The new Sony Î±55 and Sony Î±33 are the worldâ€™s first SLT cameras utilizing Translucent Mirror Technology which lets the camera focus and shoot simultaneously. They donâ€™t have to raise and lower the mirror like in conventional SLRs, resulting in faster continuous speed shooting, up to 10 frames per second.
Another major benefit of the Translucent Mirror is quick AF Full HD Movie mode, the same fast, precise Phase Detection for movies that you get with stills, according to Sony.
A quick look at the specs and illustration of these new SLT (for single lens translucent) cameras indicates that both the Î±55 and Î±33 are now sporting electronic viewfinders, doing away with the optical viewfinder which is a major desirable feature of SLRs.
The 16.2-MP Sony Î±55 is priced at $850 with an 18-55mm kit lens, while the 14.2-MP Sony Î±33 will retail at $750 with the same 18-55mm kit lens.
[Site: Sony USA]