The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide – New Book

The Sony SLT-A77 The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is a new book from Carol Roullard and Brian Matsumoto.  In it, they “teach you how to obtain exceptional photographs and videos as they cover everything from the basics of using the camera’s automatic modes, to the more advanced aperture-priority, shutter-priority, program, and manual exposure modes.”

The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide retails for $34.95; however, it is currently available from Amazon for $19.06.

Apple Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.13

Apple Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.13

Apple has a released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.13, which adds RAW file support to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 for the following cameras:

Download the update from Apple’s website.

Sony A37 SLT Offers 16MP and Full HD for $600

The Sony A37 was announced today alongside the NEX-F3.  Both cameras are entry-level shooters feature 16MP APS-C CMOS sensors and capture full HD video.

The A37 features Sony’s trademark Translucent Mirror Technology to enable phase detection autofocus while maintaining live view on the A37’s 3-inch tilt/swivel LCD screen.  This fast live view autofocus is available in both photo and video modes – something no other DSLR manufacturer has achieved yet.

The A37 also features sensor-based image stabilization, up to 7 frames per second with 8.4MP stills and a sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000.  The camera also sports a 1440k dot resolution EVF with 100% coverage.

The Sony A37 should be available in June for $600 with an 18-55mm kit lens.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

Alongside the Sony A37, the new 18-135mm zoom lens was introduced.  It should be available in July for $500.  It will also be sold as a kit with the current Sony Alpha SLT cameras beginning in August 2012.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

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Sony NEX-F3 and A37 Specs Leaked

Sony NEX-F3

It looks like the full specs for the Sony NEX-F3 and A37 entry-level cameras are now out in the wild with a release date of May 17, courtesy of SonyAlphaRumors.  Leaked images vis Yangcanggih. Check out the spec lists below.

Sony NEX-F3 Specs

  • 16.1MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-16,000
  • 1080/24p or 1080/60i
  • MP4 codec
  • 180-degree tilting LCD
  • Built-in flash
  • 3fps
  • No touchscreen
  • $599 price point w/ 18-55mm kit lens

One thing that doesn’t jive with the specs and the leaked images is the MP4 codec listed in the NEX-F3 specs.  The images clearly showed the AVCHD logo on the camera body.  Likewise, a 1080/24p and 1080/60i frame rate suggests an AVCHD 1.0 codec.  If anything, I think the MP4 codec would be for a 720p option (like the NEX-C3) – although, the NEX-F3 appears to offer full 1080p HD video capture in addition to a possible 720p MP4 mode…

With the recent NEX models sporting the AVCHD 2.0 codec, it looks like Sony will differentiate the video capabilities on entry-level models by sticking with a max 30fps frame rate at full 1920 x 1080 resolution via the AVCHD 1.0 codec.  This should make the NEX-F3 a perfect consumer camera with great 1080p video.  And, if you want to get your overcranked footage on for smooth slo-mo, you’ll need to step up to the NEX-5N or higher.

Sony A37 Specs

  • 16.1MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-16,000
  • Built-in SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 7fps frame frate
  • 15-point AF system
  • Tilting LCD
  • 1080/24p and 1080/60i video
  • $599 price point w/ 18-55mm kit lens
  • $799 price point w/ 18-135mm kit lens

The A37 looks to be very competent as well for an entry-level shooter.  Frankly though, unless you have to have the phase-detection AF system of the SLT models, I would suggest most people to choose the NEX-F3 as an entry-level go-to camera over the A37.

I’ll have more concrete thoughts on these models once they are officially announced and I get my hands on them.

Stay tuned.