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Sony Alpha A500 DSLR Camera

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Digital Camera Description

The Sony Alpha A500 is a Entry-Level DSLR with an APS-C sensor and a Sony A lens mount. Its 12 Megapixels CMOS sensor offers an ISO 200-12800 sensitivity range which is expandable to ISO 200-12800. This makes it possible to shoot hand-held in relatively low-light. With 12 MP of resolution, sharp prints are possible up to at 240 DPI.

A builtin 2-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism allows the Sony Alpha A500 to compensate for camera shake with any mounted lens.

This camera features a mechanic shutter that can expose for 1/4000 to 30s. Bulb exposures of an unspecified duration are possible with this camera. With a fastest shutter-speed of 1/4000, fast action can easily be frozen. Night photography is possible using this digital camera due to its long exposure capability. This camera model offers Full Manual Controls.

Sony Alpha A500

The Sony Alpha A500 features a 9-point Phase-Detect AF system. Autofocus can continuously adjust according to subject distance. Manual Focus is also available.

A single control-dial on this camera makes it easy to use semi-automatic modes by adjusting the current exposure parameter directly This camera does not feature any seals to protect it against adverse weather, dust and moisture. Care must be taken, just like with most electronics. Framing on the Sony Alpha A500 is performed via a medium reflex optical viewfinder with 0.80X magnification and 95% coverage. This magnification is equivalent to 0.51X on a Full-Frame camera.

Model Specifications

BrandSony ModelAlpha A500
Sensor 12 Megapixels CMOS Sensor Size 24 x 16mm
Anti-Alias Filter Yes Sensor Aspect 3:2 Aspect-Ratio
Stabilization 2-Axis Dust-ReductionYes
Sensitivity ISO 200 - 12800 Shutter-Speed 1/4000 - 30s
Lens MountSony A MountCrop Factor1.5X
Filter DiameterN / A Focus System 9-point Phase-Detect, Assist-lamp *Eye-Start AF.
Viewfinder Type Reflex OVF Viewfinder Size 0.80X - 95% Coverage
Display Attachment Display Size 230K Pixels 3" LCD 90% Coverage *MF-Check mode gives 100% coverage, no autofocus.
Exposure ModesP, A, T, M, B Scene Modes7 Flash Off, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait
MeteringMulti-Segment, Center-Weighed, Spot Bracketing 3 Shots ±2/3 EV
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV, 1/3 EV Flash Compensation ±2 EV, 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto , Presets, Custom White Balance Tuning 1 Axis, 6 steps
Continuous Drive 5 FPS, 12 JPEG, 6 RAW Self Timer Yes *2s, 10s
Command Dials 1 DOF Preview No
Protection Dust Reduction Yes
Digital Level Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Trigger Eye-Start Sensor Yes
HDR Yes Orientation Sensor Yes
Interval Timer No Multiple Exposure No
Image Formats JPEG RAW Flash Ports Hot-Shoe
Built-In Flash YesFlash bracketing, 3 frames, 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps. (GN 12) Flash Sync 1/160s
Video Capture Sound Input
Video Format WiFi No
Memory Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick Duo GPS No
Battery Lithium-Ion Battery Life 1000 *CIPA Standard, 50% flash use.
Introduced 2009-08-27, DiscontinuedYES Construction Standard
Size 137 x 104 x 84mm (W x H x D) Weight 597g

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Sony A500 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels DSLRISO 200-12800
Sony A Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
95% Coverage
Medium Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 1 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe
5 FPS Drive, 12 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
Memory Stick Duo
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