Full Review update posted for Sony A33!|
Zig Weidelich, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:24 EDT)
"Second-fastest" might sound like Sony missed a step -- until you consider that the Sony SLT-A33 is second only to its big brother, the Sony A55.
Apart from this sibling rivalry, the Sony A33 bests every other consumer SLR on the market on the basis of continuous shooting speed, with a host of special Sony features added to the bargain. Using Sony's unique translucent-mirror technology, the Sony A33 delivers up to 7 frames/second, with live autofocus tracking. You'll also get true live autofocus during video recording, something few other SLRs do, or do well. Sporting the same excellent sensor we first saw in the NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras, the Sony A33's only concession in image quality is a bit more noise at high ISO and under dim lighting conditions, due to light lost to its mirror. Besides its slightly slower shooting speed and 14 vs 16 megapixel resolution, the only other feature the Sony A33 gives up over the A55 is the A55's built-in GPS. A very compact yet ergonomically designed body and arguably the best electronic viewfinder we've seen to date round out the Sony A33. Unique features like Sweep Panorama and multi-shot modes for handheld low-light shooting likewise expand the range of capabilities relative to competing SLR models. If you're looking for a fast-shooting compact SLR, with live-focus video recording, unique multishot low-light modes, and a surprisingly affordable price (a street price at this writing upwards of $200 cheaper than that of the A55), the Sony A33 should be at the very top of your list. See our Sony SLT-A33 review for all the details.