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Sony has introduced another sub-$1000 DSLR, the A450. The Sony Alpha 450 slots in below the A500, offering the same 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor as the more expensive A550 but losing the company's clever fast-AF live view system. It also loses the tilt and flip LCD screen, instead receiveing the same rather small 6.7cm (2.6") display as the A230. This stripped-down, lower-cost model plays the same role as the A230 does to the A3XX range, but with the improved ergonomics and larger battery of the A5XX series. The reduced feature set helps boost the battery life to over 1000 shots, using standard test methods. However, in adding a sixth sub-$1000 DSLR, Sony has made its range that bit more confusing.
Sony’s new DSLR is a versatile all-round choice for step‑up photographers
The newest addition to the α family of DSLR cameras teams flawless imaging with generous creative options.
Powerful yet brilliantly easy to use, the DSLR-A450 is a perfect all-rounder when you’re ready to take your passion for great pictures to a more advanced level. Ideal for active shooters moving up to their next DSLR, it’s at home in any shooting situation, from relaxed portraits to fast-moving sports action.
Inside the α450 is a high-resolution 14.2 (approx.) effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor. It’s teamed with the powerful BIONZ processor to deliver highly detailed, ultra-low noise images. Sensitivity extends right up to ISO 12800, allowing you to capture beautifully natural handheld images in low light without flash.
With a generous 95% field of view, the bright optical viewfinder makes framing and composition a pleasure. As an extra refinement, Manual Focus Check Live View previews clear, bright full-resolution images on the 6.7cm (2.7”) Clear Photo LCD screen. With selectable 7x/14x on-screen image enlargement it’s ideal for confirming pin-sharp focus with portraits, still life, macro and architectural scenes.
The powerful BIONZ image processor enables high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps (maximum – approx. figure). In Speed Priority mode (with AF and AE set at start of burst) this increases to an amazing 7 fps (maximum – actual speed depends on shooting conditions and media card). It’s more than enough to catch sports and fast-moving action with ease.
Creative options are enhanced with Auto HDR mode that accommodates bright highlights and dark shadow details in a single frame. Two successive frames shot handheld at different exposure values are merged automatically by the camera. The result is a detail-packed High Dynamic Range image – with no need for a PC image editor and specialists skills. In addition to fully automatic operation, the exposure difference between frames can be manually set up to 3EV, in 0.5EV increments.
Featured right across the DSLR line-up by Sony, SteadyShot INSIDE™ offers up to 4 steps of anti-shake correction with the full range of 30 α lenses and two teleconvertors, as well as compatible A-mount optics by Konica-Minolta.
The α450 also offers the most impressive shooting stamina of any DSLR camera by Sony to date. The high-capacity battery allows up to 1,050 shots between charges* - plenty for a busy weekend’s sightseeing.
Slots for Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC memory cards (sold separately) are offered to suit users’ personal shooting preferences.
Connect the α450 to any HD Ready TV for a breathtaking big-screen view of your photos. PhotoTV HD optimises still image reproduction on compatible BRAVIA™ models, while BRAVIA™ Sync allows control of slideshow and other camera playback functions using your TV remote.
Supplied software includes Image Data Converter SR; Image Data Lightbox SR; and PMB (Picture Motion Browser) for easy image management. The α450 is also compatible with the wide range of high-quality DSLR accessories by Sony, including flashes, carry cases, batteries and chargers, GPS and more.
The DSLR-A450 digital SLR camera by Sony is available from the beginning of February 2010.
* when using optical viewfinder (CIPA measurement)
Suggested selling price
|Body material||Plastic exterior|
|Sensor|| 23.4 x 15.6 mm APS-C Type CMOS Exmor Sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
14.6 million total pixels
14.2 million effective pixels
|Image sizes *||
|File qualities / formats|| RAW (.ARW)
RAW + JPEG Fine
RAW + JPEG Standard
• JPEG Fine
|Dust reduction|| Charge protection coating on low-pass filter
Sensor-shift dust reduction mechanism
|Lenses|| Sony Alpha lenses
(also compatible with Minolta and Konica -Minolta AF lenses)
|SteadyShot INSIDE|| CCD-Shift 'SteadyShot Inside' system
Claimed equivalent to 2.5 – 3.5 steps in shutter speed
|Auto Focus|| TTL CCD line sensors (9-points,with center cross sensor)
EV 0 to 18 (ISO 100) detection range
Predictive focus, Focus Lock
|AF area selection||
Wide AF area
|Focus modes|| Single-shot AF
|• Yes (using built in flash)
• Range approx 1m - 5m
|Eye-start AF||Yes, selectable from menu|
Programmed AE (Auto, Flash off, P)
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Auto (ISO 200-1600)
|Metering modes|| Multi-segment (40 segment Honeycomb pattern)
|Metering range|| TTL metering
40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
EV 2 to 20 (Multi-segment / Center-weighted)
EV 4 to 20 (Spot metering)
(at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
|AE Lock|| AEL button (customizable, hold or single-press)
Half-press shutter release
|AE Bracketing|| Single or continuous bracketing
0.3 or 0.7 EV steps
|Exposure compen.|| -2.0 to +2.0 EV
0.3 EV steps
|Shutter||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter|
|Shutter Speed|| 30 to 1/4000 sec
|Flash X-sync|| 1/160 sec|
|Aperture values||Depends on lens, 0.3 EV steps|
|White balance fine tuning||
|White balance bracketing|| 3 images from 1 exposure
Hi / Lo level selectable
|Dynamic range optimizer||
|Color space|| sRGB
|Color modes|| Standard
|Image parameters|| Contrast (-3 to +3)
Sharpness (-3 to +3))
Saturation (-3 to +3)
|Noise reduction|| Long exposure for exposures longer than 1 second
• High ISO NR at ISO 1600 or higher
User controllable: On / Off
Eye-level fixed optical glass pentamirror
|Live view (MF Check Live View)|| Live View with CMOS sensor Exmor
Metering varies according to shooting mode
100% frame coverage
Display: Real-time image adjustment display (White balance, Sunset/ B&W of Creative Style, Exposure Compensation)
Zoom (x7.0/x14.0), Grid line display
|LCD monitor *|| 6.7cm (2.7") TFT Clear Photo LCD
Auto Brightness Control (auto setting in 2 steps)
Manual settting in 5 steps
|Flash|| Built-in pop-up flash (manual release)
Metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m)
Angle of coverage 18 mm
Flash sync 1/160 sec
|Flash Bracketing||3 exposures in 0.3 and 0.7 EV steps|
|Flash compensation||-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|External flash (optional)|| Sony HVL-F58AM
|Drive modes|| Single-frame
Self-timer (10 or 2 sec)
|• Approx 5 fps max
• Speed- Priority: 7 fps max
RAW: Up to 14 frames
RAW+JPEG: Up to 7 frames
• JPEG (Fine): 32 frames
• JPEG (Standard): 116 frames
|Orientation sensor||Yes, for shooting, playback and control panel display|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage, Multi-LUN or PTP)
|Remote control||• Wired: with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM|
|Video out||• AV (Selectable NTSC or PAL)
• 'PhotoTV' HD settings applied with BRAVIA.
|Storage|| SD/ SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo / Pro HG Duo
Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32
|Power|| NP-FM500H Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (1650 mAh)
Battery charger included
Optional AC adapter
• Batter life Approx 1050 shots (CIPA standard)
|Vertical grip||• Yes (model tbc)|
|Dimensions||137 x 104 x 81mm (5.5 x 4.2 x 3.2 in)|
|Weight (body)||520 g (1.1lb)|