Sony Launches 3 New Cameras, 4 New Lenses for DSLR Newbies
Sony announced Monday the launch of three new DSLRs aimed at first-time buyers making the transition from point-and-shoot devices. The 10.2 megapixel DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and 14.2 megapixel DSLR-A230 are the first from Sony to feature an on-screen help guide, which advises users the various modes and settings the devices offer as well as the impact of aperture and shutter speed on their photographs.
The models are designed to be lighter than previous DSLRs, with the a230 weighing in as the lightest alpha model yet, at 15.9 ounces. The a380 and a330 models feature a 2.7-inch LCD screen that can be tilted up or down to facilitate framing subjects at an angle. In addition, the cameras can be connected to HDTVs via HDMI and be controlled using Sony Bravia television remotes during playback on compatible Bravia sets.
Sony is also releasing four new lenses, two of which come packaged with the new cameras. The DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens (model SAL-1855) will be offered as part of the L series one-lens kit and as part of the Y series two-lens kit with the DT 55-200mm F/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens (model SAL-55200/2).