In the lead up to Photokina in September, the world’s camera companies are scrambling to show their new ideas before anyone else. Sony is up this time with a clearly different concept.
Sony’s A55 and A33 digital SLR models are the first in the world to use “Translucent Mirror Technology,” an idea that takes the traditional mirror found inside single-lens reflex cameras and replaces it with one that is fixed and translucent.
Because the mirror can send light to both the viewfinder and the sensor simultaneously, images can be shot more quickly than ever, with up to 10 frames per second on the A55 and up to 7 on the A33.
Both models are introducing auto-focus during Full HD 1080p video capture, with stills being recorded at 16.2 megapixels on the A55 and 14.2 megapixels on the A33.