Sony DSLR Camera Buying Guide

 

  1. Sony Alpha SLT-a37 DSLR

ISOSLTA37MIntroduced during the first half of 2012, the Sony a37 is a compelling competitor in the entry-level DSLR market and deserves due consideration from DSLR beginners as their first camera. What distinguishes Sony DSLRs from all others is its fixed-mirror technology. Unlike the traditional DSLR, where the light entering the camera via the lens is reflected from a mirror to the sensor, Sony DSLRs have a fixed, semi-transparent mirror, so the light strikes the sensor directly. Faster autofocusing is the primary advantage, as the camera’s phase-detection autofocus sensor receives a constant stream of light while other DSLRs must wait for their mirrors to flip into their original positions. The Sony a37 DSLR’s many other features and capabilities also make it a superb choice: 16.1-MP APS CMOS sensor; very fast 7 frames per second burst mode; 2.6”, 230,000-dot, tilting rear LCD; 1080/60i/24p HD video in AVCHD format; built-in stereo microphones; and Auto Portrait Framing mode.

 

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Overview

The Sony SLT-A37 is a full-featured starter DSLR, and a step-up camera for photogtraphy amateurs and enthusiasts "graduating" from advanced point-and-shoot cameras, as well as for people who want high-resolution stills and the ability to record HD video. The SLT-A37 features Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology: The mirror doesn't flip-up during exposure, which allows Sony to make the camera's burst rate a category-leading 7fps, which is best in this class of camera, and the viewfinder image doesn't "black out" during the moment of exposure. High ISO of 16000 for outstanding low-light performance, multiframe noise reduction, 3D sweep panorama and sophisticated autofocus and metering systems help the small, relatiely lightweight SLT-A37 stand out in a competitive field while offering creative photographers room to grow at a reasonable price.


Features

  • Translucent Mirror Technology: Conventional DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. The SLT-A37 utilizes Translucent Mirror Technology that directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
  • 16.1 megapixel resolution: You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor® APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
  • ISO 16000 sensitivity: Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible bythe low-noise Exmor® APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ® image processor.
  • Full HD 1080/60i/24p movies: This is one of the very few DSLRs with super smooth 1080/60i/24p Full HD recording capability. Records in your choice of 1080/60i or 24p AVCHD format orin PC-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format
  • Tele Zoom High Speed Shooting: The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. The Tele Zoom High Speed shooting mode shoots up to 7 fps at 8.4 MP while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.
  • Auto Portrait Framing: Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly portraits.
  • Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder: The Tru-finder Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is super bright, easy to see with anultra-sharp 1.1x magnification factor. For those who require a longer eye-point (eyeglass wearers), it also provides a function for adjusting the finder magnification ratio.
  • Tilting 3" 230K LCD dot screen: Tilt LCD up 135° or down 55° to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.
  • Clear Image Zoom: Utilizing Sony's exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation that provides greater shooting flexibility
  • Superior Auto+ mode The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shootsand combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using 3 shots layering technology.
  • 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 7frames per second.
  • BIONZ image processor: The brains 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 16000 sensitivity. Also enables up to 5.5 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, Sweep Panorama mode and more.
  • 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.
  • Compact, lightweight design: Eliminating the moving mirror also reduces the camera's size and weight. It's not just remarkably advanced; it's notably small and light.
  • SteadyShot INSIDE 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.
  • Anti-Dust Technology: Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistentlyclear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
  • Built-in Auto Pop-Up Flash: The built-in Guide Number 10 flash2 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
  • 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-A37 provides Phase Detection AF when capturing HD movies as well as during still image capture
  • Main Sensor Live View with Quick AF: Main Sensor Live View with Quick AF combines the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This ismade possible by Sony® Translucent Mirror Technology.
  • 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.
  • High Speed AF for Full HD Movie Capture: The High Speed AF Full HD Movie retains the same fast, precise Phase Detection you enjoy for still images.1 It's a decisive advantage for tracking fast-moving subjects and a major benefit of Translucent Mirror Technology.
  • HDMI® output for HD viewing: Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV.9 The camera includes an HDMI® output. In addition, the BRAVIA® Sync system works with compatible Sony® BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote.
  • Graphic Display: Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.
  • 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.
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility: Optimizes compatible BRAVIA® televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures
  • 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. All are sold separately.)
  • Powerful supplied software: To help you refine and manage your images and video, the camera is supplied withImage Data Converter (ver 4.0) RAW development software software and Play Memories Home image organization software

