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SonyAlpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens
 
4.6

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (53)
  • Easy to use (52)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (51)
  • Image stabilization (43)
  • Fast shutter speed (40)

Cons

  • Short battery life (28)
  • Noisy at high ISO (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (44)
  • Family photos (42)
  • Sports/action (37)
  • Travel (33)
  • Low light (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (27), Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Camera for under $1000

With the Sony SLT-a33's new translucent mirror technology, I have been able to capture amazing shots. The 14 megapixel pictures look amazing and you can crop and zoom without losing large amounts of...Read complete review

With the Sony SLT-a33's new translucent mirror technology, I have been able to capture amazing shots. The 14 megapixel pictures look amazing and you can crop and zoom without losing large amounts of detail. The 7 fps is outstanding, the camera closest in price that can take 7 frames per second is $1800, Nikon d300, for just the body. And don't even get me started on the 1080i video. It's so crisp and the auto-focus is ridiculously snappy. The ONLY downside I've found is: on my Mac, the AVCHD files are not very Mac-friendly. But other than that, this camera is worth every last penny.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Camera Designed to Overheat

We've owned Minolta cameras in the past and were really excited to receive and use the camera based on all the glowing reviews. Unfortunately, for shooting video this camera is horrible. The camera...Read complete review

We've owned Minolta cameras in the past and were really excited to receive and use the camera based on all the glowing reviews. Unfortunately, for shooting video this camera is horrible. The camera will overheat after about 3-10 minutes of continuous shooting. On our last shoot we had to put ice packs on the camera to keep the camera from overheating. We called Sony and found out that the camera is naturally overheats during continuous shooting. Heck, it is even in the manual - it warns that you may not be able to shoot long without the camera overheating. What a bunch of garbage. We shoot a lot of video that is longer than 10 minutes. While the camera has many cool features and, at first blush, is a great buy - the reality is that Sony just dropped a huge bomb. This camera horrible for shooting video unless you can do it in less than 3 minutes. I'm returning the camera as soon as I get back from an out-of-town shoot that this camera ruined and buying another competitor.

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4.0

very nice

By ryguy

from honolulu

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

  • Noisy At High ISO
  • Poor In Low Light
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video

Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

wide angle on video leaves something to be desired

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

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4.0

My purchase of the Sony A33

By Dickybee

from South Africa

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

I have the A55 as does my son. The A33 was bought as a birthday gift and it turned out to be a great hit with her. She loves it.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

Pure Excellence!

By FxFreak

from Winnfield, LA

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
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

My old Canon Rebel XT 350D stopped working the other day. After doing the research, I purchased the A33. I couldn't be happier. It puts the power of a professional in the hands of an amatuer. The frames per second amaze me. I'm used to 3 fps, lol.

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  • No

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5.0

Sony Digital Accepts Minolta 35mm Lenses

By Bisbeeblue

from Palominas, AZ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Ccepts Minolta 35mm lens
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

    My local independent camera/photo store told me that Sony bought Minolta and that their DSLR wouyld accept the Minolta lens that I had purchaed for my 40+ year old Minotla 7000 35mm SLR!
    I have been using a couple of Canon point and shoot digitals and was ready to upgrade to and DSLR.
    The Sony Alpha DSLR=SLT-A33 has allowed me to use the lenses that I am familar with, in an easy to use format!
    I have taken some great phots and the learning curve was very low.
    The other feature that I appreciate is the hot shoe for my more powerful flash.

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

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    5.0

    GREAT CAMERA

    By NONE

    from FLORIDA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • 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-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

        THIS IS A GREAT CAMERA...A WORD TO THE WISE, IF YOU WANT A VIDEO CAMERA, THAN BUY ONE. FOR A ANYONE WHO PURCHASES A DSLR BY ANY MFG TO HAVE A VIDEO INCLUDED IS NUTS. ALL DSLR'S THAT RECORD VIDEO ARE AWKWARD AND CLUMSY AND DOWN RIGHT UNCOMFORTABLE TO SHOOT VIDEO. I PERSONALLY UPSET ABOUT SPENDING MONEY FOR A FEATURE ON A CAMERA THAT I AM NEVER GOING TO USE!...BATTERY LIFE ON ALL MY SONY PRODUCTS IS UN ACCEPTABLE, PRODUCTS ARE GREAT, BATTERY LIFE, NO GOOD. SONY PRODUCTS ARE BATTERY EATERS.....

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8

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        5.0

        Good Camera for Beginners

        By JB

        from New York, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

        Great for landscapes/outdoor shots.

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

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        5.0

        I would greatly recommend this product

        By Jabbey

        from Thomasville, NC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

        This camera is a very good entry level camera. It's not to complicated to operate. It has a lot of built in features that are very neat, such as the panoramic mode and etc.

