Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sony Announces Flagship 24.6MP SLR

Sony rounded out its digital SLR lineup today with the Alpha DSLR-A900, a high-end, full-frame 24.6-megapixel model priced at $3000 for the body alone. As with other full-frame cameras, the A900 sensor is the same size as a 35mm film frame, meaning wide-angle lenses deliver their full panoramic potential, and telephotos reflect the same range as they would on a film camera, without the typical 1.5x apparent magnificent that occurs with standard-sensor-size cameras. The A900 is compatible with current Sony lenses along with classic Minolta and Konica-Minolta auto focus lenses. Sensor-shift Image stabilization is built into the camera body, so any lens mounted on the A900 benefits from the technology.

The A900 has dual slots to accept both MemoryStick and CompactFlash cards simultaneously, and plenty of storage is certainly recommended: the top image size is 6048 x 4032, a 24-megapixel image. Uncompressed RAW files are supported, along with lossy and lossless RAW compression and four levels of JPEG file quality. Our tests shots in extra fine JPEG mode each took up 14 to 22 megabytes.