Tech Specs

Color Temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step Magenta / Green compensation
orizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) 0 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
Camera Lens Compatibility: Sony A-mount lens
Lens Mount: Sony A-mount
Camera Type: Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor Imaging Sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
Processor: BIONZ image processor
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism
Pixel Gross: Approx. 16.5 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 16.1 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Recording - Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Recording - Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Recording - Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9: L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Still Image Size 3:2: L: 4912 x 3264 (16M), M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M), S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
Panorama Still Image Size: Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M)
Recording - Video Video Format: AVCHD Ver. 2.0/MP4 compliant / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Video Mode: AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60i (60i/24Mbps/ FX, 60i/17Mbps/ FH, 24p/24Mbps/ FX, 24p/17Mbps/ FH) MP4 HD: 1440 x 1080/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 12Mbps (Average bit-rate) MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 3Mbps (Average bit-rate)
Video Resolution: 1920x1080/60i (59.94i, 29.97p sensor output)
Video Signal: NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording - Audio Audio Format: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Stereo Microphone
Optics/Lens Lens Mount Type: Sony A-mount
Viewfinder Type: 0.46" SVGA Xtra Fine EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (1,440,000 pixels)
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 to +4.0m-1
Field of View: 100%
Magnification: 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
LCD Display LCD Type: 2.6" TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
Angle Adjustment: Tilt angle: Up app1ox. 135 degrees, down 55 degrees
Brightness Control: Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)/Sunny Weather
Coverage: 100%
Live View: Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
Real-time image adjustment display: Reflects: exposure compensation, white balance, creative style
Histogram: Yes (On/off)
Grid Display: Yes (On/off)
Customization: Grid, Histogram Grid Line
Focus Control Focus System: TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
Focus Points: 15 points (3 points cross type)
AF Modes: Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Auto selectable(AF-A)
Focus Area: Wide (auto, 15 points), Zone, Spot, Local (15 local areas selectable)
Focus Sensitivity: -2 EV to +17 EV (at ISO100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)
Tracking Focus, Predictive control (AF-A,AF-C), Focus lock, Eye-start AF
AF Illuminator: Built-in flash, Range: approx. 3' - 15' (1m-5m)
Metering System Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity: -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight
Picture Effect(s) 11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color,Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, SoftHigh-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range (Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6EV, 1.0EV step))
Auto Exposure Lock Available with AE lock button. AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode.
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps)
ISO Auto: 100 - 3200; Selectable: 100 - 16000; Multi Frame NR (up to ISO 25600)
Noise Reduction Long exp. NR: (On/Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low) Multi Frame NR: (Auto/ISO100-25600)
White Balance Mode Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7, 15-step, Custom, AWB micro adjustment
Drive System Burst Buffer: JPEG Standard (16 shots) JPEG Fine (15 shots) RAW (7 shots) RAW+JPEG (6 shots) Tele-zoom High Speed Shooting (Standard: 18 shots; Fine: 17 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed: Continuous (Hi: up to 5.5 fps, Lo: up to 2.5 fps) Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AF High Speed (7fps)
Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Remote commander (RM-L1AM Sold Separately), Bracketing
Flash Sync Speed Flash Sync Speed: 1/160 seconds
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash Flash Type: Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Guide Number: 10 (in meters at ISO100)
Flash Compensation: +/-2EV in 0.3EV steps
Flash Coverage: 18mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Recycling Time: Approx. 4 sec.
Flash Bracketing: 3 exposures in 0.3/0.7 EV steps
Flash Metering System: ADI, Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless
Advanced Features Advanced User Interface: Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Anti Motion Blur: 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Off/On, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step)
Sweep Panorama: Yes (2D/3D)
Face Detection: Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority (up to 8 faces detectable)
Smile Shutter technology: Yes - Off, Slight, Normal, Big
SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization
Interface Microphone Input: Yes
Accessory Shoe: Yes (Alpha)
BRAVIA® Sync: Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
HD Output: HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot: Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD: Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s): USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Weights and Measurements Dimensions (Approx.): Approx. 4-7/8 x 3-5/8 x 3-1/3" (124.4 x 92 x 84.7mm) (W/H/D) excl grip & lens mount
Weight (Approx.): Approx. 1.12 lb 17.8 oz (506g) (w/battery & media) Approx. 1 lb/ 15.8 oz (448g) (excl battery, lens & media)
Power Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Number of Still Images: Approx. 450 images with viewfinder, 500 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Software Supplied Software: PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter SR 3.2 Image Data Lightbox SR 2.2
Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter Editions are not supported,Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI)Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs.) Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported) Windows 7; Mac OS X(v10.4-v10.6) (Image Data Converter & Image Data Lightbox only, PMB is not Mac compatible)
Service and Warranty Information Limited Warranty Term: 1 Year Parts & Labor


SLT-A37 Books

 

  1. Sony Alpha SLT-a57 DSLR

ISOSLTA57Also introduced during 2012, the Sony a57 DSLR provides an excellent shooting experience for photographers advancing from a compact, or entry-level DSLR who want even more features and capabilities. Like the Sony a37, the a57 also has the company’s fixed-mirror technology, which is definitely an advantage over other DSLRs. In its big-brother role to the a37, the Sony a57 DSLR is more robust, with a 3’, 921,000-dot rear LCD screen, which also tilts and swivels; a maximum ISO range of 100–16,000, which will allow the photographer new to DSLR image making to be more creative; continuous shooting of as many as 12 frames per second, which is very fast for a camera at this price point; and 1080 Full-HD at 60 fps (as well as 24 fps) in AVCHD 2.0 standard capture. Sony’s Clear Image Zoom Technology also gives a57 shooters a great tool. The focal length of the lens is doubled, or 2x power, which magnifies the center of a photo, and still makes it sharp and crisp.

 

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Overview

Even when shooting in challenging conditions, the accelerated speed, supreme sensitivity and cutting-edge functionality of the Sony Alpha SLT-A57 Digital SLR Camera ensures beautiful results. The Translucent Mirror technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor on a full-time basis to realize full-time live view shooting and accelerated full-time continuous face-detection autofocusing even during HD movie shooting.

The large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor provides an extremely wide sensitivity range of 7 1/3 steps. You can use AUTO ISO (100-3200) for outstanding results in most lighting conditions or manually raise sensitivity up to ISO 16000 when lighting is low. Even at high sensitivity settings, the alpha 57 captures every detail with natural tonal gradations and extremely low noise. This makes the alpha 57 perfect for shooting indoor athletes at high shutter speeds without a tripod or reproducing the mood of candlelit rooms without supplemental lighting.

When you press the shutter button, the alpha 57 responds in 0.05 second - a blazing speed that rivals professional cameras. Made possible by an innovative electronic front curtain shutter, this accelerated response lets you capture decisive moments with utmost confidence. The electronic front curtain shutter also produces less shutter noise and vibration than a mechanical front curtain shutter (which can be activated if desired through the MENU).

