After some exciting growth of the rumors, finally, we’ve got the real information about the new Sony DSLR cameras:
Features and specific comments
The feature set is quite impressive for cameras supposed to be low-end and mid-range only. Some of the competition is going to feel the heat.
Sony Alpha 33
As expected, this is a Pellix camera (a semi-transparent mirror provides fast AF while in LiveView or in video capture mode). It climbs up to 10 frame/s continuous shooting and is 1080i HD video-capable.
The sensor is the 14MP APS-C CMOS sensor that we have been seeing a lot around here in the recent weeks.
Sony Alpha 55
Same as Sony Alpha 33, but with a larger (16MP) CMOS sensor.
Impressive enough to immediately receive a “Gold Award” from DPreview.
The A55v version (for USA only, apparently) will include a GPS for geo-tagging of photos and videos.
Sony Alpha 560
The A560 is definitely bringing 1080i HD video to the Sony SLR line; From a 14.2 MP CMOS photo sensor.
Specific to the Alpha 560: It will not be available before early 2011.
No GPS, contrary to rumours.
Sony Alpha 580
Same as Sony Alpha 560, but with a larger (16MP) CMOS sensor.
Nearly immediately available.
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