Sony Digital SLR & Mirrorless Cameras




Sony Digital SLR & Mirrorless Cameras

Sony was originally called Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, which means Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Company, when it was formed in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita. Since then the Sony Corporation has established itself as a global leader in electronics with the parent Sony Group comprising of five sectors including games, motion pictures and music, electronics, financial services and other businesses.

In 2006, the Sony Corporation bought the digital SLR camera section of Konica Minolta and released its` first digital slr camera, called the Alpha DSLR A100, in July 2006. The 10 megapixel digital SLR was well received and won many awards. In October 2007, Sony released the 12 megapixel Alpha DSLR A700 to compete with Nikon`s D300 & Canon`s EOS 40D. Recent Sony digital slr cameras are described below. 

Sony Mirrorless Compact System and Digital SLR Cameras 2012 - 2017

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Available for $1,398 body only. Sony E mount.
- 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor. Bionz X image processor.
- 2.36m dot OLED XGA electronic viewfinder. 100% coverage.
- 3 inch 921,6k dot tilting LCD with touchscreen. Live view.
- UHD 4k video with stereo sound. MPEG-4, AVCHD & XAVC S.
- Magnesium alloy body sealed against elements. Built in flash.
- 5 axis image stabilization built in. WB & AE bracketing. Wifi.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. ISO 100 to 51200.
- Shoots at 11 fps for upto 300 jpegs or 100 Raw images.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC & memory stick pro duo. USB2 & micro HDMI.
- Size 120 x 67 x 53mm. Weight 453g including NP-FW50 battery.
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Sony Alpha a99 II Full Frame SLT Digital SLR Camera

- Available 30th November 2016. Sony/Minolta Alpha mount.
- 42 MP Exmor full frame R BSI CMOS sensor. No low pass filter.
- Weather sealed, dust & moisture resistant magnesium alloy body
- 0.5" OLED Tru-Finder EVF with 2.36M dots. 100% coverage.
- 3 inch 1,228,880 dot tilting WhiteMagic LCD. Live view.
- 4K video. XAVC S with bitrates upto 100 mbps. External mic.
- 4k video with 4:2:2 HDMI out. NTSC & PAL. MPEG-4 & AVCHD.
- 5 axis sensor shift image stabilization for stills and video.
- ISO 50 to 102400. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec. Hotshoe.
- Shoots at 12 fps. 79 point AF sensor. 399 point focal plane AF.
- Built in wifi. Picture effect modes. USB2. Micro HDMI.
- Size 143 x 104 x 76mm. Weight 849g inc. NP-FM500H battery.
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Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Available for $1,148 including 16-50mm lens. Sony E mount.
- 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with accelerated readout.
- Bionz X image processor. World's fastest autofocus at 0.05 sec.
- 4k video with X-AVC S upto 100 mbps. MPEG-4, AVC/H.264.
- Weather sealed body. Shoots at 11 fps. ISO 100 to 25600.
- Tilting 3" LCD with 921,600 dots. Face detection & live view.
- Electronic XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 2.4 million dots at 120 Hz.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB2 & micro HDMI. Wireless built in.
- Size 120 x 67 x 49mm. Weight 404g. NP-FW50 li-on battery.
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Sony SLT-A68 Digital SLR Camera

