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Sony A700 Feature Comparison

The chart below compares the A700 with the A100 as well as Konica-Minolta models, since they are compatible with the same lenses and accessories. What we've done below is to present something of a hybrid comparison between these four models. A red cell means that a given camera performs below the others, a green cell means that it performs better, and a yellow cell means it falls somewhere between. In cases where two cameras share a superior capability, both their cells will be colored green, etc. Sharp-eyed readers may find some areas where we haven't chosen to highlight a particular difference. Those cases are simply ones that we don't feel are significant in typical use of the camera.

We also have a table comparing the Sony A700 with competing models from other manufacturers. This table is a bit wider though, and breaks the page layout in some browsers, so we're simply providing a link to it here that will open in a separate browser window. See the Sony A700 vs the Competition comparison table for more info.

Sony Alpha and Konica Minolta DSLR Camera Comparison
Manufacturer
Sony
Sony
Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta
Model
Alpha A700
Alpha A100
Maxxum 7D
Maxxum 5D
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Sony
Sony
Sony
Sony
Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
CCD
CCD
Color Filter Array
RGB
RGB
RGB
RGB
Total Megapixels
13.05
10.8
6.3
6.3
Effective Megapixels
12.25
10.2
6.1
6.1
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
23.5 x 15.6
23.6 x 15.8
23.7 x 15.6
23.7 x 15.6
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.5x
1.5x
1.5x
1.5x
Sensor-shift image stabilization
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ultrasonic sensor dust-removal function
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
No
No
Image Processor
BIONZ
(2nd generation)
BIONZ
CxProcess III
CxProcess III
A/D Conversion
12-bit
12-bit
12-bit
12-bit
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage
95%
95%
95%
95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.9x
0.83x
0.9x
0.83x
Eyepoint (mm)
25
20
25
20
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
-2.5 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-2.5 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Interchangeable Spherical Acute Matte
Fixed Spherical Acute Matte
Interchangeable Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard)
Fixed Spherical Acute Matte
Viewfinder
Info Display
16:9 area frames, AF frames, Spot metering area, Flash compensation, Flash status, Flash mode, (wireless/ HS), Manual focus, AF mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, Autoexposure lock, Shots remaining, Shake warning, Super SteadyShot scale, Aspect ratio
Wide focus frame, spot AF area, local focus areas, Spot metering area, Flash compensation, Flash status, Flash mode, (wireless/ HS), Autoexposure lock, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, Shots remaining, Shake warning, Super SteadyShot scale
Wide focus frame, spot AF area, local focus areas, spot metering area, anti-shake scale, flash compensation indicator, flash signal, high-speed sync indicator, wireless / remote flash indicator, manual focus indicator, AE lock indicator, focus signal, shutter-speed display, aperture display, EV scale, camera-shake warning, frames-remaining counter
Wide focus frame, spot AF area, local focus areas, spot metering area, flash compensation indicator, flash signal, high-speed sync indicator, wireless / remote flash indicator, AE lock indicator, focus signal, shutter-speed display, aperture display, EV scale, frames-remaining counter, camera-shake warning, anti-shake scale
Depth of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Live Preview on LCD
No
No
No
No
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive / MS Duo / MS Pro Duo
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Compatible File System
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (ARW 2.0), JPEG
RAW (ARW), JPEG
RAW (MRW), JPEG
RAW (MRW), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
4288 x 2856 (RAW);
4272 x 2848 (JPEG)
3872 x 2592
3008 x 2000
3008 x 2000
Reduced Resolutions
3:2
3104 x 2064;
2128 x 1424

