Sony α33, α55, α560 and α580 specs

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This is a continuation of the previously rumored specs for the four upcoming Sony Alpha models. The A33 and A55 models are rumored to be a pellicle camera (see also Pellix cameras). The A560 and A580 will be "regular" DSLRs.

Sony α33:

  • 14MP sensor
  • ISO range of 100-12800
  • 1080i video
  • 15 AF points, some of them cross-point
  • 7 fps
  • dual memory slots (not sure what type)

Sony α55:

  • 16MP sensor
  • ISO range of 100-12800
  • 1080i video
  • 15 AF points, some of them cross-point
  • 10 fps
  • dual memory slots (not sure what type)
  • built-in GPS

Sony α560:

  • 14MP sensor
  • ISO range of 100-12800
  • 1080i video
  • 15 AF points, some of them cross-point
  • 7 fps
  • dual memory slots (not sure what type)
  • swivel display

Sony α580:

  • 16MP sensor
  • ISO range of 100-12800
  • 1080i video
  • 15 AF points, some of them cross-point
  • 10 fps
  • dual memory slots (not sure what type)
  • built-in GPS
  • swivel display

As previously reported, those cameras are expected to be releases on August 24th, 2010.

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  • Mike

    Is the ISO supposed to be 100 – 12,800? 1280 would be a monumental step backward

    • http://www.objektivek.com errorka

      Typo for sure :)

      • http://photorumors.com PR admin

        typo of course, sorry

        • Anonymous

          it cant be ISO 1280 as that would be very low, 12800 is actually reasonable. even A100 has ISO3200

  • Reader

    “Pellix” was Canon’s name for some of their 35mm SLR camera. I once owned a Canon Pellix-QL with FL-P 38mm lens, which could be used on a Pellix or Pellix-QL only. You should write that the rumored Sony cameras have a pellicle mirror.

    • Sky

      Pellix camera is a common name for cameras using the pellicle mirror – not only Canon Pellix as Photo Rumors Admin linked the name to (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellicle_mirror would be more appropriate as a link to pellix cameras).
      Both Canon and Nikon made the pellicle mirror cameras, though Cannon Pellix was the precursor of the trend which ended in ~1995.

      • http://photorumors.com PR admin

        I added this link as well – I think a better name is a “translucent camera”

        • Tabitha Green

          Translucent camera is *not* a good way to describe them — the *camera* is not translucent (I would hope not), but the mirror is. Translucent Camera just sounds misleading and confusing. :P

          • Anonymous

            >just sounds misleading and confusing.

            What, in camera marketing, is not misleading and confusing?

            Take “Image Stabilization” can mean umpteen different technologies, be it “digital” or “optical” and their subsets.

            “Translucent camera” makes as much sense (and greater understanding from a consumer’s point of view) as “pellicle.”

            Raise you hand if you didn’t have to check out the wikipedia for pellicle/pellix.

  • Sky

    Nice news! Looks like we’ll have entirely new sensors (old one from A550 wasn’t capable of developing pictures with ISO100), first Sony DSLRs with GPS, first Sony DSLRs with Video, and first DSLRs ever with functional AF during video recording!
    I already want the α55 hahaha :D

    It’s bit odd they made α580/560 a straight duplicates of the translucent cameras, though perhaps for some people it’s a great news – from what I read not everyone are so enthusiastic about this solution (mostly due to lack of understanding the concept, and not reading the Sony patent, but that’s another matter).

    I wonder how the new AF system will work – and how many cross AF points there will be. Sony worked nicely with only center cross AF point, it’s something one can easily get used to, but sometimes I’d like to have side AF points too :)

    I also wonder if GPS will have compass like the HX5V do. Yea yea, it’s a toy-feature, but still sometimes it’s very good to have it, when you want after long trip to figure out which building did you photograph. ;)

  • http://www.stockfuel.com Stock HD Footage

    What are they thinking sticking with 1080i?

    • Anonymous

      isnt most of the DSLR’s and EVIL’s stuck at only 1080i?

  • Din

    Those sensors capture in progressive 1080p30 but save the file in interlaced, 1080i60.
    Not big problem

    • Din

      Just open the file in the software editor like progressive and that’s it.
      Those sony cameras save in interlaced because the main HD player is the Bluray and this plays in 1080i60, also for the HDTV is easier and with less artifact make interlaced to progressive than the other way.

  • Anonymous

    Transulucent

  • http://ArtTwisted.com Eric Pepin

    the dual slots will be sony duo and sd. I cant see sony going sony duo and CF for these cameras and i know they wont go CF and SD (although they should).

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