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So after the reported spotting of an A850 model on the Sony registration pages, it now appears that the manual has now been made available on a Sony support website.
The details are written up on the usual Sony/Minolta sites, PhotoclubAlpha and Dyxum - same size chip and body as A900 - but with only 3fps and a 98% viewfinder - the question is what will be the saving?
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I cannot wait for this to arrive,hope Sony steal the market.
No movie mode it seems - very strange as Sony is a such major player in video. Or maybe not so strange as they don't want to reduce the sales of their camcorders?
Price will be crucial.
Quote: hope Sony steal the market
Why? Do you have shares in " Sony " or other vestsed interest....???
As you say CB the price will be crucial, the A900 was at one point the cheapest full frame but the D700 is about the same now ~£1700.
Sony have introduced now entry level bodies and the A700 is now two years old - will they try and pitch it at the sort of price the A700 was introduced at - ~£1100? It would seem a big drop just for an easier to make viewfinder and a different CPU configuration?
But if it is then it makes a tempting upgrade for A700 owners ( like me )
The other question is what is planned for the A500/A550 models also seen listed on the Sony Warranty Registration system?
I'm a bit baffled with Sony's plans, they seem to have been moving sideways all this year, bringing out cameras with just about the exact same specs as existing models (or in this case with less) and so far with much higher price tags.
What I'm waiting for is for them to make something like the Nikon D300, crop sensor CMOS with low noise and fast focussing and lots of cross hair points and a fast frame rate too.
They seem to have left a hole near the top of their line up and are working all around it, the A700 is good but it doesn't have live view which I do find useful, used it today actually while out after butterflies, there was this Adder all coiled up in the grass, I only had my 90mm macro on so I held my camera out at arm's length and composed using live view just incase it sprung up to bite me, no way was I going to shove my face near that lol.
Quote: I'm a bit baffled with Sony's plans, they seem to have been moving sideways all this year, bringing out cameras with just about the exact same specs as existing models (or in this case with less) and so far with much higher price tags.
I feel the same, Geoff.
It has been said it is the cheapest way of having 'new cameras' on the market, which they can then charge 'new camera' prices for, for a while at least.
It will be interesting to see how the other new models which have been rumoured, A500/A550, match up to the existing A700 spec.
One article which was a good read regarding upgrading from APS to full frame was "Do you really need an A900" on Photoclub Alpha, which does set out the pros and cons.
I think on Dyxum, its rumoured that we may hear more in early September, which was about the time the KM7d, Sony A700 releases were made. So only a few weeks and we should know more concrete news.
Some more 'news' following the listing of some specs and images of the A500 and A850 on a German retail site. PhotoclubAlpha have an article on the information.
There are now some hands on reports and press releases from the US for the new A500, A550 and A850 models on the AlphaMountWorld site.
The A850 is an A900 with a slower frame rate of 3 fps (compared with 5) and a 98% viewfinder (rather than 100%) but everything stays the same for less than $1999.
The A500 and A550 feature new 12.3 and 14.2 CMOS detectors which now offer up to ISO 12800, and the A550 goes to 7 fps.
Looks good, it will be interesting to see the UK pricing when they are announced here.
EDIT: Just as I type this the press releases are appearing on the EPZ frontpage, no detail on prices yet though.
THe A850 sounds an interesting beast. That suggest a retail price of under £1,300 for a full frame camera, quite tasty, unless the old 1$ = £1 trick gets played on list price.
I've compared the US list and street prices of the A900 and list for the A850 with that of the A900 here(£1499 at rgbtech) and it would suggest a street price of £1110 for the A850. Maybe it will turn up at £1199?
Interesting, though still plenty of cash. I need to compare what other benefits other than full frame I would see moving from an A700.
It's a great day for Sony the range of camera's has made my day.
Off to the Bank tomorrow for you know what.
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