So now it's Sony's turn with the pre-PMA DSLR releases. They've actually offered something quite interesting on the technology front with the new 14.2-Megapixel Alpha A350 and 10.2-megapixel Alpha A300 digital SLRs -- a Live View feature that lets you autofocus.
Called "Quick AF Live View," the system uses a "Pentamirror Tilt mechanism" to channel light to a second sensor in the camera that's dedicated to Live View. If it works as it's explained -- and we'll get a hands-on with the cameras on the PMA show floor tomorrow to try it out -- it'll end the annoyingly slow process of turning on Live View, manually focusing, and then taking a picture which has made the Live View feature mostly a novelty on DSLRs.
Another nice addition to these two cameras is the ability to tilt and shift the viewing angle on the 2.7-inch LCD. Though not nearly as helpful as the full-swiveling LCD on the Olympus E-3, being able to pull out and adjust the screens on these Alphas should give you a better viewing angle for over-the-head and down-low shots.
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kombizz: When you're quoting from another site, it'd be helpful if you could indicate what part of the text is quoted, and what part (if any) is your own commentary on that.
Based on what I read about these two new cameras over at dpreview, they don't seem all that interesting. The live view implementation appears to be slightly more useful than how others have done it (if at the cost of the quality of the view finder; something I think they can get away with at entry-level models, but definitely not above), but otherwise it's basically nothing new over the A200. (Tilting LCD and yet more megapixels. *yaaaawn*)
Of course, I strongly want Sony to fail. They are the most consumer-unfriendly company on the face of this planet (worse than Microsoft), suing their own customers by the thousands, including rootkits on their products, heavily pushing DRM, buying up politicians to create ever worse technology laws, always pushing their own proprietary versions of products rather than going with the standards, etc, etc.
Sure, not their photography division (except for the crappy proprietary alternatives: memory stick anyone?), but in the end the money benefits the same company.
Staying away from Sony products is just good policy.
Thank you for the hint about quoting.
I simply copy the whole news.
I totally agree about your opinion about Sony. Unfortunately after the sad story of Minolta, all the Minolta users were trapped by Sony not by their choices. I do have a big family equipments of Minolta.