New Arrivals from Nikon and Sony

August 25, 2010

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Sony has just announced a quartet of interesting cameras. Firstly, there is the updated for the A500 and A550 arriving in the form of the A560 (14.2MP) and A580 (16.2MP). Then there are the new, and much more interesting duo – the SLT A33 (14.2MP) and A55 (16.2MP).

What exactly are these SLT’s? SLT stands for Single Lens Translucent which means the camera features a translucent miror allowing for full time Live View with SLR-like Phase Dectection Auto Focus. The mirrors in these cameras are fixed in position (hence there is no Reflex) and let the majority of light through to the sensor. These promise to offer SLR quality and AF speed with full time Live View, and also AF whilst shooting full HD video.

Sony A55

Sony's SLT A55 -

Nikon recently announced the D3100, which was not expected in my July DSLR Map, along with a quartet of new lenses:

  • AF-S 85mm f/1.4G N
  • AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

This is probably pretty old news, but if you are interested in how this and the arrival of a Sony 16.2MP CMOS may affect Nikon developments, and the arrival of the anticipated Nikon D90s/D95/D8000 and D700s/D700X as well as the soon to come D400, have a look at my updated map and explanation.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100 -



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