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Sony A450 Adds Speed, Stamina
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posted on Jan 6, 2010 at 3:21PM

Sony A450 Adds Speed, Stamina

By Emily Raymond
  • Sony A450 DSLR
  • 14.2 MP
  • 2.7" LCD
  • 1,050 shots on battery
  • Up to 7 fps

Sony announced an entry-level DSLR, the A450, to its Alpha series. The new camera has the same 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor as the A550, but packages it in a plastic body that has a smaller, static LCD monitor. The Sony A450 is expected to retail for under $900 when it is available next month.


(Credit: Sony)

The new A450 doesn’t introduce any new features. The company’s Jan. 5 press release highlights the Auto HDR (high dynamic range) mode, live manual focus check, and SteadyShot Inside stabilization system; all of these features are found on the older A550. Both cameras also have a wide ISO range from 200-12800 and a standard 5 fps burst mode along with a 7 fps “speed priority” mode.


The two cameras have nearly the same measurements, although the A550 is 3mm deeper. This difference in measurement is likely due to the older version having a foldable and tiltable LCD monitor. The A550 has a 3-inch, 921,000-pixel LCD screen. The new A450 limits its screen to 2.7 inches and 230,000 pixels and eliminates the tilting and folding mechanism.


The Sony A450 boasts extended battery life: it can reach 1,050 shots per charge, about a hundred more shots than the A550. However, the new A450 nixes the fast-AF live view that was on the A550 and probably used a fair amount of battery power.


Both cameras accept SD/SDHC media along with Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick Pro Duo cards. They also accept all 30 alpha lenses on the market and compatible Konica-Minolta A-mount lenses.


Pricing has not yet been announced, but the A550 retails for $949 for the body only, and the A450 is expected to sell for much less.



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