16:9
4272 x 2400,
3104 x 1744,
2128 x 1200

2896 x 1936;
1920 x 1280
2256 x 1496;
1504 x 1000
2256 x 1496;
1504 x 1000
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution (Fine compression only)
Yes, Large/Fine JPEG only
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution (Fine compression only)
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution (Fine compression only)
Color Space &
White Balance
User Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB (thirteen variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (six variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (two variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (eight variants) + Adobe RGB (two variants)
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
7 options each for sharpness, saturation, contrast, and brightness, plus 4 options for zone matching.
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.
5 options each for sharpness, contrast, saturation and hue.
5 options each for sharpness, contrast, and saturation.
Preset WB settings
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
2500 ~ 9900K in 100K increments
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
WB Adjustment Range
Preset WB:
-3 to +3;
Fluorescent WB:
-2 to +4;
Preset WB:
-3 to +3;
Fluorescent WB:
-2 to +4
+/-3 steps in 1-step increments
Arbitrary step size (approx. 10 mireds per step in most modes)
+/-3 steps in 1-step increments
Arbitrary step size (approx. 10 mireds per step in most modes)
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
11 points, (1 center twin-cross type and 11 single-axis with high accuracy f/2.8 center point)
9 points
(1 center cross-type and 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 center cross-type and 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 center cross-type and 8 single-axis)
Superimposed Focus Point Display
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
AF Working Range (ISO 100)
EV 0 ~ 18
EV 0 ~ 18
EV -1 ~ 18
EV -1 ~ 18
AF-assist Beam
Yes,
LED, range 1 - 7m
Yes, stroboscopic flash
Yes, stroboscopic flash
Yes, stroboscopic flash
Eye-start Focusing
Yes
(grip detection too)
Yes
No
No
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
12 - Auto, Program Shift, Aperture-priority AE, Shutter-priority AE, Manual, Memory Recall, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night view/portrait
12 - Auto, Program Shift, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Evening, Night, Night Portrait
8 - Full Auto, Program, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual, Three memory register settings
10 - Full Auto, Program, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual, Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, Night Portrait
Metering Zones
40
40
14
14
Metering Modes
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Multi-segment honeycomb-pattern metering, Center-weighted, Spot
Multi-segment honeycomb-pattern metering, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering System Working Range
(F1.4, ISO 100)
1) Honeycomb-Pattern / Center-Weighted Average; EV 0 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 2 ~ 20
1) Honeycomb-Pattern / Center-Weighted Average; EV 1 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 4 ~ 20
1) Honeycomb-Pattern / Center-Weighted Average; EV 0 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 3 ~ 20
1) Honeycomb-Pattern / Center-Weighted Average; EV 1 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 4 ~ 20
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 3200 / 6400
100 ~ 1600 / 80
100 ~ 3200
100 ~ 3200
Exposure Compensation
+/-3 EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-3EV in 1/2EV increments, or +/- 2EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-2EV in 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 or 5 shots in +/-1/3, 1/2 or 2/3 EV steps
3 shots, +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 2/3 EV increments
3 or 5 shots, +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments
3 shots, +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 2/3 EV increments
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate,
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Shutter Speed Range
1/8000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
4.91 fps
/ 13 Extra Fine JPEG, 11 RAW frames
2.85 fps
/ 24 LF JPEG, 3 RAW+JPEG, or 8 RAW frames
2.75 fps
/ 15 LF JPEG or 9 RAW frames
2.75 fps
/ 15 LF JPEG or 9 RAW frames
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/250 (1/200 with Super SteadyShot)
1/160 (1/120 with Super SteadyShot)
1/160 ( 1/125 anti-shake on)
1/160 ( 1/125 anti-shake on)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
+/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/-2EV in 1/2EV steps
+/-2EV in 1/3EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Yes
Hot shoe only
Yes
Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
3.0 in LCD / 921,600 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 207,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 115,000 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
13x max. / Yes
12x max. / Yes
4.7x max / Yes
4.7x max / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
11 steps
5 steps
11 steps
11 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Video Out/ HD Video
Yes/Yes (HDMI)
Yes/No
Yes/No
Yes/No
Other Features
Computer Connection
Yes, USB 2.0 High Speed, PTP-compliant
Yes, USB 2.0 High Speed, PTP-compliant
Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed (PTP compliant)
Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed (PTP compliant)
Direct Printing (PictBridge printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
8 (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.)
11 (Japanese, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (21)
Yes (12)
Yes (20)
Yes (12)
Remote Control
Wireless: with included RMT-DSLR1 IR remote control
or Wired: with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
Wired with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
Optional, compatible with RC-1000S or RC-1000L
Optional, compatible with RC-1000S or RC-1000L
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
Body Structure
Body Cover / Chassis
Magnesium Alloy (front), Polycarbonate (rear) / Aluminum
Polycarbonate / Unknown
Magnesium Alloy (front), Plastic (rear) / Unknown
Glass Fiber Plastic
Environmental Seals
Yes
No
No
No
Power System
Battery Compatibility
NP-FM500H
NP-FM55H
NP-400
NP-400
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20C/68F
CIPA: 650
CIPA: 750
100% AE: 600
50% Flash: 400
(Konica Minolta spec)
CIPA: 550;
Konica Minolta spec: 700
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
142 x 105 x 80
133 x 95 x 72
150 x 106 x 78
131 x 93 x 67
Weight (body only)
690 g
545 g
760 g
590 g
Oper.
Env.
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
Operating Humidity Range
Not stated
Not stated
Not Stated
Not Stated
Kit Lens
Focal length / aperture
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
or 16-105mm f3.5-5.6 DT
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
-
18-70mm
f/3.5-5.6 AF
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum-compatible) AF lenses as well.
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum-compatible) AF lenses as well.
A-type / All A-type lenses except MD and MC series manual focus lenses. AF Macro 3x - 1x f/1.7-2.8 lens cannot be used with Anti-Shake, nor does Anti-Shake work with any lens with a macro release. (Sony Alpha lenses should work as well)
A-type / All A-type lenses except MD and MC series manual focus lenses. AF Macro 3x - 1x f/1.7-2.8 lens cannot be used with Anti-Shake, nor does Anti-Shake work with any lens with a macro release. (Sony Alpha lenses should work as well)