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Old Sep 21, 2010, 2:31 PM   #11
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450 has CMOS with an expanded ISO range and better noise control versus the ccd on the 3xx series, and the bigger viewfinder on the 450 since its not cramped by the phase liveview of the 3xx series. 5fps vs 2.5 fps.
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I've seen many camera manufacturers replacing the CCD sensor by CMOS but at no gain in terms of IQ. As for the expended ISO, it really does not matter that much because once you get to the higher end of the range, IQ is seriously compromised anyway. The 5fps is certainly a plus but since Sony has the best LV implementation, loosing this capability is also a negative point.
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 6:04 PM   #13
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Well, in this case, the switch from the CCD to the CMOS in these Sony's is a real gain in terms of IQ and the expanded ISO is useful (particularly if you shoot the sony's raw)

obviously if you want the better cmos sensor and the live view, you can always go up to the A500, which gives you the great live view and the bigger viewfinder and the good sensor. and the prices of this cam will be going down with the release of the 560/580. so the a500 will become a great bargain i am guessing
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The Sony A-500 body only price has already dropped to $424.95 and it might even go lower.

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... while the A450, which isn't about to be replaced, is probably maintaining its price, but it's still has a higher resolution image sensor and it doesn't have the fragile moving parts.
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...and it doesn't have the fragile moving parts.
What are the fragile moving parts you are referring to? The swivel LCD? I'm not sure it's that fragile. I don't believe I've come across any complaints about broken swivel LCDs. I have a couple of cameras with swivel LCD and never had a problem with any of them. he most fragile moving parts on just about any camera are the battery and/or memory card covers.
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It would have to be more fragile than a stationary LCD panel on the back of the camera body. And if you dropped your dSLR and the articulating LCD panel broke off, who would you complain to?
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If I dropped my DSLR, I'd be happy if the LCD was the only damaged part!
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If I dropped my DSLR, I'd be happy if the LCD was the only damaged part!
... and if it stuck out beyond the body, that's a likely outcome.
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Sure, but if that was the only damage, I'd still have the viewfinder to operate the camera. I think the benefits of a swivel LCD outnumber the risks of having it damaged by dropping the camera.
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