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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.

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Sony DSLR-A350 & DSLR-A300
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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Sony DSLR-A350

Sony DSLR-A350
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Sony DSLR-A300
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Sony DSLR-A300
Sony has an interesting take on the twins concept. The A300 and A350 are identical cameras except for the image sensor. The A300 houses a 10-megapixel CCD while the A350 has a 14.2-megapixel CCD. Due to the different sensors, there are other differences you’ll notice while shooting, but the actual features between the cameras are otherwise the same.

Sony DSLR-A350 Sony DSLR-A300
Sensor: 14.2-megapixel CCD 10.2-megapixel CCD
Sensor Size: 23.6x15.8mm (1.5x) 23.6x15.8mm (1.5x)
Processor: Bionz Bionz
A/D Conversion: 12-bit 12-bit
Sensor Cleaning: Yes Yes
AF Points: 9 9
Metering: 40-segment, CW, spot 40-segment, CW, spot
ISO Range: 100-3200 100-3200
Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., plus B 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., plus B
Max. Advance Rate: 2.5 fps (2 fps Live-View) 3 fps (2 fps Live-View)
Dimensions: 5.1x3.9x2.9 in. 5.1x3.9x2.9 in.
Weight: 20.5 oz. 20.5 oz.
Estimated Street Price: $699 $599 (with 18-70mm zoom)


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