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Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights
  • 14.2MP High Resolution
  • Translucent Mirror for Fast Focus
  • 921K Dot 3" Tiltable LCD screen
  • Full HD 1080/60i Video
  • 3D Sweep Panorama Mode
  • Quick AF for Full HD Movie Capture
  • 7 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • Up to ISO 12800 Sensitivity
  • Beautiful Low-Light Photos Possible

If you like to live on the edge, this Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only) will take you to the leading edge of DSLR technology, with the first-ever translucent mirror design. For the first time, a high-resolution live image preview with rapid, accurate phase detection autofocus is available at all times--via the LCD or the electronic viewfinder. This means that even moving objects stay in sharp focus at all times, whether you're shooting full HD video or stills.

That's not all the A33 has to offer, though. It's got 14.2MP of high resolution captured on an  APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor,  an incredibly sharp, bright 3" tiltable LCD screen with 921,000 dots,  built-in flash,  full HD 1080/60i video, a fabulous 3D panorama mode that combines 3 pictures into a 3D image, and up to 7 frames per second continuous shooting. 

With the image stabilization, Hand-held Night Shot mode, Multi-frame NR mode (which takes 6 photos in rapid succession and uses the best data from each to create 1 stunning picture), and sensitivity up to ISO 25600, you won't ever have to miss a picture due to darkness again.

Face Detection recognizes faces and optimizes exposure and focus for them, Smile Shutter takes the picture only when it detects the subject smiling. There's also an automatic HDR mode which take 3 photos of a high-contrast situation, and melds the highlight, shadow and mid-tone data together to create 1 optimal photo. Of course the A33 also has creative modes such as Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps), Macro, Sports Action, Night Portrait, and many more. 

14.2 Megapixel Resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the 14.2 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light situations.
Translucent Mirror Technology
Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. The SLT-A33 is the world's first DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology that directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
Full HD 1080/60i Movies
This is one of the very few DSLRs with 1080/60i Full HD, exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. Records in 1080/60i AVCHD format, 1080/30p high definition in PC-friendly MP4 format and standard definition 480/30p in MP4 format.
7 Frames Per Second Continuous
The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. The Sony SLT-A33 camera shoots full, 14.2 MP resolution pictures at up to 7 fps while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.
Quick AF for Full HD Movie Capture
When most DSLRs shoot video, their Contrast AF is slow and visibly "hunts" for focus. The Quick AF Full HD Movie retains the same fast, precise Phase Detection you enjoy for still images. It's a decisive advantage for tracking fast-moving subjects and a major benefit of Translucent Mirror Technology.
APS-C Size HD CMOS Image Sensor
With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Multi-Frame NR
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Sony Exmor Technology
Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor sensor provides more than 4,000 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second.
Hand-Held Night Shot
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures-beyond the capability of traditional cameras-without using flash or a tripod. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data with separate algorithms for still and moving parts of the picture reduces blur, minimizes noise and enables extraordinary detail.
Auto HDR Built Into Camera
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle-and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television3. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder
The Tru-finder Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is super bright, easy to see with 1.1x magnification, ultra-sharp with 1.44 million dots (1.15 effective) and provides 100% frame coverage. Exposure preview and informative overlays make operation easy.
15-Point Auto Focus
To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. Three cross sensors maximize precision.
Tilt/swivel 3" LCD Screen
Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel under the camera for self-portraits. Fold it flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.
Main Sensor Quick AF Live View
This the world's first DSLR to combine the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.
Eye-Level Finder for HD Mov
The eye-level finder is one of the reasons people love DSLRs. But that finder goes dark whenever you shoot HD Movies. Until now. The Sony SLT-A33 enables you to shoot movies with the added stability you get holding the camera up to your face and using the eye-level finder for framing a scene and focus.
921K Dot TruBlack LCD Screen
Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.
Phase Detection Auto Focus
While Contrast Detection AF often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it. The Sony SLT-A33 is the world's first consumer camera to provide Phase Detection AF when capturing HD movies as well as during still image capture, either using the viewfinder or Live View on the LCD.
Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size.
Main Sensor Quick AF Live View
This the world's first DSLR to combine the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.
ISO 12800 Sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.
Live View in LCD or EVF
You can use both the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology.
Pro-Style "Rack Focus" Movie Effect
A hallmark of today's movies is the "rack focus" effect, when the cinematographer changes focus between background and foreground subjects. This usually involves careful planning, a tape measure and dedicated a crew member for "pulling" focus. With the SLT-A33, you can perform this pro-style effect simply by changing the selected AF Area within the frame.
Help Guide
Provides ready reference to advanced camera functions, helping to develop your confidence and skills as a photographer.
SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.
BIONZ Image Processor
The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables 7 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, Sweep Panorama mode and more.
1200-Zone Exposure Metering
Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
RAW Image Capture
Saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files or both. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
Smile Shutter Technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.
Face Detection Technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
Six Creative Style Settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
Eight Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Handheld Twilight Shot modes.
Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
HDMI Output for HD Viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output9. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote4.
Built-In Auto Pop-Up Flash
To help you shoot more effectively, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes. The built-in flash can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).
P/A/S/M Exposure Modes
The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
Up to 270 Shots of Battery Life
Take up to 270 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power.5 Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
Slot for Two Media Types
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Memory card is required
Remote Capability
Works with the RMT-DSLR1 Remote Commander wireless remote control, sold separately.
Versatile On-Screen Displays
Informative displays in the LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder include digital level gauge, graphic display of exposure settings.
PhotoTV HD Compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.
Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Optical
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto
Autofocus Points 15
Viewfinder/Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (921,000)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-12800
Metering Method Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Manual, Shade
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Performance
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.4 or later
Power
Battery 1x InfoLitium NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.6 x 3.3" / 12.4 x 9.2 x 8.5 cm
Weight 15.27 oz / 433 g Camera body only
Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • Rechargable Battery (NP-FW50)
  • Battery Charger (BC-VW1)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    SonyAlpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only)
     
