Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Leaked: The Sony A700 is no longer a secret! - a new Alpha DSLR!

Leak pages and Discussion threads of the Sony Alpha A700 DSLR (don't call it Cybershot!).

  • Camera basic details from the leak at Pocket-Lint
  • Detailed Specs from the Sony Style leak
  • Sony SLR talk @ dpreview
  • dynum.com
  • Also at Sony SLR talk @ dpreview
  • So who is going to buy it?
  • PhotographyBlog.com
  • Advertisement from Sony Czech Republic (requires Flash)
  • At UberGizmo
  • Gadgets Club
  • Imaging Insider
  • CNN for Macs - with nice close pictures of the camera body!
  • dpreview News Forum discussion


    More dpreview forum discussions on the A700
  • Some disappointments here and here
  • Is it glass prism?
  • Would the absence of Live View hurt Sony A700 sales?. And a thorough discussion on Live View (and its absence)
  • A side by side of the Canon 40D, Nikon D300, and Sony A700. Side by side of the pictures that is, not a review :-) And another one
  • This forum user almost got it right a few hours before the "official" leak.
  • Speculations on the price


    Here is a summary of the Sony-leaked Sony Alpha A700:
  • 12mp Exmor CMOS sensor, 1.5x type
  • ISO 100-3200, boost to 6400
  • 100K shutter, 1/8000 sec
  • Sensor-shift stabilization
  • Claims 2.5 to 4 stop improvement, which includes up to half a stop gained from a new shutter/mirror combo
  • Bionic engine (BIONZ) and dust bunnies protection
  • ADC and initial Noise Reduction happen on the sensor (first time)
  • 5 fps (16 RAW, unlimited JPEG)
  • Eye-start AF is back
  • double-crossing AF (11 points and 11 lines)
  • 40-segment honeycomb pattern metering
  • Two slots, one for the CompactFlashes and one for the MemorySticks. Nice! This is a must for any DSLR over $1000!
  • Pentaprism OVF (95%)
  • Has a pop-up flash, wireless flash support
  • Three user memories for all settings
  • 3" LCD (sounds similar to the Nikons?)
  • New Info-LiIon M-series battery at 650 CIPA
  • Optional battery grip, model # VG-C70AM can use an extra battery, essentially doubling battery life
  • Remote control included
  • HDMI output

    As you may recall from the leak of the Sony H3, T200 and T70, these camera also appeared ___accidentally____ on a Sony Style webpage. Accidentally of course :)

    If the model name sounds familiar, do not confuse it with the Canon Powershot A700 or the Fuji Finepix A700

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