Sony SLT-A57 Includes

  • Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A57 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger (BC-VW10A)
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Sony 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty

Features

  • From corner to corner, every detail of your scene is beautifully captured by Sony's proprietary Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Create movies of amazing clarity that play extra smoothly by recording them at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) format - at the extremely high frame rate of 60 -NTSC (50 PAL) fps
  • P/A/S/M modes (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual) let you flexibly adjust aperture and shutter speed to modify the depth of field and achieve effects like defocused backgrounds when shooting movies in the manual focusing mode
  • Sound is captured clearly with minimal noise thanks to a high-performance stereo microphone on the mirror housing and advanced noise reduction that effectively suppresses AF lens drive noise via innovative NR algorithm
  • With one press of the Movie button, the alpha 57 is ready to roll. The camera immediately enters movie recording mode even if you were shooting photographs continuously or in single-frame mode. It's the quick and easy way to capture every moviemaking opportunity
  • Face Detection technology ensures that facial features are clearly focused and skin tones are accurately reproduced by fine-tuning parameters such as exposure, white balance, flash and D-Range Optimizer
  • Smile Shutter captures smiles at just the right moment by automatically releasing the shutter when smiles reach the desired level. And Face Registration lets you register up to eight people for the camera to prioritize when detecting faces in groups
  • Dramatically enhanced Clear Image Zoom utilizes proprietary By Pixel Super Resolution Technology to zoom the center of your image up to 2x with nearly imperceptible degradation
  • Give your photos and movies a creative look with Creative Style settings. Depending on the scene and your creative intentions, select any of 6 customizable settings (Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black/White) and the camera will adjust color and other image parameters accordingly
  • Ordinary scenes become extraordinary photos and movies with Picture Effect. Choose from 11 customizable modes and 15 effects that significantly increase visual impact by adjusting camera parameters and applying advanced processing techniques
  • The Tru-finder electronic viewfinder delivers class-leading viewing ease thanks to sharp 1440k-dot (SVGA) resolution, a 23.1mm eye-point and a notably wide 31.9deg. viewing angle that leaves competing optical viewfinders behind
  • The brightness and clarity of Sony's big Xtra Fine LCD monitor brings out every detail of your scene, setting you free to clearly shoot in challenging shooting environments
  • You can preview the depth of field, motion blur and other effects of your camera settings by pressing the Preview button. The Tru-Finder and monitor display the scene almost exactly how it will appear in your photos and movies
  • Two buttons can be customized to enhance shooting convenience. You can reassign the AEL or ISO button to activate any of 24 assignable functions, including Drive Mode and Flash Mode
  • Two finder magnification ratios are selectable, allowing you to switch from the default (max.) mode to the standard (lower ratio) mode to support an extended eye-point. At the maximum 23.1mm eye-point, the entire frame is easy to see even when wearing glasses
  • Essential shooting information can be displayed in the viewfinder and monitor at high SVGA resolution for confirmation at a glance. Simply press the DISP button to display the information you desire
  • Simply sweep the camera to capture breathtaking vistas. The alpha 57 automatically records and seamlessly stitches a sequence of photos to create a spectacular image. 3D Sweep Panorama records separate right- and left-eye images to bring scenes alive when viewed on an HDMI-compliant 3D television
  • With one press, the instant High Dynamic Range mode takes three exposures at different settings and composites the best details from each - in the highlights, mid-tones and shadows - to create a single image with wider dynamic range than any single exposure could possibly capture
  • By suppressing noise, the Multi Frame NR mode lets you clearly capture scenes that would normally be challenging even for seasoned professionals
  • DRO uses proprietary Sony technology to bring out details in the highlights and shadows and deliver naturally bright images. It can be used during continuous shooting and provides five user selectable levels of compensation
  • Relax and enjoy the convenience of point-and-shoot operation. Superior Auto mode automatically detects and analyzes shooting conditions and adjusts camera settings accordingly to achieve optimal results
  • Simply choose one of 8 Scene Selection modes (Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight or Night Portrait) & the camera will automatically optimize aperture, shutter speed, white balance & other settings to provide the best overall image quality for the scene
  • Photos can be taken in your choice of four drive modes (single-shot, continuous, bracketed or self-timer shooting), which are selectable via user-friendly icons. You can shoot continuously at 8 or 3 fps, shoot with a 2 or 10-second delay, or bracket your choice of exposure, white balance or DRO
  • The alpha 57 compensates for the shading and aberration characteristics of the lens you mount. This includes vignetting, lateral chromatic aberration and optical distortion, which can each be activated or deactivated through the MENU as desired
  • The powerful built-in flash unit automatically pops up to illuminate dark scenes. It offers various modes, a guide number of 10 (ISO100 m), an irradiation angle that covers the angle of view of a wide 18mm lens and a maximum sync speed of 1/160 sec

