CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Textured body

SD card spoken here

Flip out LCD

Simple controls

Typical mode dial

Grip

One of the nice design touches on the new entry-level Alphas is the use of a textured rubberized material not only on the grip, but also on the opposite side of the body. The manual focus ring on the new DT series of lenses also has a rubberized feel.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET

Textured body

SD card spoken here

Flip out LCD

Simple controls

Typical mode dial

Grip

All the connectors and slots sit under a sliding door on the left side of the body. There are dual SD card and Memory Stick Duo slots with a physical media selection switch, a mini HDMI connector, and USB port. Having the card slots on the left side of the camera takes some getting used to; in most cameras they're either on the grip side or in the battery compartment.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET

Textured body

SD card spoken here

Flip out LCD

Simple controls

Typical mode dial

Grip

The LCD can rotate up perpendicular to the body as well as tilt down by about 55 degrees. However, it seems a bit small and difficult to view in direct sunlight.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET

Textured body

SD card spoken here

Flip out LCD

Simple controls

Typical mode dial

Grip

There aren't that many direct-access controls on the body; you get to frequently used options like AF mode, AF area, metering and white balance via a multiple-choice display brought up by the the Fn button. Though the camera has a modern information display, it's not interactive.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET

Textured body

SD card spoken here

Flip out LCD

Simple controls

Typical mode dial

Grip

There are no fancy new modes on the dial. The menu button, as well as most of the other buttons, feel a bit too flat with minimal travel.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET

Textured body

SD card spoken here

Flip out LCD

Simple controls

Typical mode dial

Grip

Though the camera's grip is a lot lower than most competitors', it's still comfortable to hold because of the texture.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET
Up Next

Compact cameras for advanced photographers