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

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        4.0

        A great camera for a family

        By Rado

        from New Jersey

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fits only 3-4 fingers
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

        My wife and I use A-33 to capture our kids' activities. The shutter speed is amazing for a camera at this budget; we're now able to get much clearer pictures on our kids swimming, bike riding and other activities. Although the body is a bit awkward to hold for a long period, it's still a great camera for family like ours.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Don't judge a book by its cover

        By Luiz

        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

          Ease of operation;
          Many automatic modes;
          Very good relation price and quality (best among Nikon D5100, Sony A560 and SLT-A33)

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

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          5.0

          Good decision

          By Astrid

          from Signal Mountain, TN

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

            It's my first SLR camera and it was recommended by a friend. I'm very happy with my decision to buy this one. It's really easy to understand how it works and it provides a wide range of opportunities.

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

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            5.0

            Amazing camera

            By DavidB

            from Lexington, KY

            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
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

            This camera has alot of great options and abilities. It does feel alot lighter and cheaper than the previous versions but I can tell you it is one strong and powerful camera. I bought a Class 10 16gig SDHC memory card and this thing can really pump out some shots at 7 per second! Not to mention the awesome viewfinder layout. I am in love to this camera, my wife is so frustrated because give the camera more attention then I do her!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great Camera A+++

            By GFL

            from Boca Raton

            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
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

            Im not a pro but i use this camera almost every day .I love everything about it. Really easy to use for for everybody ,great price,7 fps non of the other cameras do that around this price range.

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

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            4.0

            Great camera to take to next level!

            By Endurance guy

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

            Outdoors, Sports, Golf Course, Wide Angle needs, Auto and Manual focus options, create pics!

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

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            4.0

            Very nice camera

            By SoundArtist

            from New York

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life
            • Zoom ring not smooth

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

              I have used this as much for its video capability as for its superb photo-quality. The auto-focus during video use is excellent. It does produce noise during video recording which is audible during playback, but if using an external digital recorder for recording audio together with this camera, the results will be excellent.
              Switching between shooting and playback mode is challenging and not convenient. Otherwise, a fine piece of gear.

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

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              5.0

              Excellent Camera

              By cutetwink23

              from Miami, FL

              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
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

              The camera has excellent colour quality and the kit lens clarity is awesome. However, I think the photos lack a little of that "SLR-look", some of them. Excellent image detail though, fantastic low-noise performance, easy to use menu's with helps/guides.
              The lcd is simply FANTASTIC, and the EVF is better than anything else on the market, and almost produces life-like images.

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

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              4.0

              Great Camera

              By Miamisam

              from Washington Dc

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

              I use this camera for general purpose , it is easy to use especially for the first time Slr person. The onscreen help is great .

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

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              5.0

              Outstanding back-up

              By Greg Frazier, Nature Photographer

              from Jacksonville, FL

              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
              • Lightweight
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

                I bought this as a back-up for my Sony DSLR SLT-A55 and to my surprise, it is almost the same camera. Very basic differences are : no GPS, shoot speed down from 10 fps to a mere 7 fps! Otherwise the same new translucent mirror technology. The only problem I have seen is an overheat error notice when I was out shooting a lot in the hot Florida sun! And the HD video is beyond compare!

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

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                5.0

                Great Camera - Even for Beginners

                By San Diego Traveler

                from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

                The camera is lightweight and travels easily. I am not a photogropher but I am beginnig to feel like one. Some of the shots I have taken in just the first week are among the best in my life.

                As others have said, the camera is especially great in low light situations, even backlit shots come out great.

                I have nothing bad to say about the camera so far.

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

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                4.0

                sony A33

                By chico

                from atlanta, GA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

                the camera is great, you can start to shoot right off the box. It feels like it's a serious cam but not that bulky which is really cool for your shoulders and back when you need to carry it a long time.

                The quality of the viewfinder is really nice and all the information are really viewable .Great thing that when you aim with the viewfinder the screen shut off and when you're done shooting with the viewf, the screen comes on automatically.

                Don't forget to take a spare battery though .

                Overall a great camera so, a must have for serious hobbyist .

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

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                5.0

                So easy, yet so advanced!

                By Kristina, Amateur Everything

                from Paramus, NJ

                About Me Casual 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
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens:

                This is my first foray into the world of Digital Cameras and advanced photography. Previously I had only owned a snapshot camera. After a LOT of research I decided on the a33 over a Canon or Nikon due to the translucent mirror design. You have to read about it yourself to truly appreciate what it is capable of! I felt that this feature was very important because I'm a beginner and plan to use Auto Focus frequently. I have to say that this camera, while offering many more options than anything I've owned, is quite easy to use! I've always found Sony products to be intuitively designed and easy to learn and an exceptional bang for my buck. I look forward to learning how to use all the amazing features available on this camera!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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