Tech Specs

Camera type Interchangeable-lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compatibility Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Image sensor Type APS-C size (23.5 x 15.6 mm), Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with primary color filters
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 16.1 megapixels
Number of pixels (total) Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Image sensor aspect ratio '3:2
Anti-dust system Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism
Recording format: Still JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Image size: Still (3:2 aspect ratio) L: 4912 x 3264 (16M), M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M), S: 2448 x 1624 (4.0M)
Image size: Still (16:9 aspect ratio) L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S:2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Image size: Still (Sweep Panorama) Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
Image size: Still (3D Sweep Panorama) Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)
Image quality modes RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Picture Effect 11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
Dynamic range functions Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording format: Movie AVCHD 2.0 (Progressive) / MP4
Video compression MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Audio recording format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Image size (movie): NTSC AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), VGA: 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
Image size (movie): PAL AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps/12Mbps), VGA: 640 x 480 (25fps/3Mbps)
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Slot Memory Stick Duo/ SD memory card
Noise reduction "Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: High/Normal/Low
Multi frame noise reduction Auto/ISO 100 to 25600
White balance mode Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7, 15-step, Custom, AWB micro adjustment
Two-axis fine adjustment Available in all modes
Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
Focus Type TTL phase-detection AF
Focus sensor CCD line sensors
Focus point 15 points (3 points cross type)
Sensitivity range EV -1 to 18 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus mode Autofocus, Manual Focus
AF mode Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A) selectable
Focus area Wide (auto,15 points), Zone, Spot, Local
Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Metering sensitivity EV -2 to EV 17 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)
Metering Modes Multi segment, Center weighted, Spot
Exposure modes iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Selection Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight
Exposure compensation ±3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
AE bracketing Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, with 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV increments, 3 frames
AE lock Available with AE lock button. AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode
ISO sensitivity (Exposure Index) ISO 100-16000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-3200 )
Viewfinder Type SVGA 1.2 cm (0.46 type) electronic viewfinder (color), Xtra Fine
Viewfinder: Total number of dots 1,440,000 dots equivalent
Effective number of dots Maximum: 1,440,000 dots equivalent, Standard: 1,253,280 dots equivalent
Viewfinder: Brightness control Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Viewfinder: Field coverage 100%
Magnification Maximum: Approx. 1.04x, Standard: Approx. 0.97x
Diopter adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Eye point "Maximum: 23.1mm from the eyepiece, 18 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
Standard: 25.2 mm from the eyepiece, 20.1mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
Viewfinder Display Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, Simple Display, Grid Line
Real-time image adjustment display Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style
LCD Type Xtra Fine, 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive with TruBlack technology
LCD: Total number of dots 921,600 dots
LCD: Brightness control Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
LCD: Field coverage 100%
Adjustable angle Tilt angle: Downward 180 degrees. Rotation angle: Leftward 270 degrees from the position in which the LCD monitor is facing forward
Display Selector (finder/LCD) Auto/Manual
LCD Display Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, Simple Display, Shooting Information For Viewfinder, Grid Line
LCD: Real-time image adjustment display Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style
Focus Magnifier 4.8x, 9.5x
Peaking MF Yes (Level: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Zoom Clear Image Zoom: Still images 2x
Smart Zoom (still images) M: 1.4x, S: 2x
Digital Zoom (still images) 4x
Digital Zoom (movie) 4x
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed 1/4000 second to 30 seconds, Bulb
Flash sync. speed 1/160 second
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes, On/Off
SteadyShot INSIDE: System For still images: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism, For movies: Electronic
SteadyShot capability For still images: Approx. 2.5-4.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
Flash Type Auto popup, built-in
Guide No. 10 (in meters at ISO 100)
Coverage FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)
Control ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL
Compensation ±2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Flash Bracketing 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps, 3 frames
Modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off)
Recycling time Approx. 3 sec
External flash Sony alpha System Flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
Wireless control Yes (wireless flash with lighting ratio control)
Drive modes Single Shot, Continuous (Hi/Lo), Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance), Remote Control (with optional RM-DSLR1)
Continuous shooting speed Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second, Lo: Maximum 3 frames per second
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 images per second
Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 10 images per second
Max. continuous shots Tele-zoom Continuous Advance priority AE: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 25
Continuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 27 images, RAW & JPEG: 18 images, RAW: 21 images
Continuous shooting: Fine: 25 images, Standard: 29 images, RAW & JPEG: 19 images, RAW: 21 images
Playback mode Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect
PC interface Hi-speed USB (USB 2.0): Mass-storage, MTP
HD output HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD
Other interface Sync. Terminal, Auto-lock accessory shoe, Microphone jack, DC IN terminal, Remote terminal
Compatible OS (USB connection) Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (10.3-10.6)
Microphone Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 / ECM-CG50 (sold separately)
Speaker Built-in, monaural, volume settings in 8 steps
Print Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Still images Approx. 550 shots with viewfinder and 590 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Movies Approx. 180 min. with viewfinder and 180 min. with LCD monitor
Operating temperature 0deg.C to 40deg.C (32deg.F to 104deg.F)
Dimensions Approx. 132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7 mm (5-1/4 x 3-7/8 x 3-1/4 in.)
Weight With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo: Approx. 618 g (1 lb 5.7 oz)
Body only: Approx. 539 g (1 lb 2.9 oz)


SLT-A57 Books

 

  1. Sony Alpha SLT-a65 DSLR

ISOSLTA65VFor photographers ready to move ahead in the world of digital photography, the Sony a65 DSLR provides an amazing level of performance and image quality in a single creative tool. The combination of Sony’s 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Technology and a 24.3-MP CMOS sensor allows the enthusiast or amateur to capture fast action at as many as 10 frames per second with continuous auto focus. Phase-Detection autofocus also operates during HD video recording and Live View. Plus, video can be shot at 60p, 60i or 24p, all in full HD. Photographers will also have a more enjoyable shooting experience because of the a57’s Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. Its 2,359K-dot resolution creates an incredible view of whatever scene or subject is being framed. In addition, any changes the photographer makes to the shooting formula are viewable in real time. The 3”, 921,600-pixel Tru-Black LCD screen provides 100% coverage and 5-step brightness control and tilts and rotates for more shooting versatility. The Sony a57 also boasts many creative modes: Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight, 3D Sweep Panorama and many others.

Read the PhotographyTalk article, 11 Slick Moves That Put the Sony Alpha A65 DLSR Camera Near the Front of the Pack.


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Overview

Take your photography to the next level with this a65 DSLR camera. Featuring Sony's groundbreaking Translucent Mirror Technology, you can focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance and continuous shooting of up to 10 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. View setting adjustments in real time with a Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder and choose from three HD movie modes-super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly cinematic 24p-to optimize the look and feel of your videos (records in 29-minute segments).

