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Sony Alpha 33

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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


Although the unpredictable British summer weather can make it difficult when deciding what to wear, it is very handy for testing cameras in different lighting conditions. I was able to test the Alpha 33 in bright midday sunlight, overcast rainy conditions and during a glowing early evening sunset.

In each scenario the 1,200-zone evaluative metering system performed excellently, producing well-exposed images. Of particular interest is the way the Alpha 33 deals with high-contrast scenes with dark foreground but very bright skies. Generally, the metering system finds a balance between the two, rather than prioritising one over the other. This often leads to the image requiring adjustment, 
but I found enough detail, particularly 
in the areas of shadow, to brighten these areas.

Highlights can be blown out when there is a large dark area in the scene, 
but this is common to most evaluative metering systems.When the evaluative metering mode does need slight adjustment, the exposure compensation adjustment button is easily accessible. Spot and centreweighted metering are also available in more awkward situations. Of the two, I found the centreweighted mode particularly useful. 
The larger central metering area produces 
a better average of the part of the area you are metering from, which produces an exposure that is more complementary to the scene as a whole.

Image: Even in its standard colour mode, the Alpha 33 produces bright, punchy images.

  • 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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