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September 2008's best new products revealed

8 innovative gadgets and tech toys to enjoy

September 2008 has proven to be a bumper month for exciting new gadgets, with new cameras, TVs, NAS drives, and a laptop from Samsung that has critics drooling.

Sony Alpha 900 digital SLR

Two years after entering the digital single lens reflex camera market, Sony has capped off its Alpha range of cameras with the Alpha 900, a high-end model that features a full-frame sensor and 24.6Mp resolution. Sony is aiming the camera at serious photographers and it carries a price to match: around $3,000 for the body alone.

The full-frame sensor, named so because its the same size as a 35mm film frame, integrates 6,000 analogue-to-digital convertors in the chip to reduce picture noise, according to Sony. One neat feature is the ability to evaluate different settings without taking multiple shots. By pressing the depth-of-field button the camera grabs a preview image then, by using the 3in display on the rear, it's possible to try different white balance settings and adjust the dynamic range and exposure compensation before taking an actual shot.

The Alpha 900 will be available later this year. In Europe it will launch in October and in the US in November.


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