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Old June 5th, 2006, 10:21 AM   #1
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Official: Sony (alpha) DSLR-A100

Well, it's been announced, price, specs, options, etc.
On the Sony Style page link, the new camera is officially listed with a pre-order option.
A nice series of lenses, both rebadged Minolta and new Zeiss glass accompany the release.

brief specification overview

- Imaging Device: 10.2 (effective) APC CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter

- Chipset: Bionz™ Processor LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+)

- Recording Media: Memory Stick® Duo/Memory Stick PRO™ Duo media (via MSAC-MCF1N adaptor); CompactFlash™ Type I/ CompactFlash Type II / Microdrive™ media

- Shutter Speed: 30 ~ 1/4000 sec, with Bulb

- Exposure: Manual Exposure: Yes, w/EV indicator

- EV Compensation: ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps

- ISO: Auto/160/200/400/800/1600

- LCD: 2.5-inch (measured diagonally) TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo ™ design; Eye-start Auto-focus sensor

- Display: Histogram: Yes, Live, RGB Playback

- White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash ( with custom White Balance color temperature adjustments)

- Burst Mode: Continuous burst mode at 3 FPS to limit of media; Up to 6 RAW images in burst.

- Color Mode(s): Black & White, Standard, Vivid, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)

- Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View/Night Portrait

- Still Image Mode(s): Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), High-speed Burst (JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG), RAW (.ARW)

- Battery Capacity: 7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 750 pictures3
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Old June 5th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #2
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Jacob:

Is this mount compatable with other Minolta lenses ?? I couldn't tell on a quick perusal of the page. Any idea ?
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Old June 5th, 2006, 02:31 PM   #3
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From DPreview: Identical to the Minolta A-type bayonet mount, enabling the use of a large back catalogue of existing Minolta and third party lenses as well as avoiding the development of a whole new system. We presume that all future Sony Alpha lenses are going to be a 'digital only design' for the APS-C size sensor.

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Old June 5th, 2006, 04:23 PM   #4
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Will Sony's prices go up, down or stay the same as Minolta's?

I did just buy me a brand new FM3a for $700 Canadian. I almost got sucked in on e-bay.
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Old June 5th, 2006, 04:26 PM   #5
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I guess it helped that Sony all ready had an arrangement with Zeiss optics.
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