General

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"The Sony A33 is a great marriage of new and old, competitively priced to take on the best that mid-range DSLRs and Compact System Cameras can offer."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Sony
Lowest price
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Unknown
Announced
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August 2010

Sensor

"The Sony A33 produced images of excellent quality."
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Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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1.5x
Megapixels
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14 MP
Light sensitivity
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12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
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25,600 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
True resolution
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14 MP
Native resolution
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4592 × 3056
Pixel size
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26.1 µm²

Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3"
Resolution
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921k dots
Touch screen
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No
Flips out
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Yes
Live view
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Yes

Lenses

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Lens availability
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126 lenses
Lens mount
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Sony Alpha

Form factor

Size
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124×92×85 mm
Depth
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3.3"
Weight
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500 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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No
Built-in focus motor
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No

Viewfinder

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Type
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Digital
Viewfinder size
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Unknown
Coverage
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Unknown

Movies

Format
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1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
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No
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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Yes
Autofocus
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Phase detection
Continuous focus
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Yes
All formats
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  1. 480p @ 30fps
  2. 1,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps
  3. 1080p @ 30fps

Features

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"The Sony range over either Canon or Nikon is that the A33 features built-in sensor shift image stabilization, hence no need to spend extra on specialist lenses to help combat camera shake."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
Panorama
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Yes
HDR
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Yes
3D
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Yes
Image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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800 ms
Shutter lag
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215 ms
Battery life
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270 shots
Continuous shooting
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7 fps

Focus system

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Autofocus
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Phase detection
Focus points
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15
Cross type focus points
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3

Shutter

Max
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1/4000s
Min
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30s

Flash

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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Yes
External connection
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Yes

Storage

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

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"ISO 100-800 is noise-free, whilst ISO 1600 and 3200 produce more than acceptable results."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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70.0
Color depth
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22.8 bits
Dynamic range
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12.6 EV
Low light performance
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591 ISO