Powered by a BIONZ processor and with a Super SteadyShot mode to ensure sharp results, the Alpha a450 has a 2.7in Live View LCD. Using this, an image can be digitally enlarged by a factor of up to 14x to confirm the sharpness and clarity of an image. The a450's standard 5fps continuous burst mode can be boosted to 7fps by preselecting the AE (auto-exposure) and AF (autofocus) settings and putting the camera in speed priority mode. Impressively, it has a CIPA-rated battery life of 1,050 photos.
The camera has an automatic HDR (high dynamic range) feature that allows users to take photos containing areas of both light and shadow without losing depth or compensating with too much or too little exposure. White balance can be adjusted manually up to 3EV. ISO levels between 200 and 12,800 can be manually set and the a450 has a nine-point autofocus.
Weighing 520g and usable with a 30-strong range of lenses including two telephoto lenses and several Konica-Minolta compatible lenses, the 137x104x81mm Sony Alpha a450 will be available in the UK in early February. Pricing has yet to be announced.
See also: Sony Alpha a380 review