The Sony Alpha DSLR-A300's smooth Live View handling makes this model worth consideration for anyone graduating from a point-and-shoot camera.
We found the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 intuitive to use.
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 offers a 3-frames-per-second burst mode for sports and other fast-moving action, but that mode steps down to 2 frames per second if you use Live View. The camera will also let you get close for macro shots.
It has dial settings for landscape, portraits, and sunsets, and offers in-camera image stabilisation. Several cool pre-shooting, image-enhancement features - including saturation, nighttime, and black-and-white settings - are easily accessible within the menu.
The noise-reduction and dynamic range expansion settings made quite a difference during long exposures at high ISOs (which range from 100 to 3200). That said, we observed a good deal of noise in shots not employing noise reduction; we also noticed some artifacting along high-contrast edges, a bit more than we would like in a high-quality image file. Even so, in the final evaluation of our Test Centre tests, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 earned a score of Superior for its overall image quality, including its excellent flash exposures.
Manual settings are easy to dial up, as are the aperture- and shutter-priority modes. We particularly liked the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300's Exposure Shift setting, which novice photographers may find valuable: first, you set what you perceive as a proper exposure, and then, with the shift function, you can make equivalent exposures using different combinations of shutter speeds and apertures.
White-balance settings are similarly simple to adjust and customise via the menu, and the camera will also shoot bracketing for white balance, which allows you to see multiple takes of ambient colour in your shots so you can pick the ones you like best.