DIWA Gold for Sony Alpha 100

January 9, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | DIWA | Comment |

Sony Alpha 100DIWA Press Release

Last summer, Sony launched their first digital SLR camera; the 10.2 Megapixel DSLR-A100. Numerous DIWA web sites have tested and evaluated the camera’s improved Super SteadyShot CCD shift image stabiliser, automatic sensor dust removal, D-Range Optimizer, Zone Matching metering and many other fine features. The Alpha 100 also delivers high image quality, a user-friendly design, and excellent value for money.

Amsterdam, January 9th, 2007 : DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites, today announces a DIWA Gold Award to the Sony Alpha 100 for high overall performance at a most competitive price.

Sony’s purchase of Konica Minolta’s camera division gave the electronics giant a flying start into the fast growing D-SLR market. Based on the popular Dynax/Maxxum/Alpha single-lens reflex cameras from Konica Minolta, the Sony Alpha 100 could instantly offer a full range of high quality lenses and accessories. Moreover, their well renowned partner Carl Zeiss of Germany also participates in building the Sony Alpha system. Photographic perfection through simple handling is a key element to the Alpha 100, according to the DIWA experts. To make this possible, the Alpha 100 is equipped with several unique technological advances to satisfy newcomers as well as experienced photographers. First of all, the original CCD Shift Image Stabiliser has been improved to allow handheld shooting with up to 3.5 steps longer shutter speeds than normal, ensuring sharp images in most situations. The sensor even shakes to remove potential dust particles. Other highly efficient features are the Dynamic Range Optimizer and the Zone Matching system, both designed to make shooting in difficult lighting conditions easy for anyone.

Inside the large and bright viewfinder, 9 focusing points are displayed and an Eye-Activated AF system starts focussing the instant your eye is placed to the viewfinder eyepiece. With the successful aim to make the Alpha 100 one of the fastest cameras in its class, Sony designed the new BIONZ image processor. Thanks to its power and clever algorithms, image processing is fast enough to allow continuous 10 MP burst shooting at 3 fps, and incredibly fast USB 2.0 High Speed image download. Camera control information and image playback are available on the detailed and bright 2.5” LCD-screen. Obviously, all shooting modes are on hand, including six scene programs, as well as RAW+JPEG formats and sRGB/Adobe RGB colour space and many other advanced settings.

Test results from the international DIWA group of experts concluded that Sony could hardly have made a more promising debut than with the Alpha 100. Overall camera performance and a competitive price tag were highly rated issues in the sophisticated DIWA Score Board, with a total sum qualifying for a DIWA Gold Award.

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DIWA Awards members:
- Canada: www.photoxels.com
- Czech Republic:  www.fotoaparat.cz
- Germany:  www.digitalkamera.de
- Hungary: http://www.fotovilag.hu
- Netherlands:  www.letsgodigital.org
- Norway:  www.digit.no
- Poland:  www.fotopolis.pl
- Slovenia:  www.e-fotografija.com
- Spain:  www.nuevafotografia.com
- Turkey:  www.diginorm.com.tr
- United Kingdom:  www.photographyblog.com

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