Review posted for Sony A55V! (UPDATED)|
Zig Weidelich, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 00:01 EDT)
Sony Electronics Inc. has today announced three new digital cameras featuring an innovative design, adopting what the company calls a "translucent mirror", commonly known as a pellicle mirror -- and we've just posted our Sony A55V review (also covering the Sony A55), as well as our Sony A33 Hands-on Preview.
The translucent mirror in the Alpha A55, A55V, and A33 remains fixed in place during operation, allowing most light to reach the imaging sensor, while a small portion is reflected to a dedicated autofocus sensor. This enables the most unique feature of Sony's SLT-series cameras -- full time, phase detection autofocus, even during movie capture! The Alpha A55V, A55, and A33 also have brand new Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensors and optimized BIONZ image processors, allowing an impressive burst shooting capability. The Sony Alpha SLT-A55V has the highest specification of the trio, with a 16-megapixel imager, and built-in GPS receiver. The Sony Alpha SLT-A55 drops the GPS receiver, but is otherwise identical, and we understand this model won't be available in the US market. Finally, the Sony Alpha SLT-A33 drops the GPS receiver, and also reduces the resolution just slightly to 14 megapixels, as well as having a slightly slower burst rate than its siblings. Read our Sony A55V Review and Sony A33 Hands-on Preview for all the details.
UPDATE 08/24/2010 18:30ET: We've added initial test results to our Sony A33 Hands-on Preview.