Nicely spec-ed for a newbie but with the blood, sweat and tears via Konica Minolta.
About a month back we posted the first shot of Sony’s debut entry into the world of DSLR, well now we’ve got the deets.
Officially called the A100 (which seems like a pretty good code to begin your offerings) the model may be about as much Sony as the first ‘Lenovo’ Thinkpads but it does pack some rather impressive specs.
Chief amongst them is its 10.2 megapixel sensor which is a Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD with SteadyShot OIS, anti-dust and anti-vibration filters. It is backed up by zippy Bionz Image Processing hardware, a 2.5in anti-reflective LCD, 3fps burst mode, whopping 600 shot battery life and support for both CompactFlash and Memory Stick Pro Duo.
Given the Konica Minolta handiwork in the A100 extends to everything barring the Sony logo it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the A100 features the company’s A-lens mount which means it has extensive backwards compatibility with the masses of KM lenses already out there as well as the 20+ (yes, really!) new lenses Sony is promising to deliver over the next couple of months.
Currently the RRP is only in dollars, though at just $999 it looks likely to be reasonable value even after the time honoured addition of English Tax. 28 July is the reported release date, so if you’re a fan of KM but always wanted a cooler logo the A100 could be well worth a sniff. It’s a little like buying a nicely made M&S sweater only to find out it now sports a Prada label: cheeky, but a bonus.