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Simply better pictures with the α450

05 January 2010

Sony’s new DSLR is a versatile all-round choice for step‑up photographers

·     14.2 effective megapixels Exmor™ CMOS sensor
·     Up to 7 fps continuous shooting
·     Manual Focus Check Live View
·     Auto HDR
·     1,050 shot battery stamina (CIPA measurement)
·     SteadyShot INSIDE

The newest addition to the α family of DSLR cameras teams flawless imaging with generous creative options.

Powerful yet brilliantly easy to use, the DSLR-A450 is a perfect all-rounder when you’re ready to take your passion for great pictures to a more advanced level. Ideal for active shooters moving up to their next DSLR, it’s at home in any shooting situation, from relaxed portraits to fast-moving sports action.

Inside the α450 is a high-resolution 14.2 (approx.) effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor. It’s teamed with the powerful BIONZ processor to deliver highly detailed, ultra-low noise images. Sensitivity extends right up to ISO 12800, allowing you to capture beautifully natural handheld images in low light without flash.

With a generous 95% field of view, the bright optical viewfinder makes framing and composition a pleasure. As an extra refinement, Manual Focus Check Live View previews clear, bright full-resolution images on the 6.7cm (2.7”) Clear Photo LCD screen. With selectable 7x/14x on-screen image enlargement it’s ideal for confirming pin-sharp focus with portraits, still life, macro and architectural scenes.

The powerful BIONZ image processor enables high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps (maximum – approx. figure). In Speed Priority mode (with AF and AE set at start of burst) this increases to an amazing 7 fps (maximum – actual speed depends on shooting conditions and media card). It’s more than enough to catch sports and fast-moving action with ease.

Creative options are enhanced with Auto HDR mode that accommodates bright highlights and dark shadow details in a single frame. Two successive frames shot handheld at different exposure values are merged automatically by the camera. The result is a detail-packed High Dynamic Range image – with no need for a PC image editor and specialists skills. In addition to fully automatic operation, the exposure difference between frames can be manually set up to 3EV, in 0.5EV increments.

Featured right across the DSLR line-up by Sony, SteadyShot INSIDE™ offers up to 4 steps of anti-shake correction with the full range of 30 α lenses and two teleconvertors, as well as compatible A-mount optics by Konica-Minolta.

The α450 also offers the most impressive shooting stamina of any DSLR camera by Sony to date. The high-capacity battery allows up to 1,050 shots between charges* - plenty for a busy weekend’s sightseeing.

Slots for Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC memory cards (sold separately) are offered to suit users’ personal shooting preferences.

Connect the α450 to any HD Ready TV for a breathtaking big-screen view of your photos. PhotoTV HD optimises still image reproduction on compatible BRAVIA™ models, while BRAVIA™ Sync allows control of slideshow and other camera playback functions using your TV remote.

Supplied software includes Image Data Converter SR; Image Data Lightbox SR; and PMB (Picture Motion Browser) for easy image management. The α450 is also compatible with the wide range of high-quality DSLR accessories by Sony, including flashes, carry cases, batteries and chargers, GPS and more.

The DSLR-A450 digital SLR camera by Sony is available from the beginning of February 2010.

* when using optical viewfinder (CIPA measurement)

Features

DSLR-Α450

Effective Megapixels

Approx. 14.2

Lens compatibility

Sony α lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens

Image sensor

APS-C size (23.4x15.6mm) CMOS sensor "Exmor" with RGB primary colour filters

Processor

BIONZ™ image processor

ISO Sensitivity Range

200 - 12800 ISO

Image Quality Modes

Jpeg (fine, standard), RAW, RAW + Jpeg

HDMI connector and Bravia Sync

HDMI  mini connector (Type C), BRAVIA Sync (Sync menu), PhotoTV HD

Image Size: 3:2 (pixels)

L size:  4592x3056 (14M),

M size:  3344x2224 (7.4M),

S size:  2288x1520 (3.5M)

Viewfinder Type

Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror

LCD

6.7cm (2.7-inch) type, TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 dots)

Manual Focus Check Live View

YES

SteadyShot INSIDE

YES

Anti-dust System

Coating on low pass filter, plus image-sensor shift

Focus Modes

AF/MF selectable.

AF modes: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF

Autofocus

TTL phase detection system; CCD line sensors

Focus Points

9 points

Exposure Modes

Programmed AE (AUTO, AUTO - Flash Off, P), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene selection

Exposure Metering Sensor

40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC

Exposure Metering Modes

Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot

Scene Selection

Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view

Creative Style Settings

Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W

Shutter Speed

1/4000-30sec, Bulb

Exposure Bracketing

3 continuous exposures, in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps

White Balance Settings

Auto / 6 presets / Colour Temperature/Colour Filter /  Custom WB

Continuous Advance Shooting

Up to 5 fps and 7 fps in speed priority mode.

Approx. no. of shots

Approx. 1050 shots

Built-in Flash

Auto pop-up – GN 12 at ISO 100, FOV coverage up to 18mm

Flash Modes

Flash-off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Rear Sync., Wireless*, Hi-speed sync.*,

*With external flash HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM

Media

Memory Stick PRO Duo / PRO-HG Duo / SD memory card / SDHC memory card

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 137 x 104 x 81mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)

Weight

Approx. 520g

Notes to editors


For more information, please contact your local PR manager

 or:

Silke Schild, Corporate Communications, Sony Europe

Silke.schild@eu.sony.com  / +44 (0)1932 816 507

For more information please contact
Sony Europe Press Centre


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