- Available for $598 body only. Sony/Minolta Alpha mount.
- 24.2 MP Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor. Bionz X image processor.
- 2.7" 460k dot vari-angle LCD. Sensor shift image stabilization.
- ISO 100 to 25600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec.
- OLED Tru-Finder with 100% coverage & 1,440,000 dots.
- Translucent mirror technology. Shoots upto 8 fps. 79 point AF.
- Full HD video at 30 fps with XAVC S format at high 50 mb/s.
- AE & WB bracketing. SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo.
- USB2 and micro HDMI. Mic port. NP-FM500H lithium battery.
- Size 143 x 104 x 81mm. Weight 610g including batteries.
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Sony Alpha 7 II Full Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Available for $1.698 body only. Sony E mount.
- 24 MP full frame CMOS sensor. Bionz X processor.
- World's first 5-axis in-body image stabilization in FX camera.
- ISO 100 to 25600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- Tilting 3 inch Xtra fine LCD with 1,230,000 dots.
- Electronic viewfinder with 0.71 magnification & 2,359,000 dots.
- Continuous drive at 5 fps. AE & WB bracketing. Exp. comp.
- 1080p video. MPEG-4, AVCHD & XAVCS format. Stereo sound.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC. NP-FW50 li-on battery. Wifi & NFC.
- USB2. Micro HDMI with 4k uncompressed video output.
- Size 127 x 96 x 60mm. Weight 625g including batteries.
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Sony A7S Full Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Available from June 2014. Pricing unknown.
- New 12.2 FX Exmor CMOS sensor. Bionz X image processor.
- Offers 4k video in XAVCS UHD format via HDMI (using whole sensor) & 1080p video upto 60 fps in AVCHD & MP4. Stereo.
- 3 inch tilting LCD with 1,230,000 dots. Wi-Fi and NFC.
- OLED EVF with 2.4 million dots and 100% coverage.
- Shoots at 5 fps with fixed exposure and focus. Sony E mount.
- Multi terminal interface shoe compatible with Sony Pro Mic kits
- Movie ISO from 200 to 409,600. Stills ISO 50 to 409,600.
- Jpeg & RAW. Full manual controls. NP-FW50 battery.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec. No built in flash.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo.
- USB2. Micro HDMI with 4:2:2 8 bit 4K or 1080 video output.
- Size 127 x 94 x 48mm. Weight 489g including batteries.
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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Available for $800 with 16-50mm power zoom lens.
- 24.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Bionz X processor.
- ISO 100 to 25600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec.
- 3 inch tilting LCD with 921,600 dots. Live view. Sony E mount.
- OLED electronic viewfinder - 1.44M dots. 0.7x magnification.
- NFC & Wi-fi. Smartphone remote control. Raw and jpeg.
- Built in flash. Multi interface shoe. X sync. at 1/160 sec.
- Shoots at 11 fps. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. AE & WB bracketing
- Full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. MPEG-4 & AVCHD.
- USB2. Micro HDMI. NP-FW50 battery. USB charger.
- Size 120 x 67 x 45mm. Weight 344g inc. batteries.
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Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Due in March 2014 for $599 with 16-50mm zoom lens.
- 20.4 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. Sony E mount.
- World's lightest Mirrorless Digital camera. Weighs 201g.
- Wi-fi connectivity using NFC to smartphones & other devices.
- 3 inch 460k dot with 180 upwards tilt. RAW & jpeg.
- Full HD video at 1080p in AVCHD / MP4. Stereo sound.
- Various picture effects. Panorama mode. Full manual controls.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000. Shoots at 3.5 fps. HDMI & USB2.
- Uses Memory Stick Pro cards and SD / SDHC / SDXC cards.
- Size 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm. Weight 210g without batteries.
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Sony SLT-A77 II Digital SLR Camera

- Due June 2014 for $1799 with 16-50mm F2.8 lens.
- New 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor. Bionz X processing engine.
- Shoots jpegs at 12 fps with new 79 point autofocus sensor.
- 'Whitemagic' RGBW 3" LCD. Weather resistant body.
- High contrast 2,360k dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF.
- Wi-Fi. NFC compatible with Android smartphones and tablets.
- ISO 100 to 51200. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- Full manual controls. SD/SDHC/SDXC/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo.
- Built in flash. X sync at 1/250. Hotshoe for external flash.
- Exposure compensation. AE bracketing. WB bracketing.
- 1920 x 1080 video. Stereo sound. MPEG-4 & AVCHD.
- USB2. Mini HDMI. NP-FM500H lithium ion battery. Jpeg & RAW.
- Size 143 x 104 x 81mm. Weight 647g.
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Sony A7R Full Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Due early December 2013 for $2,299 body only.
- 36.3 megapixel full frame sensor with 14 bit RAW.
- Sony NEX E-Mount. Current E lenses produce cropped images.
- Electronic viewfinder with 2,359,000 resolution. 100% view.
- New 'FE' lenses required for full benefits of full frame sensor.
- No optical low pass filter for more detailed images.
- Full HD movies at 1080p. MPEG-4 & AVCHD. Stereo sound.
- Smallest and lightest full frame ILC camera in the world.
- Bionz X processor. ISO from 100 to 25600. Jpeg & RAW.
- Live view & face detection. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- 3 inch tilting LCD with 1,230,000 dots and 100% coverage.
- Full manual controls. Battery NP-FW50. USB2 & HDMI.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Size 127 x 94 x 48mm. Weight 474g.
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Sony A7 Full Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Due early December 2013 for $1,699 body only.
- Similar specification to Sony A7R (see above) except Sony A7 has a 24 megapixel full frame sensor.
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Sony Alpha SLT-A58 Digital SLR Camera

- Available from April 2013 for $600 with 18-55mm zoom lens.
- New 20.1 megapixel Exmor HD APS-C CMOS sensor.
- Translucent mirror technology. Live view. Shoots at 8 fps.
- 2.7" articulated LCD - 460k pixels. EVF with 1.4 million pixels.
- Steadyshot INSIDE image stabilization. Raw and jpeg.
- ISO 100 to 25600 with boost. Full manual controls.
- Full HD video in MPEG-4, AVCHD & H.264. Stereo sound.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory stick pro duo & Pro-HG duo cards.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec.
- USB2. Mini HDMI. NP-FM500H battery.
- Size 129 x 95 x 78mm. Weight 492g inc. batteries.
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Sony Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Arrives in April 2013 for $500 including 16-50mm zoom lens.
- 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor. Sony E mount.
- Tilting 3 inch LCD with 460k pixels. Bionz processor.
- ISO 100 to 16000. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. plus bulb.
- Full manual controls. Raw and jpeg. Shoots at 4 fps.
- Full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. MPEG-4 & AVCHD.
- USB2. HDMI type D. NP-FW50 li-on battery.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory stick pro duo and Pro-HG duo.
- Size 110 x 62 x 35mm. Weight 269g including batteries.
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Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Arrives in November 2012 for $1000 inc. 16-50mm lens.
- 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor. Sony E mount.
- Fully articulated 3" touchscreen LCD with 921k pixels.
- Superb OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million dots.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. HDR. Sweep panorama.
- Built in flash. Sony multi interface hot shoe.
- ISO 100 to 25600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec.
- Fast hybrid AF system - contrast and phase detection AF.
- Full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound & manual controls.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC & memory stick pro duo cards.
- USB2. Mini HDMI. NP-FW50 lithium ion battery.
- Size 120 x 67 x 43mm. Weight 287g including batteries.
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Sony Alpha SLT-A99 Professional Full Frame Digital SLR

