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SonyAlpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

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    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (38)
  • Image stabilization (38)
  • Large clear LCD (36)
  • Fast shutter speed (31)
  • Good image quality (29)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (5)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (38)
  • Travel (29)
  • Wildlife (21)
  • Sports/action (15)
  • Weddings (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Pro photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

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5.0

Exceeded my expectations.

By Coach Mike

from Washington, Mi

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • High ISO Performance
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    To date I have used this to take wild life and scenic photos. Coupled with the 70400G lens I have been very satisfied. The combination is a bit heavy; but, the results are worth the effort of carrying it around. A tripod is sometimes mandatory. The ease of selecting shooting mode has been all I wanted. When I get back home I look forward to doing some sports photography, the speed of the auto-focus should really add to my success.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    A great full-frame camera

    By Tony

    from British Columbia, Canada

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      Most controls are laid out well with the exception of the depth of field preview button.
      The quick nav button is a great feature.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Best investment I have ever made.

      By Clints Dreamography

      from Cedar City, Utah

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      After shooting Velvia 50 for years I finally switched to digital when Minolta came out with the Maxxum 7d, so I could use all my lenses. Well being new to the digital world I didnt know about sensor size and changing the focal length and not to mention the very poor detail in the 6mp, which at the time wasnt bad, but was never satisfied with my pictures. I finally did it and went with the Sony A900. The full frame world is a very very beautiful thing, and what makes this even better sony kept the great functionality from Minolta and integrated their great sensor and processors. What an amazing camera and all my old lenses are back to normal focal length.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No nonsense and built to last…

      By Dan

      from Yuma, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Build
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Ergonomics
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • For Quality Geeks
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I purchased the Sony A900 just before the holidays in December 2011, after considerable debate between the Nikon and Canon equivalents. When I looked at the lens options for all three it was clear the Sony was 'seemingly' at a disadvantage. However, the Zeiss 135/1,8 on the Alpha is pretty hard to beat, and the upcoming models made my decision easier.

      The camera build and ergonomics of this particular Sony is truly fantastic! The graphics on the various websites make it appear elongated when it really isn't. It's more of an optical illusion by virtue of the conical crown, which I find visually appealing. Likewise, it's not as heavy to the hold as I anticipated. The menu arrangement and access to controls are so simple that even a politician could figure it out.

      In operation its easy to understand why this thing' still commands the admiration of its followers and the hefty price tag. Yes, this will most likely be the last mirror flipper in the Sony line but I'm confident this will be around my neck for some time to come.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Best

      By Greenland

      from Nuuk - Greenland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO
      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I bought a A900 in 2008 ? and sold it after 6 months to get 5D Mark II & D3s - but here in ultimo 2011 I bought A900 again, using Zeiss 24-70mm Lens and Minolta APO 200mm F2.8 - the best combination in all ways, you dont need to adjust/Edit pictures shot with A900 - a fantastic Camera.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

      By Phil

      from Panama

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        Very comprehensive camera

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Top Shelf Amateur Camera

        By E K Jellytoes

        from Baltimore

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          If you are looking for a great, top-shelf amateur DSLR this is the one. All it does is allow a photographer to fully control the making of photographs - with no exceptions or disclaimers. Also no video, no pop-up flash, no extreme ISO setting...just real old fashioned control over the digital photographic experience.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
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          • No

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would definitely buy this camera again

          By Don

          from Hermosa, SD

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

            Wildlife and nature photography
            I like the image stabilization very much
            I like the placement of the buttons

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
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            • No

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All and More that I expected !!!

            By Rasfive

            from Fargo, ND

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Size and weight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • ANYTHING
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

              This being my third DSLR, (a100 and a350) it has more than met my needs and functions. controls are placed just where they need to be. custom functions with the Fn key highlighting the LCD screen if a life save. No more multiple menus to negotiate just quick and easy. LCD monitor and the preview function are something I didn't think I would use. But taking fall foliage pics I have been using it a lot. Teaming it with the sony 50mm macro is great. having the extra stop down on the lens combined with the LCD functions is GREAT. Larger body is a great stabilizer when using long lens.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              i would buy this product again

              By silver grandma

              from brooklyn, ny

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Stills
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                purchase of a900 was a step up from the a700 & i have found it perfect. at first the weight had me wondering; however, i have found it comfortable & not too heavy when i have to hand-hold - even while hand-holding a flash.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                (The A900 Best DSLR IN IT

                By Clouseau

                from Charlotte N C

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  World wide Travel Photographing People,Landscapes,Wildlife,& the abstract.
                  I print much of my work on Art Canvas.

                  I like the fact all my old high end Minolta Len's Work as well as the new ones.
                  The A900 is the Camera that Does It all for Me A ,Great Tool .

                  The one thing that is a downer. Traveling many time zones . I would Like
                  To be ableTo reset the time. .

