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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

9 New D-SLRs

Hot 2008 models add high-tech features for less money


The A200 lets you shoot JPEGs at 3 fps until your memory card is full or in bursts of up to 6 RAW  images.
sony dslr-a200
Sony DSLR-A200
Sony's lowest-priced D-SLR, with a 18-70mm zoom lens (it actually costs $100 less than Sony's original D-SLR, the A100), the A200 offers a full range of features to suit everyone, from the beginning D-SLR user through the advanced shooter on a budget. Features include a 10.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor, Sony Bionz Image Processor, Super SteadyShot sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses, eye-start AF (which activates autofocusing when you bring the camera up to your eye), sensor-dust remover, a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, quick and easy operation and more. ISO settings extend to 3200, with High ISO Noise Reduction technology for ISO 1600 and 3200.

There are the usual advanced exposure modes, plus scene-selection modes that optimize shooting of popular subjects such as portraits, landscapes, macro and sports, and you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpening for any of the Creative Style modes-you can let the camera do everything or you can take control of everything.

Like all Sony D-SLRs, the A200 can use all Sony and Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses, including Carl Zeiss T* models designed for the cameras.

SPECS

Camera: Sony DSLR-A200
Image Sensor: 10.2-megapixel (effective) Super HAD CCD
Resolution: 3872 x 2592 pixels
Sensor Size: 23.6x15.8mm (1.5x focal-length factor)
LCD Monitor: 2.7-inch
AF System: 9-point
Shutter Speeds: 1⁄4000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄160 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-3200
Maximum Continuous Firing Rate: 3 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Metering: 40-segment, spot, center-weighted
Storage Media: CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Dimensions: 5.1x3.9x2.8 inches
Weight: 18.7 ounces
Power Source: NP-FM500H rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Estimated Street Price: $699 (with 18-70mm zoom lens)


 

By far the lowest-priced 14-megapixel D-SLR, the A350 also offers a tiltable 2.7-inch Live-View monitor, sensor-shift stabilization that works with all lenses, sensor-dust remover and more.

sony dslr-a350Sony DSLR-A350
With a 14.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor and a price around $800, the DSLR-A350 offers terrific value. Features include convenient size, Quick AF Live View on its tiltable 2.7-inch LCD (with continuous 2 fps shooting possible in live-view mode), Super SteadyShot sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses, sensor-dust remover, ISOs to 3200 and 1200-zone evaluative metering (in live-view mode). A multilevel Dynamic Range Optimizer improves detail in bright and dark areas, while Creative Style settings let you adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness in eight styles (standard, vivid, portrait, landscape, night view, sunset, B&W and Adobe RGB). The A350 autofocuses quickly and accurately (with the provided Zeiss 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 zoom) and delivers excellent image quality.



SPECS

Camera: Sony DSLR-A350
Image Sensor: 14.2-megapixel (effective) Super HAD CCD
Resolution: 4592 x 3056 pixels
Sensor Size: 23.6x15.8mm (1.5x focal-length factor)
LCD Monitor: 2.7-inch Live View
AF System: 9-point
Shutter Speeds: 1⁄4000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄160 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-3200
Maximum Continuous Firing Rate: 2.5 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Metering: 40-segment, spot, center-weighted
Storage Media: CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Dimensions: 5.3x4.0x3.0 inches
Weight: 20.5 ounces
Power Source: NP-FM500H rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Estimated Street Price: $799 (body only)


 

Aimed at the D-SLR newcomer, the A300 nonetheless has premium features like a tiltable 2.7-inch Live-View monitor, ISOs to 3200, sensor-shift stabilization and a sensor-dust removal system.

sony dslr-a300Sony DSLR-A300
The DSLR-A300 is essentially the same as the A350, but features a 10.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor and a slightly quicker shooting rate. It sells for the same price, but that includes a 18-70mm zoom lens.




SPECS

Camera: Sony DSLR-A300
Image Sensor: 10.2-megapixel (effective) Super HAD CCD
Resolution: 3872 x 2592 pixels
Sensor Size: 23.6x15.8mm (1.5x focal-length factor)
LCD Monitor: 2.7-inch Live View
AF System: 9-point
Shutter Speeds: 1⁄4000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄160 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-3200
Maximum Continuous Firing Rate: 3 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Metering: 40-segment, spot, center-weighted
Storage Media: CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Dimensions: 5.3x4.0x3.0 inches
Weight: 20.5 ounces
Power Source: NP-FM500H rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Estimated Street Price: $799 (with 18-70mm zoom lens)


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