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Sony Alpha SLT-A33

Sony Alpha SLT-A33 Digital SLR

The Alpha A33 is Sony’s 2010 entry-level SLT (Single Lens Translucent) camera. As described in the article intro, the SLT cameras replace the traditional SLR’s hinged mirror with a transparent mirror, allowing the cameras to use faster, more accurate phase detect auto focus for stills as well as live view and movies. Don’t let the A33′s entry-level status fool you into thinking it’s not a capable camera, though. For just $699, the 14-megapixel A33 gives you Sony’s built-in SteadyShot image stabilization, full HD video, 7 frames-per-second burst, a 15-point auto focus system, 3-inch tilt-swivel LCD display, pop-up flash and an 18-55mm zoom lens. You also get beginner-friendly tools like an on-screen Help Guide, Graphic Display of the shutter speed and aperture exposure controls, Advanced Auto shooting mode and Face Detection. Aspiring moviemakers will be especially happy with the A33′s movie mode Quick AF performance, full-time eye-level electronic viewfinder and built-in rack focus control.

Sony Alpha SLT-A33 Intro >>

  • Price: $650 with lens
  • 14-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 60i AVCHD video
  • Translucent mirror technology for continuous auto focus in movie mode
  • ISO 100 – 12,800
  • 3-inch 921k-dot tilt-swivel LCD display
  • 15-point auto focus system with 3 cross-type sensors
  • 7 FPS burst (Speed Priority mode)
  • Built-in pop-up flash
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  • Greg McCary says:

    Nice guide John

  • Photo-John says:

    Thanks, Greg. It got kind of out of hand. I didn’t intend the inro to be so long but I thought the Sony system needed more introduction than Nikon and Canon, since Sony is a relative newcomer to the camera business and some of their technology is probably mysterious to the average camera shopper.

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