Nov 092010
 

The Sony A-33 DSLR Camera Review

By Steve Huff

These past two weeks have been crazy. I have been working more than ever on this site, added the new forum section (register and post here!!!) and came down with some sort of sickness that I am now recovered from. I have been to the state fair twice, rode the light rail in Phoenix and put about 3000 miles on my car. In that two weeks I carried around the Sony A33 Camera because I wanted to test out the new “Translucent Mirror Technology” which basically gives this camera blazing AF, even during video and an amazing EVF that is the best I have seen to date. In the past few weeks I have tried out the Nikon D3100 (which I was not thrilled with..just didnt motivate me) and also have been shooting with the Sony NEX-5 which is very similar in image quality to the A33, but there are differences there that I will get to down in this review.

I’m not going to go heavy on tech details here, just my experience shooting it over the past two weeks as well as plenty of image samples, high ISO samples, and some video shot with the camera on a tripod and handheld – at night. The Sony A33 and the new A55 are pretty amazing cameras for the money, but are they the best budget DLR’s going right now? If you do not own ANY glass from other companies and want a DSLR, AND are starting fresh I would say….YES. The A33 is one hell of a camera for the $700 it goes for with its kit lens. Keep reading to find out why I feel this way.

A little bit about the Sony A33 Camera…

Sony A33 – 24mm with the Kit Zoom at ISO 6400 – click image for larger version

Sony A33 with Kit Zoom – ISO 6400 – Click image for larger version

The Sony A-33 and A-55 are two new Sony cameras with loads of features and superb image quality, especially at their price range. Three weeks ago I went into an electronics store here in Phoenix and there was a Sony rep hyping up the A33 and A55. He said “These are the most exciting cameras out today” and even though I knew all about them I asked him why he thought that. He went onto  tell me about the resolution, the fast AF, the new mirror technology and the EVF. He said the video was outstanding and the speed of the AF, even with moving subjects were some of the best out there beating cameras like the Canon 5DMKII and Nikon D7000. I then told him who I was and about this site and he wrote it down and said he would look for the review. :)

So I acquired the A33 to try for myself (never did receive the A55 to test) and I admit, I was somewhat excited about the camera because it was semi small, and had everything I was looking for in a camera. Great image quality, superb HD video, blazing auto focus, nice EVF and even the gimmicky but very cool Sweep Pano Mode and Handheld Twilight Mode. All of these fatures were in the little NEX-5 but I was curious to see if the A33 was an improvement in any way over the NEX. In reality, these are two different cameras with the NEX-5 going more for SMALL SIZE, HIGH QUALITY and the A33 going more for ULTIMATE VERSATILITY AND HIGH QUALITY.

The A33 is a DSLR, the NEX-5 is not. The A33 has external controls and an actualy Electronic Viewfinder you put up to your eye, like the old days :) The NEX-5 does not, so two different cameras but both with similar qualities.

So comparing the two cameras is not really something that should be done except to see if the little NEX 5 can stand up to a larger DSLR using the same sensor. Depending on what you are looking for you may buy a NEX 3 or 5 if you want small and stealthy or you may buy an A33 if you want more lens options and more external control with the EVF. Others will buy the A55 for even more resolution and the built in GPS. After shooting the A33 and NEX-5 side by side for two weeks I concluded that if I was someone wanting to get into a camera system from scratch and had to keep it under $700 or so, for me it would be the NEX system just due to its size and ability to take Leica M glass via and adapter AND the lens roadmap Sony has mentioned that features Zeiss glass. But dont let that sway you from the A33 because it is one hell of a DSLR. The best IMO for under $700.

Features and what I like about this camera:

  • It has a nice 14.2 MP sensor with superb low light capabilities
  • The Auto Focus is indeed very fast with the Translucent Mirror Technology. Also, there is no mirror slap.
  • The 3″ tiltable LCD screen is very cool and is clear, crisp and colorful.
  • Full HD 1080 Video is clean and clear, even in lower light.
  • 7 frames per second burst
  • Sweep Panorama Mode works! Very easy to get nice Panos once you get the hang of it.
  • Up to 12,800 ISO. I remember a few years ago when the max was 3200 on higher end cameras. Wow.
  • One scene mode that works well is the handheld twilight mode and it allows you to get low light handheld shots that are clear and look very good.

