The Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is the initial Sony-branded DSLR release after cooperation between Konica Minolta and Sony which began in autumn 2005. In winter 2005/2006 Konica Minolta decided to hand over all its assets related to DSLR technology to Sony.
The Alpha A-100 is Sony's first product in the modern SLR segment. It is the successor of the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D which had a similar antishake system introduced to DSLRs in Konica Minolta's 7D (initially introduced in Minolta's DiMage A1 "bridge" digital camera). The digital capture sensor is placed on the antishake-mechanism. The camera doesn't need special antishake lenses because shake-compensating movements are done by the sensor. All lenses for Minolta's 35mm autofocus SLRs can be used on the Sony camera body - the lens mount is Minolta's 1985 A-mount/Alpha-mount bayonet. A dust removing system helps to keep the sensor clean.
|Two Sony alpha DSLRs in the Sony Center (Berlin)|
- Type: digital single lens reflex camera body
- Manufacturer: Sony AMC Alpha Mount Camera division in Japan
- Factory: Konica Minolta production facility in Malaysia
- Year of launch: 2006
- Lens mount: Sony Alpha mount (was Minolta then Konica Minolta Alpha- or A-bayonet)
- Sensor: Sony Interlace scan CCD in APS-C format (23.6×15.8mm), 10.8 megapixels
- Metering: TTL (multi, spot, or center)
- Focusing: autofocus with four different modes
- Shutter: focal plane, controlled electronically, with speeds from 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
- Viewfinder: pentaprism finder, showing 95% of image, with diopter correction
- Display: 2.5 inch TFT, 230,000 color pixels
- Storage: CF CompactFlash card, Sony Memory Stick Pro via supplied adapter to CF
- Flash: built-in
- Weight: 545 g without rechargeable lithium-ions battery NP-FM55H
- Dimensions: 133×95×72mm