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Old Feb 25, 2010, 8:34 PM   #21
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Thats a good point...
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Old Feb 26, 2010, 9:38 AM   #22
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Therein lies the advantage that Sony dSLRs have. Other dSLRs use the main image sensor to get the 'Live View' image, thus disabling the conventional autofocus system. Sony used an additional image sensor in their dSLRs so the conventional autofocus system could continue to work when using 'Live View'. So, while the Sony's conventional AF system isn't as good as the one used in the Canon T1i or the Nikon D90, it's better than the ones in those cameras when using 'Live View'.

The downside of using a seperate image sensor for 'Live View' is that Sony dSLRs can't record video.
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The other downside for the Sonys using live view is that their viewfinders are smaller and harder to use, to make room for the separate sensor.

Live view on a dSLR is hard to use and control without a tripod. Take a 2 lb box or can and hold it out almost at arm's length (where you would be able to see an LCD screen). Hold it up for several minutes and try to move your fingers around it. Then imagine how your arms are going to feel after 10 or 15 minutes of this, or a day of shooting pictures.

I do mostly outdoors stuff (lots of landscape). I find the LCD very hard to see properly in daylight - not well enough to judge focus. While I'll use Live view once in a while when I'm using a tripod, I find it mostly frustrating for day-to-day things.
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The other downside for the Sonys using live view is that their viewfinders are smaller and harder to use, to make room for the separate sensor.
Correct. Thank you.
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