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    [Rumor] Sony A200/300 replacement

    http://www.photographybay.com/2009/0...0-replacement/

    Today I spoke with a friend in a technical service of Sony in [...redacted...] and he told me that is possible Sony announce the new a200/a300 substitute Alpha in April.

    Just one camera for 2 actual model.

    It will use the same a700 sensor and will have LV with phase detection AF. The LCD will be tilting, HD and touch screen. The design will be equal to a200 with a bigger OVF than a200 and
    pentmirror. It also will have video HD 720p and 30fps with AF.

    Is very probably that Sony incorporate a new feature called “Touch Quick Edition”.
    1. A700 sensor with LV phase detection AF... sounds great, and what I would want to see, but because of the megapixel marketing garbage, I would expect more like the A350 sensor

    2. HD screen? AFAIK the best resolution on a camera LCD right now is VGA. HD would be a huge, prohibitively expensive jump, and wouldn't provide any benefit on a screen that small.

    3. HD video - almost a given. Sony is probably going to lead Canon and Nikon on consumer focused features like this going forward, as they did with live view. Consumer electronics == Sony.

    4. Bigger viewfinder - Holy cow I hope so, but I kinda doubt it. The A300/350 have a smaller viewfinder than the A200 because of the funky setup for the phase detection LV to work. I expect the next LV camera will be better, but I dunno if it will be much better than the A200.

    5. I could see everything else, without the HD screen, and I honestly think a bigger viewfinder, touchscreen LCD, and same sensor as A700 are very unlikely, and they would make the thing VERY expensive.

    What do you guys think? What sites do you look at for photo new/rumors, photography bay has been the only one that has stayed in my RSS reader.
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    DAMN.

    A700 sensor is great, but dated :\

    HD screen, on a 2.7", why bother?

    HD Video is awesome!

    Bigger viewfinder is welcome!

    Touchscreen, love the Sony touchscreen's although only an added bonus.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Would it be fair to say that the A700's sensor is of better quality than the A350 sensor, or is it really just the megapixels that matter on the sensor, and the image processor is what makes a difference in noise, color reproduction, dynamic range, etc?
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
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    It's better
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    I wonder what FPS speed we would be looking at, that is the 'worst' thing about the 350 IMO is the slow FPS. I would love to see the 700 be able to add another 1.5 or even 2!
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    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
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    olympus has certianly set the sony guys a pretty steep benchmark with the e620. it looks like a real winner. sony has some work to do. they've killed pentax but oly looks to have alot of life left in them.
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    the Oly does look nice but i would not consider a system change unless it is to Canikon.
    it's hard enough to find an abundance of Sony merchandise let alone trying to find Oly or Pentax.
    i would however consider Fuji if they come out with something new since they use the Nikon mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha82 View Post
    the Oly does look nice but i would not consider a system change unless it is to Canikon.
    it's hard enough to find an abundance of Sony merchandise let alone trying to find Oly or Pentax.
    i would however consider Fuji if they come out with something new since they use the Nikon mount.
    Same feeling about systems here. At one of the local camera shops someone told me that Sony was playing a distant 5th to Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Olympus, which I am almost positive is not true at all. However, I will say that I think the 4/3 system is very nice, and from what I can tell, there isn't a bad lens in existence. From what I have read they don't sell a single lens as bad as the current sony kit, or the older Canon and Nikon non-VR kits. However, I would be frustrated with the even bigger depth of field than we have with the APS-C digitals.

    edit: I forgot to mention the fact that Olympus offer f/2.0 zooms. Holy crap that would be nice.
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    there has been abundant rumours about an s6, (based on the d300 body), and i'd certianly be interested in that if fuji stayed true to their push for less MP's and more dynamic range. if the s5 is anything to go by though, it will be very expensive, to the point of being cost inhibative.
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    12-14mp s6 would be nice. hopefully not too much more than what the D90 costs.
    the s5 still costs quite a bit new here.
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