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AntHolloway
AntHolloway e2 Member 9168 forum postsAntHolloway vcard United Kingdom
1 Aug 2009 - 11:47 PM

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?

Ant.

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wrinkles
wrinkles e2 Member 5349 forum postswrinkles vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 - 11:34 AM

I cannot wait for this to arrive,hope Sony steal the market.

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139463 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2009 - 11:46 AM

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.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 2 Aug 2009 - 11:46 AM
cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2009 - 11:51 AM


Quote: hope Sony steal the market

Why? Do you have shares in " Sony " or other vestsed interest..Wink..???

AntHolloway
AntHolloway e2 Member 9168 forum postsAntHolloway vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 - 12:53 PM

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 Wink )

The other question is what is planned for the A500/A550 models also seen listed on the Sony Warranty Registration system?

Last Modified By AntHolloway at 2 Aug 2009 - 12:53 PM
geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2009 - 8:31 PM

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.

Geoff.

Last Modified By geoffrey baker at 2 Aug 2009 - 8:32 PM
Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2009 - 8:34 PM


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.

AntHolloway
AntHolloway e2 Member 9168 forum postsAntHolloway vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 - 9:38 PM

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.

AntHolloway
AntHolloway e2 Member 9168 forum postsAntHolloway vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2009 - 10:37 PM

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.

Snapper_T
Snapper_T e2 Member 10848 forum postsSnapper_T vcard United Kingdom
19 Aug 2009 - 4:53 AM

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.

Trev

AntHolloway
AntHolloway e2 Member 9168 forum postsAntHolloway vcard United Kingdom
24 Aug 2009 - 5:26 PM

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.

AntHolloway
AntHolloway e2 Member 9168 forum postsAntHolloway vcard United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 - 2:34 PM

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.

Ant.

Last Modified By AntHolloway at 27 Aug 2009 - 2:36 PM
strawman
strawman  1022010 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2009 - 3:41 PM

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.

AntHolloway
AntHolloway e2 Member 9168 forum postsAntHolloway vcard United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 - 3:53 PM

Hi John,

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.

Ant.

Last Modified By AntHolloway at 27 Aug 2009 - 3:54 PM
wrinkles
wrinkles e2 Member 5349 forum postswrinkles vcard United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 - 4:12 PM

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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