Sony SLT-A65 Includes

  • Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A65 Digital Camera
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • USB Cable
  • Sony 1 Year Parts & Labor Limited Warranty

Features

  • 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design: Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system
  • World's first OLED viewfinder: There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem
  • Full-time Phase Detection AF: You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode-even HD Movie and Live View-thanks to Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology
  • Object Tracking AF: Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus
  • Handheld Twilight mode: Get gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Sweep Panorama Mode: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together
  • 921K dot TruBlack LCD screen: Sony's 3.0-inch 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
  • 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
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO): Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
  • Advanced 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
  • 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
  • Face Detection and Registration: 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 people
  • 24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution: You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to an APS-C sensor with 24.3 megapixels. It's the world's first 24.3MP APS-C DSLR
  • HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p: Capture spectacular HD Movies4. This is the world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution
  • Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF: You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. 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
  • 6-image layering: Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode
  • 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
  • Shot Result Preview: See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range
  • Main Sensor Quick AF Live View: Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF 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
  • Graphic Display: Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
  • 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
  • Up to 560 Shots of battery life: Take up to 560 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power.8 Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • Built-in Flash (GN12): To help you shoot more effectively, the camera includes a built-in flash (Guide Number 12) that can also trigger a wireless accessory flash
  • 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 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second
  • 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
  • Ultra-fast up to 10 fps continuous: The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. Shoots up to 10 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame)

Tech Specs

Burst Buffer JPEG Standard (18 shots) JPEG Fine (17 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (11 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (10fps)
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lens
Camera Type Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Processor BIONZ image processor
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.5x
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9: L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)
Still Image Size 3:2: L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
Video Format AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Accessory Shoe Yes (Alpha)
BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect Yes, via USB
HD Output HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Focus System TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
Focus Points 15 points (3 points cross type)
AF Modes Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Manual Focus
Focus Area Wide (auto,15 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
Focus Sensitivity EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus Features Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
AF Illuminator Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 15' (1m-5m)
Viewfinder Type 0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1
Field of View 1
Magnification 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Embedded GPS Yes
Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical and 3D Panorama
Face Detection On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off
Smile Shutter technology Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization
LCD Type 3.0" TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technology
Angle Adjustment Tilt angle: Down: Approx. 180 degrees Rotation angle:180 degrees counterclockwise and 90 degrees clockwise
Brightness Control Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)
Coverage 1
Live View Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
Real-time image adjustment display Yes(On/Off)
Histogram Yes (On/off)
Grid Display Yes (On/off)
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Lens Mount Type Sony A-mount
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation +/-3.0EV-1/3EV steps)
Exposure Settings AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (10fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Picture Effect(s) 11 types (15 variations)
D-Range Optimizer Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)
Auto Exposure Lock Yes (AE Lock button)
Color Temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
Exposure Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, /1/3EV, 2/3EV increments, 3 frames
ISO Auto (ISO 100-1600); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent
Noise Reduction Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
White Balance Mode Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White), Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM NP-FM500H (7.2V)
Number of Still Images Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, 560 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Flash Compensation ±2.0EV-1/3EV steps
Flash Coverage FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)
Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
Flash Bracketing 0.3/0.7EV steps, 3 frames
Flash Metering System ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off
Flash Type Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Guide Number 10 (in meters at ISO100)
Supplied Software PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 5-1/4 x 3-7/8 x 3-1/4" (132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.) Approx. 1 lb 3.1 oz (543g) (excl battery, lens & media) Approx. 1 lb 5.9 oz (622g) (w/battery & media)


SLT-A65 Books

 

  1. Sony Alpha SLT-a77 DSLR

ISOSLTA77VWith the introduction of the Sony a77 DSLR during late 2011, serious amateurs and semi-professionals had a new and highly comparable choice among mid-range DSLR models. Again, a major comparison is the Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. Without a standard penta-mirror/prism, Sony is able to include a phase-detection auto-focus (AF) sensor. Light registers on it continuously for both stills and video. Photo composition occurs with the use of the main imaging sensor and Live View, which in turn allows the 19-point AF system to be more precise when tracking objects. The a77’s lack of a mirror also gives it as much as 12 frames per second continuous shooting. The shutter’s operational speed dictates the burst speed, not the movement of the mirror.

Attracting many photographers to the Sony a77 is its 2.4M-dot OLED viewfinder, which many independent reviewers consider the highest resolution available in a DSLR at this price point. The 3”, 921,600-dot LCD screen tilts in three directions, making the a77 a great camera for shooting events, such as weddings and parties, and more creative travel photography. The Sony a77 is also a complete video system, since it is the first DSLR with 1080 Full HD at 60p, 60i and 24p. This camera also includes an ISO range to 16,000, a built-in GPS and flash and SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization.

 

Read the PhotographyTalk article, Why the Sony Alpha77 Was Worth the Wait..

 

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Overview

Step up to an incredible shooting experience with this a77 DSLR camera. Featuring Sony's top-of-the-line Translucent Mirror Technology, you can focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance and continuous shooting of up to 12 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. Capture amazingly-detailed images that make for gorgeous enlargements thanks to an impressive 24.3-megapixel sensor.

The world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly cinematic 24p movie modes all at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, you can capture incredible, high quality AVCHD or MP4 videos of all your memorable moments (records in 29-minute segments). A Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder offers remarkable resolution and high contrast for outstanding depth, plus allows you to view setting adjustments in real time for the best possible picture.

The Sony SLT-A77 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Video, Wildlife and more.The Sony SLT-A77 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sony SLT-A77 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony SLT-A77: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Tilt /swivel LCD to mention just a few.

Sony SLT-A77 Includes

  • Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A77 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Sony 1 Year Parts & Labor Limited Warranty

Features

  • 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design: Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system
  • World's first OLED viewfinder: There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth
  • Full-time Phase Detection AF: You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode-even HD Movie and Live View-thanks to Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology
  • Rugged, magnesium alloy body: The SLT-A77 is built for the real world with a magnesium alloy body that combines high strength with light weight. Ports, doors and controls are also weather-resistant for smooth operation under adverse conditions
  • Three-way tilt/swivel LCD screen: Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel over the camera for self-portraits
  • 6-image layering: Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS: An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots
  • Main Sensor Quick AF Live View: Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology
  • Graphic Display: Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
  • 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
  • Up to 530 Shots of battery life: Take up to 530 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • Built-in Flash (GN12): To help you shoot more effectively, the camera includes a built-in flash (Guide Number 12) that can also trigger a wireless accessory flash. The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes
  • 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 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 12 frames per second
  • 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
  • HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p: Capture spectacular HD Movies. This is the world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution
  • Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF: You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. 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
  • Object Tracking AF: Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus
  • Dual control dials: Perfect for experienced shooters, dual control dials provide direct, hands-on access to two settings at a time
  • 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
  • 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 television
  • Shot Result Preview: See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range
  • ISO 16000 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
  • Upgraded BIONZ image processor: The brain of the camera is a Sony's BIONZ image processor substantially upgraded for the demands of 24.3 megapixel photography
  • SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization: Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only
  • 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

