Hands-on preview posted for Sony Alpha DSLR-A100!|
(Monday, June 5, 2006 - 18:26 EDT)
Sony, the digital camera market's number two player overall, has finally thrown its hat into the ring with the big SLR makers.
Their first SLR is from a collaboration with Konica Minolta that leverages on that company's 21-year-old MAXXUM/DYNAX line. The first Alpha in the system is called the DSLR-A100, a 10.2 megapixel, three-frame-per-second SLR with anti-shake built into the body. Based on the Konica Minolta 5D, the new camera holds a lot more promise than its predecessor, but brings along Minolta's many years of SLR experience.
We had the opportunity to look at a pre-release version of the camera, and ran it through some preliminary tests. Our first impressions of the Sony A100 have been very positive. We prepared a user report and our usual thorough coverage of design and function, as well as timing and detail down to the menus. Our first few days with the Sony A100 showed it to be a competent photographic tool. Click to read our comprehensive hands-on preview.