Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Released May, 2009
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
Overall, the A330 is reasonably fast.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
8.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha DSLR-A330
8.1
EOS 1000D
8.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha DSLR-A330
7.8
Pentax K-x
10.0
EOS 1000D
8.4
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha DSLR-A330
8.4
EOS 1000D
9.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha DSLR-A330
8.5
EOS 1000D
9.2
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com

8.3

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha DSLR-A330
8.3
EOS 1000D
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha DSLR-A330
535 ISO
D3300
1,385 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A330
199 ms
SLT A58
326 ms
Pentax K-x
97 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha DSLR-A330
107 ms
SLT A58
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha DSLR-A330
600 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms
EOS 1000D
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A330
2.5 fps
SLT A58
8 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha DSLR-A330
510 photos
Alpha DSLR-A550
950 photos
D3300
700 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330


7.0
Like many budget dSLRs, the viewfinder isn't very good-it's small and it's hard to see the focus dots blink red, especially against dark objects-and it has an even lower magnification than its predecessor.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Image quality

I'm on the fence vis-à-vis the photo quality.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
You have to go into the menu system to set image quality, flash compensation, and toggle the image stabilization, but there's nothing truly buried or misplaced in the user interface.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Sensor

Usually raw shot-to-shot time is virtually the same as for JPEG, but the A330's 0.7 second for raw is slower than its 0.5 second for JPEG.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
Sony also offers an identical but higher-resolution version of the A330, the 14-megapixel A380.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Viewfinder

Given that the A230 has a better viewfinder, unless you really want the Live View shooting, it's a better deal than the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Live view

The AF system is surprisingly fast for its class, especially in Live View, which tends to be one of the Achilles' heels of dSLRs.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

White balance

As Pentax does with its K2000 Sony's attempt to provide more "consumer-friendly" images with its default Creative Style settings results instead in poor color rendering-too cool outdoors and too warm indoors-which makes you think the white balance is off.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 36.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps
Battery life 510 photos
Continuous shooting 2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 199 ms
Shutter lag 107 ms
Startup delay 600 ms

video

Video None

focus system

Type Phase detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.74x
Viewfinder size 0.48x

form factor

Size 128 x 97 x 71 mm
Thickness 71 mm
Weight 529 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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