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Old Jun 4, 2006, 1:45 PM   #1
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From this link, take it for what it's worth:

http://intergate.eu.sony.com/techdocs/EANCODES.TXT


Sony DSLR-A100 Kits

$899.95 DSLRA100 10.2M 2.5 Black Body

$999.95 DSLRA100KB 10.2M 2.5 Black Lens Kit (body + DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6)

DSLRA100KS 10.2M 2.5 Silver Lens Kit (body + DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6)

DSLRA100W 10.2M 2.5 Black Twin Lens Kit (body + DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 + 75-300mm F4.5-5.6)


Sony DSLR-A100 Lenses

1.$649.95 11-18mm F4.5-5.6DT

2.$199.95 18-70mm F3.5-5.6DT

3.$499.95 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DT

4.$479.95 24-105mm F3.5-4.5

5.$2399.95 70-200mm F2.8 G

6.$229.95 75-300mm F4.5-5.6

7.$999.95 16mm F2.8 Fisheye

8.$679.95 20mm F2.8

9.$249.95 28mm F2.8

10.$1399.95 35mm F1.4 G

11.$349.95 50mm F1.4

12.$479.95 50mm F2.8 Macro

13.$679.95 100mm F2.8 Macro

14.$1195.99 135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF

15.$5995.95 300mm F2.8 G

16.$699.95 500mm F8 Reflex

17.$1299.95 Planar T 85mm F1.4 ZA

18.$1399.95 Sonnar T 135mm F1.8 ZA

19.$699.95 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zoom Lens

20.$???.?? 1.4X Teleconverter G

21.$???.?? 2X Teleconverter G


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1. $449.95 HVL-F56AM Digital Camera Flash

2. $299.95 HVL-F36AM Digital Camera Flash


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Old Jun 4, 2006, 5:42 PM   #3
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Looking good so far.

Everything on the back plate of the camera is the same as the 5D, except the Fn button which seems to have disappeared. It's a shame that there is no image of the top plate.
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Ikki wrote:
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Looking good so far.

Everything on the back plate of the camera is the same as the 5D, except the Fn button which seems to have disappeared. It's a shame that there is no image of the top plate.
I saw an image of the top plate, but it was too fuzzy to read the left hand knob. The right controls the mode, (Auot, P, etc.).
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Interesting. Looks like a lot of rebranded minolta products (as expected). The 500 f/8 still says minolta next to the front element. The camera looks VERY similar to the 5D, I cant wait for the specifics (wonder what happened to the Fn button?). If they didnt cripple the 5D, and throw thier marketing grunt behind this, we might see it take the huge bite out of the market that the 5D should have.

I was really hoping for a 16-50 f/2.8 G for $299 and immediate release. Oh well, might have been unrealistic anyway.
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Old Jun 5, 2006, 10:28 AM   #7
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Here'sthe officiallink to preorderfor a retail price of $899with completefeatures, specs and accessories on the SonyStyle.com site:

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...pecs&var2=


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Old Jun 5, 2006, 10:34 AM   #8
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Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 Camera Body

Experience the 21-year heritage of the new Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera. Take phenomenal pictures using Sony's mastery of digital technology combined with Minolta's legendary SLR technology.

Expected to ship on or before July 28th, 2006


Production Description

The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is an instant classic: the top-quality 10 MP DSLR system camera that builds on a two-decade legacy of Minolta photographic leadership, accepts 20 years of A-mount lenses sold worldwide—and introduces Sony® imaging innovations like high-sensitivity shooting with Super SteadyShot® in-camera image stabilization, Dynamic Range Optimizer to automatically increase detail in bright and dark picture areas, new Anti-Dust technology to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, and Eye-Start® Autofocus system for faster camera response.


Feature List

The Rebirth of a Legend.
In the revolutionary new Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, Sony's mastery of digital technology combines with Minolta's legendary SLR technology -- including autofocus and anti-shake compatibility with over 16 million A-mount lenses sold worldwide.


Advanced Lenses and Accessories.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is your gateway to one of the world's most sophisticated camera systems, including precision Sony® standard and zoom lenses, Sony® "G" Series lenses with advanced motorized autofocusing, amazingly bright Carl Zeiss® T* coated lenses, professional-quality flash units and more.


10 MP Super HAD™ CCD.
A large APS-size CCD imager with Sony's advanced Super HAD™ (Hole Accumulated Diode) design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise -- and providing greater detail when you make big prints or crop in close on your subject.


Super SteadyShot® Image Stabilization.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera builds image stabilization into the camera body, so all lenses benefit from anti-shake performance. And along with higher ISO sensitivity, Sony's Super SteadyShot® system minimizes blur from shaky hands so you can take sharp, clear photos with hand-held camera in situations that would normally require a tripod -- and also helps both extended telephoto and macro close-up shooting.


Anti-Dust Technology.
Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.


Dynamic Range Optimizer.
To recover details in dark or bright areas of the picture, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera provides two levels of Dynamic Range Optimization: Normal DRO, to improve shadow detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO, to adjust dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision.