Usually, especially lately, I have not been a fan of these mass produced cheap feeling plasticky DSLR’s that flood the market every 6 months. There have been one or two exceptions. The Pentax K7 was a winner in my book (soon to review the new K5) and  the Pentax Kx was also wonderful for a budget $500 DSLR. Other cameras like the Nikon D3100, Canon rebels, and starter DSLR’s just never did it for me. When I saw the features of this Sony A33 along with the price tag I had to give it a try. I even drove an hour to the Sony store so I could try it out in store with some Zeiss glass and it rocked with the 85 1.4.

The one thing I noticed immediately in this camera was its awesome EVF. The viewfinder is all electronic much like the Panasonic G2, GH2, etc. But it is crystal clear and smooth and gives you tons of great info. It even has a level sensor so all of your shots are level :) Love it! Plus as you can see in the image below, the 3″ LCD tilts down so you can get those angles you cant always get with non tilt-able LCD cameras.

So as you guys can tell already I really enjoyed  the A33 and was having a blast just learning about all of the features of this camera. The one thing I still had to get out and do was take some pictures! I wanted to test it in harsh light, low light and good light. Low ISO, high ISO and even video and that is what I did so read on to see the results of all of my shooting :)

The First Day with the A33

The first day I officially took the A33 out with me I was driving around and realized that the sun was pretty harsh. I said “UH OH, this AZ sun is going to kill my sample photos with blown out highlight and hard looking images!” But I pulled over and  took some shots of a train anyway and when I reviewed the images I was happy to see that the Dynamic Range of the A33 was very good. No blown highlights and the image looked pretty smooth, not hard.

Here is one of the first images I shot with the A33. The sun was HARSH and the camera seemed to do pretty good in the dynamic range department. If you click on the image you will download the full size out of camera shot. This is with the KIT zoom which is all I used during my testing. I FOUND THE kit zoom to be decent with the A33, just like most Kit Zooms :)

ABOVE: CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE OOC FILE – 6MB – ISO 100 – f8 – 18mm – from RAW

ABOVE: CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE OOC FILE – ISO 100 – f 5.6 – 18mm – Some sharpening applied during RAW conversion

Above – CLICK image for larger view with 100% crop – Shot in HDR mode in full AZ sun

So when I saw the results I knew the A33 was a nice little high IQ machine. I just had to figure out if I enjoyed shooting with it. In my hands it felt a little fat even though it was small, and it was pretty light but that can be a good thing. I had to get into DSLR mode which is hard after shooting with Leicas and the little NEX5 day after day. But I took the A33 out with me more and more and ended up with some cool shots during my daily travels.

High ISO – How good is it?

The talk about these cameras, and almost all recent cameras is the huge improvement in high ISO capabilities. Cameras today are soooo much better than the cameras of a few years ago. With the A33 you can shoot all day long at ISO1600 and it will look clean. Shoot at 3200 and it will still look pretty clean. At 6400 it starts to get a bit noisy but still usable (depending on what you are shooting). I did notice some differences in the A33 from the NEX5, mainly in color and a little bit in high ISO. Here are some comparisons and crops:

Here are two shots at ISO 200. First one was taken with the A33 and the 2nd with the NEX-5 – both with kit zooms using the “Standard” color preset.

A33

BELOW: NEX-5

I wanted to post this to show the color differences of the out of camera files. The A33 will give you a more vibrant picture than the NEX5 when using the same standard color preset. But what about high ISO? We all know the NEX-5 is fantastic in low light but how does the A33 compare? It should be the same as  they use the same sensor so let’s take a look:

The NEX-5 image looks sharper at ISO 1600 but this could be due to a number of factors like the kit lenses. As far as ISO noise goes, both look awesome for 1600. How about 3200?

It appears the NEX MAY BE just a tad bit cleaner, but it seems to be a small difference. Remember, these are 100% crops so even at 3200, they both look pretty damn good. The color pops more with the A33. Ok, one step farther. ISO 6400...this  time you can click on the full image to download the full size OOC image – This is strictly a high ISO comparison, not sharpness, detail, etc as the F stop was different on each camera. I did use a tripod.

