Sony SLT-A33

9 Rating

A compact, lightweight DSLR with most of the features of the SLT-A55V but slightly lower resolution and a $300 lower price tag.Sony’s SLT-A33 offers most of the features of the SLT-A55V that we reviewed in August but the sensor’s resolution is reduced to 14.2 megapixels (effective), its burst speeds and power management are decreased. The built-in GPS receiver is also absent.

Sony DSLR-A230

8.5 Rating

An entry-level DSLR with straightforward controls and body-integrated image stabilisation that works with all lenses.Sony’s Alpha DSLR-A230 is a modest update of the A200, which we reviewed in January 2008. Although this camera was one of three models announced in mid-May, it has taken until mid-September for a review unit to reach us, which is a pity as we were able to review its ‘sister’ model, the A380 back in July. (Let’s hope it doesn’t take as long to get the A500, A550 and, importantly, the 24.6-megapixel A850, all of which were announced in late August.)

FIRST LOOK: Sony SLT-A35

An affordable, lightweight DSLR with an electronic viewfinder and useful high-speed recording modes.Sony’s just-announced SLT-A35 takes the 16.2-megapixel sensor and the Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT) technology from the popular SLT-A55V and includes them in a smaller, lighter and lower-priced camera body. Introduced to replace the SLT-A33 model, it has a fixed LCD monitor and its continuous shooting speeds at full resolution are half those offered by the A55, which remains in Sony’s range. Like the SLT-A33 , the A35 lacks a GPS receiver.

Sony SLT-A35

9 Rating

An affordable, lightweight DSLR with an electronic viewfinder and useful high-speed recording modes.Sony’s just-announced SLT-A35 takes the 16.2-megapixel sensor and the Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT) technology from the popular SLT-A55V and includes them in a smaller, lighter and lower-priced camera body. Introduced to replace the SLT-A33 model, it has a fixed LCD monitor and its continuous shooting speeds at full resolution are half those offered by the A55, which remains in Sony’s range. Like the SLT-A33 , the A35 lacks a GPS receiver.

Sony DSLR A380

9 Rating

An entry-level DSLR with features that can help novice photographers to discover the benefits of SLR photography. Sony’s DSLR A380 is the top model in a suite of three Alpha DSLR cameras that were announced in late May. Ninety-two grams lighter than its predecessor, the 14.2-megapixel A380 replaces the DSLR-A350 in Sony’s line-up. The new camera has been designed for newcomers to SLR photography and boasts a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD screen, SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilisation and dual slots that accommodate Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC memory cards (Full functionality is not guaranteed with Memory Stick Duo cards).

Sony DSLR-A300

8.8 Rating

A competitively-priced, feature-rich DSLR camera with a tilting LCD and live viewing.Sitting between the DSLR-A200 and DSLR-A350 models (both of which have been reviewed on this website), Sony’s DSLR-A300 offers the resolution of the A200 model plus the Live View system of the A350. Initially the company had no plans to release the A300 in Australia but it obviously saw a need to compete with other manufacturers that offered live viewing in their entry-level models.

Pentax K-r

9 Rating

A keenly-priced DSLR camera with plenty of advanced functions and support for 720p HD video capture.Like the entry-level K-x (which we reviewed in November 2009), the mid-range Pentax K-r is offered in black, white and bright red. It sits below the K-5 (which, like the K-r, was announced in the lead-in to Photokina 2010) in Pentax’s line-up. Combining the same 12.4-megapixel sensor as the K-x with a high-resolution monitor, the K-r supports the fastest burst speed of the three cameras and is the only one that can use either a rechargeable battery or four AA cells.

Olympus E-450

9 Rating

The latest entry-level DSLR camera from Olympus boasts an affordable price tag and provides above-average image quality.Announced at the end of March, the Olympus E-450 follows hot on the heels of the E-620 and replaces the E-420 at the entry level of the company’s DSLR line-up. Its specifications are almost identical to the E-420, but the E-450 adds three of the Art Filters that were introduced last year with the E-30 and boasts an upgraded image processor. Sensibly, sensor resolution has been kept at 10-megapixels and the top sensitivity setting is ISO 1600.