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Sony Alpha SLTA33L DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology and 3D Sweep Panorama (Black)

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With 18-55mm lens
  • Translucent Mirror Technology accelerates AF performance
  • Continuous 7 fps shooting with continuous Phase Detect AF
  • Worlds1st consumer HD video camera w/ cont. Phase Detect AF
  • 14.2 megapixels with Sony’s Exmor HD APS sensor
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Style: With 18-55mm lens
  • interchangeable-lens
  • zoom

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Product Details

Style: With 18-55mm lens
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 7.9 x 8.2 inches ; 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0043B3DH4
  • Item model number: SLTA33L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,006 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 16, 2010

Product Description

Style: With 18-55mm lens

Capture your perfect moments with the world’s first Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR enabling simultaneous focusing and capture. Continuous shooting is 7 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. Auto focus is also visibly faster in Live View and HD Movie modes. What's in the Box : SAL - 1855 SAM lens, lens cap (Battery Charger (BC-VW1) Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50) Shoulder strap Body Cap USB cable CD-ROM

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Its really too small for my taste (although its small size is…Photo quality is exceptional but even though it boasts high ISO specs its not so great for shooting indoors. Read more ›
My daughter saved up her money and purchased this camera. It is very nice, takes great pictures and well worth the money spent. You can do a lot with this camera. Read more ›
It is a flat out amazing camera. The standard 18-55mm lens creates very sharp images even very close-up. The 55-200mm lens is also very sharp. Read more ›
This product is great and the name speaks for its self. This Sony Digital Camera is awesome in all the function it can perform with such great results. The fit is great… Read more ›
We LOVE our new Sony Alpha 33L DSLR. It takes fantastic pictures, is easy use, and is simple and straight forward to upload pictures or videos to our iPad and laptop. Plus,… Read more ›
exactly what the world needs. Takes most of the best from the other 2 lions. great quality in all aspects. Read more ›
Especially in bright sunlight. HDR is also great. Read more ›
I can get up to 17 megapixel (RAW) photos just from the autofocus/ auto+ feature. You also get some cool stylized settings that make editing video for me a lot easier. Plus… Read more ›
Amazingly clear, crisp photos Great quality movie mode Read more ›
The…Either Sony should include these potentially useful functions in RAW, or at the very least should include a dedicated button to swtich format quickly and efficiently. Read more ›
However, I believe the latitude allowed by the A33 along with many wonderful automated features will satisfiy 98% of the photographic desires of parents and outdoor or… Read more ›
The panoramic setting is great as well and works reliably and quickly, just push the shutter button once and rotate the camera quickly towards the direction indicated on… Read more ›
-The Screen shows still images when taking sports images quickly, vice live video. Most other DSLRs are a slower shooting rate, and this one is too fast to show video in… Read more ›
-10. Sound on video recordings not that great (serious videographers will want to look into external microphone options) Read more ›
- Awesome low light performance - Awesome video - Very useful "handheld twilight mode" to take handheld photos in very low light. Read more ›
Most camera sites gave this/A55 a great…It takes great photo easy and the video is good enough, not perfect, but still better than any Canon or Nikon in this price range. Read more ›
Most camera sites gave this/A55 a great…It takes great photo easy and the video is good enough, not perfect, but still better than any Canon or Nikon in this price range. Read more ›
The panoramic setting is great as well and works reliably and quickly, just push the shutter button once and rotate the camera quickly towards the direction indicated on… Read more ›
After a LOT of research I finally got up enough guts to buy this camera (just the body). My Minolta lens work great with it. Love everything about it. Read more ›
Lenses for this camera are not stabilized which is good and bad Good because the lenses are cheaper and lighter Bad because the stabilization in the camera is not as… Read more ›
Minolta 50MM F/1.7 prime for circa $73 Minolta 100 mm f/2.8 Macro The sharpest lens Minolta has ever made for less than $300 Minolta 100-300 APO Zoom $220 Read more ›
I really don't like changing lenses. I had that experience 30 years ago with a Canon A1 film camera and don't want to do that again. Read more ›
The "alpha" lens set contains some superb lenses - the Zeiss and the Sony G's are rated as amongst the best of any brand - but you still will not have the virtually… Read more ›
The "alpha" lens set contains some superb lenses - the Zeiss and the Sony G's are rated as amongst the best of any brand - but you still will not have the virtually… Read more ›
Since the a300 doesn't have video recording I…Being able to control the depth of field on videos is great and the auto focus is very fast, but sometimes hunts a little. Y… Read more ›
The video bit rate is well above most DLSRs capable HD video and the playback shows…Motion capture is great as is focus tracking, exposure, and shake reduction. Using… Read more ›
Having studied the camera spec prior to purchase, I expected the advantages due its translucent mirror technology, a light yet sturdy body, very fast auto focus, great HD… Read more ›
