Flagship Sony Alpha blown in
World’s first 24.6Mp shooter with full frame CMOS sensor
Sony’s latest Digital SLR isn’t just the flagship model in its Alpha range, it’s also claimed to be the world’s first 24.6-megapixel camera with a full-frame CMOS sensor.
Sony's Alpha 900: boasts 24.6 megapixels
The Japanese electronics giant stated that Alpha 900’s CMOS sensor is equivalent to a 35mm film frame and able to capture more “vibrant colours, ultra-real textures and subtle tonal gradations” than ever before.
The Alpha 900’s also the world’s first full-frame camera to feature SteadyShot Inside, an in-body optical stabilisation system with four steps of anti-shake correction – surely enough to ensure that even that most wobbly handed photographer captures sharp shots?
A 3in LCD display can be found on the Alpha 900’s reverse, while the viewfinder’s field of vision covers 100 per cent of the full-frame sensor's imaging area – meaning everything you see will be captured.
A preview mode lets you simulate image settings before application
The effect of changes to the camera’s settings, such as white balance and exposure level, can be simulated onto images through an intelligent preview function. An anti-dust system also protects the shooter’s innards from picture wrecking dust specks.
Images can be stored onto either compact flash or Sony’s Memory Stick Duo cards. An HDMI port is also built into the shooter, allowing you to display your pictures directly through an HD-ready telly.
Sony’s Alpha 900 will be available from next month, but a price hasn’t been snapped-up yet.
So more pixels is better?
This is just a gimmick for the number-chasers and gizmo collectors. There is a reason that Nikon and Canon dominate the photographer's market, and that is they know how to make a good camera. Sony should stick to making TV's and Walkman's.
I'm working in Taiwan the noo and I saw this on the front cover of the paper this morning. Apparently on sale here for a snip under $90,000NT which works out about £1,500. Obviously it may be pushed upwards for the UK though but I'm interested in it. Looking forward to some reviews.
When Sony bought out (Konica) Minolta's photographic division a lot of people (myself included) worried it might mean no more real pro models - and thus no more aspirational kit - leading to a gradual dumbing down of a once-great system.
I'm glad to see it's clearly not happening the way we feared. With any luck this is the first step on the road to a gradual breakup of the Canon/Nikon duopoly of recent years. The return of real competition and innovation in the high end can only be a good thing. With any luck it'll also make snooty CaNikon fans sit up and take notice instead of wasting their time trading insults in photographic forums, but I'm not holding my breath just yet.