General

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Brand
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Sony
Lowest price
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$329.99
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Announced
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February 2013
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Sensor

Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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1.5x
Megapixels
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20.1 MP
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Light sensitivity
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16,000 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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25,600 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

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True resolution
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20.1 MP
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Native resolution
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5176 × 3880
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Pixel size
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18.3 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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2.7"
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Resolution
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460k dots
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Touch screen
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No
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Flips out
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No
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

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Lens availability
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126 lenses
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Lens mount
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Sony Alpha

Form factor

Size
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129×95×78 mm
Depth
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3.1"
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Weight
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492 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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No
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Built-in focus motor
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No
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Viewfinder

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Type
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Digital
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Viewfinder size
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0.65x
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Coverage
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100%
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Movies

Format
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1080p @ 30fps
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Supports 24p
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Yes
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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Yes
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Autofocus
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Phase detection
Continuous focus
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Yes
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All formats
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  1. 480p @ 30fps
  2. 1,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps
  3. 1080p @ 24fps
  4. 1080p @ 30fps

Features

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Panorama
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Yes
HDR
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Yes
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No
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Performance

Startup delay
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1900 ms
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Shutter lag
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326 ms
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Battery life
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690 shots
Continuous shooting
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8 fps
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Focus system

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Autofocus
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Phase detection
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Focus points
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15
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Cross type focus points
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3

Shutter

Max
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1/4000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

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Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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Yes
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External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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  1. Memory Stick PRO Duo
  2. Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
  3. SD
  4. SDHC
  5. SDXC

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Image quality
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74.0
Color depth
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23.3 bits
Dynamic range
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12.5 EV
Low light performance
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753 ISO