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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:38 pm 
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Hi everyone, no doubt you've already heard, but today Sony confirmed the A300 and A350 DSLRs - you can find all the details and photos at

Sony USA's press site.

We will be publishing a news analysis later today.

So what does everyone think of the new models?

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Now Nikon is under pressure to show up with the 14MPix D90 :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:39 pm 
Yep, and a new Live View design and low price tag if they wont to compete :wink: Don't think you can compare the D90 with a more entry level camera, but perhaps we will see an A500 in that class in the near future?

Just saw a preview of the A300/A350 and Live View actually works like it should without slow focus or a mirror flipping to focus. I think Sony is ready to take out Canon/Nikon at the entry level market with these new additions to the alpha system. Can't wait to see how it performs in real life.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:29 pm 
This is a true LV, this use the AF of reflex system, quick and precise...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:27 am 
Here about the Sony LV...

http://photoclubalpha.com/2008/01/31/ho ... omment-719


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So essentially you can have the a200 kit for $700(all prices in usd) or for $100 more you can have the a300 which has live view, a swivel screen, and a slightly different grip[fair enough]. Or for another $100 ($900) you can have the a350, which has all of the extras of the a300, plus a 14MP sensor. But for the same price if the a350 kit you can have the a200"w" kit with the 18-70mm and the 75-300mm lenses. Personally i would rather have the a200 twin lens kit, but if LV is important to you then $100 bucks more wont kill you.

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Hi Dryan, you got it - although I'd say the extra 100 bucks is worth the jump from the A200 to the A300 - we'll have a feature comparison piece later...

I'm actually pretty impressed by the new Sony models, and think they stack up well against the competition - remember the A350 kit at $899 is the same price as the Canon 450D / XSi kit... shame about the slowish 2.5fps continuous shooting on the A350 though...

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Hi everyone, as promised, here's our news analysis of the Sony A300 and A350, complete with feature comparisons against the competition!

Sony Alpha A300 / A350 feature comparison

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:56 pm 
A interesting date is that Canon sensor in the 450D is a APS-H this is small than A350 APS-C and the relative magnification is like in both model.
The sensor to LV of the A300/A350 offer a magnification of 0.9X.

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alexramos wrote:
A interesting date is that Canon sensor in the 450D is a APS-H...

Sorry to correct you but the sensor in the new 450D/XSi is an APS-C size, the same size as the 400D/XTi. The APS-H sensor is currently used in the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and has a FOVCF of 1.3x compared to the 1.6x of the 450D. The Canon and Sony APS-C sensors are almost (but not exactly) the same size.

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Bob's right, but having read that article Alex linked to earlier, I think he may be talking about the relative magnifications of the viewfinders and that the 1.6x crop of the Canons needs to be taken into account against the 1.5 crops of the Sony and others when comparing viewfinder magnification. Or maybe I've misread...

Either way, APS-H is bigger than APS-C and as Bob says, it's used in Canon's pro sports DSLR line...


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