The A100 was Sony's first DSLR after acquiring Konica/Minolta in 2005, and was released one year later in 2006. That makes it a pretty old camera by today's super-techno standards, so it's got to be a pretty horrible image-maker, right?
Well, no, as it turns out. It's a 10MP, anti-shake, anti-dust, 2.5" lcd, 40 segment metering, 3fps, solid performer - albeit with a few design quirks.
|Okarito Lagoon Sunrise. Sony A100 with Zeiss 24-70mm on f5.6 @ 500th|
|3 Mile Lagoon, Okarito. Sony A100 with Minolta 100-200 on f5.6 @ 800th|
|Okarito from Trig Station Lookout. Sony A100 with Minolta 100-200 on f5.6 @ 320th|
|3 Mile Lagoon. Sony A100 with Zeiss 24-70mm on f5.6 @ 320th|
What don't I like about the A100? The function dial on the top left of the camera is a bit clunky to use. I'd rather these were menu-driven like the A200 that came after it. And I'd prefer two control wheels so that I could assign exposure compensation to a wheel rather than a button. But other than that, I'm very happy with the A100 and how it performs. It's just a great image-making tool.
No, it doesn't have live-view (don't care), an articulated lcd screen (don't care), it doesn't shoot video (definitely don't care), and isn't GPS or touch screen enabled (still don't care). What it does do is take beautiful photos. And it does it well.
I don't care that it's 8 year old technology. And in fact, I'll soon be using a Konica/Minolta 7D - a 6MP 10 year old camera! And I'm really looking forward to it!
Oh yeah - one final thought on the A100. It goes forever! I had one battery, fully charged, for a whole weekend of shooting and it still had juice in it when I got home on Sunday afternoon. A single charge is good for well over a thousand images during a weekends shooting. Sony is well known for making cameras with exceptional battery life and I'm happy to report that the A100 is no exception.