As Elisha pointed out, hopefully the A700's successor will have something or a mid level camera (which I see as the A700 anyway).
Yes, focused on consumer, but two points, one good, and one bad. Bad is that they didn't add video, which doesn't make any sense. In fact, these are the same cameras with a different look, and some features to make it easier for new DSLR users. This may be a good idea but I dunno. But I'm shocked that they really didn't add ANYTHING new. Same sensors, same image processings, same features sets, etc.
Good point is the new 18-55 and 50-200 lenses. I seriously doubt they will be worse than the old 18-70, so it can only be good. Currently Canon offers a pretty killer starter kit with a Rebel + 18-55IS + 55-250IS. That setup (and I know Nikon's 18-55VR is very good too) allows someone to spend a pretty small amount of money and do anything they would need in good light. Assuming these lenses are as good as the Canon or Nikon, it should be a really nice kit.
I am certain they will get there share of reviews, even here! Jeff does a very thorough job.
Personally, I find it rather amusing that the ones whining about "no video" inside are the Canoikers, not SONY DSLR owners.
That said, I agree with the comments that Sony should really have included some truly new features with these "new" models.
I just hope the new models have good owners manuals, because the a900's leaves a lot to be desired. That's the only gripe I've had with the a900 ... that and my desire to see a more extensive lens line up. Which, hey all things considered, ain't bad!!!
here's just ONE thread where you whined about canon's upgrade path.
the very first post in this poll.
i guess option 1 of your poll in that thread applies perfectly to you..
"Yes ... anything new that SONY offers goes in my bag."
Obviously, 'Rooz' ... you are projecting ... which is your way, I suppose and you are entitled to it.
I have been rather consistent in my personalizations and am not asking for your agreement or otherwise. I still own my A700 (SONY's Gen I Prosumer DSLR) and have not felt the need to "upgrade" from it, unlike the 3 Prosumer upgrades that have followed the Canon EOS 20D, from roughly the same period.
I am not complaining about much of anything, short of a better noise-resolution algorithm for the sensor. So, beat up on SONY as you want ... they still stuck it up the big two's rear-gear with one humdinger of a DSLR and its big, relatively lost-cost, anti-shake brother (A900). It was worth the time ... go Minolta! Oops, SONY!
I can only imagine SONY's reintroduction of their A200-300 series was to correct and provide some capability that was overlooked in the previous edition. Instead of the infamous Mark II or III chosen by some companies ... they rolled the models up a notch. I am pretty sure the P&S converts will appreciate the improvements, overall, despite not be able to image and produce a mini-movie inside private locations.
and finally, no, I am not anticipating the purchase of any of these "new" camera bodies. I have already learned my photography lessons for the decade.
Anyway, from the WHAT IT'S WORTH Department ... the New α380 shooting through some newly released glass (<- click on this link) versus the older 18-70 "PUG"
But, to informed moving-from-point-and-shoot users, the LV should really matter.
And the 50 and 30, ever so slightly, appeal to a low-level prosumer, which is nice, but it just isn't enough.