Sony Alpha A33 Brief Review


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  • 14.6 megapixels
  • EXMOR CMOS sensor
  • Translucent/pellicle mirror system
  • In-body optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 7fps burst shooting
  • 15-point phase-detection autofocus
  • 1080p HD video mode (AVCHD/Motion JPEG)
  • JPEG + RAW formats
  • Sony A-mount, Konica-Minolta AF-mount
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-09-30
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Alpha A33
14.6 megapixels; EXMOR CMOS sensor; Translucent/pellicle mirror system; In-body optical image stabilization; 3-inch LCD; Electronic viewfinder; 7fps burst shooting; 15-point phase-detection autofocus; 1080p HD video mode (AVCHD/Motion JPEG); JPEG + RAW formats; Sony A-mount, Konica-Minolta AF-mount; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Sony's dSLRs aren't usually much to get excited about, but the new SLT models, including the A33 are positively mouthwatering. The A33 (and its bigger sibling, the A55) boasts a pellicle-mirror autofocus system, which sounds like fancy high-brow engineering lingo, but it has a significant effect on real-world performance. Since the mirror is translucent, the camera can take a shot and maintain focus simultaneously. It allows for speedy, continuous autofocus, even in movie mode, and fast burst shooting (7 frames per second on the A33). If it turns out to be as effective as it sounds on paper, this could be a very desirable shooter for the hobbyist and enthusiast crowds.

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