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(SR5) Sony to announce the first two Pellix cameras at Photokina in September! The A55 and A33!


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In November 2009 we told you that Sony was working on a completely new type of camera, the Pellix camera. A Pellix camera has a semitransparent and fixed mirror. Canon was once one of the leaders of the semitransparent mirror tecnology (For example with the Canon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RT) Those pellix cameras were all film cameras.

SonyAlphaRumors learned that Sony will launch two new Pellix cameras at Photokina (late September). This will be the first digital pellix cameras ever made. Both cameras will feature the new APS-C ExmorHD sensor.

Why should pellix be interesting?
1) Ken Rockwell said it few days ago: “why isn’t (video on DSLR) it good enough for me? Simple: DSLRs have no real autofocus!“. Current DSLR+video cameras like the Canon 5D MarkII or the Nikon D3s do have a very slow contrast autofocus. With the fixed semitransparent mirror from the future Sony cameras you will have a fast working phase detection autofocus not only for stills but also for video. And it will be the fastest autofocus ever made on a DSLR+video camera!
2) The mirror is fixed so there will be no moving parts. That should help you to get sharper images (like on rangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefinders)
3) The camera will be more silent!
4) The camera can take pictures (stills!) at over 10fps!

The only minor issue of Pellix cameras is that they have to split the light in two parts. A small part of the light goes to the phase detection sensor and a bigger part to the sensor. You should loose no more than 1/3 EV. We really shouldn’t worry about that :)

It is clear that Sony wants to offer the best possible video expereince on DSLR cameras! The pellix tecnology combined with the new ExmorHD sensor will almost create the Killer DSLR+video camera. I say “almost” because there is also one more thing we still would need: Raw-video recording. But according to our sources the camea will record in AVCHD format (24/Mbit/s).

What’s the difference between the two cameras? The A55 will record in FullHD (1080 60i/50i) and the A33 in 720p. The body will be very small like current APS-C Sony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony Alpha cameras. The price of the Pellix cameras? Cheap! I don’t know the price but I am certain it will be cheap!

One more thing. The cameras won’t be called DSLR anymore (Should be something like DSTR T=transparent). And yes it is a “classic” AlphaMount camera.

Design of the Pellix mirror

As you may remember in February we also posted a Sony patent which shows how it works:

Some technical details about the Pellix mirror have been posted at EosHD.

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