Tech Specs

Burst Buffer JPEG Standard (17 shots) JPEG Fine (17 shots) JPEG Extra Fine (13 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (11 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (12fps)
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lens
Camera Type Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Processor BIONZ image processor
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.5x
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)
Still Image Size 3:2 L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
Video Format AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Accessory Shoe Yes (Alpha)
BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect Yes, via USB
HD Output HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Focus System TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
Focus Points 19 points (11 points cross type)
AF Modes Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
Focus Sensitivity EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus Features Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
AF Illuminator Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 21' (1m-7m)
Viewfinder Type 0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1
Field of View 1
Magnification 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Embedded GPS Yes
Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical and 3D Panorama
Face Detection On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off
Smile Shutter technology Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization
LCD Type 3.0" TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technology
Angle Adjustment Tilt angle: Up: 150 degrees; Down: Approx. 180 degrees Rotation angle:180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise.
Brightness Control Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)
Coverage 1
Live View Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
Real-time image adjustment display Yes(On/Off)
Histogram Yes (On/off)
Grid Display Yes (Rule of thirds, 4x6 Square, Diagonal & 4x6 Square Grids, Off)
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Lens Mount Type Sony A-mount
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation +/-5.0 EV(1/3EV,1/2EV steps selectable)
Exposure Settings AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (12fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Picture Effect(s) 11 types (15 variations)
D-Range Optimizer Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)
Auto Exposure Lock Yes (AE Lock button)
Color Temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
Exposure Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames selectable
ISO Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit ); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range)
Noise Reduction Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
White Balance Mode Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM NP-FM500H (7.2V)
Number of Still Images Approx. 470 images with viewfinder, 530 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Flash Compensation ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Coverage FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
Flash Bracketing 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0EV steps, 3/5 frames(2.0/3.0EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Metering System ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off
Flash Type Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Guide Number 12 (in meters at ISO100)
Supplied Software PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 5-3/4 x 4-1/8 x 3-1/4" (142.6 x 104 x 80.9mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.) Approx. 1 lb 7 oz (653g) (excl battery, lens & media) Approx. 1 lb 9.8 oz (732g) (w/battery & media)


SLT-A77 Books

 

  1. Sony Alpha SLT-a99 DSLR

ISOSLTA99VThe a99 camera is Sony’s newest, top-of-the-line, full-frame DSLR that is designed and equipped to cause many serious amateurs and professionals to take notice of all it offers in relation to the competition. Sony has certainly given the a99 all the features and capabilities that photographers need (or want) in a full-frame DSLR. The 24.03-MP Exmor CMOS sensor has been newly designed and, when combined with an upgraded Bionz image processor, produces stunning, color-rich and incredible sharp photos. The Bionz processor also allows the a99 to generate 14-bit RAW images, which makes it the first Sony DSLR to do so.

The feature that has many photographers talking (and buying) is the a99’s dual autofocus system. This camera has two phase-detection sensors, one of 19 points and the other an astounding 102 points. Plus, they can operate together, so sports, action and wildlife photographers have more control of the foreground and background and the focus distance in front of and behind the subject. Viewing and composing photos is extremely well handled with the a99’s 2,359K-dot OLED viewfinder and a 3”, 1.2M-dot LCD display that tilts and rotates. With a growing interest among professionals to become serious video creators, the a99 has all the functionality they will ever need: 1080/60p Full-HD; fulltime, continuous AF; direct recording of uncompressed HDMI to a separate device; and 32-step audio input level.

 

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Overview

A full-fledged pro DSLR featuring a 24.3MP 35mm-sized CMOS sensor, the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V, offers the world's first dual AF system in a DSLR, and the world's lightest body for a full-frame DSLR, this dust- and moisture-sealed camera replaces the old Alpha A-series A900 and A700 full-frame DSLRs and boasts what Sony calls "dramatically improved image quality, noise reduction and AF performance."

Sony Alpha SLT-A99V: Key Features

Translucent Mirror Technology
New 24.3 MP 35 mm Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ Processor
World's first Dual AF System
Advanced Movie Shooting Functions
1/2" XGA OLED TruFinder Electronic Viewfinder
Fast 6 frames per second continuous shooting
Maximized handling performance
Quick Navi Pro
Dual Slot
Three-way Tilt-able LCD
World's Lightest Body
Durable shutter mechanism
Dust and Moisture Sealed
New Anti-dust coating
New Expandable System

Let's take a closer look at the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V, based on technical information provided by Sony.

Viewfinder: Sony has moved away from the traditional optical DSLR pentaprism-type viewfinder to a very high-resolution (2.359 million dots) OLED electronic viewfinder. Resolution and contrast ratio are both claimed to be high and the resulting image rivals that visible in an optical finder. An advantage here over optical is that you can see the results of camera adjustments in real time. Sony's proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times to realize Full-time Continuous AF that is said to keep the subject in sharp focus and even during continuous shooting and movie shooting. It also allows the high-precision electronic viewfinder to accurately display the results of camera setting adjustments in real time.

Sensor and Image Processing: The 24.3MP 35mm full-frame sensor offers an ISO range of 100-32,000, with low noise. However, if that isn't enough, Sony's Multi-frame NR mode captures six images in a fraction of a second, then combines them, reducing the noise by what Sony says is the equivalent of two stops.

Video: The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is the first full-frame Sony DSLR with video. It can record Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI® connection in 24p, 60p and 60i frame-rates.

