It’s been a little too quiet on the Sony front since the introduction of the uber-popular Sony A77. So, it’s not really much of a surprise to hear rumors of a refresh to the full-frame Sony A900 and (even more so) the consumer-ish Sony A55. Both are very solid cameras in their respective categories; however, their age is starting to show.
Sony Alpha Rumors has it on good word that a 16MP Sony A57 is in the works to replace the A55. Additionally, SAR is pegging the A900-replacement as (still) a 24MP Sony A99 – in spite of the recently-unveiled Nikon D800 that sports a 36MP (almost certainly a Sony manufactured sensor that Nikon may or may not claim as “Nikon developed”).
If Sony can get ahold of the noise at 24MP (more so than it did with the A900), then a full-frame A99 with the solid and fast live-view AF system may be just what the doctor ordered for Sony’s next stab at the pro market. Put in that AVCHD 2.0 with 60p capabilities akin to what you get in the Sony NEX-5n and NEX-7 and we’ll have a killer HDSLR to butt heads with the Nikon D800 and whatever Canon has cooking for NAB 2012.
The A57, of course, should continue the evolution of affordable and user-friendly DSLRs that’s helped Sony grow its Alpha line over the past few years.