    4.4

    (based on 31 reviews)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (28)
    • Easy to use (24)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)
    • Large clear LCD (21)
    • Tilt /swivel LCD (21)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (19)
    • Noisy at high ISO (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (18)
    • Landscape/scenery (17)
    • Sports/action (17)
    • Travel (16)
    • Low light (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I spent a month reviewing this!

    I spent so much time finding an economical way to upgrade from a Fuji S9100 all-in-one manual starter camera and a Casio FC100 HD capable point-n-shoot pocket camera. I narrowed down a lot of...Read complete review

    I spent so much time finding an economical way to upgrade from a Fuji S9100 all-in-one manual starter camera and a Casio FC100 HD capable point-n-shoot pocket camera. I narrowed down a lot of choices and was stuck between the T2i and Sony A33. The translucent technology powered fast auto-focus and real-time live-view is what tipped the scale, in addition to the sensor-shift image stabilization. I am beyond happy with this camera! I should also add that the 18-200 Tamron w/ $100 rebate ending 10/10 what the perfect lens to start with.

    I would love to get very specific, but really, it would take a while to do each and every feature justice. Let me just tell you I make owners of MUCH higher end setups, jealous.

    My kit: Sony A33, Tamron 18-200 lens, Raynox DCR-250 macro adapter, Azden SMX-10 mic, U-flycam steadcam, Slik tripod, Pelican case.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    GREAT CAM ... FOR EXPERIENCED AMATURES

    FIRST OF ALL THE PRICE PER FEATURES ARE IDEAL.IF YOU WANT TO CAPTURE NATURE OR SPORTS YOU WOULD HAVE TO SPEND AT LEAST A THOUSAND MORE FOR A COMPARABLE PRODUCT. IM NOT PLEASED WITH...Read complete review

    FIRST OF ALL THE PRICE PER FEATURES ARE IDEAL.IF YOU WANT TO CAPTURE NATURE OR SPORTS YOU WOULD HAVE TO SPEND AT LEAST A THOUSAND MORE FOR A COMPARABLE PRODUCT. IM NOT PLEASED WITH THE VIDEO AT ALL!THE LCD IS SONYS BEST YET !

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    4.0

    Getting great shots

    By ATJ

    from Cortland NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

      Shooting hockey. White balnce, auto-focus, 7 frames per second!!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome Camera

      By Tork

      from Santa Cruz

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

        awesome pictures and great video. This camera makes taking pictures fun.

