Sony Alpha SLT-A33


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Landscape: 5.06MB, Program, 1/250, f10, 100 ISO, 18-55mm at 18mm (27mm equiv)

Landscape: 8.15MB, Program, 1/160, f10, 200 ISO, 18-55mm at 18mm (27mm equiv)

Landscape: 6.28MB, Program, 1/250, f13, 200 ISO, 18-55mm at 55mm (83mm equiv)

Portrait: 4.43MB, Program + flash, 1/160, f18, ISO 200, 18-55mm at 55mm (83mm equiv)

Macro: 5.03MB, Program, 1/100, f5.6, 400 ISO, 18-55mm at 55mm (83mm equiv)

Indoor: 5.93MB, Program, 1/60, f5, 400 ISO, 18-55mm at 18mm (27mm equiv)

Indoor: 4.46MB, Ap Priority, 1/15, f5, 800 ISO, 18-55mm at 18mm (27mm equiv)

Indoor: 4.34MB, Ap Priority, 1/20, f8, 1600 ISO, 18-55mm at 22mm (33mm equiv)

Landscape: 8.31MB, Sweep Panorama, 1/200, f10, 100 ISO, 18-55mm at 18mm (27mm equiv)

Another unique feature of many Sony cameras are their Sweep Panorama modes which can grab a series of images as you turn the camera and automatically stitch them into a wide panoramic image. Here’s an example, showing a 180 degree sweep atop the Skyline Gondola balcony where we take our real-life resolution test photos.

It’s a doddle to create these images, with the camera guiding you through the sweep, and automatically making up for any wobbles as it stitches them together. It’s a fun and useful facility, that’s capable of impressive results with ease. The Alpha SLT-A33 can also generate 3D Panoramas – see Features page for more details.

Action: Continuous High, Shutter Priority, 1/800, f9, 400 ISO, 18-55mm at 55mm (83mm equiv)

The sequence below was shot at Continuous High which shoots at 6fps, so the ten frames represent approximately 1.6 seconds of action. We used Shutter Priority at 1/800, AF-C and the 18-55mm kit lens at 55mm.


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The following images were taken with a Sony Alpha SLT-A33 equipped with the Sony 18-55mm SAM kit lens. The Alpha A33 was set to its best quality L:14M RAW plus JPEG mode. White Balance and DRO were set to their default Auto modes for these images. Noise reduction was also left at the defaults. SteadyShot Stabilisation was enabled for all these handheld images.

The images below are examples of the A33’s in-camera JPEGs, but we also have a RAW versus JPEG comparison in our results pages. We also have a dedicated results page show-casing the Handheld Twlight mode.

The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image. The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS4 as JPEGs with the Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS4 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image. Some of the images below can be downloaded for further analysis; please respect our copyright and only use those images for personal use.

Note: you may wish to open a number of galleries for direct comparison of detail and noise: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 sample images, Sony NEX 3 / 5 sample images, Canon EOS 550D / T2i sample images, Nikon D5000 sample images.

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