By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY: Sony has announced the imminent release of its revolutionary 24.6-megapixel DSLR. The new α900 [Alpha 900] model is expensive, with Sony calling its capabilities “unprecedented”.

The key features of the α900 include the world’s first “SteadyShot Inside” body-integrated anti-shake system for a full-frame DSLR, image processing through a dual Bionz image processor and a “Bright, full size 100% highest performance optical view finder,” according to a Sony spokesperson.

Talking about this new release is Sony Australia DSLR business development manager, John Wallace.

“Sony has cemented its place in the D-SLR world with the launch of this innovative camera,” Wallace. “With the world’s highest megapixel resolution available on a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, this camera produces stunning digital images with perfect clarity and resolution even in large print sizes.”

Sony claims that the 24.6-megapixel resolution of this 35-milimetre full frame model places the α900 at the cutting edge of digital imaging technology.

“Utilising the full merit of photographic expressive power, this never-before-achieved resolution delivers virtually noiseless images and allows wider angles and perspective only possible with a 35mm full frame size SLR,” said a Sony spokesperson.

Additional features of the α900 include a built-in eyepiece shutter, backlit top LCD panel, AF micro adjustment function, mirror lockup mode and interval shooting function. Included software is Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR, Remote Camera Control and Picture Motion Browser.

The Sony α900 will be available in mid-October 2008 for RRP $4,499.