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Rex914
09-05-2007, 12:45 AM
Looks like it's being announced on Thursday, the 6th. Jeff has already hinted at this in the Upcoming Reviews bar. ;)

I think it's that "advanced amateur" model they showed a little while back. Sources say it's something like the following. Let's see how close it is. :)

Sony Alpha 700 (A700)

- 12 MP CMOS sensor that is similar to the one on the D300
- 11-point AF with AF assist lamp
- Improved viewfinder (Pentaprism, 95% view, 0.9x magnification)
- Metering System - 40-segment honeycomb pattern
- ISO 100 - 3200 (boost to 6400)
- 3" LCD (640 x 480)
- 5 FPS
- New Kit Lens - 16 - 105mm f/3.5-5.6
- Improved in-body IS
- Improved shutter durability
- Improved menu/user interface
- Battery Pack - NP-FM500H

It's worth noting that there will be no live view on this model.

- Jon

DonSchap
09-06-2007, 05:16 AM
Good work, Jon ...

The confirmation was made, yesterday, 9/5, also. Looks like a late October street arrival, also.

I think Canon has its hands full, with this one ... and the party is just beginning. They should haven listened ... (shaking head)

Vegaboy
09-07-2007, 01:00 PM
I'd love to see some links to good information about this. It's taken just long enough for me to actually start getting fairly nervous about whether or not I was gonna have to jump ship.
If this is actually finally happening, and it gets competitive reviews, maybe I'll start buying some real lenses.
Trevor.


EDIT:
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/8294.html
http://www.t3.co.uk/news/247/imaging/digit...a/new-Sony-A700
http://investing.reuters.co.uk/news/articl...toryID=nT355134

First review: http://www.popphoto.com/cameras/4570/field...-dslr-a700.html

Overall first impressions seem to be pretty good.

From test article:
"At the end of this tryout, the various participants agreed that the A700 is a camera designed by photographers for photographers. The message coming is that Sony is very serious about the SLR business. If the A700 is the "advanced amateur" model, it makes you wonder what that future "flagship" model is going to be like."