22 July 2006

Review: SONY Alpha 100

SONY launched its DSLR body yesterday at Marina Square.

Apart from the good lenses (Carl Zeiss) and CCD technology the Alpha 100 has, it's an awful DSLR.

There are too many knobs and buttons all over the place. See the pictures and compare with your own SLRs and imagine how you will fumble with the Alpha 100. I think the Alpha 100 is an embarrassment to SONY.

The camera modes dial is on the right side instead of the usual left. Your hands need to run all over to to switch modes. Plus it is so alien if you are users of the more established DSLR brands.
There is no LCD screen to indicate your settings

Can you find the on/off switch?
Exactly, it is in a totally alien position. Now image you are using it and you want to turn it on to capture a shot. Two hands required. Compared to Nikon, you only need one.

What! Another knob?
This knob's worse, to control it, you need to twist it to the correct position, and then press the button on top of it! There after, you need to use the joypad to choose your desired settings.

No flash release button. You need to pull the flash out yourself.

Too many knobs to play with.

On a lighter note,
With cameras come models. (Some of them had nice legs)

With models come dirty old men with huge cameras.

Notice the ah pek with the longest lens.

So for all you guys thinking about a DSLR, don't buy the Alpha 100 and the Olympus E series.

This entry also means that I will mock you if you carry a SONY Alpha 100.

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