Sony Thursday announced the upcoming release of several new DSLR cameras, which will arrive in stores in October.
The two new cameras are the 12.3-megapixel a500 and 14.2 megapixel a550, the latter of which is billed as the first camera of its kind with with seven frames per second shooting speed to retail for under $1,000. The cameras both include the High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature, a 3-inch LCD screen and two Live View functions.
"We are bringing performance of a higher class of cameras within the reach of a broader group of consumers," Sony’s senior manager of the Digital Imaging business Mark Weir said as part of the announcement. "Not only do these cameras provide great value, but they also bring faster shooting speeds and new technologies like in-camera High Dynamic Range and new Live View features to mainstream photo enthusiasts."
The cameras cost $750 and $950, respectively, while versions of both that include a 18-55 kit lens sell for $850 and $1,050. A macro lens is also offered for $200.