the exposure lock. The two buttons are for looking at pictures and zooming in and out. To the right of the screen is a switch button for selecting one of the nine focus points. This switch is also used to navigate the menu and if looking back at pictures, you can call up a histogram quickly or turn the picture. There is a connection for the remote control under the switch button behind the rubber. The switch also turns the Super Steady Shot on or off. Finally, a lamp near the door for the memory card indicates if any activity is taking place in the card.
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