Sony A700 vs the Competition

The table below compares the Sony A700 with semi-pro models from other manufacturers.

Sony Alpha A700 vs other semi-pro models
Manufacturer
Sony
Canon
Canon
Nikon
Nikon
Model
Alpha A700
EOS 30D
EOS 40D
D200
D300
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Sony
Canon
Canon
Sony
Sony
Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CCD
CMOS
Color Filter Array
RGB
RGB
RGB
RGB
RGB
Total Megapixels
13.05
8.5
10.5
10.92
13.1
Effective Megapixels
12.25
8.25
10.1
10.2
12.3
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
23.5 x 15.6
22.5 x 15.0
22.2 x 14.8
23.6 x 15.8
23.6 x 15.8
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.5x
1.6x
1.6x
1.5x
1.5x
Sensor-shift image stabilization
Yes
No
No
No
No
Ultrasonic sensor dust-removal function
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
No
Yes
No
Yes
Image Processor
BIONZ
(2nd generation)
DIGIC II
DIGIC III
Not stated
EXPEED
A/D Conversion
12-bit
12-bit
14-bit
12-bit
12 or 14-bit
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level
pentaprism
Eye-level
pentaprism
Eye-level
pentaprism
Eye-level
pentaprism
Eye-level
pentaprism
Coverage
95%
95%
95%
95%
100%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.9x
0.9x
0.95x
0.94x
0.94x
Eyepoint (mm)
25
20
22
19.5
19.5
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-2.0 to +1.0
-2.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Interchangeable Spherical Acute Matte
Fixed, precision matte screen
Interchangeable (3 types). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Ef-A
B-type BriteView clear matte screen II, with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines
Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II, with on-demand grid lines
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
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure (shutter speed, aperture, spot metering circle, exposure level, AE lock, exposure compensation, AEB level, bulb, ISO speed), flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, FEB shooting, flash exposure compensation, insufficient flash warning during FE lock), white balance correction, maximum burst, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, No CF card warning
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure (shutter speed, aperture value, manual exposure, AE lock, exposure compensation amount, AEB level, partial metering area), flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation amount), warnings (exposure warning, improper FE lock warning, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, no CF card warning, busy), maximum burst for continuous shooting (now 2 digits), shots remaining, ISO sensitivity (always diplayed), B&W mode
Focus area brackets/spot metering areas, center-weighted metering area, on-demand framing grid, black and white mode indicator, battery status, no memory card warning, focus confirmation, metering mode, AE lock indicator, FV lock indicator, flash sync indicator, shutter speed, aperture stop indicator, aperture value, exposure mode, electronic analog exposure display, flash compensation indicator, exposure compensation indicator, Auto ISO indicator, ISO value, number of exposures remaining/buffer space/preset WB recording indicator/exposure compensation value/flash compensation value/PC mode indicator, flash-ready indicator
Focus area brackets/spot metering areas, on-demand framing grid, battery status, focus confirmation, metering mode, AE lock indicator, FV lock indicator, flash sync indicator, shutter speed, aperture stop indicator, aperture value, exposure mode, electronic analog exposure display, flash compensation indicator, exposure compensation indicator, Auto ISO indicator, ISO value, number of exposures remaining/buffer space/preset WB recording indicator/exposure compensation value/flash compensation value/PC mode indicator, flash-ready indicator
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
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Live Preview on LCD
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
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
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
(UDMA supported)
Compatible File System
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (ARW 2.0), JPEG
RAW (CR2), JPEG
RAW, sRAW (CR2); JPEG
RAW (NEF), JPEG
RAW 12-bit or 14-bit NEF), TIFF (32-bit), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
4288 x 2856 (RAW);
4272 x 2848 (JPEG)
3504 x 2336
3,888 x 2,592
3872 x 2592
4288 x 2848
Reduced Resolutions
3:2
3104 x 2064;
2128 x 1424

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

2544 x 1696;
1728 x 1152
2816 x 1880;
1936 x 1288
2896 x 1944;
1936 x 1296
3216 x 2136;
2144 x 1424
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution, Fine compression only
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space &
White Balance
User Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB (thirteen variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (two variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
7 options each for sharpness, saturation, contrast, and brightness, plus 4 options for zone matching.
6 Preset 'Picture Styles' with 3 User defined settings
8 options for sharpness, 9 options for contrast, saturation, and color tone.