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Fantastic First DSLR

        By Shaun SF

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

          Bought this camera as my first upgrade to a DSLR. Bottom line, I love this camera. It is surprising very easy to use with great features. The size is also a huge advantage as its quite smaller than its competitors.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          5.0

          Wonderful upgrade

          By Omicron-D

          from Eastern Massachusetts

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • Pop-up menu help
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Good all around
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

          This is a great upgrade from my Alpha A100. It's lighter, and it fits my hand as well as or better than the A100, so it's comfortable in long sessions. I like the Live View LCD, and the auto-switching between the LCD and viewfinder. The image stabilization seems better than the A100's, and it's a lot faster for continuous shooting, thanks to not having a moving mirror. I also like the level indicators in the VF, since I have a tendency to tilt a camera.

          The are a few minor cons. Images are somewhat noisy at high ISO, but all DSLRs are noisy to some degree unless you're willing to spend 4 or 5 times as much. Battery life is kind of short, but it's easy enough to carry an extra battery or two. Finally, I'm not a big menu fan, and the pop-up menu help is annoying, but aside from that the menus are livable.

          Unless someone invents an affordable DSLR that reads my mind, never makes a bad exposure, and prepares my breakfast, I doubt I'll ever want another SLR.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
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          • No

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          4.0

          Great camera.

          By Troke

          from Willmar, MN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I upgraded from the a100 and I've been using my a33 mostly for photographing sports with a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens. The pictures have been beautiful and the auto-focus has been incredibly fast. I couldn't be more pleased with it. The only downside has been overheating. Even with the Steady-shot turned off it overheats rather quickly even in 70 degree temps and I have to turn it off and back on again. All things considered, I love this camera!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          5.0

          I like it very much

          By crip

          from somerset nj

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

            love it

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Very good choice

            By gayka

            from Vladivostok

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

            I use it in low light with Minolta 50/1,4, where my A300 is already useless. It is a miracle that I can shoot at ISO 6400 and are not afraid of noises. Yes, they certainly are, but are easy to remove in the converter. At ISO 100-1000 the image is very clean and the colours are beautifull. I thought that 14 megapixels is a lot for this camera. The picture is not as sharp as with the A300. But after resizing to the same size I think the difference is not noticeable.
            EVF - a wonderful invention, I have a lot of lenses with manual focus, which, without such a bright viewfinder in any light, focus is almost impossible. Very convenient that you can increase the viewfinder image for accurate sighting of focus, which certainly help in macro (as well as button of depth of field preview). Also in the EVF shows a lot of useful information, there is an electronic level.
            The camera has many automatic modes to help beginners to shoot panoramas and images with high dynamic range. Unfortunately they are useless when shooting in raw.
            The camera is very small and lightweight, which is good when you carry it, but bad at shooting. My hand is tired quickly to keep such a small camera. It has a different grip, which very inconvenient. The handle is less than the A300.
            The autofocus is fast enough and accurate. In my opinion, built-in stabilizer is now much better than it was in the A300.
            Rotate the screen is not very comfortable. I forget where to twist and afraid to break it. The turning mechanism does not seem reliable.
            Live View can not be turned off. You can simply turn off the display. For me, it would be nice if the screen could display large icons of shooting settings.
            Battery is very weak, you should buy one more with your camera.
            Too few buttons on the body. Now even the stabilizer is turned on/off in the menu.
            In any case, it would be a good purchase for the money!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            5.0

            I'm very happy

            By Amadeus Ellis

            from South America

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

            Good dynamic range
            Bright viewfinder,
            It works fine with Tamron lenses
            Very useful to use preview depth of field
            There is not always a good auto white balance

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Pretty Nice

            By Chris

            from Outer Banks, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

            This camera takes GREAT pictures, but there are some limitations. The battery life could be better. I do love how accurate the battery % is though - very accurate. I'm a little upset that my batteries from my older Sony Alpha don't work in this newer A33. The movie clip length is even shorter than is listed under just about any normal conditions I've used it under. Maybe 6 to 10 minutes before the sensor starts to overheat. Also, not having 24p is a drawback. The footage does look nice though. You can't beat 7 FPS still shots in a camera at this price, and the panorama is a fun toy to play with. Overall, a very good camera for the price. It doesn't do everything I had hoped, but I'm certainly not upset with the purchase.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
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            • No

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            4.0

            Great camera

            By William

            from Rockville, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

            Unlike other reviews, the battery life is very good for my daily life (although I already have another backup battery because of the reviewers' suggestion). But indeed, the High ISO noise is a problem in certain situation and I need to get a faster lens.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Too much whiz and not enough bang

            By mako

            from Bahrain

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

            I purchased this on reading rave reveiws about the SLT technology/product, but was a bit disappointed about the build quality, the product looks too plasticky, and the looks and feel of a cheap product, note I own a SONY A550 too , in comparison the build quality is too bad. Other than the buld quality this product is good...
            Its easy to use with excellent image quality, image stabilization and even indications in the view finder to avoid taking skewed pictures..

