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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

Sony is expanding its (Alpha) digital SLR system with the introduction of the
DSLR-A700 camera, which is aimed at photo enthusiasts or serious photo hobbyists.
The new model features advanced imaging technologies and ultra-responsive operation,
as well as a lightweight, dust- and moisture-resistant, magnesium alloy construction
common to enthusiast-class D-SLR cameras.


Like Sony's mainstream DSLR-A100 model, the new A700 unit incorporates
Super SteadyShot Inside image stabilization in the camera body and is compatible
with most Minolta Maxxum mount lenses in addition to Sony lenses. The camera's
new 12.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor conducts analog-to-digital (A/D) signal
conversion and dual noise reduction right on the sensor itself. Noise reduction
is applied to analog signals before A/D conversion and the resulting digital
signals are then subject to a second round of noise reduction.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2008 0 comments

Sony is introducing a line of colorful W-series Cyber-shot digital cameras
with new imaging technologies for easier photo capture.



The 10.1-megapixel DSC-W170 and 8.1-megapixel DSC-W150 models feature Carl Zeiss
5x optical zoom lenses with wide angles of view, 28 mm -- 140 mm and 30
mm -- 150 mm, respectively, and 2.7-inch LCD screens along with eye-level
viewfinders. Rounding out the series are the 8.1-megapixel DSC-W130 models and
7.2-megapixel DSC-W120 units with 4x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD screens.



Newly-available on the W-series cameras is Sony's "smile shutter"
mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles --
without having to press the shutter. This function even lets you prioritize
adult or child faces to capture photos only when the intended subjects smile.



Each of the new W series models includes Sony's improved face detection
technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between
the faces of children and adults. You can select "child priority"
or "adult priority" and the camera will detect up to eight faces
in the camera frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash control.




The W170 and W150 cameras feature new intelligent scene recognition (iSCN) technology,
which allows the camera to automatically select the optimal scene mode for a
variety shooting situations. In advanced iSCN mode, the camera will take a photo
based on the user's settings. If the camera determines that another setting
would yield better exposure, it will automatically take a second photo with
that setting. The user ultimately has two images to choose from.



The series features a number of powerful features, including: Sony's D-Range
Optimizer to retrieve picture detail in photos with harsh highlights or dark
shadows; semi-manual focus that allows you to select the focusing distance based
on your subject's location; an improved auto focus system that includes
macro ranges; Super SteadyShot image stabilization; high sensitivity settings
up to ISO 3200; and in-camera editing functions such as "unsharp mask"
to sharpen images.



The W170 and W150 units are equipped with advanced image management functionality.
Filtering options allow you to search for photos by date and smile. Images can
be viewed by date or in a helpful calendar view, and organized in the cameras'
"favorites" folder for quick retrieval of beloved images.



The slideshow function of W170 and W150 has also been upgraded. Photos can be
selected using the same advanced filtering options available in playback mode
and transitions have been improved through the application of face detection
technology. Now your subjects can take center stage as the slideshow moves through
sophisticated pans, fades and wipes. Improvements to the background music function
include a choice of more tracks, longer tracks, and multiple tracks for longer
slideshows.


To view your images in 1080 high-definition resolution, you can connect each
of the cameras to a compatible HDTV sets via HD component cable or Sony's
HD Cyber-shot Station® cradle (both sold separately).



In pink, blue, black and silver, the DSC-W120 camera will be available for about
$200 in March. The DSC-W130 model will be offered in pink, black and silver
for about $230 that same month. The DSC-W150 model will hit retail in sophisticated
champagne, red, black and silver for about $250 in April. The DSC-W170 model
will also be available then in those same colors for about $300.



The new models can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style®
retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail),
at military base exchanges, and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders
begin on Jan. 31 at www.sonystyle.com.



Editor's Note: The viewable area of LCD displays is measured
diagonally. For additional information about Sony products, your readers can
call toll-free (888) 222-SONY, or visit Sony's web site at www.sonystyle.com.
Press releases and digital images are available for the news media at Sony Electronics'
news and information web site at www.sony.com/news.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

The first 10-megapixel entry-level digital SLR to reach the market, the Sony Alpha A100 raises the resolution bar in the sub-$900 category. While that makes the camera particularly newsworthy, it's interesting in several other respects. This model is a hybrid, combining the best of the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D with entirely new Sony technology and features. As discussed in...

