Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 14.2MP High Resolution
  • Translucent Mirror f/Fast Focus
  • 921K Dot 3" Tiltable LCD screen
  • 3x 18-55mm Lens (Equiv to 27-82.5mm)
  • 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
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Sony SLT-A33 Overview

  • 1Description

If you like to live on the edge, this Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens 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,  a 3x DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 (35mm equivalent 27-82.5mm) lens,  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 is 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 brain 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.
In the Box
Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens
  • DSLR SLT-A33 Body
  • SAL1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FW50)
  • Battery Charger (BC-VW1)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony SLT-A33 Specs

    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Autofocus Points 15
    Exposure Control
    Metering Method Multi-Zone
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Manual, Shade
    Battery 1 x InfoLitium NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Kit Lens
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 24.99 cm
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 7 Groups
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.75 x 2.75" / 6.99 x 6.99 cm

    Sony SLT-A33 Reviews

    Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 88.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Camera for under $1000 With the Sony SLT-a33's new translucent mirror technology, I have been able to capture amazing shots. The 14 megapixel pictures look amazing and you can crop and zoom without losing large amounts of detail. The 7 fps is outstanding, the camera closest in price that can take 7 frames per second is $1800, Nikon d300, for just the body. And don't even get me started on the 1080i video. It's so crisp and the auto-focus is ridiculously snappy. The ONLY downside I've found is: on my Mac, the AVCHD files are not very Mac-friendly. But other than that, this camera is worth every last penny.
    Date published: 2010-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A33 When my daughter asks me to buy her a DSLR camera I started with the research and I went through a lot of cameras. I was looking for a good quality camera with a lot of new features. A lot of camera's would have one new feature but not another. Then I looked at A33 and A55 and found that it has most of the great features built in to a single small body. 1. Small body 2. HDR 3. Panoramic mode 4. Vibration reduction built into the camera 5. 3 high resolution LCD panel 6. RAW images 7. 7 fr/sec It has a lot of scene modes as well as manual. My daughter likes this camera a lot.
    Date published: 2010-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Quality and Very Fast This camera is fun to use right out of the box. The kit lens is fast and very versatile. The menu system is a bit odd at first but easy to get used to. I use this camera for taking pictures of skateboarders so I need a fast camera. The 7fps is very nice to catch the sequence shots and makes it easier to catch just the right moment. What I didn't like was that as of right now it is not compatible with sigma lenses(has a problem with aperture control). Sigma will fix them for free if you send in or take them to an authorized repair facility. Some older lenses can not be fixed. Sigma says they are working on releasing lenses that do work with the A33 and A55. One other thing is, because the camera is so fast and you often take more pictures in faster, buying a second battery is a must for even a half day of shooting. Over all this camera is a great camera to use, I have big hands and it still fits well, it is light weight and takes very nice pictures.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from no regret buying it! i used it on almost alot of occasions outdoor & indoor, sports etc and im pleased with the results. the AF is very fast and thats very helpful to switch from one view to another without wasting time, not to mention the continuous AF which is great for moving objects. overall i liked everything about it! so far i didnt find anything i dont like about it.
    Date published: 2010-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Low Price For High Quality i use it for everything i have owned some of high quality minolta lenses and some Sony ones the pictures are coming nice really helpful to handle pictures all around, surely worth the money i paid. in short Low Price, High Quality
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera - All Around Useful Extremely versatile. Record HD Video, MPEG Video, RAW and JPEG images or low res images. It's your choice and this is your camera. I got great pics on a trip to Guatamala and didn't have to carry another camera to get great video clips in between. Even without an expensive lens, this camera is great.
    Date published: 2010-10-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this camera!!! I am a beginning photographer...only used point and shoot cameras prior. This is a great camera for taking high quality photos using auto or manual mode. With its translucent mirror design, this camera also takes HD movies while constantly keeping focus. Definitely a worthwhile investment!
    Date published: 2010-10-18
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