In fact I got 2 reasonable and 1 great shot even before I got the view finder to my eye. It's that fast at focus and shooting. Read more ›
I did not buy the camera for its movie making ability, but the feature works extremely well, with continuing autofocus and live view. I will now be exploring this… Read more ›
Pros: - Very fast auto focus. - Translucent mirror technology allows focus during video. Read more ›
+10. Sony has recently released a series of "alpha" mount lenses that are extremely low prices and offer generally good performance (could this be a Sony "first"?) if you… Read more ›
+12. Overall, great performance in turn on speed, menu system +13. Read more ›
What I can say here, though, is that if you are an entry level photographer wishing to learn the craft, the…They are high quality, high performance, and very inexpensive. Read more ›
These a33/a55 cameras truly…They are groundbreaking technological devices, are built very well, and seem like they will last a long time while turning out good performance. Read more ›
These a33/a55 cameras truly…They are groundbreaking technological devices, are built very well, and seem like they will last a long time while turning out good performance. Read more ›
- Translucent mirror technology allows focus during video. - Awesome low light performance - Awesome video Read more ›
Positives: -Easy to use with intuitive controls and menus -Takes spectacularly crisp and balanced photos Read more ›
)Image stabilization is in the camera body not the lens, which means your old Minolta AF lens which work, get the benefit. )Pretty easy to use mode/function selection. It… Read more ›
What a great move. The A33 is far smaller, lighter, and easier to use, and costs hundreds of dollars less. (I actually bought mine from Ritz because they had a package deal… Read more ›
I've used it with some Minolta glass and it's worked well so there are no…It's like the a300 but faster, sharper, easier to use, has video, is lighter and a little smaller. Read more ›
If you are used to waist-level shooting with an articulating screen (which is what I loved about the DSC-R1), note that the projection of the viewfinder, though making it… Read more ›
If you are used to waist-level shooting with an articulating screen (which is what I loved about the DSC-R1), note that the projection of the viewfinder, though making it… Read more ›
Both the electronic view finder and…The LCD screen is sharp and vivid although I have not tested it in bright sunlight (I live in Ohio and bought the camera this November). Read more ›
The tilt-out LCD is real plus. There have been a lot of comments about short battery life. Read more ›
- Too many other features to mention (see review on dpreview.com) - Very sharp and clear 3" LCD - Much better EVF than my FZ30 Read more ›
(I can't live without VR) +Live View looks very good and the screen can pivot and turn from the bottom. +Translucent Mirror can create 7fps for A33 and 10fps in the A55… Read more ›
(I can't live without VR) +Live View looks very good and the screen can pivot and turn from the bottom. +Translucent Mirror can create 7fps for A33 and 10fps in the A55… Read more ›
Personally I really like the electronic viewfinder, it is very clear and large and I also enjoy the ability to use the menu system while looking through the viewfinder… Read more ›
The sensor works extremely well in low light, I initially believed the built in fash was not working before I realized the camera had much better low light sensitivity than… Read more ›
Pros: lighter than comparable dSLRs, great thumb grip, sensor switches automatically between viewfinder and screen when you hold it up to your face. Read more ›
It is considered a "bridge" camera that falls between mega-zooms and DSLRs. So I'm not coming from a position of having a DSLR with many more features or a full frame sensor. Read more ›
Typical features input/output: hdmi, usb, sd card -29min max movie clip(most DSLR don't have built-in fan to cool the sensor down) -No GPS here, yes on A55. Read more ›
Typical features input/output: hdmi, usb, sd card -29min max movie clip(most DSLR don't have built-in fan to cool the sensor down) -No GPS here, yes on A55. Read more ›
It is fast. Easy to hold with special grip. All the elements that go together in adjustments for a high quality picture are placed on the camera in easy places. Read more ›
-It is quick to start up -Easy to hold and shoot pictures with in (auto mode) -Has just enough manual controls to allow experimenting Read more ›
I have large hands but the body is very comfortable to hold Controls are easy to reach but again these cameras are are far to complicated than they need to be need, but… Read more ›
I love this camera and have accumulated old Minolta compatible lenses for it at good prices. But the later models have better resolution and faster shot time. Read more ›
+…EXCEPTIONALLY good price (the a33 can be found right now at $600, and other sales may soon follow; I'm truly surprised Sony did not release these at the $1,500 price point) Read more ›
+…EXCEPTIONALLY good price (the a33 can be found right now at $600, and other sales may soon follow; I'm truly surprised Sony did not release these at the $1,500 price point) Read more ›
The Panoramic photos are a great plus. The speed is fantastic, the quality is amazing. Low light pics are great. Read more ›
+13. INSTANTANEOUS live view focusing for most lenses - incredible speed - I've not seen any other "DSLR" focus this fast in live view +14. Read more ›
+13. INSTANTANEOUS live view focusing for most lenses - incredible speed - I've not seen any other "DSLR" focus this fast in live view +14. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilson on November 6, 2010
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The Sony A33 (A55) Not is not exactly What I expected .... the good and not so good

First of all this camera is a great movie camera with continuous auto focus and an good photo camera.

