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Sony's New Interchangeable-Lens Cameras: DSLR-Like Image Quality, Compact Size

Sony unveiled its new concept piece at PMA 2010 in Anaheim, designed to rival Micro Four-Thirds cameras.

Sony's Interchangable-Lens Concept Camera

Sony unveiled a concept model of a compact interchangeable-lens camera at PMA 2010 in Anaheim today. The camera will come with an APS-C-size sensor (24mm by 16mm). The upcoming cameras share the same Alpha branding as the company's DSLR line and are slated for availability later this year. Get more information about Sony's new product here.

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From Sony's Conference at PMA 2010

Not many details were released about the new Sony cameras, but the company's point-and-shoot lineup has features that we'd love to see in this upcoming interchangeable-lens model. Those include a one-touch Sweep Panorama mode, a Handheld Twilight mode (which blends as many as six images together to create a noise-free low-light image), and an Advanced Scene Recognition mode (which takes two photos in rapid succession, with and without the flash).

Due in 2010: The Camera and Three Interchangable Lenses

Sony says that the camera is designed to offer DSLR-like image quality in a more-compact package.

No Viewfinder

Like the NX10 and the Micro Four-Thirds system cameras made by Olympus and Panasonic, Sony's concept camera lacks the internal mirror box found in traditional DSLR cameras. That omission allows the camera to be much more compact than a DSLR, but it also means that you don't get a through-the-lens optical viewfinder; Sony's concept camera has a large LCD on its back that serves as the only viewfinder.

The Compact Body Without Lens

Sony has made no announcement about pricing or availability for its new compact cameras, nor has it provided any details about the cameras' lens compatibility.

The APS Sensor Size Used

Sony's new Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor enables users to shoot 1080p high-definition video in AVCHD format.

Journalists Crowd Around for a Peek

We'll post more about Sony's new compact, interchangeable-lens camera as soon as we get more information. In the meantime, stay tuned for more camera news from the PMA 2010 show in Anaheim.

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