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May 16, 2009

A trio of Sony Alpha DSLRs leak in Germany (A380, A330, A230)

The German DSLR leaks are in the history books! German photography site has captured a trio of upcoming Sony Alpha DSLRs that made a "brief guest appearance" at the German SonyStyle website.

The three DSLRs, as rumored, are the A230, A330 and A380, and they are all +30 model-number wise to the current trio of DSLRs. And as you can expect from this, the feature sets run in parallel. In-fact, there is not a whole lot of a difference between them based on the leaked specs and no DSLR-Video, which has some Sonoltans up in arms in the forums.

Please note that only the summary specs have been leaked, not all the details, so don't start screaming too much just yet :) Let's quickly recap what has currently been revealed about these three alleged DSLRs:

Sony Alpha A380
The new "leader" of the trio will have a 14mp CCD sensor, with sensor-shift stabilization, a 2.7" (230K) display, 9pt AF, some form of LiveView but no DSLR-Video. The initial prices are 750, 800 and 1000 euro for the standard three kits (body-only, single-lens, two-lens).

Sony Alpha A330
Considering the target audience, this may be the more reasonable (over the A380), with a more modest and manageable 10mp CCD sensor for the mythical average consumer/photographer. There is however a noticeable price difference, the three A330 kits trail the A380 kits by 150 euro each. Clearly the best bang for the buck unless one must have 14 instead of 10 megapixels.

Sony Alpha A230
If instead you prefer a fixed in-place LCD display, then this is the DSLR for you, and it sells for 50 euro less than the A330. It also appears that it does not have Live View.

Remember the A200, A300 and A350?
For a quick refresher to the current trio of A200, A300 and A350, be sure to check the reviews of all these cameras at the DSLR Review Organizer.

Reactions in the Forums
+ mega-thread - 38 pages and going
+ dpreview Sony forum
+ PCA forums

Reactions in the blogs
For the most recent reactions to the rumors, check the Sony-priority sites:
+ Photo Club Alpha
+ Alpha Mount World
+ Alpha Tracks

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