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A Look into Sony Digital Cameras

Kodak cameras are dead, but Sony’s aren’t. Who would have known 10 years ago that Sony would be making some of the most innovative cameras in the world. Today Sony makes three types of cameras—Alpha, Cybershot and NEX.

Take a look at each of these categories and you’ll find digital cameras to suit every taste (unless you like to shoot with the camera in your mobile device). Sony’s made significant headway in the digital camera market. Nikon and Canon watch out!

Cameras range from their highest-end model Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 to the 12 MP ultra-compact the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510. The former hits the pocketbook hard. You have to wonder that at $ 2,500 is a Sony worth it, say, more than a Canon or Nikon.

Well, let’s take a look at the camera. It’s not new; it’s been around since 2008. The sensor is full-frame, meaning that it’s the size of a frame of negative film, it’s got great bracketing for shooting HDR photo sets and it comes with a wireless cable release, an accessory I’ve never seen come with a camera.

On the cheap end (less than $ 100) is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510, an ultra-compact to put in your pocket. This one is powerful in terms of resolution—12 MP (hey, that’s the same as my old Canon 5D). The tiny sensor doesn’t do the resolution justice. At 1/2.3” (6.17 x 4.55 mm), it’s tiny, but the same size as dozens of other point-and-shoots.

Finally, it has exposure compensation, which means you can fool around with HDR image sets (if it’s set on a stable surface or used with a tripod). If you buy the accessories kit (includes small tripod) and use it, you’ll be ready to upgrade this camera in no time.

Those two cameras, however, are not the Sony’s that are highly ranked. CNET thinks highly among all point-and-shoots of the Sony Cyber-DSC-HX9V (around $ 325) because of it’s wide feature selection—4X optical zoom, manual mode and good flash (be sure to turn it off when you’re photographing in the day or using a tripod/stable surface). The only option is that it is lacking Raw capabilities—you’ll have to get the PowerShot S95 for that.

All of these cameras are fine and good, but the real news about Sony is that it manufactures some of the best mirrorless cameras around (point-and-shoots with large sensors and interchangeable lenses). Everyone’s raving about the NEX-5 and highly anticipating the release of the NEX-7. Learn more about that by reading the article on mirrorless camera listed on the Home page link.

[via Photography Tips » Equipment & Reviews]

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