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Conclusions

The Sony A900 has a lot going for it, offering class-leading resolution in its price range (with appropriate RAW-file conversion), wonderful color rendition, a great feature set, as well as in-body Anti Shake. It’s a very impressive effort from Sony, no doubt to be followed by improved models. It can’t help but keep the market for full-frame DSLRs vibrant and competitive, benefiting Nikon and Canon shooters alike. We are on a clear trajectory for cameras up to 50 megapixels or so.

The negatives of the A900 are its lack of Live View, and the poor sharpening achieved by Sony’s RAW file processing software.

Resolution of the Sony A900 did not appear to be any higher than the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III in field images. Perhaps a resolution chart might show a difference, but real images are what matter.

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