Finally, the Tilt LCD of A33 makes a comeback in the entry level model, the LCD Size & Resolution reduces though. Have been using the A57 for quite a while now and the low light High ISO JPEGs are mind boggling! They seem to outperform almost everything from Canon & Nikon, barring the Full Frames.
The icing on the cake is the SAM 18-135 bundle (across the range), making for a versatile kit at at amazing price. The (exceptional) EXMOR sensor finally gets a better lens to show its true colours (pun intended), as the 18-55 quality wasn't upto the sensor's potential.
Haven't been this surprised since i saw the Olympus OMD-E5 samples. The features set seems exactly the same as the (amazing) A57, which is a good thing. This one looks like a segment beater to me.
Hmmm. It seems Sony has got it right this time, both with the price & features.
pixel_colorado: A37 please...and don't forget about the rotating LCD this time. Oh yeah...please keep it small!
I think they will want to keep it smaller, considering the fact that every other model, starting for the A57 are much bigger in size. The idea would be to keep one small (unintimidating) model for beginers & enthusiasts who prefer the smaller size for convenience. I second the articulate LCD point, which should have been retained in the A35 as well!
VipinJoshi: I still think Sony has a long way to go, but most of the effort needs to be in educating the masses. People need to know that DSLRs were primarily evolutions of film SLRs, with the film giving way to Digital sensors.
The mirror mechanism has remained the same over the years, even though the DSLRs have become multitasking devices, what with live view, video recording et al. The mirror is almost a deterrent in the performance of the camera nowadays, as it has to physically move everytime live view is engaged or a photo is clicked. The OVFs will be replaced with EVFs in the near future for sure, though it will take some more time for people accept the change.
I think it is more the people's perception, of Sony not being a camera company (and Nikon & Canon being synonymous with SLRs) which is the reason for not preferring the Sony SLTs. Also, with the new range of models A35/A57/A65/A77 there are far more choices, which will only get better with the full frame SLTs in the near future.
@Francis Carver: An excerpt from dpreview continuing the farrago hogwash (or hogwosh as you spell) for your entertainment!
"Sony is certainly confident about the finder in the A77, for good reason; it is close enough to the quality of a high-end optical viewfinder that the advantages (the ability to preview exposure and white balance, or to gain-up for working in low light), outweigh the areas in which it isn't as good."
"After extended use, we're confident in saying that it is the best EVF we've ever used."
"The other great advantage of EVFs is that they aren't constrained by the size of the camera's sensor - even the best APS-C sensor cameras have small viewfinders when compared with inexpensive film SLRs. Trying to magnify the APS-C-sized reflection from the reflex mirror results in a darker viewfinder. With an electronic viewfinder, there is no such connection, so the size and brightness of the finder is dependant only on the current state of the technology."
VipinJoshi: The best part is the inbuilt 4 stop Stabilizer, allowing me to shoot in low light with my prime/macro lens, without a tripod. Incidentally, there aren't/hardly any stabilized prime/macro lenses in Canikons! More pros than cons i'd say, especially if you are an enthusiast and not a professional (which is a given if one's considering these models).
Infact, contrary to popular beliefs, the lens availability isn't a problem and cost is surprisingly affordable. Anyone thinking of investing in the Sony body would definitely have an edge in terms of lens & accessories. The flashes are far more reasonable (less than half the cost of Canikons), don't need triggers & receivers (built in flash acts as a transmitter). The G.No.43 HVL-F43 flash costs just $330!
@Francis Carver: Tri(Three)pod is a self explanatory nomenclature suggesting three legs, and i happen to use it generously on planned shoots.
Camera for me is primarily to capture the spur of the moment shots, which are better clicked on a Sony as against Canon/Nikon. I agree the Images would be better on a Tripod, but then with a tripod all cameras would be alike. It is an extra advantage on a Sony SLT!
You might not be, but i am a candid clicker myself, shooting family & friends alike and carrying a Tripod everywhere (atleast for me) isn't possible. At social gatherings, a tripod wouldn't give you the benefit of getting natural microexpressions & smiles. If you ever get a chance to compare Canon/Nikon & Sony with a fast prime lens, in less than perfect light, with a slower shutter, without a Tripod, you'll see what i mean. A Macro shot is near impossible to shoot with a Tripod as the height, proximity etc. keep changing. BTW, what kit do you use?
I still think Sony has a long way to go, but most of the effort needs to be in educating the masses. People need to know that DSLRs were primarily evolutions of film SLRs, with the film giving way to Digital sensors.
The best part is the inbuilt 4 stop Stabilizer, allowing me to shoot in low light with my prime/macro lens, without a tripod. Incidentally, there aren't/hardly any stabilized prime/macro lenses in Canikons! More pros than cons i'd say, especially if you are an enthusiast and not a professional (which is a given if one's considering these models).
The Sony SLTs need to be seen to believe. IMHO this camera should be compared to its nearest competitors like the Nikon D5100 & Canon 550D (T2i) and not the higher end ones. I am currently using the A55 & the AF speeds during Live View is beyond belief. It hardly takes any time to focus, whereas the Canikons (Canon & Nikons) hardly focus! This is even more evident while shooting in less-than-perfect light situations, where the Canikons don't work at all! During my trip to South Africa, i was able to use the Live View to capture 7 shots of a wildebeest in less than a second, including the focusing time! This comes in handy even more so during video recordings with my 50mm f/1.8 lens, where acheiving the 'rack focus' effect (subject focus/defocus) is child's play.The A57 looks amazing and the bigger size means a better grip as well as a better battery. The EVF pixels have been increased as well. I'm definitely considering an upgrade to the A57 (or maybe the A65 or A77).