First the A33 at ISO 6400 – click for full size OOC image

Below: Now the NEX-5 at ISO 6400 – Click image for full size OOC file

The biggest thing that pops out at me is the color. To be honest the scene in real life was somewhere in between the two. Not as vibrant as the A33 but not as dull as the NEX-5. Thankfully, none of this matters as each camera can be tweaked to provide the exact amount of color saturation you are looking for.

The Sony A33 HD Video Capabilities

When I was at the fair I brought along my tripod to see how the video quality would be with the A33. I assumed it would be similar to the NEX-5 and i was correct but the focus was faster. If you watch the video below you will see a scene that shows kids sliding down a huge slide. A woman will walk into the scene and  the AF will quickly focus on her face. WHen she walks away, the AF is lightning quick and focus on the slide again. This shows you how fast the AF can be though it did hunt a but when I was taking video of my friend Mike eating his giant corn dog :)

Ok, how about some real world images? Some fun at the fair!

What it is all about, the images! How did I like shooting this camera? Well, I can not lie…I prefer shooting a Leica M or even the little NEX-5 (just due to the size) but the Sony A33 was just small enough to where I felt comfortable taking it with me. I walked streets shooting it, took it to a first friday event, and even shot with it around my house. The A33 proved to have no flaws in the $700 price range. Fast AF? CHECK! Great IQ? CHECK! Easy To Use? CHECK! Extra Features? CHECK! Great HD Video? CHECK! Smooth Sounding Shutter? CHECK! Great at Low Light/HIgh ISO? CHECK! – ok..ok..you get the idea. THIS camera rocks and yes I like it. I usually only write about cameras I like as I feel writing about crap is just a waste of my time and this is a camera I liked. The Sony A33 is a great buy for those wanting a starter DSLR that doesn’t act like a starter DSLR and at a decent price point.

OK..on to some images!

A quick note about the samples – These are my “Real World” results. This means I shot the images with the camera and kit lens, opened the images from RAW and did minor PP to them. Usually this means a slight level adjust or even a filter or border. The images above that I supplied in full size were OOC (the train and the high ISO). The images below are my results with the camera using my normal processing work flow. Remember, you can always click on any image in my reviews to view a larger version!

Below: ISO 160

Below: ISO 1600

Below: ISO 640

Below: ISO 1250

Below: ISO 1600

Below: ISO 800 (alien skin exposure 3 Kodachrome filter added)

Below: ISO 1600 (straight from camera)

Below: A sweep pano. I see a couple of snags but overall, if you keep it smooth you can get great results.

The Pro’s and Con’s of the Sony A33 DSLR

Pros

  • It’s small(ish) and superb quality images
  • Auto Focus is FAST as advertised. Probably the fastest entry level DSLR I have tested in regards to AF. It’s also accurate.
  • High ISO is VERY good. About the same as the NEX-5.
  • Handheld Twilight and Sweep Pano are not gimmiks, they really work.
  • The Tilt LCD is also nice and allows you to get unique angles that you couldn’t get with a non tilt LCD.
  • Access to some great Zeiss glass.
  • Color is punchy, even at standard (some will like this, some may not)
  • AWB is superb, no issues and even in low light it is about as accurate as I have seen.
  • Video is easy to shoot and looks beautiful.
  • $700 or so for the camera and kit lens. Superb bang for the buck.
  • I love the EVF and the handy level indicator. Nice touch.
  • Auto HDR mode works well.

Cons

  • Feels a little fat in my hands..and cheap-ish
  • You may lose a little light with the Translucent Mirror.
  • Kit lens has some distortion at the wide end
  • Same IQ as the NEX-5 really, and the NEX is smaller but offers less external control
  • Smile Detection is odd. It works but doesn’t always recognize a smile. Gimmicky.

My Bottom Line Conclusion

The Sony A33 is yet another camera in the LONG line of digital SLR’s that flood the market..the Nikon D3100, D5000, Pentax K7, Kx, K5 and the Canon Rebels are also options in the never ending supply of digital cameras. BUT…I really like what Sony is doing these days. They are pushing technology further than the others and taking risks as well. The A33 and A55 feature their new Translucent Mirror Technology which basically allows the camera to have a mirror but the mirror doesn’t have to slap up every time you take a shot. It also allows for very fast and accurate AF with PHASE DETECTION AF which Sony claims and delivers. If you are looking for a nice DSLR that wont break the  bank and one that will give you loads of features and options as well as the ability to mount some fabulous Zeiss glass on, the A33 would go into my highly recommended list of cameras. I would choose this over the starter DSLR’s from Nikon or Canon UNLESS you specifically want some of the amazing Nikon or Canon glass. The Sony offers rich color, superb auto white balance and the responsiveness of much more expensive cameras. In my opinion, the A33 is a winner and I had a hard time coming up with negatives for this little guy :) You can buy the A33 at AMAZON or B&H Photo! B&H ALSO HAS THE 16.2 MP A55 IN STOCK!

