Hands on Sony DSLR Alpha 500 (A500)

On August 31, 2009, in Digital Cameras, by KLS

Last week Sony announced the launch of their next in the line Alpha series DSLR cameras, the Alpha 500 and 550 (see the press release after the break). To be out from the end of October this year, the DSLR-A550 and DSLR-A500 digital SLRs are based around new CMOS sensors with added manual focus confirmation live view mode using the main imaging sensor, in addition to Sony’s secondary-sensor Quick AF live view system.


Both cameras feature Sony’s better noise reduction, include an Auto HDR mode and offer sensitivity of up to ISO 12800. The 14.2 MP A550 features a higher resolution 921k dot 3″ tilt-angle LCD, while the 12.3 MP A500 comes with a 230k dot resolution 3″tilt-angle LCD.The pictures below are the first hands on photos taken with the Alpha 500 by the folks over at Pocket Lint.



Though stepped up and improved, I think its a smart decision for Sony to keep the tilt-angle LCD as I have personally found it too useful when I tested previous models myself. See more photos after the jump…

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Pentax has announced and confirmed the launch of their new mid-range DSLR camera. Known as the Pentax K-7, its expected to arrive us in the UK by end of June. With several new user-friendly features, including video recording, high dynamic range (HDR), and automatic horizon correction, Pentax looks to compete with the likes of Nikon D5000 however the K-7 will be more expensive than both similarly specced cameras from Canon and Nikon in the UK.


The new DSLR will feature a 14.6-megapixel sensor, ISO 100 to ISO 6400 settings and the company’s PRIME II imaging engine, an upgrade of the original PRIME. Continuous shooting gives a nice 5.2 images per second, like most new DSLRs, the K-7 too has “Live View” as well as video recording mode.

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