SONY has launched the Alpha 55 (A55) and Alpha 33 (A33) DSLR cameras as well as the NEX-VG10 Handycam camcorder.
The A55 and A33 are the first cameras in the Alpha range to use translucent mirror technology that replaces the mirror box with a translucent mirror.
This not only allows the cameras to be more compact in design but also offers continuous autofocusing during movie recording and faster continuous shooting speeds.
The A55 has a 16.2-megapixel HD CMOS sensor and the A33 uses a 14.2-megapixel HD CMOS sensor.
Other features include a 15-point phase-detection autofocus system, 3in swivel screen and electronic viewfinder. Unique to the A55 is its a built-in GPS for tagging photos with location info.
The cameras also shoot full HD movies (1080p) in AVCHD format.
Meanwhile, Sony claims the NEX-VG10 is the world’s first consumer-grade HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses.
It can use Alpha E-mount lenses used on the NEX cameras as well as A-mount lenses with a mount adaptor. The camcorder will be bundled with an E-mount 18-200mm f/3.5-f/6.3 lens.
The VG10 has a 14.2-megapixel Exmor HD CMOS sensor that is larger than standard size for capturing defocused backgrounds.
Sound quality plays an essential part in videos, so the VG10 has a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo system which combines signal from four microphones to capture clear stereo audio.
Also, the camera has a 3in swivel screen and a pivoting electronic viewfinder for framing shots better.
The A33 and A55 (available next month) with the 18-55mm kit lens cost RM2,399 and RM2,499 respectively. The NEX-VG10 with the 18-200mm kit lens costs RM7,999. — CHONG JINN XIUNG
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