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    Jun 2008

    A900 is finally OUT!


    Sony's been showing off the full-frame Alpha A900 DSLR since February, and after popping up in ads and in the wild last week, it's official today, right on cue. Same basic specs you've known forever: 24.6 Exmor CMOS sensor, dual BIONZ image processors, ISO 6400 sensitivity, 3.0-inch LCD, 5fps shooting, and SteadyShot INSIDE in-body optical image stabilization. Sony's also launching a few new Alpha lenses to complement this beast, including a Carl Zeiss 70-400mm f4-5.6 zoom. Early impressions from CNET are that it's a bit slow to autofocus and didn't wow with image quality, but dpreview was impressed overall, so we'll wait for some in-depth reviews to hit before making a final judgment. You're looking at a $3,000 outlay when this thing goes on sale in October -- check out more pics in the gallery, and a quick video after the break.
    Apparently CNET thinks it's "SLOW".....what's that supposed to mean? Your using the kit lens or something? Yeah I bet it would be slow.
    edit: she was using a 24-70mm F/2.8 lens (I have no idea if this is a slow one or not).

    SONY Press Release

    DC Resource!
    DPReview Hands-On
    Image Resource

    CNET Hands-On
    With short review video,

    So much to read!

    * Automatic crop factor is applied when DSLR-A900 is used with DT format lenses. Exposure accuracy is not guaranteed with DT lenses in certain shooting situations.
    AWESOME! I don't think any other manufacturer does this!

    Another thing to note is that it uses a new grip, the VG-C90AM .

    - Model: DSLR-A900
    - Camera type: Digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses
    - Lens mount: Sony α mount, compatible with Minolta A-type bayonet mount (without DT le
    - Lens Compatibility: Sonyα Lens*1 and Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX Lens*1
    - Image Sensor Type: "Exmor" CMOS Image Sensor
    - Image Sensor Size: 35.9 X 24.0mm
    - Effective Pixel Number: 24,610K pixels
    - Anti-Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism
    - Recording media: Memory Stick Duo,Memory Stick PRO Duo,Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Compact Flash Type I, Type II (Microdrive),UDMA(Mode5) compliant
    - Media slot: Memory Stick Duo/Compact Flash Dual slot
    - Image format: JPEG,RAW(ARW2.1 Format),RAW+JPEG
    - D-RangeOptimizer: off,Standard/ Advanced: Auto/Advanced: Level
    - Image stabislisation: On system image Sensor-Shift mechanism
    - Noise reduction: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second, High/Normal/Low/Off, available at the ISO set to 1600 or above
    - Auto Focus system: TTL phase-detection system, CCD line sensors, 9 points + 10 assist focus points
    - ISO sensivity: ISO 200 - 3200 equivalent, ISO numbers up from ISO100 to ISO6400 can be set as expanded ISO range.
    - Flash system: External, Wireless control with HVL-F58AM, ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL metering
    - Shutter: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
    1/8000 second - 30 seconds speed range, bulb
    - Continuous-advance rate: Hi:Approx.5 frames per second at maximum, Lo:Approx.3 frames per second
    - LCD Monitor: 7.5 cm(3.0"), TFT Xtra Fine, 921 600(640x3(RGB)x480) dots
    - Battery type: InfoLitium NP-FM500H,7.2V
    - Battery life: Approx. 88 0 shots(CIPA measurement)
    - Dimensions: Approx.156x117x82mm(6 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches)
    - Weight: Approx. 850g (1 lb 14 oz)
    Uses the A200-350 Batteries , a bit heavy, longer life.

    The α900 full-frame digital SLR will be available from October 2008.
    Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM and 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM lenses will be available from early 2009.
    Last edited by dr4gon; 09-09-2008 at 08:29 AM.

    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

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