Taking its low light photography technology to new heights, Sony has unraveled three new DSLR cameras of the Alpha series. Sony Alpha 500 and 550 are two midrange DSLR cameras with approximately the same features. Sony Alpha A850 is a high-end camera, which targets the professional photographers.
Sony Alpha 850 features
Sony Alpha 850 is a full-frame DSLR model. Alpha 850 shares several features of the DSLR A900, including 24.6MP resolution sensors, incorporating the optical technology of Carl Zeiss and 5 advanced G lenses.
Minimizing noise and maximizing image sharpness in low light condition, the 24.6-megapixel camera lens is fitted with 35mm full frame Exmor CMOS sensor and dual BIONZ processing engines. Alpha 850 is capable of producing high quality images even at highly sensitive ISO 6400 setting. The viewfinder of the camera offers 98 percent field coverage with least distortion.
The autofocus of the camera is designed to ensure optimum focus even in case of moving subjects. The 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD screen of the camera could preview and playback images of 921K pixel resolution, even in extremely bright light condition. Other impressive features of Alpha 850 include Intelligent Preview function, Quick Nav mode, SteadyShot Inside and a secondary backlit LCD display. Continuous shooting at 3fps is offered by this camera. The high-definition images captured by this camera could be viewed on a HD monitor via HDMI cable. The advanced features of DSLR photography are enclosed in a hefty body measuring 156mm x 117mm x 82mm and weighing 850 grams.
Sony A850 will be available from September for $2000.
Sony Alpha 500 and 550
These two midrange Sony Alpha series cameras have similar features. The noted difference between the two models is their different resolutions. Alpha 500 is fitted with a 12.3-megapixel sensor and Alpha 550 is a higher resolution camera of 14.7-megapixel. To produce sharp images with minimal noise interference, both the cameras are fitted with CMOS Exmor Sensor and BIONZ image processor. The usual features of most mid range DSLR cameras such as autofocus, smile shutter, image stabilization, SD slot and HDMI port for HD image viewing are integrated in these models. Both the cameras have a 3-inch LCD screen for image preview. Alpha 500 could capture images at a speed of 5fpas, whereas Alpha550 could attain a speed of 7fps.
Both the models will be available from October. Alpha 500 will cost $750 and Alpha 550 will cost $950.