the Sony Alpha 900 No Video Mode Mentioned Otherwise Jawdropping

The Lord's Other Giant Sucker

The Lord's Other Giant Sucker

DP review has one one their previews with samples here

so here are the ACTUAL specifics

Key features

  • 24.6 MP 35mm format full-frame CMOS sensor (highest res in class)
  • SteadyShot INSIDE full frame image sensor shift stabilization (world first)
  • High Speed Dual Bionz processors
  • Eye-level glass Penta-prism OVF, 100% coverage, 0.74x magnification
  • 9 point AF with 10 assist points, center dual-cross AF w/2.8 sensor
  • 5 frames per second burst, newly developed mirror box
  • Intelligent Preview Function
  • 3 User programmable custom memory modes on mode dial
  • Advanced Dynamic Range Optimizer (5 step selectable)
  • 40 segment honeycomb metering
  • 3.0″ 921K pixel Photo Quality (270 dpi) LCD display, 100% coverage
  • Direct HDMI output
  • ISO 200-3200 (ISO 100-6400 expanded range)
  • User interchangeable focusing screens (3 options)
  • CF Type I/II and MS slots, LI-ION battery, STAMINA 880 shots
  • Weight 850g (without battery, card, accs)
  • New Image Data Converter SR software (includes vignetting control)
  • New Vertical Grip
  • Supplied with wireless remote control
  • Magnesium Alloy body and rubber seals for dust and moisture resistance
  • AF micro adjustment
  • $2999.99 body price; available late October 2008

It’s all pretty exciting but at least in one way it’s a throwback. It Has No Live View (no live composing using the Hi Res screen) Though the RAW preview feature would be great for static or planned shots.  So  unlike the new micro 4/3rd’s standard which dispenses with the viewfinder altogether the A900 has some super fancy 100% coverage doohickey to look through.  I don’t look through those things when I take pictures.

On the plus side it has a whole bunch of dynamic range optimizers built into it which will really help.  I currently take 3 sets of bracketed shots just to get on decent HDR.  Sometimes my computer doesn’t want to process 9 raw photos into one image even though I have 8 gigs of RAM and a 64 bit operating system.  The one shot photos that come out of my olympus 410 never seem to be good enough.

Finally this image sensor was announced in january so all the other companies must have known it was coming. I wonder what Nikon, Canon and Olympus have up their sleeves.  Also If sony put the sensor in a stripped down model and sold it for 1,500 bucks there might not be any other companies around after a while. All this would depend on whether the images that come out of the camera are actually as amazing as one would expect from the specs. There are some “mystery” samples here but nothing definitive is known.

More links about the A900

An Actual review at Imaging Resource

Photography Blog

Photography Bay

Canon Rumors

DC Views (Press Release)

Field Report at luminous-landscape

One response to “the Sony Alpha 900 No Video Mode Mentioned Otherwise Jawdropping

  1. wow! I think I am gonna get this one ,it is getting better and better.

    on a slightly different note. I spent like five minute avoiding the “tooltip” SNAP, I could barely point my mouse over a link without that thing appearing. This is really irritating and not use friendly at all.Just mes deux centimes.

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