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Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

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Sony Alpha A500

The Sony Alpha A500 is a 5.4 x 4.1 x 3.3 in. (137 x 104 x 84 mm) / 21.1 oz (599 g) digital SLR that utilizes the Sony CMOS sensor ((approx. 1.12 in. diagonal) that provides users with up to 12.00 megapixels (effective) resolution images with 3:2/16:9 aspect ratios, and supports a 3.0 in. diagonal LCD display with 230 000 pixel support, interchangeable 3x optical zoom (55mm lens thread) lens utilizing the Sony Alpha (Minolta A) mount, Image Stabilization, 18.0 - 55.0mm (actual) focal …

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Sony Alpha A500

The Sony Alpha A500 is a 5.4 x 4.1 x 3.3 in. (137 x 104 x 84 mm) / 21.1 oz (599 g) digital SLR that utilizes the Sony CMOS sensor ((approx. 1.12 in. diagonal) that provides users with up to 12.00 megapixels (effective) resolution images with 3:2/16:9 aspect ratios, and supports a 3.0 in. diagonal LCD display with 230 000 pixel support, interchangeable 3x optical zoom (55mm lens thread) lens utilizing the Sony Alpha (Minolta A) mount, Image Stabilization, 18.0 - 55.0mm (actual) focal length (27 - 83mm (35mm equivalent)), f/3.5 - 22 (W), f/5.6 (T) aperture range, 9-point TTL phase detection (one cross-type sensor) with eye-start AF; Wide, Spot and Local modes focusing system, an ISO Sensitivity up to 12800, 30 - 1/4000 second shutter speed, Aperture, Shutter, Manual exposure modes; 40-segment Multi Segment, Center-weighted, Spot; (1200 zone evaluative metering in Live View) metering modes, white balance adjustments, built-in flash, Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait/Night View); Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo recording media, video recording capabilities (in high definition), and USB 2.0 High Speed, DC input, mini-HDMI, Wired Remote input/output. The camera is powered by a Lithium-ion rechargeable NP-FM500H battery. It comes with a Software/USB Driver CD-ROM, a NP-FM500H battery and charger, is Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) and PictBridge Compliant.

Features

The Sony A500 is based around Sony Exmor CMOS image sensors with resolutions of twelve megapixels, and yield ISO sensitivities ranging from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 12,800 equivalents. It has an articulated LCD display which can be tilted vertically upwards or downwards. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 features a 3.0-inch panel with a fairly ordinary resolution of 230,000 dots, and draws its power from Sony InfoLithium battery packs, store images on SD / SDHC and Memory Stick Duo / PRO Duo cards and is capable of shooting bursts of five frames per second through the optical viewfinder, or four frames per second in live view mode. The Sony Alpha A500 is abe to capture six Raw, 12 Fine JPEG, 58 Standard JPEG or three Raw+JPEG frames per burst and features in-camera handheld HDR mode which captures two images and micro-aligns them in-camera, then combines them into a single image with increased dynamic range. The Alpha DSLR-A500 is priced at $750 (body-only) and is available in a bundle with an 18-55mm kit lens, which will add $100 to the body-only cost.

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