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
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            • No

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            4.0

            Light and fast, but noisy

            By CFortC

            from Colorado

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I got the A33 (with the Zeiss-labeled 16-80mm) as a replacement/upgrade for my old Sony DSC-R1 which has produced excellent results since I first picked it up in 2006. Overall this upgrade is successful and I have enjoyed the fast focus, better ISO performance, and great live-viewfinder of the newer model.

              Over three months and thousands of exposures, I've come to the following cautions/suggestions on the A33:

              * The 1/FL shutter speed algorithm used in the P and A exposure mode is overly conservative given the great shake-reduction performance of this camera. This leads to premature boosting of the ISO up to 6400 where noise/detail suffers. I work around this by using the S exposure mode a lot.

              * No program shift - I believe this is an outcome of the 1/FL shutter speed algorithm but on the other hand Sony could have just overlaid a program shift on top. This omission also forces using S exposure mode to get emulate program shift. This is first auto-exposure camera I've purchased in 20 years that lacks program shift!

              * The JPEGs generated by the A33 are pretty mediocre with a digital look. I've had to go to 100% RAW processing (using Photoshop ACR) to achieve the artistic and technical values that the sensor is capable of. This is in sharp constrast to the old Sony DSC-R1 whose JPEGs were so good that I gave up trying to get better images with ACR.

              * There is no camera controlled focus lock, just an exposure lock. To emulate focus lock I first frame the subject and lock the exposure, move the camera to align the active focus sensor then refocus, and finally move the camera back to the original frame and shoot. Pretty fiddly for something that's one button on most cameras.

              * Sony compensated for lack of moving mirror by giving the shutter blades an enormous clack-clack. Seems louder than moving mirrors on many other cameras. You can feel the movement and it requires a heavy tripod with solid head if you want to avoid "shutter shake" in time exposures.

              But overall, with some TLC the Sony SLT-A33 gives great results in a light, compact package.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 5
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              • No

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By miszabo

              from Hungary

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I use this camera like a dslr and like a video camera. Both skills are good, but the video mode is great. This product doesn't contain manual mode under video mode, but you can by-pass this. It has exposure lock and exposure compensation, what you can use like a manual mode. One thing you cannot modify under video mode: shutter time.
              Good thing: the camera use gain (iso) and shutter time continously, not discrete value. If you move the field of view from dark to light, the result will be nice gradient.
              Great camera, great price.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Awesome camera, [...]

              By mak17

              from Kent, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  Awesome camera, [...]. And I've hardly even touched the features.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Very good product!!!!!

                  By edilbertorocha

                  from Recife-Brazil

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Price

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  I use it on my vacations and my travels.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I finally crossed over to digital.

                  By Mom-Photographer

                  from Winston-Salem, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I was sad to leave my 35mm camera behind, but I am enjoying the all the benefits of digital with my new Sony Alpha33. I enjoy shooting family portraits, vacations, high school sports, sunrises, and landscapes.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    excellent and fun

                    By astronut

                    from sunny places with insects to photogragh

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 3D is fun
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • No focus assistance
                    • No vertical grip
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Stillouterspace shots

                    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    Taking still life and insect photos are my thing. However, I shot an HD video and the quality was amazing. Taking a panoramic 3d picture was hard but once I set the image to a normal size the pictures came out well. overall I feel that this camera will prove to be very enjoyable and productive.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    This camera is simply amazing-

                    By Birdman

                    from Long Island, New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I am a birdcarver and use my camera for referance photos. The noise level is excellent up to 800 iso with a 500 mm lens. [ slight noise at 1600 iso]

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    New Technology for DSLR

                    By The Sharpshots Photographer

                    from Southern Illinois

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I put this camera through the paces, low light, sports, portriate, it cam through with flying colors. The battery life seems very short compared to other ALPHAs

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 5
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Camera with the hottest new technology.

                    By Billyboy

                    from Fitchburg MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I like the like weight body that can shoot paneramics and also high iso settings.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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