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Sony Alpha 100 Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Sony Alpha 100
Alpha 100
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
June 05, 2006
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Sony Alpha 100, a DSLR camera, receives a score of 37/100. Announced in June 2006 and released the same year, it was originally priced at $427. The camera measures 133 x 95 x 71mm and weighs 638g or 1.41lbs. Considering the advancements in camera technology since then, the Alpha 100’s specifications don’t quite measure up to current market standards.

Sony Alpha 100 Overview and Optics

The optics of the Sony Alpha 100 receive a score of 46 out of 100. With 10 megapixels, a shooting speed of 3 frames per second, and a CCD sensor, this camera provides decent image quality. The Bionz processor and a DXOMARK score of 61 for the sensor contribute to the camera’s performance.

The Sony Alpha 100 features an APS-C sensor size, which is common in DSLR cameras. Its lens mount is the Sony Alpha DT, which allows for a variety of lenses to be used. Additionally, the camera has image stabilization, providing steadier shots and reducing the risk of blurry images. The aspect ratio is 3:2, which is a standard format for photography.

When comparing the Sony Alpha 100 to other cameras in today’s market, it falls short in terms of resolution and shooting speed. However, the camera still offers useful features such as image stabilization and a versatile lens mount. While not a top contender, the Sony Alpha 100 remains a functional option for users with basic photography needs.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
10 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
3872 x 2592 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
16 x 24 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
3 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Sony Alpha DT
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 4000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentamirror)

Sony Alpha 100 Video Performance

The Sony Alpha 100 does not possess video capabilities. This camera focuses solely on photography, lacking any video functionality.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Sony Alpha 100 Features and Benefits

The Sony Alpha 100 features a score of 17/100 in terms of its specifications. The camera has a 2.5-inch screen, with a resolution of 230,000 dots. However, it lacks modern features such as a touchscreen, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity.

When compared to today’s market, the Sony Alpha 100 falls short in providing essential features that consumers expect from a camera. The absence of a touchscreen, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth make it less competitive and less appealing to potential buyers.

The flip screen is a redeeming quality of this camera, but it is not enough to compensate for the lack of other features. The Sony Alpha 100 may have been a good option in the past, but with the rapid advancement of camera technology, it struggles to hold its ground in the current market.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
230,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Sony Alpha 100 Storage and Battery

The storage and battery section for the Sony Alpha 100 receives a score of 35/100. The camera offers one memory card slot, accepting Compact Flash (Type I or II) cards. In today’s market, this single slot and limited card compatibility fall short compared to competitors that often provide dual slots and support for SD cards.

The battery life of the Sony Alpha 100 is 750 shots, powered by an NP-FM55H battery. This capacity is decent, but it lacks USB charging capabilities, which is a disadvantage in the current market where convenient charging options are becoming more common.

Considering the storage and battery specifications, the Sony Alpha 100 has room for improvement to compete with modern cameras. Its limited memory card options and lack of USB charging hinder its overall appeal.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
750 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
22 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
11.2 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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