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

4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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  • 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

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

Product Information

Style:With 18-55mm lens
Product Dimensions 6.2 x 7.9 x 8.2 inches
Item Weight 3.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.2 pounds
Item model number SLTA33L
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4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17,078 in Camera & Photo
#531 in Camera & Photo > DSLR Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com September 16, 2010

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Style Name: With 18-55mm lens Verified Purchase
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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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.

+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.
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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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