The Sony A550 is a 14.2-megapixel DSLR that boils down to a more expensive entry-level camera. As with other Sony Alpha DSLRs, the A550 features a built-in stabilization system that uses sensor-shift functions rather than lens-based stabilization. As a result, every lens you attach to the camera benefits from image stabilization – as opposed to Canon and Nikon, for which you must buy “stabilized lenses” that can be more expensive.
Another familiar feature on the Sony A550 is the articulating LCD screen. Like the lower-level models, the A330 and A380, the A550′s LCD will tilt up and down, allowing you to hold the camera up high or down low and still be able to easily see the LCD screen.
A tilting LCD screen wouldn’t be much use without the ability to compose your scene on it. Again, the A550 offers the same Live View system that I have loved since it was originally introduced on the A300 and A350. In my opinion, no one does DSLR Live View better than Sony. It just works intuitively and feels very natural for those moving from point and shoot cameras. [click to continue…]
Recently, I’ve been getting to know the new Sony A500 and A550 DSLRs, which feature 12.3-megapixel and 14.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensors, respectively. Sony has hyped these consumer-grade DSLRs as low-light and low noise shooters thanks to their BIONZ image processing. Both cameras cover a sensitivity range of ISO 200-12800, which is a pretty bold spec for cameras priced under $1000. So, I decided to take a closer look at the noise performance of the cameras side-by-side. [click to continue…]
Sony has announced the much-rumored A500 and A550 DSLRs. The A500 features a 12.3-megapixel sensor, while the A550 offers a 14.2-megapixel sensor.
A500 and A550 Key Features
- Auto HDR mode
- ISO 200-12800
- 5fps (A550 offers 7fps Speed Priority mode)
- Dual live view modes (quick AF and direct sensor view)
- Tilting LCD
- 3-inch display
The A500 and A550 will be available in October 2009 at an initial retail price of $750 and $950, respectively.
Check availability for these new cameras:
Sony A500 on Amazon.com.
Sony A550 on Amazon.com.
More details in the press release below. [click to continue…]
It looks like we may be getting very close to the launch of the new Sony DSLRs, as the Sony A550L Kit is back on the Sony Style USA site in a product registration drop down list.
Expect the Sony A850 and A500 too.
The Sony A550 is rumored to have a 15-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. The A500 gets a 12-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and the A850 will have the same 24.6-megapixel sensor as the Sony A900.
A german site, digitalkamera.de has provided additional info on the coming Sony A500 and A850. While there a few mysteries left to the Sony A850 since the full manual leaked online, details of the Sony A500 (other than it’s existence) has been scant.
If the report is to be believed, which it appears credible, the Sony A500 specs appear to be as follows: [click to continue…]
I received a tip that the September 2009 edition of Résponse Photo, a popular French magazine, that the Canon 1D Mark IV would be announced on August 25. That’s Tuesday for those of you who don’t have your calendar handy.
I looked around the Interweb and couldn’t seem to find an online presence for Response Photo, other than the publisher’s site. However, a poster on the Spanish forum Ojo Digital corroborates this tip and provides a little further insight as to what’s in the issue, including tips on the Nikon D700x or D800 and Sony’s new Alphas (via Google’s automated translation):
- A Nikon D700x (or D800) that should be the D3x what the D700 to the D3 (Sensor Sony 24 Mpx).
- One that replaces the Canon 1D Mk III … (anunciada el 25 de agosto) (announced on August 25)
- A Pentax entry-level …
- Three Sony models, two bodies twins who come to fill an empty space range today and a third that seeks to satisfy the fans who consider 24×36 expensive current models be announced on August 27 and will hit stores on September 15 . . . announce a complete test in the October issue.
Rumors of the Nikon D700x have been rattling around for a long time now (pretty much since the Nikon D3x was announced December 2008). I’m skeptical that Nikon has such a camera planned this soon after the D700, but I’ve been wrong on these feelings before.
The Canon 1D Mark IV sounds plausible; however, that date is inconsistent with other rumors we’ve heard.
A replacement for the Pentax K2000 seems a little quick as well, but manufacturers seem to be shortening the product life cycle more and more.
The three Sony models sounds like the real deal though. I think that the reference to the 24x36mm shooter is clearly the Sony A850, which has all but been announced. The other two that fill a new slot in the lineup is likely the Sony A500 and A550.