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
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                  • No

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                  (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  They're so amazing with Sony Alpha A900

                  By Sopranos92

                  from Moreno Valley, CA.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • All Above

                  Cons

                  • Nope

                  Best Uses

                  • All above

                  Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  I'd really liked a Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900 is better than SLR Maxxum 9 because of they're can be ISO any speed much better than SLR Maxxum 9 because of I buys different ISO film is depend from cheap through expensive over up to ISO 3200 film is hard to find it, It's unable make shooting during day & night but they needed required a night only, But Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900 can be switch ISO at anytime from daytime & Cloudy & Night is saving my time... Really Nicely it. I enjoyed make pictures is taken more than 200 images a days is much easy than film is up to 36 exp is limited, Need replaced new films after ends 36 exp is difficulties. I purchased a two memory cards of 64GB compact flash & 16 GB memory stick pro duo is totally over than 78,000 is both is largest images pictures is saving cards much feel free to worry ever better than ISO film of 36 exp. AMAZING! Also I purchased of VG-C90AM vertical grip for put on a Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900. They're had a two NP-FM500H batteries will run life up to 10 days if not use shooting. Easy to GOOD life batteries. If IT is necessary for traveling will brings with recharging is must carries with it at all time when they're batteries will dead is expect it. Now, Before I purchase of Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900, I ordered to buy a Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900 Book for relearned a training about how it was working on Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900. I reading all of 260 pagers, They're teaches me to learned it make me more interested it then I decided to purchased of my first timer of a Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900. Also They're can used another maxxum lenses is matches with a Sony's Alpha DSLR-A900. I tested make shooting after pictures is taken. They're images pictures looks amazing.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
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                  • No

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                  (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  simply outstanding!!

                  By markie

                  from philly

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I am an advanced amateur and find the alpha 900 to be perfect in my hands. It was a natural progression to transition from the minolta, now sony, film slrs to this very advanced dSLR. I find the overall weight and stature to exude quality. It is very durable and feels solid all the time. One very useful, albeit somewhat down played, feature is the intelligent preview. I simply love the ease of this feature. It truly makes rendering a successful capture of subjects with challenging (or changing) lighting on the fly almost fool-proof. I believe that this feature should be incorporated in other bodies, although, it is only in the a850 and a900. The only negative I note would be the absence of video capability. That being said, I did not buy this camera to take video. I just mention it, since many people like to comment on this feature as well.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    High-end powerhouse

                    By [@]

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          The 24.6-megapixel Sony A900 is a high-res, high-performance and high-priced camera, selling for [$] for the body alone. There are several impressive specs, including maximum 5 frame per second burst shooting at full resolution and an excellent optical viewfinder that covers essentially 100% of the scene at hand. It's tough to find a breakthrough feature or performance advantage that justifies selecting the A900 over the Canon 5D Mark II, though.For our full in-depth review, please visit [@]

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                          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Modern Minolta!

                          By Phil

                          from Panama

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                            Upgrading from an old AF Minolta body, and after extensive reading about lens fit, I took the plunge with the A900. Excellent, arrived as ordered [...] everything works well and the lenses fit!

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Simply awesome!

                            By Luke

                            from Ohio

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Noisy At High ISO

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                            I use the a900 for portraiture and weddings. The viewfinder is huge, bright, and versatile with additional focusing screens available. The image quality is superb at lower ISOs with fantastic color reproduction, and not to mention 24MP!

                            The ONLY think I do not like about this camera is the high ISO performance, but with a good RAW converter, the noise is hardly an issue.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great DSLR

                            By Bart

                            from Kansas

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                The image quality is perfect. It has a fast start up and reliable autofocus. The continuous shooting of 5 frames per second is great for sports and wildlife photography.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 10
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                This is a great camera!

                                By Connie

                                from Northern California

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                  I've been a Minolta/Sony user for years and have been waiting to upgrade my a700 to the full frame a900. I used it for a baby shoot yesterday and I absolutely love this camera. The controls are almost identical to the a700 so it was easy to get used to. The screen is bright and beautiful and the entire shooting experience was a pleasure. I was a bit disappointed that the camera can only use CF cards up to 16GB so I'll have to keep my larger cards with the a700. But other than that, I am so glad I made the investment!

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                                  • No

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                                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Best Camera I've Ever Used

                                  By Dustin

                                  from Dallas, Tx

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • High ISO Performance
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                      Some people say it's heavy, but it's a full frame DSLR so it's going to be heavier than your a700 or whatever.

                                      For some reason I've always been a Minolta shooter. I'm not really sure why, and it took them so long to get into the DSLR thing that several times I almost switched to one of the big two. These days I'm glad I didn't. This camera is incredibly good.

                                      If you really, really want to nitpick, the shutter/mirror is maybe a bit loud. And I still don't think Sony has caught up with the big two in terms of lens lineup, but it sure has gotten a lot better.

                                      Sony is clearly committed to making great photographic equipment and will eventually compete with Canon and Nikon for the pro market if this camera is any indication.

                                      • Ease of Operation:
                                      • 10
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      1.0

                                      Great but way to heavy

                                      By Steven

                                      from New York

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Image Quality

                                      Cons

                                      • Noisy At High ISO

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos

                                      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                      This takes really nice images but it is way to heavy... I shoot events and after an hour my arms felt like they were going to fall off... Not a very good unit for events or anything that you will need to hold on to it for very long...

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                                      • No

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