Konica Minolta and Sony made an assertion that they have been to jointly develop digital SLR cameras. This agreement hinted at shared generation among the two corporations which includes vehicle recognition, metering and Anti-Shake coming from Konica Minolta and sensors, electronics and batteries from Sony. Some six months later Konica Minolta dropped a bomb at the camera market through saying that they were retreating from the digital camera commercial enterprise and had transferred certain digicam assets along with the Maxxum/Dynax lens mount and associated SLR technologies to Sony.
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Almost a yr on due to the fact that first declaration we have the brand new Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, a compact, ten megapixel (CCD) digital SLR with a (Konica) Minolta lens mount, Anti-Shake (now Super SteadyShot) and a particular move-breed appearance. It's fair to mention that at the same time as this camera might also proportion some components with preceding Konica Minolta virtual SLR's Sony's involvement has brought external styling, build exceptional and finish up to a better wellknown. The lens mount is to be referred to as the 'Alpha mount' and Sony has announced no much less than 19 lenses so as to deliver the Sony Alpha branding (although many are based on current Minolta lenses).
Sony Alpha lens mount
Identical to the Minolta A-kind bayonet mount, allowing the usage of a big again catalogue of existing Minolta and third party lenses in addition to warding off the improvement of an entire new device. Interestingly handiest four of the new lenses introduced are designed for an APS imaging circle.
10 megapixel APS-C CCD
Interestingly Sony has long past for CCD as opposed to CMOS with this digicam, so it's no longer the same sensor as used inside the DSC-R1. We've no reputable affirmation however it appears in all likelihood that this is the same 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD used inside the Nikon D200.
Sony has renamed Minolta's CCD shift Anti-Shake device as 'Super SteadyShot', but the major is the same. However we've got it on accurate authority that Sony's engineers have made a few large enhancements to the device and now claim shutter speeds 3.Five stops slower may be used with Super SteadyShot enabled. The 2nd a part of the Anti-Blur story is the supply of excessive sensitivities of up to ISO 1600.
The 'dirt' issue has been around on account that the beginning of digital SLR images and it influences one-of-a-kind cameras to distinct stages. Olympus took the benefit with their SSWF clear out, Sony appear like eager to capitalize in this. Firstly a special anti-static coating (Indium Tin Oxide) on the low-bypass clear out in the front of the CCD guarantees no build up of dirt because of static power. Secondly an 'Anti-Dust vibration' the use of the cameras CCD shift device, however in preference to introducing a postpone at startup this takes place at power off.
Bionz Image Processor
Canon can be thanked for the fashion of branding the picture processor used within the digicam, Sony honestly recognise the value of this but unluckily haven't precisely picked a completely dynamic name. Their new 'Bionz' picture processor is stated to be a giant improvement over some thing utilized in previous KM digital SLR's, it also allows one of the A100's unique functions; Dynamic Range Optimization. Sony claim this could be the quickest such device as it's miles designed in at a hardware stage.
Eye Start AF
Eye Start AF isn't something new to previous Minolta SLR owners however Sony are obviously keen to continue its use. On the A100 Eye Start AF does precisely what it says, whilst the sensor detects the proximity of your eye to the eyepiece it starts offevolved to auto awareness and remains in 'non-stop' auto attention till the shutter launch is half-pressed or you put the camera down. In fact which means that the digital camera is possibly to have an approximate cognizance on the situation before shutter launch.
Continuous shooting till media complete
We have seen this on multiple different digital SLRs but the A100 lets in you to shoot continuously at 3 frames according to 2d at any photograph fine setting (aside from RAW) till the storage card is full (with a fairly correct performance Compact Flash card).
40 phase honeycomb pattern metering
The Konica Minolta 7D and 5D both featured 14 segment honeycomb sample metering sensors, the A100 advances this with its 40 segment sensor.
2.5" 230,000 pixel 'Clear Photo LCD Plus' display
The big excessive decision LCD reveal seems to offer a superb image and has suitable viewing angles (better from above, left and right than from beneath).
The A100 takes a brand new NP-FM55H battery which while no longer wearing the InfoLithium name is outwardly well suited with every other Sony DSC which used the NP-FM50, however the A100 would not have the InfoLithium readout. You can not use popular NP-FM50 batteries inside the A100.
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