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Sony Alpha 100

Sony Alpha 100 - The first ever DSLR from Sony, based on the Konica Minolta lens mount, uses the same CCD shift anti-shake system as it's predecessor and sports a 10 megapixel CCD sensor.

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Sony Alpha 100
Press Release:
Capture more than your imagination with Sony's new Alpha digital SLR camera.

Super SteadyShot inside
The exclusive Super SteadyShot function in the Alpha 100 adjusts the CCD position to counter hand movements. This lets you take photos that are sharp and beautiful even when shooting freehand at much slower speeds. This opens up a whole new range of shooting opportunities, letting you take quality pictures in low light conditions or when using a telephoto lens. And unlike lens based anti-vibration systems, the Alpha 100 has Super SteadyShot built into the camera body itself, so no matter which lens you choose, you can enjoy shooting without worrying about blur from vibration.

10 megapixel CCD
The Alpha 100 tops it's class with a high resolution 10 megapixel CCD, giving you the ability to capture incredibly minute details, subtle gradations and delicate shifts of colour and shading that lower-resolution cameras simply can't detect. Thanks to it's large-size CCD, the Alpha 100 provides a wider tonal range with less noise, and allows you to produce prints that are stunningly sharp and exceptionally clean even when enlarged to 12x16 inches.

Anti-dust system
Unlike compact digital cameras, SLR cameras have their insides exposed to dust every time the lenses are changed. The Alpha 100 includes two anti-dust measures that protect the CCD and keep spots and streaks off your images. The low-pass filter on the CCD has been treated with an anti-dust coating to minimise static charge and thereby reduce the attraction of dust. Furthermore whenever the Alpha 100 is turned off, the anti-dust vibration function automatically vibrates the CCD rapidly, shaking loose dust particles that may have accumulated.

High-speed response
Because the exact moment doesn't stand still, the continuous shooting function lets you take three photos per second in any file format, including RAW. And more remarkably, now you can capture non-stop action in high-resolution JPEG at three frames per second simply by holding down the shutter button. The larger your memory card, the longer you can continue shooting. The Eye-start system, meanwhile, incorporates an infrared sensor just below the eyepiece to detect when the viewfinder is being used. It then automatically activates auto-focus so you are ready to shoot immediately.

Bionz engine
Capturing the emotion of a magic moment means nothing if you don't have the power to reproduce it faithfully. Sony's exclusive new Bionz engine powers image processing for the Alpha 100to ensure that all of the rich colour and detail are as vivid as you remember. The sophisticated algorithm easily handles high-speed, high-quality processing to reduce unwanted image noise without degrading resolution or colour integrity. This engine also accurately controls colour saturation, contrast and white balance to produce sharp, vivid, yet natural images every time.

D-range optimiser function
The D-range optimiser function accurately adjust exposure balance when shooting under high contrast lighting and colour conditions, such as with strong back-lighting. In standard mode, the D-range optimiser measures the brightness of the entire scene in real-time to determine the most appropriate exposure balance. In advanced mode, the D-range optimiser analyses the image section by section and adjusts the brightness of each area individually to ensure your photo is as beautiful and balanced as the scene that inspired you.

Clear photo LCD plus

Clear photo LCD plus is a high-resolution 2.5inch display with a wide viewing angle, ideal for checking and enjoying the rich quality of your images. The high contrast 230,000-pixel display with anti-reflection coating ensures excellent viewing even in bright sunlight. When shooting, the convenient navigation menu displays all settings and shooting conditions in a single screen for verification at a glance. The Alpha 100 also automatically detects whether it is being held vertically or horizontally, and aligns the orientation to match.

Long-life stamina battery
Running out of power can bring everything to a halt. With Sony's new lithium ion stamina battery pack complemented by low energy consumption measures, you can shoot and amazing 750 shots from a single charge. And thanks to the extended battery life, the Alpha 100 satisfies the needs of even serious photographers, making it ideal for a long day of shooting, important events r trips away from home. To provide you pith better energy management while shooting, a five-stage meter displays remaining power on the LCD.

Specifications

Camera type Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses
Lens used Sony Alpha lenses (plus compatible with the full range of Konica Minota Dynax lenses.
Recording media Compact flash, Microdrive, Memory Stick Duo
A/D conversion 12bit
Recorded pixels Large: 3872x2592
Meduim: 2896x1936
Small: 1920x1280
Colour modes sRGB, Adobe RGB
Quality modes Standard, Fine, RAW, RAW+Jpeg
Noise reduction available at shutter speeds longer than 1sec
Scene selector Portrait, landscape, macro, sports, evening, night, night portrait
Metering sensor 40 segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Shutter speeds 1/4000 - 30secs and bulb
Flash sync speed 1/160sec (1/125sec with Super SteadyShot active)
Super SteadyShot CCD shift mechanism with indicator inside viewfinder.

UK recommended retail prices have been confirmed as:
Body Only 599.99
Body with DT 18-70mm 699.99
Body with DT 18-70mm and 75-300mm 849.99
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Comments


PeterLondon 10 366
6 Jun 2006 1:03AM
Price?

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mattw 11 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 1:11AM
Well, leaving asige the good points:


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Super SteadyShot



Good grief.... Anti Shake was a better name (as was Minolta!)


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And more remarkably, now you can capture non-stop action in high-resolution JPEG at three frames per second simply by holding down the shutter button



That is truly remarkable!!

Mattw
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 1:18AM
I'm still waiting to hear from Sony for details of the price Peter.

This page will be updated as soon as I hear from them.
Bryn_Jones 10 186 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 1:42AM
Lenses can be seen here plus a pgf here
lenses

Accessories can be seen here

accessories
mack 10 290 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 1:54AM
Price will be around $899 with 18-70mm lens (531) or $899 (478) body only. Sounds a good price for what you get.
franken e2
12 3.3k 4 Wales
6 Jun 2006 1:57AM
It does sound good. If reviews are favourable I may consider getting one in the future.
Bryn_Jones 10 186 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 2:13AM
now adjust for rip off uk prices!!
JimmieG 8 8
6 Jun 2006 2:14AM
bugger! all the lenses are actually the minolta lenses!!! they just change the name.
wyatturp 9 2 England
6 Jun 2006 2:46AM
At last ----------8 lenses at the ready.
petra16 8 169 Scotland
6 Jun 2006 1:30PM
Sounds great, another one with lenses at the ready, why no price?????
sillyconguru 10 4.4k
6 Jun 2006 2:55PM
According to Sony, the price should be 599 (body only) and 699 (body & 18-70mm lens).

*Source: Amateur Photographer*
mack 10 290 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 12:57AM
Ref Lenses, there are 22 lenses to choose from including 3 new Carl Zeiss, Vario Sonnar and Planar T*
The dpreview site has all the details
Does anyone know when they will actually be available for purchase?
13 Jun 2006 2:49AM
Was going to buy a Canon 350d today. Last night I saw the press release on the Sony. Jessops know nothing of it, Camera wharehouse have it in stock! Think I'll hang on a bit now and wait for the price to drop.
Snapper_T 10 848 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2006 11:35PM
Sounds interesting, but I'll hang onto my D7D for the moment to see if a higher spec model is announced.

Trev

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