Bionz™ Image Processor.
At the heart of the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera is the advanced Bionz™ Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry that responds ten times faster than software image processors -- improving camera response time, handling Dynamic Range Optimization processing and extending Stamina® battery life.


Eye-Start® Autofocus System.
Some DSLR systems don't start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed -- but that can slow down camera response. The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera begins its precision autofocus adjustments the moment you bring your eye to the viewfinder, to capture fast-action subjects other cameras might blur.


2.5" Clear Photo LCD Plus™ Screen.
The Clear Photo LCD Plus™ design of the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera's built-in screen makes it easy to read camera setup menus even in bright sunlight -- and gives you a better picture when you use your screen to set up shots and check results.


Continuous Burst Mode at 3 Frames Per Second.
To catch fast action more effectively, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera offers continuous JPEG image capture up to the limit of your flash memory card -- plus RAW Burst Mode (up to 6 shots) with intelligent buffer management to allow more shots to be captured without waiting for the buffer to clear.


Super-Accurate Exposure Control.
A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy.


Flexible Exposure Modes.
For greater creative freedom in a wide range of shooting conditions, the Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera provides full manual exposure control as well as Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Exposure Compensation modes.


9-Point Auto Focus Selection.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera gives you all the focusing options you need for composing your shot with foreground, background or off-center subjects -- including manual focus point selection, Spot AF, Continuous AF and AF Lock.


Lithium Ion Battery with Stamina® Power.
A supplied NP-FM55H Lithium Ion rechargeable battery lets you take up to 600 shots2
on a full charge, recharges quickly with supplied battery charger.


Dual Media Options.
The Sony® α (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera accepts both CompactFlash™ Type I/II media and optional Memory Stick Duo™ media (with supplied adaptor).


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Specifications


Imaging Device: 10.2 (effective) APC CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter

Chipset: Bionz™ Processor LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+)

Recording Media: Memory Stick® Duo/Memory Stick PRO™ Duo media (via MSAC-MCF1N adaptor); CompactFlash™ Type I/ CompactFlash Type II / Microdrive™ media

Shutter Speed: 30 ~ 1/4000 sec, with Bulb

Exposure: Manual Exposure: Yes, w/EV indicator

EV Compensation: ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps

ISO: Auto/100/200/400/800/1600/Lo80/Hi200

LCD: 2.5-inch (measured diagonally) TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo ™ design; Eye-start Auto-focus sensor

Histogram: Yes,Playback

Microphone/Speaker: No/ No

Red-Eye Reduction: Yes: On/ Off

White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash ( with custom White Balance color temperature adjustments)

Burst Mode: Continuous burst mode at 3 FPS to limit of media; Up to 6 RAW images in burst.

Color Mode(s): Black & White, Standard, Vivid, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)

Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View/Night Portrait

Self Timer: Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)

Still Image Mode(s): Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), High-speed Burst (JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG), RAW (.ARW)

Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 4GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function

Flash Modes: Manual Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM)

Flash Effective Range: GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)

Output(s): Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable

USB Port(s): Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed

Battery Type: NP-FM55 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery

Battery Capacity: 7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 750 pictures3

Supplied Software: Picture Motion Browser for Sony v1.1 (Windows), Image Data Converter SR Ver. 1.1 (Windows & Macintosh), USB Driver

Operating System Compatibility:
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, ME, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh®

OS X (v 10.3 or later). OS must be installed at the factory.

Limited Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor

Weight: 1 lb., 3 oz (545 g) body, not including battery, lens and media

Dimensions (WHD): (WHD) 5 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 2 7/8" (133 x 95 x 71 mm)

Supplied Accessories:

NP-FM55 Lithium-Ion Battery

BC-VM10 Battery Charger

Video Cable

USB Cable

Sony Picture Package software

Sony Image Data Converter .SRF software

Shoulder strap with eyepiece cap and Remote Commander clip

MSAC-MCF1N MS-Duo to CF Adaptor

Body cap

Accessory shoe cap

Image Data Converter SR Ver.1.1/Picture Motion Browser Ver.1.1 CD-ROMs

NOTE: No Memory Stick media or adapters are included.


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Whoa, cool. No time like the present to start picking it apart, eh?

Thank goodness its CF, that they supply a memory-stick adaptor will be good for upgrading Sony owners. They dropped iso 100 and 3200 (that bites). They really bring in Minolta as part of this, which is IMO a really good move. The eyestart autofocus sounds interesting, but I think would be detrimental when the camera is hanging around your neck focusing all the time! High res lcd, nice. The anti-dust system is interesting, I wonder if they utilized the AS system for that? Interesting that they dont make mention of the buffer (except in raw), not a bad move since performance with a decent card is always way better than stated but its a little ambiguous.

What do you suppose they mean by "Display: Histogram: Yes, Live, RGB Playback"?

I'm starting to wish that sensors were marketed by thier photosite size. That would be a perfectly telling bit of info and far more useful than megapixels, chip size, etc.

This looks like a neat lens Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5

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