Sony Adds Fuel to Compact, Changeable-Lens Camera Trend

Posted: February 26, 2010 in Gadgets, Photography
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Quality cameras are about to get a whole lot smaller. Sony has revealed its plans for 2010, and alongside updates to the DSLR line comes a new interchangeable-lens compact to compete against the Micro Four Thirds format. Sony is using a larger APS-C sensor, the size seen in most DSLRs.

The camera, which will come out under the Alpha brand used for its DSLRs, sits between the Olympus Pen and Panasonic GF1 — with their small bodies — and the Samsung NX10 with its larger sensor.

The mockup has typical Sony style: a flat slab with a rather chunky, comfortable-looking handgrip and a lens-hole. The only actual spec Sony has given is for the sensor, a newly developed Exmor APS HD CMOS that will also shoot video (AVCHD-format). It’ll come with a small, flat “pancake” prime lens, presumably giving a 40-50mm equivalent focal length. [read]

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