We’ve had DSLRs for some time, and more recently the compact mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital cameras. Now, Sony gives us a new class of camera: the SLT, an interchangeable-lens camera with a translucent nonmoving mirror and a high-res eye-level EVF to complement its external live-view LCD monitor.
The new SLT-A33 and SLT-A55 look like DSLRs, and can be held like DSLRs, but they offer a number of advantages. One is quick phase-detection AF for both still and video shooting. Another is the ability to use the LCD monitor or the EVF in both still and video modes. Still another is the ability to display a wide selection of data options on the monitor or EVF. Yet another is quick operation overall.
Special Sony Features
The A33 and A55 incorporate a host of versatile Sony features, including Sweep Panorama, Handheld Twilight Mode, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Face Detection and Smile Shutter Technology and more.
Image Sensor: 14.2 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS (A33), 16.2 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS (A55)
Max. Resolution: 4592x3056 pixels (A33), 4912x3264 pixels (A55)
Sensor Size: 23.5x15.6mm (1.5x)
Video: 1920x1080/60i AVCHD, 1440x1080/30p and 640x480/30p MP4
AF System: 15-point
Shutter Speeds: 30 sec. to 1/4000, B
ISO Settings: 100-12,800
Continuous Firing Mode: 6 fps (7/10 fps in Speed Priority mode, A33/A55)
Recording Format: RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG
Metering: 1,200-segment evaluative, CW, spot
Storage Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo/PRO-HG Duo HX and SD/SDHC/SDXC
Dimensions: 4.9x3.6x3.3 inches
Weight: 17.4 ounces
Power Source: Rechargeable NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery
Estimated Street Price: $649 (A33); $749 (A55)
Contact: Sony, (877) 865-7669, www.sonystyle.com