- Available from November 2013 for $2799 body only.
- 24.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor. No crop factor.
- Sony/Minolta A mount. Sensor shift image stabilization.
- Full articulated 3" LCD with 1.3 million dots.
- Electronic OLED viewfinder. XGA resolution. 100% coverage.
- Weather sealed magnesium alloy body. Shoots at 6 fps.
- Jpeg & 14 bit RAW. ISO 100 to 6400. Dual phase AF system.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec. Built in GPS. PC flash sync.
- New multi interface hot shoe for standard flashguns. Adapter available for Minolta standard flashguns. Flash sync 1/250 sec.
- Full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. AVCHD & MPEG-4.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC & memory stick pro duo cards.
- NP-FM500H lithium ion battery. USB2. Mini HDMI type C.
- Size 147 x 111 x 78mm. Weight 812g including batteries.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Camera

- Although the Sony DSC-RX1 is not a DSLR or an ILC camera, it has been included here as the quality of its images from the camera's 24.3 megapixel full frame sensor and Carl Zeiss 35mm lens will surpass the vast majority of DSLRs on the market today.
- Arrives in November 2013 for $2800.
- 24.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor.
- FIXED Carl Zeiss T* 35mm F2.0 Lens. Small compact body.
- High resolution 3" whitemagic LCD with 1.3 million pixels.
- Full HD movies at 1080p/60 in AVCHD. Stereo sound.
- Full manual controls. 14 bit RAW & jpeg. Shoots at 5 fps.
- Built in flash. Sony multi interface hotshoe.
- Additional features include HDR and panorama mode.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC and memory stick pro duo cards.
- Size 113 x 65 x 70mm. Weight 482g. NP-BX1 Li-on battery.
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Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Arrives in October 2012 for $750 including 18-55mm lens.
- New 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor.
- Bionz processor. Hybrid AF system - phase & contrast detection
- Sony E mount. Adapter for Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. Scene modes. Wi-fi & apps.
- 3" tilting LCD with 920k pixels. Accessory port for ext. flash.
- Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 in AVCHD with stereo sound.
- Shoots at 10 fps. Sweep panorama. Auto HDR.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. ISO 100 to 25600.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Duo cards. HDMI & USB2
- Size 111 x 59 x 39mm. Weight 276g inc. batteries.
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Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera

- Arrives in June 2012. Body with 18-55mm will be $600.
- New A mount lens - Sony 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens.
- 16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS Exmor sensor.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. RAW and jpeg.
- Full manual controls. Sony/Minolta Alpha mount.
- Translucent mirror technology. Live view.
- Electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million dots. 2.7" tilting LCD.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. ISO 100 to 16000.
- Shoots at 5.5 fps. 2D & 3D sweep panorama mode.
- Built in flash and hotshoe. Flash sync at 1/160 sec.
- Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound. MPEG-4, H.264 and AVCHD formats.
- SD/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo. Weight 506g.
- USB2. Mini HDMI. NP-FW50 battery. Size 124 x 92 x 85mm.
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Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Due June 2012. $600 for body with 18-55mm lens.
- New SEL18200LE E18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS LE zoom lens.
- 16.1 megapixel Exmor sensor. E mount. Built in flash.
- Tilting LCD with 921,000 pixels. Full manual controls.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. ISO 200 to 16000.
- Shoots at 5.5 fps. Many scene modes including 3D panorama.
- Full high definition video at 1080p with stereo sound.
- Option for external stereo mic and electronic viewfinder.
- RAW & jpeg. USB2. Mini HDMI. NP-FW50 battery.
- Accessory port for external flash. Built in flash.
- Compact size 117 x 67 x 42mm. Weight 314g inc. batteries.
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Sony Alpha SLT-A57 Digital SLR Camera

- Available from April 2012. Body is $700 or $800 with 18-55mm zoom lens. Uses translucent mirror technology.
- 16.1 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. Minolta/Sony A mount
- 3" rotating LCD with 921k pixels. Electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels and 100% view. Sensor shift image stabilization.
- Shutter speeds 30 - 1/4000 sec. ISO 100 to 16000.
- Bionz processor. Shoots at 10 fps. HDR & Panorama features.
- Full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. AVCHD & Mpeg-4.
- Hotshoe. Built in flash. RAW & jpeg. Full manual controls.
- Memory Stick Pro Duo & SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
- USB 2.0. Mini HDMI. NP-FM500H battery.
- Size 132 x 98 x 81mm. Weight 618 inc. batteries.
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