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Sony Alpha concept

Dennis Hissink
PMA 2010 Report
Monday 22nd, February 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

PMA Show 2010 - Sony is exhibiting an array of innovative digital imaging products at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) 2010 International Convention, including a concept model of the new compact α (Alpha) DSLR camera system that employs an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which provides full AVCHD video capability. New Sony Alpha concept products being shown include an ultra compact model with interchangeable lenses, additions to the Alpha family (including a successor to the A700), along with new TX5 and H55 Cyber-shot cameras, new printers and other accessories.

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Sony Alpha SLR camera line-up
In addition to the current Sony DSLR-A230, A330, A380, A500, A550, A850 and A900 digital SLR cameras, the following concept camera bodies and interchangeable lenses will be exhibited. Current interchange lenses, including Carl Zeiss and G lens products will also be on display.
• Concept model of an ultra-compact interchangeable lens digital camera system that packs the quality of a DSLR camera in an extraordinarily small body, along with interchangeable lenses.
• Mid-range concept camera for advanced users (a successor to the Sony Alpha 700) as well as concept mainstream models
• Prototype of a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G)
• Prototype of a Distagon T 24mm F2 ZA SSM, new Carl Zeiss wide angle lens for superior shots of landscapes and sweeping vistas

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Sony CyberShot TX5 digital camera
In addition to its Alpha line of DSLR cameras, Sony will also showcase its new Cyber-shot digital still cameras. These models include the recently announced CyberShot DSC-TX5 certified waterproof camera and H55 high-zoom, compact camera. The DIMA award-winning Sony TX5, which can be used in depths up to 10 feet for up to one hour, is the world’s thinnest and smallest waterproof digital still camera with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and touch-screen operation. Additionally, the 10.2 megapixel model is Sony’s first digital still camera with an “Exmor R” CMOS sensor that is also certified to be freeze-proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof (up to about a 5-foot drop) and dust proof. The Sony CyberShot TX5 also offers outstanding low-light performance, high speed, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, 720p high definition video recording and in-camera Backlight Correction High Dynamic Range features.

Sony CyberShot H55 digital camera
The 14.1 MP Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 camera’s 10x optical zoom Sony G lens with 25mm (equivalent) wide angle is designed for shots from greater distances and of wider landscapes. Featuring 720p HD movie recording, the Sony H55 model also offers Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to help reduce blur in photos without compromising image quality. The Sony CyberShot H55 also adds Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode, which lets you shoot smoother movie footage even if you are walking while shooting.

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Sony PictureStation kiosk and dye-sub printer
One retail photofinishing system and one professional printer along with four new digital imaging accessories will also be on display. The new Sony PictureStation retail instant photo kiosk solution is simple to maintain while offering small to large-scale stores a cost-effective way to drive additional revenue. Event photographers will also want to take a look at the DIMA award-winning Sony UP-DR80. Sony’s dye-sub printer is fully portable; with world-class speed and versatility professional event photographers need on the go.

Sony accessories
Digital Imaging accessories include sports and marine packs, a floating strap (model STP-FSA) for the Sony TX5 camera, a photo printer/frame, Party-shot automatic photographer, DVDirect recorder, as well as a full line of fashionable and functional cases and camera bags for Cyber-shot cameras and Handycam camcorders.

Sony Handycam camcorders
As the leader in the high-definition camcorder category, Sony offers superior technology in its HD models, even at entry level. Now all 2010 Sony HD Handycam models will feature the “Exmor R” CMOS sensor with a new algorithm to realize 2x faster "Quick AF,” Face Priority to prioritize a specified face for focus, color, exposure and Smile Shutter technology, and Highlight Playback for quick video slideshow generation. The new Sony HD Handycam camcorder line-up will also offer iAuto, 60p output, and a new user interface, in addition to capturing content in full1920 x 1080 high-definition video recording at up to 24Mbps, the highest bit-rate offered by the AVCHD format.

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Sony HDR-XR550V camcorder
The new Sony Handycam portfolio includes the top-of-the-line HDR-XR550V unit featuring a 240GB hard disk drive that holds up to 101 hours of HD video (LP mode) and a Wide Angle G-lens that captures approximately 2x larger shooting area than previous models. Sony improves Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode by expanding the 3-Way Shake Canceling feature across the full zoom range - from wide to telephoto end, and adds a new feature called Golf Shot to the high end camcorders. This function renders two seconds of motion (golf swing) into a sequence of up to 22 still images. In addition, the Sony HDR-XR550V camcorder can take 12-megapixel still photos and has advanced features including an assignable dial for manual control (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/WB//Focus/AE shift).

Sony HDR-CX150 Flash Memory camcorder
Also on display is the new Sony HDR-CX150 Flash Memory Handycam camcorder offered in black and red. For around $550, the new Sony Handycam model can capture 3.1-megapixel still photos and includes 16GB of embedded memory, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 25X optical zoom lens, and SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode - all in a compact design. In addition to the hard disk drive or built-in flash memory, all of Sony’s new camcorders can record video and still images directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media, Secure Digital (SD), or SDHC media card (all sold separately).

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