Monday, September 1, 2008
Does Your Camera Have An Evil Twin?
What’s in a camera’s DNA? We’ll show you the features and technologies that have trickled down from the top-end models to the popular sweet-spot cameras.
These models are identical except for their image sensors: the A350 has a 14.2-megapixel CCD (the highest-resolution CCD in a current 35mm-form-factor D-SLR), while the A300 has a 10.2-megapixel CCD. The A350 also has a slightly slower 2.5 fps maximum shooting rate (vs. 3 fps for the A300) due to its larger image files.
The 2.7-inch LCD monitor provides Live-View capability (via a second image sensor) with 2 fps shooting possible in Live-View mode. The monitor also tilts for easy high- and low-angle shooting. Other features of both cameras include Super SteadyShot sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses, a sensor-dust remover, Eye-Start AF activation, ISOs from 100 to 3200, several metering options (40-segment, center-weighted, spot and, in Live-View mode, 1200-zone), an effective multi-level Dynamic Range Optimizer, eight Creative Style settings (which you can tweak as desired) and Sony’s Bionz imaging engine.
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