Sony has unwrapped a new DSLR called the Alpha 450 which it bills as a ‘perfect all-rounder’.

Due to land in UK shops in February the 14.2-million-pixel Alpha 450 is claimed to allow equivalent ISO sensitivity up to ISO 12,800 and be capable of a continuous burst rate of ‘seven frames per second’.

Sony UK claims that the Alpha 450 is a ‘versatile easy-to-use choice for step-up photographers’.

Features include Live View and a 2.7in LCD screen with Manual Focus Check that allows the photographer to preview the image prior to capture.

‘The powerful Bionz image processor enables high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5fps (maximum approx.figure). In Speed Priority mode (with AF and AE set at the start of the burst) this increases to an amazing 7fps… More than enough to catch sports and fast-moving action with ease,’ claims Sony.

Also on board the 520g newcomer is Sony’s SteadyShot Inside anti-shake correction and an Auto HDR [High Dynamic Range] option designed to ensure the capture of bright highlights and dark shadow detail in the same frame.

The Alpha 450 measures around 137x104x81mm (excluding protrusions).

A UK price has not been released.

Alpha 450Specification, as supplied by Sony UK:

Effective Megapixels: Approx. 14.2

Lens compatibility: Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens

Image sensor: APS-C size (23.4×15.6mm) CMOS sensor “Exmor” with RGB primary colour filters

Processor: BIONZ? image processor

ISO Sensitivity Range: 200 – 12800 ISO

Image Quality Modes: Jpeg (fine, standard), RAW, RAW + Jpeg

HDMI connector and Bravia Sync

HDMI  mini connector (Type C), BRAVIA Sync (Sync menu), PhotoTV HD

Image Size: 3:2 (pixels)

L size:  4592×3056 (14M),

M size:  3344×2224 (7.4M),

S size:  2288×1520 (3.5M)

Viewfinder Type: Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror

LCD: 6.7cm (2.7?) type, TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 dots)

Manual Focus Check Live View: YES

SteadyShot INSIDE: YES

Anti-dust System: Coating on low pass filter, plus image-sensor shift

Focus Modes: AF/MF selectable.

AF modes: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF

Autofocus: TTL phase detection system; CCD line sensors

Focus Points: 9 points

Exposure Modes: Programmed AE (AUTO, AUTO – Flash Off, P), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene selection

Exposure Metering Sensor: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC

Exposure Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot

Scene Selection: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view

Creative Style Settings: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W

Shutter Speed:1/4000-30sec, Bulb

Exposure Bracketing: 3 continuous exposures, in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps

White Balance Settings: Auto / 6 presets / Colour Temperature/Colour Filter /  Custom WB

Continuous Advance Shooting: Up to 5 fps and 7 fps in speed priority mode.

Approx. no. of shots: Approx. 1050 shots

Built-in Flash: Auto pop-up ? GN 12 at ISO 100, FOV coverage up to 18mm

Flash Modes: Flash-off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Rear Sync., Wireless*, Hi-speed sync.*,

*With external flash HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM

Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo / PRO-HG Duo / SD memory card / SDHC memory card

Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 137 x 104 x 81mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)

Weight: Approx 520g

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