George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2009 1 comments

Sony is not shy about who this new D-SLR is designed for—those seeking to step up from point-and-shoot digicams into the land of interchangeable lenses and easy application of creative controls.

George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2010 1 comments

The Sony Alpha A550 (with kit 18-55mm lens, $1049 list; body only, $949 list) takes us another step forward with in camera processing of HDR and DRO functions. While these items, to me, are the headliners for this camera, other camera amenities add to its allure. These include an articulating monitor, two Live View modes, very good high ISO results, a fast 5 fps (frames per second) shooting rate...

George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2010 1 comments

Much has been made of the difference in image quality between so-called full-frame and APS-C-sized sensors.

Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

Boasting incredibly high resolution for a 35mm-size D-SLR, the A900 features a full-frame sensor and some unique technology. Sony developed an Exmor 24x36mm CMOS chip for this camera; it’s packed with 24.6 million effective pixels but they’re quite large (5.9 microns vs. 5.5 microns with the A700) thanks to the oversized sensor and improved design. As a bonus, analog-to-digital...

George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2010 1 comments

At the recent TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) meeting we had an ongoing debate about how to classify cameras like the new Sony Alpha NEX-3.

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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 18, 2015 0 comments
The New York Times ran an interesting piece recently about the growing popularity among picture-takers of “selfie sticks” and the problems they are causing at public venues. For the uninitiated, a “selfie stick” is essentially a lightweight, extendable monopod with a mount for either a smartphone or compact camera that photographers use to pursue their narcissistic habits.
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Press Release Posted: Aug 31, 2012 1 comments
There will be numerous special photo and imaging exhibits at photokina this year. The show runs from Sept. 18-22nd in Cologne Germany. Exhibits include:

Shoot Movie and Mobile Imaging
Shooting movies with DSLR cameras and picture taking with mobile handheld devices are major trends which influence the way professionals and amateurs are taking pictures. Photokina will feature those trends in special exhibit area on the photokina show floor.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 15, 2005 0 comments

Eight megapixel digital SLR with substantial upgrades over the highly rated
EOS 10D

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Press Release Posted: Jan 14, 2014 0 comments
A native New Yorker, Len Speier has been photographing in the Big Apple and around the world since the Sixties. Although concentrating on street photography, his wandering eye encompasses many venues and subjects. He describes his work as a search for compassion and truth. His work is collected in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; International Center of Photography; Museum of the City of New York and the Photo Archive of the NYPublic Library. Speier taught photography and photographers' legal rights (he also is an attorney of long standing), is retired Assoc. Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and lectures on legal rights and street photography, many of which are available on YouTube.
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Press Release Posted: Apr 02, 2013 1 comments
Spider Holster, announced the launch of its newest item, the Spider Monkey Holster for photographic accessories. Spider Monkey is a compact yet durable holster clip that easily attaches to any belt or camera bag loop allowing photographers to hang their most-used equipment for quick-draw accessibility. Combined with a series of purpose-built Spider Monkey attachments, the new line offers photographers a new level of workflow flexibility.
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Press Release Posted: Jul 16, 2010 0 comments

Spider Holster announced several newly-created cross-platform adaptors. These adaptors enable more photographers to eliminate the back, shoulder and neck strain often experienced with traditional camera straps and shoulder bags, while seamlessly integrating the versatile Spider Holster into their existing gear collections. The first of these new offerings includes a collection of kits which enable photographers to quickly connect the SpiderPro holster to popular professional-grade belt systems, including Think Tank Photo’s Pro Speed BeltsTM and Steroid Speed BeltTM. Current SpiderPro owners also have access to a new simple modification that facilitates use with Lowepro’s Street and Field Series. Plus, owners of Arca-Swiss-style ballheads and tripods can now purchase a new double-dovetail quick-release plate for a faster transition.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 21, 2011 0 comments
Spider Holster announced its modular SpiderPro Pad, which allows photographers a comfortable and convenient method to carry two pro-level DSLR cameras without straps or bags. The design places a Spider Holster and pad on each hip, eliminating the back, shoulder and neck strain of carrying cameras on a tangle of neck straps. The new modular components are designed for cross-platform compatibility, and to fit SpiderPro Belts as well as third-party photography belts and backpack systems for trekking.

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