In an announcement today, Sony officially launched two additions to its digital SLR lineup. The 10.2 megapixel Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 and 14.2 megapixel DSLR-A350 introduce the manufacturers Live View system, allowing users to compose images on-screen rather than through the optical viewfinder alone.
The fantastic shots keep rolling in for our Point-and-Shoot Photo Contest. If you've been waiting to post your entry, don't forget that we're entering the last week for submissions. This could be your chance to win that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 you've been wanting. And if you haven't seen some of the great work that our forum photographers are doing with their point-and-shoot cameras, take a minute to visit the contest gallery.
The Sony T200 continues to be one of the most popular, most searched for cameras out there, but in an announcement this afternoon Sony indicated its intention to replace the device with a new model, the Cyber-shot DSC-T300. Baseline specs for the T300 are similar to its predecessor: 10.1 megapixel sensor (upgraded from 8.1), a 5x Carl Zeiss zoom, and Super SteadyShot mechanical image stabilization. Of course, much of the draw for this camera will undoubtedly focus on the fact that the T300 also keeps the T200's 3.5-inch touch screen.
We barely finished reviewing Sony's DSC-H3 pocket ultra-zoom before word of its replacement, in the form of the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, came down from the manufacturer. The new model comes dressed with same 10x Carl Zeiss zoom lens, long-range flash, and 8.1 megapixel sensor of its predecessor; the only noted physical modification, in fact, is the H10's move to a 3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen.
In anticipation of PMA, Sony unveiled a complete reworking of its Cyber-shot W series, showing off the new W120, W130, W150, and W170. Providng replacements to Sony's popular W55, W80, and W90 models, the new gear promises more entry- and mid-level shooting power for the company's broadest camera series.
With its 3.5-inch touchscreen interface, the Sony Cyber-shot T200 certainly makes a big impression. Initial thoughts on the 8.1 megapixel, 5x zoom T200 are that it offers the goods in terms of style, ruggedness, and image quality to live up to the hype.
The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2 is a new large screen, sharing-friendly, portable album, digital camera. It's an 8 megapixel camera with a stabilized 3x optical zoom and 2.7 inch touch-senstiive LCD. 4 GB of internal storage provides plenty of space to keep your pictures with you. The T2 will be available in blue, green, white, pink or black, starting in December 2007 for around $350.
The Sony HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album will store, organize, and show off your images on an HDTV. The $400 device has plenty of storage (80GB) and many methods to import your photos. You can create slideshows, organize images into albums, and output to CD, DVD, or memory card, all from the comfort of your couch. The HDMS-S1D will be available in October 2007.
Well, we knew that Sony had two digital SLRs in the works and today they've announced the Sony Alpha A700, targeted at "photo enthusiasts or serious photo hobbyists". The A700 has a 12.2 megapixel EXMOR CMOS sensor, BIONZ processing engine, and in-camera image stabilization. The A700 body will be available in October for $1400. Also available in October will be a kit that has the camera and a 18-70mm lens for $1500. In November, you can get a kit with a 16-105mm lens for $1900.
I really liked the Sony W70 I tested a couple of years back, so I approached the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 with a lot of enthusiasm. The W80 is an attractive entry-level auto-exposure only digicam designed to appeal to casual photographers, snap-shooters, first time digital camera buyers, and shutterbugs who value simplicity and ease of use.
Sony is rolling out two new models in their slim T series of digital cameras. The most eye-catching feature on these two cameras is the large, touch-sensitive LCDs. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 has a 3 inch touch sensitive LCD and the Cyber-shot DSC-T70 has a touch sensitive 3 inch LCD. Both cameras capture images at 8 megapixels, have face detection, HD output, and all the features that have been seen before on the T models. Both cameras will ship in mid-September, with the T200 retailing for $400 and the T70 retailing for $330.
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