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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sony Announces SLT-A77 and SLT-A65 Digital Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:52 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4363

Big news today, as Sony announces a whole slew of cameras. Let us start with the more traditional (but not quite) DSLRs, the translucent mirrored SLT-A77 and SLT-A65. The SLT-A77 features a 24 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor with sensor shift stabilisation, a new XGA resolution EVF with 100% coverage and 1.09x magnification (which is 0.72x if you want to compare with other 35mm cameras), 1/250 flash sync speed, 19 point AF system with 11 cross sensors, a weather-sealed magnesium body, standard ISO range of 100-16,000, continuous shooting at 12 (!) FPS (making it faster than the D3 or EOS 1D IV), a 3" VGA sensor on a new rotating platform (which flips down, not my favourite implementation), built-in GPS, and a bunch of shooting modes. Oh, on the video side, it does 1080p videos at 60 FPS, allows for manual controls, and has an external microphone jack. The camera comes with a Memory Stick (bleagh) and a SDXC slot. Ships in October for US$1,400 for the body alone, or US$2,000 with the new 16-50mm lens (detailed below).

The SLT-A65 is similar (yes 24 megapixel sensor), and drops a few features, notable, the AF module is a 15 point system with 3 (talk about a drastic drop) cross sensors, continuous shooting is down to 10 FPS (still faster than many cameras), drops flash sync speed to 1/160, loses the top LCD panel, and overall is less robust in build than the SLT-A77, with a full plastic body and lower rated shutter count. Ships in October for US$900 for the body alone, or US$1,000 with the 18-55 lens.

Photo of the SLT-A65 after the break, and there are more links at the source. Also, DPreview.com has a preview of the SLT-A77.

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Sony Announces Four Lenses and an Adapter

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:41 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4361

Pictured is the lens I suspect everyone will be most interested in, because it has the Carl Zeiss moniker on it, and hey, German Glass(tm) is automatically good, is it not? Anyway, the first of the four lenses is the E-mount (ie for NEX) 24mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss-branded Sonnar lens. This gives a 36mm equivalent, so it is something of a 35/1.8. Good for those who like the field-of-view that particular focal length gives. Thanks to the branding, it will come with a not-too high price tag of US$1,000. Ships in December.

Next up are two more mundane lenses for the NEX system. The optically stabilised 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 gives a field-of-view similar to a 80-300mm, so that is the budget telephoto zoom covered. Then there is the optically stabilised 50mm f/1.8, which umm, is a bit of an odd length. A 70mm probably will be more popular. The 55-210mm goes for US$350 and will ship in October, while the 50mm goes for US$300 and will ship in December.

The sole Alpha-mount lens is the DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM lens, which gives a field-of-view equivalent to a 24-75mm. Not much to say, other than this type of lens is pretty much a popular one for both enthusiasts and pros alike. What took Sony so long to come up with this, I have no idea. Ships in October for US$700.

Finally, there is the adapter for NEX cameras, the LA-EA2. It features a translucent mirror, a screw-drive motor, and an AF module to allow AF with older lenses when adapting Alpha lenses to the NEX. Since the module at US$400 is not cheap, and with all of the above components, not small (and with SLR lenses, even less small), I wonder who is actually going to get that.

More photos at the source.


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