|SanDisk Extreme III series memory card
It is logical that Sony has equipped the Alpha 100 with a slot for CompactFlash memory. CompactFlash has been a standard feature in digital reflex cameras for years and users of Konica Minolta can now switch over to Sony with ease. CompactFlash memory cards are available in high capacities and speeds for a relatively low price. The SanDisk Extreme III series in particular performs very well in a camera like the Sony Alpha 100. The Memory Stick Duo is also available in high speeds and its capacity currently extends up to 4GB. The disadvantage of the Memory Stick Duo is that it is not so easily available and a bit more expensive than the CompactFlash cards. On the other hand, it has a compact format, just a little larger than the Secure Digital memory card. For the test, Sony provided a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo High Speed. In practise, the card with adapter was just as good as a SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card.
Sony A-100 SLR - 1GB memory card
Sony's CCD image sensor gives 10 million pixels and this quickly leads to large files, especially if you are taking photographs in RAW, which I would advise you to do as much as possible. A 1GB memory card is not an unnecessary luxury but I would recommend a 2GB card. In the following table you can see approximately how many pictures fit on a 1GB card. The numbers should be doubled, of course, for a 2GB memory card.
Considering a storage capacity of 1GB:
RAW - 3872 x 2592 pixels - 62 pictures
RAW + JPEG - 3872 x 2592 pixels - 48 pictures
JPEG - large - fine - 3872 x 2592 pixels - 229 pictures
JPEG - large - standard - 3872 x 2592 pixels - 358 pictures
JPEG - medium - fine - 2896 x 1936 pixels - 397 pictures
JPEG - medium - standard - 2896 x 1936 pixels - 606 pictures
JPEG - small - fine - 1920 x 1280 pixels - 822 pictures
JPEG - small - standard - 1920 x 1280 pixels - 1196 pictures
|Sony A100 - Decent buffer & Quick processor
Sony has equipped the Sony Alpha 100 with a decent buffer and a quick processor. You will only need the buffer for RAW en RAW+JPEG; you can keep on taking photographs in JPEG. There may be a slight hesitation after taking about 150 pictures in a row. But how likely are you to do this anyway? If, after six RAW pictures the buffer is full, you will not have to wait long for it to empty and you can continue after a few seconds. An excellent performance!
Sony A100 DSLR - 7,2V 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery
The Sony Alpha 100 has a few features that gobble up energy, like the Super Steady Shot and the eye sensor. The Sony A-100 digital reflex camera uses a heavy duty 7,2V 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery and rightly so. You can take several hundred photographs before the battery is empty. Sony says 750 top, but I think around 500 is more realistic, although you can get more pictures with optimal conditions and camera settings. This really is a great performance. For a normal holiday, you won't have to bring along a charger. However, buying an extra battery can never do any harm.