Sony DSLR Camera
For professional photographers, or those looking to move on from point and shoot, the DSLR is most often the camera of choice. DSLR stands for 'digital single lens reflex. Sony DSLR cameras use the optics and mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera, but combines this with a digital imaging sensor, rather than traditional photographic film.
Benefits of DSLR cameras
DSLR cameras offer much better photo quality when compared to classic point and shoot cameras, as they often have larger sensors. Sensors help to reduce noise (picture grain) meaning that photos are more clear. Due to the better sensor allowing for less noise, DSLR cameras are able to shoot much more effectively in low light conditions.
Another reason why DSLRs are popular is that you are able to use different camera lenses . These lenses allow you to shoot different shots more effectively, including long telephoto lenses for further shots, or macro lenses for closer ones.
Types of Sony DSLR cameras
Various Sony DSLR cameras are available as they produced in a short timeframe as Sony are traditionally an electronics company and started camera production relatively recently.
The DSLR-A100 was the first digital SLR camera Sony produced in 2006 in a partnership with Konica Minolta, who have since stopped producing SLRs and sold operations to Sony.
A good beginner model would be the A290. This model is a basic digital SLR camera and includes a fixed LCD display with no video capture capabilities.
The DSLR-A390 includes a live view and a 2.7 inch LCD screen and autofocuses faster than most other digital SLRs.
The DSLR-A330 and A380 models have similar features, including a tiltable and flippable LCD screen, but the main difference is that the A330 has 12MP (megapixels), whereas the A380 features 14.
The more high end DSLR-A900 is Sony's first product for the professional market. This Sony camera boasts 24.6MP and can capture images at five photos per second.