The Sony a450 is a new mid-level DSLR to the Alpha range, but is it a successful release? The What Digital Camera Sony Alpha a450 review...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony Alpha a450

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:85%


  • 7fps shooting, in-camera HDR, sub-£500 price point


  • Build quality a bit ‘plasticy’, noisy AF, no proper AF-illuminator lamp


Sony Alpha a450 Review


Price as reviewed:



Sony a450 product front sideThe a450 excites and perplexes. It’s a decent DSLR, but when considered against the saturated Alpha range it becomes a little harder to place, predominantly due to the subtle price differences between the next models up and down the range.

Performance is identical to the a550 where features match, despite the notable lack of Quick AF live view – arguably one of Sony’s foremost features – and the smaller 2.7in, 230K-dot screen.

For some potential buyers it will wrap up exactly what’s on the wish list for under the £500 mark, so it does have some marketplace spread.

Yet, with some competitors’ more entry-level models offering more features, with the exclusion of super-fast 7fps continuous shooting, it’s not necessarily top of its game.

Certainly good, but worth considering if the a450 has all you’d want when pitched up against other closely-specced and similarly-priced models.


AF Points:9 points with cross sensor
Max Flash Sync:1/160thsec
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 12
DoF Prview:No
Colour Temp Control:2500 – 9900 Kelvin
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 3 frames, selectable 2 steps
Focusing Modes:Single shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus
Exposure Comp:1/3EV Step ±2EV
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Other:In-camera HDR mode, D-range Optimiser (+1-+5), Face Detection, Smile Shutter, 6 selectable Creative Styles
Weight:520g approx
Dust Reduction:Yes, antistatic coating and sensor shift mechanism
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes, Steady Shot Inside sensor-shift
Movie Mode:No
Dimensions:137 x 104 x 81mm
Live Mode:Manual Focus Liveview only
Connectivity:HDMI, USB 2.0
Power:Rechargeable li-ion battery
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous to 5fps (4fps via live view), Speed-priority Continuous (allows 7fps), Self-timer, Continuous-advance AE bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Remote commander
White Balance:Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / Manual (K), Natural Color Filter, Custom,
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Field of View:95%
Viewfinder Type:Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Exposure Modes:P, A, S, M, Night Portrait, Sunset, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Portrait, Flash Off, Auto
Metering System:40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Lens Mount:Sony a mount, Compatible with A-Mount Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses
Shutter Speeds:30 – 1/4000th second, plus Bulb
File Format:JPEG, RAW (ARW), RAW & JPEG
LCD:2.7in 230K-dot
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Output Size:4592 x 3056
Sensor:14.2MP CMOS
  1. 1. Sony Alpha a450 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality & Value
  5. 5. A450 vs A500 vs A550
  6. 6. Verdict
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