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Sony shows off lens-swap compact

Alpha range addition to sport DSLR-style sensor

Sony compact Alpha concept

Sony will release its answer to the likes of the Olympus Pen and Panasonic GF1: a premium compact camera with interchangeable lenses.

Right now, Sony isn't saying much more than that. It has said the "ultra-compact" will be part of its Alpha range and sport an APS-size image sensor for "DSLR picture quality".

It will shoot video in the AVCHD format.

Sony is showing off what it calls a "concept" version of the camera at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show taking place this week in Anaheim, California.

Sony compact Alpha concept

At the prototype stage

The fact the prototype is labelled a 'concept' suggests it's a very early version and not necessarily what the final model will look like.

Sony committed itself only to release the compact Alpha sometime this year. ®

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