Autofocus: The SLT-A99V debuts the world's first Dual AF system. It has a 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors that is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with 102 AF points that overlays the image sensor. This is made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology, which simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times. Continuous AF uses all 19 AF points with reliable depth-direction focusing performance to capture subjects; Sony says it is assisted by the 102-point multi-point focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor. It continues to accurately focus on the subject whether the subject is moving in depth or plane direction. Users can set the range of focus distance, an essential feature when shooting sports.

Burst Rate: The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V can shoot at approximately 6 frames per second (fps) with enhanced Tracking Focus, which is said to offer more advanced acquisition and tracking performance. The Tele Zoom High Speed shooting mode shoots up to 8 fps at 10 MP while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.

LCD monitor: The SLT-A99V may be the first full-frame DSLR with a flip-out monitor. The 921k dot LCD monitor can tilt three ways and is the same monitor used on the SLT-A77.

Exposure is determined via a 1200-zone evaluative metering; the camera reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. You have a choice of multi, center and spot metering. The camera offers built-in HDR, sweep panorama mode, D-range Optimizer, and 13 creative filters (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia.)

GPS: The camera has built-in GPS.

Construction: The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is built to meet the heavy demands of prosumers. Main outer body panels and interior chassis are constructed of lightweight, righid magnesium alloy. The camera is also ruggedized: Outer body and moisture countermeasures include the sealing and treatment of major operational buttons/dials and a convex/concave mating structure that tightly interlocks components to protect against dust and moisture. Controls also feature a durable structure that withstands the touch usage of advanced amateurs. The shutter is rated for up to 200,000 releases.

Communication with Accessories: The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V offers Sony's new Multi-Interface shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam® accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting (The included ADP-MAA shoe adapter maintains compatibility with conventional Alpha accessories as well). One such accessory is the HVL-F60M flash with video light offers high output, Sony's original Quick Shift Bounce mechanism, a new video light for movie shooting and improved operational interface. Another is the RMT-DSLR2 Remote Commander for movie shooting that includes a dedicated movie record button.

Sony SLT-A99 Includes

  • Sony SLT-A99V DSLR Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Shoe Adaptor
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • ADP-AMA Multi-interface to Auto Lock Accessory
  • Sony Warranty

Features

  • Full Frame 24 Megapixel resolution with 14-bit RAW output
  • Uncompressed Full 1080 HDMI output in 24p/60p/60i
  • Up to 25600 ISO Range sensitivity while maintaining quality
  • World's first Dual AF system for capturing the decisive moment
  • World's 1st full-frame camera with continuous AF in all modes
  • Up to 10 FPS in Tele-zoom & 5 FPS at Full 24 MP resolution
  • Sharp 3.0" multi-angle LCD and bright XGA OLED viewfinder
  • Lightweight professional magnesium-alloy construction
  • New Quick Navi Pro enhances DSLR direct controls
  • Dual slot and advanced media control functions
  • 24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor: A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 - 32000, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise.
  • Uncompressed HDMI Output: Easily record Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 24p, 60p and 60i frame-rates.
  • 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.
  • World's first Dual AF system: The 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with 102 AF points that overlays the image sensor.
  • New AF-D Mode: This highly advanced Continuous AF mode uses 19 AF points with reliable depth-direction focusing performance to steadfastly capture subjects and is strongly assisted by the 102-point multi-point focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor. It continues to focus on the subject whether it's moving in depth or plane direction.
  • AF Range Control: Users can set the range of distance from the camera in which subjects can be focused on the AF system. By limiting the AF range, users can prevent unwanted focusing on foreground and background objects. This intelligent function enables reliable performance when photographing sports through wire mesh fences, for example.
  • Fast continuous shooting speeds: Highly responsive continuous shooting at approximately 6 frames per second (fps) is made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology and an enhanced Tracking Focus function offering more advanced acquisition and tracking performance. The Tele Zoom High Speed shooting mode shoots up to 8 fps at 10 MP.
  • Three-way tiltable LCD: The SLT-A99V is the first in the Alpha series to feature WhiteMagic technology, which nearly doubles the visibility of the 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor in sunny outdoor conditions. The three-way tilt-able mechanism, highly acclaimed on on the A77, is further enhanced for even greater operational ease.
  • XGA OLED Viewfinder: There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum.
  • World's lightest Full-frame Sensor Camera: The SLT-A99V is the world's lightest 35mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera. It weighs only 733 grams (body only), thanks to features like Translucent Mirror Technology and high-rigidity magnesium alloy panels.
  • Newly developed Quick Navi Pro: For heightened comfort and more intuitive operation, the SLT-A99V features an enhanced version of Quick Navi, which was highly acclaimed in the A900 and A700. Called Quick Navi Pro, this new feature allows users to immediately access all camera parameter settings.
  • Dual Slot Function: The SLT-A99V has 2 media slots - one for SD cards, one for both SD cards and Memory Stick media. This allows for simultaneous recording for backup purposes (with recordings sorted RAW/JPEG file type or still/movie data) as well as copying between media. Moreover it allows movie recording to 2 media cards simultaneously.
  • Translucent Mirror Technology: Sony's proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times to realize Full-time Continuous AF that keeps the subject in sharp focus and even during continuous shooting and movie shooting.
  • Accurate Viewfinder Info: It also allows the high-precision electronic viewfinder to accurately display the results of camera setting adjustments in real time so the photographer can make sure the results matches their creative intentions.
  • Highly rigid body with magnesium alloy outer panels: Both the main outer body panels and interior chassis are constructed of lightweight yet rigid magnesium alloy. Moreover, the grip and front cover are structurally unified to achieve extremely high body rigidity.
  • Dust and moisture protection: Outer body and moisture countermeasures include the sealing and treatment of major operational buttons/dials and a convex/concave mating structure that tightly interlocks components. Controls also feature a durable structure that withstands the touch usage of advanced amateurs.
  • Approximate 200,000 shutter release durability: The newly developed, highly durable and reliable shutter unit has been proven to endure approximately 200,000 shutter releases. This durability ensures long-lasting shooting performance that takes into consideration the large number of photos shot by advanced amateurs.
  • Meticulous, intuitive design: While inheriting the popular design concept of the A77, the SLT-A99V enables comfortable photo shooting through meticulously designed features including improved grip thickness that enhances grasping ease, switch and button shapes that are differentiated for easier operation.
  • Vertical Grip Capable: The optional VG-C99AM vertical grip designed exclusively for the SLT-A99V can house two batteries, bringing the total number of batteries (including the one in the camera) to three for significantly more hours of shooting (batteries sold separately).
  • PC Remote Camera Control: Enables users to remotely change various camera settings, switch still/ movie shooting on or off, and automatically transfer still images to enhance the efficiency of the studio photo shooting workflow.
  • New Multi-Interface Shoe: Unlike conventional cameras, the SLT-A99V also features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting (The included ADP-MAA shoe adapter maintains compatibility with conventional Alpha accessories as well).
  • New Flash/Video Light: The new optional accessory HVL-F60M flash with video light offers high output, Sony's original Quick Shift Bounce mechanism, a new video light for movie shooting and improved operational interface.
  • New Wireless Commander Control: The new optional accessory RMT-DSLR2 Remote Commander for movie shooting that includes a dedicated movie record button.
  • 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. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • 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.
  • D-Range Optimizer: Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
  • Creative Styles: Control how the camera processes your images with 13 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
  • 1200-zone Evaluative Metering: Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.
  • Built-in GPS: An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots.
  • Auto Portrait Framing: Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
  • Clear Image Zoom: Utilizing Sony's exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation that provides greater shooting flexibility.
  • Superior Auto: 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 dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise.

