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Sony SLT-A33 Review

by John Smith 213 0

Sony SLT-A33 Review

The expected Sony SLT-A33 finally made its debut on 2010-08-24, bringing with it a wholly upgraded set of incredible specs compared to its predecessor. Sony SLT-A33 has a Sony/Minolta Alpha lens mount, and presently there are 141 great glasses available for this mount. The new display is a bit dimmer than its predecessor's, so it can be tricky to use in sunlight, even at maximum brightness. This is a vital upgrade to the Sony SLT-A33 stable 7.0 fps continuous shooting via the use of Speed Priority Continuous mode, which is very useful for.

A wide ISO range helps the user take photos in any lighting situation. From a clean ISO 100 to a beautiful 12,800 (boosted to25600), the Sony SLT-A33 provides minimal noise and maximum quality. Still, one of the useful upgrades and features to switch to the Sony SLT-A33 from previous-generation cameras is the upgraded autofocus system with a immense 15 detection points. Despite the significant photos quality, the Sony SLT-A33 today isn't the top-grade gear for shooting video. The camera works with NP-FW50 batteries, which has enough for 340 shots. Most notably, while it may look like just another Compact SLR, Sony has packed various types of features inside the Sony SLT-A33 powerful body. More or less, the upgraded Sony SLT-A33 itself feels like a top-shelf imaging device, with a beautiful, consistent and elegant design and easy to use dials. In hand, the steady camera feels tremendous and surprisingly never hurt my wrist at all carrying it all day long. Digital Camera World named it as a first Compact SLR that's an excellent choice for a lot of users and experience levels. Overall, the Sony SLT-A33 handles very nicely for such a and remarkable camera.

General

BrandSony
ModelSony SLT-A33
Announced2010-08-24
Body TypeCompact SLR
Indicative Price (USD)$229.99

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score70
DxO Color Depth22.8
DxO Dynamic Range12.6
DxO Low Light ISO591

Sensor

Sensor Resolution14 megapixels
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Dimensions (mm)23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area (mm2)366.60mm2
Max Image Resolution4592 x 3056
Min Native ISO100
Max Native ISO12,800
Max Boosted ISO25600
RAW Supporttrue

Lens

Lens MountSony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses141
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier1.5×
Macro Focus Rangen/a

Viewfinder

ViewfinderElectronic
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder Resolution1,150k dots
Viewfinder Magnification0.73

Screen

Monitor TypeFully Articulated
Monitor Size3″
Monitor Resolution921k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screenfalse

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Shutter Speed1/4000s
Continuous Shooting7.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationtrue
Built-in Flashtrue
External Flashtrue
Flash Range10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
Flash ModesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Max Flash Sync1/160s
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segmenttrue
Averagefalse
Spottrue
Partialfalse
AF-Areafalse
Center Weightedtrue

Autofocus

Touch Autofocusfalse
Continuous Autofocustrue
Single Autofocustrue
Tracking Autofocusfalse
Selective Autofocustrue
Center Autofocusfalse
Multi Area Autofocustrue
Live View Autofocustrue
Face Detection Autofocustrue
Contrast Detection Autofocusfalse
Phase Detection Autofocustrue
Number of Focus Points15
Number of Cross Focus Points3

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Porttrue
Headphone Portfalse

Connectivity

Wireless ConnectivityEye-Fi Connected
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMItrue

Physical

Weight500g
Physical Dimensions124 x 92 x 85mm
Environmental Sealingfalse
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelNP-FW50
Battery Life340 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Timelapse Recordingfalse
Self TimerYes (2 or 10 sec)
GPSNone
Storage TypeSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots1

Key Features

  • Announced2010-08-24
  • Body TypeCompact SLR
  • Sensor Resolution14 megapixels
  • Sensor SizeAPS-C
  • Sensor Dimensions (mm)23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Max Native ISO12,800
  • Lens MountSony/Minolta Alpha
  • Live Viewtrue
  • Continuous Shooting7.0 fps
  • DxO Overall Score70
  • Number of Focus Points15
  • Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
  • Battery Life340 shots