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Oct 272010
 

Sony A33 DSLR Camera First Look – Just received a Sony A33 today when I was expecting to get the A55 but you know what? The $699 A33 is a FANTASTIC little camera! I was not a big fan of the last set of Sony ALPHA DSLR’s but the A33 is actually VERY VERY good for the $749 price tag (AVAILABLE AT B&H PHOTO or AMAZON). I like it MUCH better than the NIkon D3100 which I was very lukewarm with. The Sony A33 is jam packed with goodies like a 14.2MP CMOS APS-C sensor, a 3″ tiltable LCD screen, FULL HD 1080 P video that is implemented VERY well, Quick AF for HD Movies and Photos, 7 FPS shooting and wonderful low light abilities. The A55 is similar but ups the ante with more resolution, built in GPS and a little bit faster FPS.

The A33 is $749 and Sony’s new DSLR that features an EVF as well as Translucent Mirror Technology which is not new but Sony seems to have fixed the old light loss issues with it in these cameras. NO MIRROR in this guy and the AF is blazing fast and accurate. I will be shooting with this for the next couple of weeks and will be posting my full review soon. I can say right off the bat though that I would take this camera over a Nikon D3100 or 5000 in a HEART BEAT! It feels great in the hand, is fast, the IQ looks great, AWB looks good and the kit lens is actually VERY sharp and contrasty –  better results than I was able to get with the Nikon D3100 in regards to sharpness and color. This one is actually inspiring me to get out and shoot, so that right there is a good thing :)

While I am not a huge fan of standard DSLR’s these days, it is cool to see Sony taking a fresh approach. The A33 is small and the kit zoom seems quality, which is usually not the case with cameras under $1000. I will be shooting this guy at the AZ state fair tomorrow night so I will be testing the higher ISO, lower ISO, panoramic modes, video, AF,  and handheld twilight mode which worked very well on the NEX 3 and 5. At the under $1k mark, the Sony A33 and A55 may be the ones to beat if you want a DSLR style camera with an APS-C sensor. In the M4/3 world I still love the Olympus E-P2 and Panasonic G2. These little Sony cameras offer the best of both worlds..small size, mirrorless, SUPERB EVF, great tilting LCD, awesome HD movie implementation,  great low light performance and the ability to attach some great Zeiss glass on to the body. It’s like a beefed up and improved NEX 5 (much bigger, different style of course) with better menu and control. The NEX has size going for it though so it will be interesting to see if I prefer this or the NEX 5 after a coupe of weeks. Ahhh, so many great cameras these days but so little money!

The Sony A33 shutter sounds exactly like the NEX series shutter with a pleasing gentle swoosh sound. As I use this camera more and more for the next two weeks I will find its strengths and weaknesses. I already really enjoy the hand held twilight mode which allows  you to shoot hand held in very low light and get cleanish results at high ISO. Here is one at ISO 3200 at night, in my office with just the over head light on.

Handheld Twilight Mode – ISO 1600 at NIGHT

and one with some lighting at ISO 100 in standard shooting mode. This is an out of camera JPEG BUT YOU MUST CLICK THE IMAGE TO OPEN THE FULL SIZE VERSION.

and for comparison, the same image with the Nikon D3100 and its kit zoom – Looks good but not as sharp and the standard Nikon color is a bit more vibrant. Yes, it is in focus. I took each shot 8 times. The Nikon 18-55 Kit zoom is not as sharp as the Sony 18-55 Kit Zoom.

Look for the full review soon of the Sony A33 and the A55. This will be a more thorough review than the D3100 because I knew right off the bat that the D3100 was not a camera I could fully enjoy. In the same price range, the Sony wins on handling, speed, video and IQ with its kit lens. Nikon has much more glass to choose from but Sony has some amazing Zeiss glass available for the A mount as well. More soon!

