The 12.25-megapixel Sony Alpha A700 is the second digital SLR the Japanese electronics giant has launched and is aimed at the serious enthusiast.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony Alpha a700

Overall score:91%
Image Quality:90%


  • Fun to use, great handling, nice features, good images


  • Top-plate buttons are fiddly, not much else


Sony Alpha a700 Review


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There’s very little to complain about on the Sony Alpha 700. The time spent with it was an absolute pleasure – we found it very intuitive. Everything you need is easily to hand, so you can concentrate on picture taking rather than scrolling through menus.

Images have excellent resolution and good exposures and tone. Auto-exposure and autofocusing are pretty much faultless, and on the rare occasions when they do get it wrong, the Sony has all the tools available to fix things.

The price is good, and the street price should be better. If you can afford it, buy a decent lens, such as the Carl Zeiss we used, to make the most of the high-resolution sensor.


AF Points:11 points with central Dual-Cross sensor and F2.8 type sensor
Cable Release:Wired: with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM. Wireless: with included remote control
PC Socket:Yes
Max Flash Sync:1/250
Built-in Flash:Pop-up GN 12m, PC socket
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Dust Reduction:Dual anti-dust system protects sensor during lens exchange
Focusing Modes:11 area selectable AF, MF, predictive tracking AF
Shutter Type:Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Exposure Comp:YES (+/-3.0 EV, 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps). AE Bracketing - With 0.3 EV / 0.5 EV / 0.7 EV increments, 3 or 5 frames; (in "Drive mode setting")
DoF Prview:Yes
White Balance Bracket:3 frames, Selectable 2 steps
Colour Temp Control:2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB , creative modes
Dimensions:141.7 x 104.8 x 79.7mm
Power:Lithium Info
Live Mode:No
Field of View:95% coverage
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Memory Card:Dual CF and Memory Stick Duo slot. Compatible CF Type I / II / MicroDrive; MS Duo / MS Pro Duo and MS-PRO HG
Viewfinder Type:Fixed eye-level system with glass pentaprism
White Balance:Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous 5fps
Metering System:40 segment, CW, spot
ISO:ISO100 - 3200 equivalent, ISO numbers up to ISO6400 can be set as expanded ISO range
Exposure Modes:MASP, Auto, Sc
Compression:RAW, RAW+JPEG, cRAW, cRAW+JEPG, Standard (JPEG), Fine (JPEG), Extra Fine (JPEG)
File Format:Raw, JPEG, cRAW, RAW+JPEG
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec, Bulb
Lens Mount:Alpha
Focal Length Mag:1.5
LCD:3inch Xtra Fine with hybrid technology 921k dot resolution
Sensor:23.5 x 15.7mm APS-C CMOS with 12.2MP eff
Output Size:4288 x 2856, 4272 x 2848, 3104 x 2064, 2128 x 1424
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Handling
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Verdict
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