I’m sticking to my guns on a release of the Sony A230, A330 and A380 for next week.
Of course all of the cameras will feature SteadyShot (i.e., the internal sensor-based image stabilizer). As was the case with the A300 and A350, their respective replacements, the A330 and the A380 will offer the tilting LCD screen. Unfortunately, it appears that the LCD tilt function is pretty much the same as it was last generation – so there’s no adjustment to aid with portrait-oriented shots. Of course, the solid Live View function also remains intact.
It also appears that the new Alpha DSLRs will feature the same megapixel quantities as their respective predecessors – A230 = 10.1 megapixels, A330 = 10.1 megapixels, and A380 at 14.2 megapixels. We also know that senstivity will only reach ISO 3200 (at least on the A380).
Clearly aiming toward the consumer crowd, Sony has freshened up the graphical display to more clearly convey the effect that shutter and aperture choices have on the exposure. Also featured is a directory to explain what different shooting modes do. These are both things that Nikon or Canon has done in one form or the other over the past generation or two of entry-level DSLRs.
Other bells and whistles include an HDMI port, Dynamic Range Optimizer, 40-segment exposure meter, and Smart Teleconverter (aka digital zoom).
Here’s the major leak screen capture from Sony.ru, as translated via Google translator. [Read more…]