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3

Sony Alpha 33


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£569.99

With its use of translucent mirror technology in the Alpha 33, Sony has evolved the way that its digital cameras focus. But how much does the new system really improve on the SLR? We put the Sony Alpha 33 to the test

The competition

Image: Nikon D5000

The only DSLR camera capable of shooting at 7fps in the same price range as the Alpha 33 is the new Pentax K-5, which we have yet to test. Apart from this, the Nikon D300S is capable of up to 8fps with the MB-D10 battery grip, although this combination costs around £1,500.

Image: Canon EOS 550D

As an enthusiast-level DSLR, the Alpha 33’s competition will be the Canon EOS 550D and the Nikon D5000. Of these three cameras, the EOS 550D has the highest resolution at an impressive 18 million pixels. In contrast, the Nikon D5000 has 12.1 million pixels. If a lot of your work involves high-speed photography or video capture, the Sony Alpha 33 really stands out from the crowd.

  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal plane
  • Built-in Flash: Yes GN 10m @ ISO 100
  • Dioptre Adjustment: ±4
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • Output Size: 4592x3056 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: EVF with 1.15 million dots (equivalent)
  • LCD: 3in widescreen TFT LCD screen with 921,600 dots
  • Field of View: 100%
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 Frames over 2 steps
  • AF Points: 15 automatically selectable points with 3 cross-type sensors
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Sensor: APS-C-size CMOS sensor with 14.2 million effective pixels
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, auto+, 8 scene modes
  • Weight: 433g (without battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery NP-FW50 (supplied)
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus B
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 7fps for 16 JPEG or 7 raw images in Continuous Advance Priority Mode
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Dimensions: 124.4x92x84.7mm
  • Metering System: 1,200-zone multi, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • RRP: £569.99 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Sony Alpha mount
  • ISO: ISO 100-12,800 in 1/3EVEV steps
  • Focusing Modes: Auto, manual, wide , face detection
  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus custom and Kelvin settings

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