Overall Rating:

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

White balance and colour

In its standard colour setting, the colours produced by the Alpha 33 are a little more saturated than in reality. However, I found that, particularly in dull, overcast conditions, this helps to make the most of the images straight from the camera with no further adjustments necessary. However, in bright sunlight the images really come to life, with bold blue skies and green foliage.

Switching the camera to vivid mode emphasises the colours further and really makes them punchy, but without being over the top.

Normally when I use a camera’s black & white setting the first thing I do is increase the contrast, but I found that the Alpha 33’s black & white mode is great in its default setting. Of course, the contrast can still be increased or decreased if it is not to your particular taste.

There were only a few occasions when I had to take the Alpha 33 out of its AWB setting to achieve a better result, and this was usually when photographing objects in the shade on a bright sunny day. One example of this was photographing a tree that was in shadow, as its bark turned a slight blue. Switching to the shade setting quickly rectified this, restoring the brown colour. Other than this, the AWB did an excellent 
job, both under natural and indoor light.

  • 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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