Tech Specs

Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Camera Type Sony A-mount interchangeable-lens digital camera
Sensor Imaging Sensor: "Exmor" CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image sensor shift mechanism
Pixel Gross: Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo /Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 35mm full frame
L: 6000 x 3376 (20M)
M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M)
S: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M)

APS-C
L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M)
M: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M)
S: 1728 x 976 (1.7M)
Still Image Size 3:2 35mm full frame
L: 6000 x 4000 (24M)
M: 3936 x 2624 (10M)
S: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M)

APS-C
L: 3936 x 2624 (10M)
M: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M)
S: 1728 x 1152 (2.0M)
Panorama Still Image Size Wide:
Horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)

Standard:
Horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
Video Format AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4
Video Mode AVCHD:
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps

MP4:
HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Dual Record Simult. Rec (Still,Movie), Simult. Rec (Still/Movie), Sort (JPEG/RAW), Sort (Still/Movie), Copy
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 (with supplied shoe adaptor) / ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately). Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), RAW & JPEG
Digital Zoom Still images: 4x Movie: 4x
Smart Zoom Technology M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2.3x
Viewfinder Type: 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color) (2,359k dots)
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 to +3.0m-1
Magnification: Approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
LCD LCD Type: 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive (1,228,800 dots)
Brightness Control: Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather
Real-time image adjustment display: Yes(On/Off)
Peaking: Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Customization Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Digital Level Gauge, Histogram, Shooting Info
Angle Adjustment: Tilt angle: 140° up and 180° down / Rotation angle: 180° clockwise and 90° counterclockwise
Focus Focus System: TTL Phase-detection AF (CCD line sensors and Focal Plane Phase Detection sensors)
Focus Points: Detector 1: 19 points (11 points cross type), Detector 2: 102 assist points
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Contin. AF(AF-C), Depth Map Assist Contin. AF (AF-D) selectable
Focus Area: Wide (auto, 19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
Focus Sensitivity: EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equiv, with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus Features Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
Focus AF Illuminator Built-in, LED type (range approx. 3.3 to 23 ft (1-7m))
Metering 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity -2 to 17 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent with f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation +/-5.0 EV (1/3EV, 1/2EV steps selectable)
Exposure Settings AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutterspeed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie (Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) selectable in manual focus mode)
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Auto Exposure Lock Yes with AE lock button (AE also locked when focus is locked in a multi-segment metering mode).
Color Temperature Manual (5 steps)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Exposure Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames (2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
ISO Still images: Auto (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), ISO 100- 25600
Movies: ISO 100-6400 equivalent; Auto (ISO 100-3200 equivalent)
Noise Reduction Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High
ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low/Off)
White Balance Mode Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7, A7 to B7) / Custom (3)
Continuous Shooting Speed Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: approx. 10/8 fps selectable; Continuous (Hi:35mm full frame: approx. 6 fps APS-C: approx. 7 fps; Lo: 35mm full frame: approx. 2.5 fps APS-C: approx. 2.5 fps)
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMTDSLR2)
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec.
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Speeds Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Flash Flash Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Bracketing: 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames (2.0/3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off
Still Image Playback Options Single, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off), Image orientation (On/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect
Video Playback Options Forward/Rewind (Movie)
Easy Handycam/Help Function Yes
Embedded GPS Yes
Face Detection On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off (face registration, face selection). Max. 8 faces detectable
Features Smile Shutter technology: Yes
Tracking Focus: Yes
Audio Level Display: Yes
Audio I/O Headphone Jack: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Microphone Input: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Accessory Shoe Yes (with supplied shoe adaptor)
DC In Yes
HD Output HDMI mini connector (Type-C)
BRAVIA Sync (link menu)
PhotoTV HD
Battery Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM NP-FM500H (7.2V)
Number of Still Images: Approx. 410 shots with viewfinder, 500 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA measurement)
Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation): approx. 4.2W (still images, with SAL2470Z lens)
Dimensions WxHxD 5.8 x 4.4 x 3.1" (147 x 111.2 x 78.4mm)
Weight 1.6 lb (733 g) body only
1 lb 12.7 oz (812 g) with battery and memory stick

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