Photokina is just around the corner, so it’s about time for the big boys in the imaging industry to start rolling out the big “guns” in preparation for this very important show. Thus, today, Sony has just announced the release of its first full-frame DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera, the α (alpha) DSLR-A900, accompanied by a couple of very useful accessories, which include two new lenses, a flash unit and a grip.
But first thing’s first, let’s take a look at what the A900 has to offer. Although it’s largely based on the previous A700 (as far as the chassis and the controls are concerned), Sony’s new DSLR packs a 24.6-megapixel, 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor designed to take advantage of the resolving power of high-precision α (alpha) lenses, in the same time providing enhanced image detail and a wider dynamic range.
Furthermore, the camera incorporates a body-integrated SteadyShot Inside unit, which achieves an anti-shake effect equivalent to shutter speeds faster by 2.5 to 4 stops. This new unit provides stabilization for Sony, Minolta and Konica-Minolta wide angle, large-aperture lenses, and, according to Sony’s statement, represents the “world’s first anti-shake system for a full-frame sensor”.