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Sony Alpha 100
Ilse Jurriën : June 5th 2006 - 00:15 CETupdated
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SonySony Alpha 100 : Since Sony and Konica Minolta announced that Konica Minolta consigned their camera service operations for Konica Minolta, Konica Minolta brand cameras and related equipment to Sony, the news of a Sony digital SLR camera is a hot topic among digital SLR camera enthusiasts. Some weeks ago we unveiled the name and the design of the new Sony digital SLR to you; today we bring you the (unofficial) specifications of the Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR camera. Thanks to Darren of the Australian site Digital Photography Blog who published an extensive list of Sony Alpha 100 specifications, you are able to get the latest news of the upcoming Sony digital SLR camera. Sony will unveil the official specifications this month.
Sony Alpha 100
Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR camera

Sony Alpha 100 dSLR - 10.2 Megapixel
According to the publication at Darren's website we may expect the Sony Alpha 100 to offer 10.2 million effective Megapixels and an APS-C size CCD sensor. The Sony Alpha 100 is expected to be compatible with Sony Alpha mount system lenses, including the Sony G lens and Carl Zeiss optics. Furthermore the Sony 100 Alpha will offer a large 2.5 inch format Clear Photo LCD Plus Screen with AR coating and a resolution of 230.000 pixels and a bright optical viewfinder with Spherical Acute Matte screen, 20mm eye relief, 0.83x magnification, dioptre adjustment and EyeStart Auto focus.

Sony Alpha 100
Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5 - F5.6 lens [left], Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens [right]

Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR specifications
Note that the following specifications are unofficial and may not be correct after all:
• 10.2 million effective pixels
• APS-C size CCD sensor
• Anti-dust protection system
• Super SteadyShot in camera body (switchable)
• Dynamic Range Optimiser and BIONZ Image Processing Engine
• Maximum sensitivity: 1600 ISO equivalent
• 2.5 inch 230K pixel Clear Photo LCD Plus Screen with AR coating
• Clear Processing for image review and function navigation

Sony Alpha 100
Sony 135mm F2.8 lens [left], Sony DT 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens [right]

Sony Alpha 100 DSLR - Unofficial specifications:
• Bright Optical Viewfinder with Spherical Acute Matte screen
• High-speed Auto focus with 4 focus modes
• Ultra wide AF area with 9 local focus points and central cross-hair sensor
• High Speed Continuous Advance Shooting up to 3fps
• Burst shooting: JPEG unlimited, 6 frames RAW, 3 frames RAW+JPEG
• CompactFlash type I/II and Microdrive support, supplied Memory Stick DUO adapter
• Dimensions: 94.7 x 133.1 x 71.3 mm (L x W x D), weight: 545g (without battery)
• 1600 mAh Lithium ion battery with STAMINA technology for up to 750 shots from single charge (CIPA measurement, 50% usage of built-in flash)

Sony Alpha 100
Sony 50mm F1.4 lens [left], Sony 28mm F2.8 lens [right]

Sony Alpha 100
Sony 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 lens [left], Sony 16mm F2.8 Fisheye lens [right]

Sony Alpha 100 - Price and Availability
Although there is some unofficial information and some leaks from Sony nothing was said about pricing. According to Darren of Digital Photography Blog the new Sony will become available from July 2006 with an estimates consumer price of $1000. It appears that Sony will offer the new Sony Alpha as a body only, in a black lens kit, in a silver lens kit or in a black twin lens kit. Of course we have to wait for Sony to announce the official date of availability and price, but if this rumour is true it is a very competitive price for a 10.2 Megapixel digital SLR with high quality specifications.


Sony Alpha 100
Sony 35mm F1.4 lens [left], Sony 500mm F8 lens [right]

Sony Alpha 100
Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 lens

Sony digital SLR lenses
Besides the unofficial specifications of the Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR camera there is more information floating around the Internet. How about the new series of lenses Sony Japan mentioned in their Sony Alpha leader that was published and updated some time ago? Again this list of lenses is unofficial, however some very interesting lenses are mentioned:
• Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro lens
• Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5 - F5.6 lens
• Sony 135mm F2.8 lens
• Sony 16mm F2.8 Fisheye lens
• Sony DT 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens
• Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens
• Sony 20mm F2.8 lens
• Sony 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 lens
• Sony 28mm F2.8 lens

Sony Alpha 100
Sony 2x Teleconverter [left], Sony 1,4x Teleconverter [right]

Sony Alpha 100 - Unofficial lenses
• Sony 300mm F2.8 lens
• Sony 35mm F1.4 lens
• Sony 500mm F8 lens
• Sony 50mm F1.4 lens
• Sony 50mm F2.8 lens
• Sony 70-200mm F2.8 lens
• Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 lens
• Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm F1.4 ZA lens
• Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 135mm F1.8 ZA lens
• Sony 1.4x Teleconverter
• Sony 2x Teleconverter

Sony Alpha 100
Sony 300mm F2.8 lens

Sony Alpha 100
Sony 70-200mm F2.8 lens

Sony Alpha 100 SLR accessories
Toru Katsumoto, Senior General Manager of AMC Division, Digital Imaging Business Group of Sony Corporation, said in an interview published at the Sony website that the Sony Alpha 100 digital SLR camera will be accompanied by more than 20 new lens models over the course of a year. Of course with the introduction of a brand new digital SLR system you also need external flash guns. The following unofficial information refers to three Sony branded flash systems; the Sony HVLF36 with a guide number of 36, the Sony HVLF56 with a guide number of 56 and the HVLRLA Ring Light.

Sony Alpha 100
Sony HVLF36 flash unit [left], Sony HVLF56 flash unit [right]

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Updated : Official information about the Sony Alpha A100 DSLR now available!

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