CHECK OUT THE FEATURES OF THE SONY A33

14.2 Megapixel Resolution

You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the 14.2 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light situations.

Translucent Mirror Technology

Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. The SLT-A33 is the world’s first DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology that directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.

Full HD 1080/60i Movies

This is one of the very few DSLRs with 1080/60i Full HD, exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. Records in 1080/60i AVCHD format, 1080/30p high definition in PC-friendly MP4 format and standard definition 480/30p in MP4 format.

7 Frames Per Second Continuous

The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. The Sony SLT-A33 camera shoots full, 14.2 MP resolution pictures at up to 7 fps while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.

Quick AF for Full HD Movie Capture

When most DSLRs shoot video, their Contrast AF is slow and visibly “hunts” for focus. The Quick AF Full HD Movie retains the same fast, precise Phase Detection you enjoy for still images. It’s a decisive advantage for tracking fast-moving subjects and a major benefit of Translucent Mirror Technology.

APS-C Size HD CMOS Image Sensor

With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

Multi-Frame NR

Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Sony Exmor Technology

Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor sensor provides more than 4,000 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second.

Hand-Held Night Shot

Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures-beyond the capability of traditional cameras-without using flash or a tripod. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data with separate algorithms for still and moving parts of the picture reduces blur, minimizes noise and enables extraordinary detail.

Auto HDR Built Into Camera

Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle-and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

3D Sweep Panorama Mode

Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television3. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.

Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder

The Tru-finder Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is super bright, easy to see with 1.1x magnification, ultra-sharp with 1.44 million dots (1.15 effective) and provides 100% frame coverage. Exposure preview and informative overlays make operation easy.

15-Point Auto Focus

To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. Three cross sensors maximize precision.

Tilt/swivel 3″ LCD Screen

Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel under the camera for self-portraits. Fold it flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.

Main Sensor Quick AF Live View

This is the world’s first DSLR to combine the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.

Eye-Level Finder for HD Mov

The eye-level finder is one of the reasons people love DSLRs. But that finder goes dark whenever you shoot HD Movies. Until now. The Sony SLT-A33 enables you to shoot movies with the added stability you get holding the camera up to your face and using the eye-level finder for framing a scene and focus.

921K Dot TruBlack LCD Screen

Sony’s Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.

Phase Detection Auto Focus

While Contrast Detection AF often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it. The Sony SLT-A33 is the world’s first consumer camera to provide Phase Detection AF when capturing HD movies as well as during still image capture, either using the viewfinder or Live View on the LCD.

Sweep Panorama Mode

Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size.

Main Sensor Quick AF Live View

This the world’s first DSLR to combine the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.

ISO 12800 Sensitivity

Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.

Live View in LCD or EVF

You can use both the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.

AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode

Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology.

Pro-Style “Rack Focus” Movie Effect

A hallmark of today’s movies is the “rack focus” effect, when the cinematographer changes focus between background and foreground subjects. This usually involves careful planning, a tape measure and dedicated a crew member for “pulling” focus. With the SLT-A33, you can perform this pro-style effect simply by changing the selected AF Area within the frame.

Help Guide

Provides ready reference to advanced camera functions, helping to develop your confidence and skills as a photographer.

SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization

Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You’ll reduce blur with every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.

BIONZ Image Processor

The brain of the camera is a refined version of Sony’s BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables 7 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, Sweep Panorama mode and more.

1200-Zone Exposure Metering

Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations

RAW Image Capture

Saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files or both. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.

Smile Shutter Technology

Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.

Face Detection Technology

The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.

Six Creative Style Settings

Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

Eight Scene Selection Modes

These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Handheld Twilight Shot modes.

Anti-Dust Technology

Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor’s low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.

HDMI Output for HD Viewing

Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output9. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television’s remote4.

Built-In Auto Pop-Up Flash

To help you shoot more effectively, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes. The built-in flash can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).

P/A/S/M Exposure Modes

The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner’s AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

Up to 270 Shots of Battery Life

Take up to 270 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power.5 Sony’s InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

Slot for Two Media Types

For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Memory card is required

Remote Capability

Works with the RMT-DSLR1 Remote Commander wireless remote control, sold separately.

Versatile On-Screen Displays

Informative displays in the LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder include digital level gauge, graphic display of exposure settings.

PhotoTV HD Compatibility

Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.

Index and Slide Show Display

Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.

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