The reason I say good and not great is because if you intend on shooting in any of the 3 auto modes you are not going to get great photos the same as you would get with a Canon T1I, T2i or canon G10. But the photos are more predictable in auto than with the Canon's

The kit lens is good, does not have much range but works well even though its a cheap kit lens. Better than the t2i

The body is plastic therefore light
The fold down LCD is a winner although a little small.
Viewfinder is a real treat giving you the same read out info as the LCD
Switches automatically back and forth from LCD to viewfinder as you place your eye close or take it away from the viewfinder.
Or you can easily switch between LCD screen and viewfinder by pushing the LCD/viewfinder button.

If you have a big lens or a lens hood the flash may cast a shadow in your photo

I have large hands but the body is very comfortable to hold
Controls are easy to reach but again these cameras are are far to complicated than they need to be need, but that is where technology takes you.

I did not see the battery life as being an issue - My G10 is much better.
Charging takes 4 hours per battery so get yourself a another battery and maybe an extra charger.
I specifically bought the a33 because I did not want the GPS sucking the life out of my battery as I learned on a Panasonic Z10.
My travels do not take to normal tourist data base gps way points so I felt it was of no use to me.
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183 of 201 people found the following review helpful By RC_photographer on October 6, 2010
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens
I've been using the a33 for about a week now, rigorously testing all aspects of the camera as well as pushing the new tech (SLT) to its limits in both video and high-speed shooting. I consider myself a prosumer, currently using Canon 7D. In fact, I've been using canon for the past 10 years. With the recent hype about large sensor video functionality found on almost all new releases, I found myself craving for a more functional AF in DSLRs. Because I'm no pro videographer, manual focusing (follow focusing) is terribly difficult for me, especially for high speed, erratic subjects like my kids running around the backyard. And contrast AF found on most DSLRs is a joke. Then came the SLT technology. A fixed mirror that feeds AF data constantly to dedicated AF sensor full-time, even when shooting video. For the price comparable with other entry-level DSLR's, it sounded like a worthy investment. And being able to shoot 7fps (10fps for a55) with that constant phase-detection AF on a body that sells for 650 - certainly a head-turner if you've been following the DSLR trends the past couple of years.

Well, Sony was able to deliver most of its promises. And I was pleasantly surprised by its PDAF video capability. However, as with all things in life, all that glitters is not gold. There are certainly limitations with this camera, especially noticeable/annoying if you're a prosumer level user. I will not go into details about the specs. Those can be found by just googling "sony a33". And I will not go into in-depth review either. Probably the best source for that is dpreview.com or imaging-resource.com. I will only list the limitations I found using this camera from a user who's been using Canon line (currently the 7D). Don't get me wrong.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By ® on October 15, 2010
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens
I got my hands on this to play around waiting for the Nikon D7000. Specs wise you can almost call it a poorman Nikon D7000 with the almost the same cmos and video mode. Actually the Nikon D3100 14.2MP is closer to the A33, and the D7000 is closer to the Sony Alpha SLTA55VL. I got to say I have ignored Sony DSLR since they came into the market after buying out Minolta. I would like to say after playing with this camera, I would recommend it over all other DSLRs in this price range. In this day and age HD video is a secondary feature to the good old photo shot and this does both very well. I am a Nikon D40 user for 3 years and looking to upgrade to the D7000, but this looks like it might cut in.

Pros:
+Image is way better then my old 6mp D40 in indoor lower lighting. Also the Macro feature is better then the D40, I can get closer on the A33. The focus is faster and is able to lock in on closer thing and under lower light. (see my sample image uploaded)
+Panoramic stitching option is cool, don't need a 3rd party software, don't have a 3d tv to test the 3D feature.
+I like the leveler a lot, older camera didn't really have this, but most new one do.
+The buttons are very responsive and not hard to push like on some camera.
+Movie mode is phenomenal. When you move around the autofocus is very fast, because of the Translucent Mirror technology. I have shaky hands, so I hope it had a little better stabilizer, but is on par with Panasonic camcorder.
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