6 Picture styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome), plus 3 user defined
7 options for sharpening, 5 for contrast, 7 for hue, 4 for saturation. Second sRGB color space boosts saturation somewhat.
7 options for sharpening, 5 options for contrast, 3 options for brightness, 5 options for saturation, 5-step hue adjustment.
Preset WB settings
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade)
7 presets with fine tuning; four Manual presets
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
2800 ~ 10000K in 100K increments
2500 ~ 10000K
2500 ~ 10000K in increments of roughly 10 mired
2500 ~ 10000K in increments of roughly 10 mired
WB Adjustment Range
Preset WB:
-3 to +3;
Fluorescent WB:
-2 to +4;
+/-9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
Amber-Blue correction, in 9 steps;
Magenta-Green correction, in 9 steps;
Both types of correction can be combined
+/-3 steps in 1-step increments, roughly 10 mireds per step
Fine tuning possible, details unknown
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL phase detection
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
Entirely new Canon CMOS AF sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM1000 autofocus module
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM3500DX autofocus module
(contrast detection using LiveView Tripod mode)
# 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
(all cross-type)
Center is "unique hybrid cross-type AF point"
11 normal points or 7 wide points
(1 center cross-type, 10 single-axis)
51 points (15 cross-type, 36 single-axis)
Superimposed Focus Point Display
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
AF Working Range (ISO 100)
EV 0 ~ 18
EV -0.5 ~ 18
EV -0.5 ~ 18
EV -1 ~ 19
EV -1 ~ 19
AF-assist Beam
Yes,
LED, range 1 - 7m
Yes, stroboscopic flash
Yes, stroboscopic flash
Yes, bright incandescent lamp, range 3m
Yes
details unknown
Eye-start Focusing
Yes
(grip detection too)
No
No
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 - Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, manual exposure
12 - Program AE, Aperture-priority (Av), Shutter-priority (Tv), Manual, Depth-of-field AE, Green Zone, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Action, Night Portrait, Flash Off
4 - Program, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual mode.
4 - Program, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual mode.
Metering Zones
40
35
35
1,005
1,005
Metering Modes
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted, 9% partial, 3.5% spot
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted average,
9% partial,
3.8% spot
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering System Working Range
(F1.4, ISO 100)
1) Honeycomb-Pattern / Center-Weighted Average; EV 0 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 2 ~ 20
EV 1 ~ 20
EV 0 ~ 20
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 3200 / 6400
100 ~ 1600 / 3200
100 ~ 1600 / 3200
100 ~ 1600 / 3200
200 ~ 3200 / 100, 6400
Exposure Compensation
+/-3 EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
+/-5 EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
+/-5 EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 or 5 shots in 1/3, 1/2 or 2/3 EV steps
+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
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
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Shutter Speed Range
1/8000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/8000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/8000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/8000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/8000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
5 fps /
unlimited Standard Fine JPEG, 16 Extra Fine JPEG, 12 cRAW+JPEG, 12 RAW+JPEG, or 18 cRAW frames
(manufacturer spec)
5 fps /
28 LF JPEG or 10 RAW frames
6.5 fps /
75 LF JPEG or 17 RAW frames,
(manufacturer spec)
5 fps /
31 LF JPEG or 21 RAW frames
6 fps /
100 Large Normal JPEG
or 17 (12-bit) RAW fames
(up to 8 fps with optional MB-D10 battery pack)
(manufacturer spec)
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/250
(1/200 with Super SteadyShot)
1/250
1/250
1/250
1/250
(up to 1/320 at reduced GN)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
-3 to +1 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
-3 to +1 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
3.0 in LCD / 921,600 pixels
2.5 in. LCD / 230,000 pixels
3.0 in. LCD / 230,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
3.0 in LCD / 921,600 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.1 - 13x / Yes
1.5~10x in 15 steps / Yes
1.5~10x in 15 steps / Yes
1.1 - 25x / Yes
Zoom and scroll possible, details unknown
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
11 steps
5 steps
7 steps
5 steps
Yes, details unknown
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Video Out/ HD Video
Yes/Yes (HDMI)
Yes/No
Yes/No
Yes/No
Yes/Yes (HDMI)
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
Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant
Direct Printing (PictBridge printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
15 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
18 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Simplified/ Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
13 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
15 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (21)
Yes (19)
Yes (details unknown)
Yes (45)
Yes (48)
Remote Control
Wireless: with included RMT-DSLR1 IR remote control
or Wired: with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
N3-type remote control
N3-type remote control
Yes, 10-pin remote terminal for optional MC-30/36 remote cords or WT-3 wireless remote
Yes, 10-pin remote terminal for optional MC-20/30/36 remote cords or WT-4 wireless remote
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
No / n/a
Yes / Yes (dedicated button)
Yes / Yes (dedicated button)
Yes / details unknown
Yes / Yes
(power switch)
Body Structure
Body Cover / Chassis
Magnesium Alloy (front), Polycarbonate (rear) / Aluminum
Magnesium Alloy / Stainless Steel
Magnesium Alloy /
Stainless Steel
Largely Magnesium Alloy
Largely Magnesium Alloy
Environmental Seals
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power System
Battery Compatibility
NP-FM500H
Main: BP-511 / BP-511A / BP-512 / BP-514
Backup: CR2016
Main: BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512
Backup: CR2016
EN-EL3e
EN-EL3e
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20C/68F
CIPA: 650
CIPA: 1100
100% AE: 1100
50% Flash: 800
(manufacturer spec)
Up to 1800 (manufacturer spec)
CIPA: 1372
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
142 x 105 x 80
144 x 106 x 72
146 x 108 x 74
147 x 113 x 74
147 x 114 x 74
Weight (body only)
690 g
700 g
740 g
830 g
825 g
Oper.
Env.
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
Operating Humidity Range
Not stated
< 85%
< 85%
< 85%
< 85%
Kit Lens
Focal length / aperture
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
or 16-105mm f3.5-5.6 DT
-
-
-
-
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum-compatible) AF lenses as well.
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses.
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses.
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode A and M with metering; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
  7. IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode A and M with metering; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster. Up to 10 non-CPU lenses can be registered.
  7. IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.