The PC Show 2009, 19th Edition: The Coverage
VR-Zone brings you coverage of The PC Show 2009, held at Suntec Singapore. More information inside!
To start off this year’s coverage of the PC Show, we head off to Sony’s booth, located at the left corner nearest to the entrance. A considerable crowd forms around the display shelves, makes one wonder how squeezy it would be once the weekend is here.
Unlike all previous shows held at Suntec Singapore, Sony did not take up floor space at Level 3. The whole stretch where Sony used to reside is completely empty…
Firstly, we checked out Sony’s latest DSLR offerings. Of the three Alpha DSLRs recently announced (Alpha 220, Alpha 330 and Alpha 380), only the Alpha 330 made it to this show.
The Alpha 330 has a 10.2-megapixel sensor. Unlike major powerhouses Canon and Nikon, Sony has built its image stabilization mechanism into the camera body itself, instead of lenses. One does not need to purchase lenses with image stabilization in them to enjoy shake-free images on a Sony DSLR.
Following in the footsteps of the Nikon D5000, the Alpha 330 features a 2.7-inch adjustable screen. The screen can be tilted up and down, which makes image composition much easier in difficult situations with the help of Live View.
At the show, the Alpha 330 is sold as a single-lens, or dual-lens kit. The former comes with the camera body itself, and a 18-55mm lens. The latter comes with the camera body, the same 18-55mm lens, and adds a 55-200mm lens for extended shooting distance. The prices are $1099 and $1399 respectively. To sweeten the deal, all buyers will get a string of free gifts.
Moving over to the consumer imaging section, a star buy of the show is the Cyber-shot T90. The T90 is currently Sony’s slimmest Cyber-shot compact camera. It has a 12.1-megapixel image sensor, ISO sensitivity up to 3200, 4x optical zoom, and a battery life of approximately 220 shots.
Similar to the T90, the T900 would be the ‘flagship’ model to Sony’s compact camera lineup. It has the same specifications as the T90, but comes with a larger display screen.
Both the T90 and the T900 have HD movie support at 720p quality. The colors available for the T90 are black, pink, blue, brown and silver, while the T900 is available in red, bronze brown, silver and black.
Flipping both cameras over, you would realise that there are virtually no navigation buttons. That’s because both the T90 and T900 have 3-inch and 3.5-inch (that’s large) touch panels.
The T90 goes for $499, and the T900 goes for $679 at the show. You get some free gifts as well, such as memory sticks, carrying cases and additional batteries.