Sony Alpha α700 Available for Pre-Order

Amazon just put up their Sony α700 pages and the camera is now available for pre-order. Amazon has a first-come, first-served policy with pre-orders, so if you’re planning on getting one, you’d better get in line now.

Sony α700 w/ 18-70mm lens

Sony α700 w/ 16-105mm lens

Sony α700 (body only)

The α700 (body only) is initially showing out of stock with no pre-order option. Both kits show availability of December 15, 2007; however, Sony has already said the a700 body only and 18-70 kit would ship in October, while the 16-105 kit will ship in November. I imagine that Amazon is being rather conservative with availability dates as they were with the Canon 40D.

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Sony α700 Samples at ISO 6400

Here’s some sample photos taken with the Sony α700 at several ISO settings, including ISO 6400:

Sample 1 – ISO 100, F6.3, 1/400s (Full Size Image)

Sample 2 – ISO 400, F10, 1/1000s (Full Size Image)

Sample 3 – ISO 400, F9, 1/1600 (Full Size Image)

Sample 4 – ISO 3200, F5, 1/60 (Full Size Image)

Sample 5 – ISO 6400, F6.3, 1/60 (Full Size Image)

Follow more Sony α700 reviews and news on the Sony α700 Reviews and Resource Page.

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Sony Announces the New α700

Sony is expanding its a (Alpha) digital SLR system with the introduction of the DSLR-A700 camera, which is aimed at photo enthusiasts or serious photo hobbyists.

The new model features advanced imaging technologies and ultra-responsive operation, as well as a lightweight, dust- and moisture-resistant, magnesium alloy construction common to enthusiast-class D-SLR cameras. [Read more...]

Sony α700 Mini-Site In Progress

It looks like Sony UK is in the process of turning on the Alpha 700 portion of its site. It’s been up and down for a few hours now.

Here’s what’s been gleaned form the the specs:

12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor backed by a BIONZ image processor, 3-inch, 921,000 pixel LCD, 3200 maximum ISO (with a ridiculous ISO 6400 “expanded mode”), 11 point autofocus, and wireless flash support.

(via Engadget)

More screen grabs:

Photoclub Alpha has a thorough post covering the leak.  I imagine that we’ll get the official word from Sony tomorrow.

I’ll keep you posted on the latest developments. Stay tuned.

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Sony α700

The buzz on the next offering from Sony is in full swing now. Check out this post on the upcoming announcement, which I think is in Korean. Based on what I can translate with a little help from Google, it says the key features include:

  • APS-C CMOS (1.5X Crop) Sensor
  • Sony’s new Bionz image processor
  • Improved AF speed and efficiency
  • 5.5 frames per second
  • 1/8000s shutter speed
  • Up to ISO 6400
  • 3″ LCD Display
  • Super Steady Shot (in-body IS)
  • Weather-sealing

Announcement should be very soon. There’s plenty of buzz that Sony will announce on September 5th or 6th (apparently, at a press conference in the UK). The Korean site linked above mentions a availability date in November – not unlike the Nikon D300.

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The Next Canon 5D

It’s inevitable. It’s the next camera in Canon’s DSLR lineup due for replacement. The Canon 5D was announced on August 22, 2005. That’s 2+ years already. My guess is that the Canon 5D is a prime candidate for replacement at PMA 2008 (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) – that would make a 2 1/2 year life span for the 5D. Of course, it could also show up at Photokina 2008 (Sept. 23-28) instead, making it a 3 year ordeal.

The Canon Rebel and 10D-40D series have been on a consistent 18 month replacement schedule. The pro-level 1D and 1Ds series have been subject to longer replacement schedules overall. Being a first generation camera in its class, the Canon 5D has no precedent to follow. It is really more of a high-amateur/semi-pro level body. The 5D remains in a class of its own, although Nikon has began to apply a little pressure by finally entering the full-frame market with the Nikon D3. However, the 5D’s current price point at around $2500 is significantly less than the Nikon’s MSRP of $5000.

That said, 2 1/2 or 3 years is a long time in DSLR world. The Canon 5D is missing some features that are “standard” on the current generation of Canon’s other DSLRs:

  • Live View
  • Dust Reduction Sensor
  • 3″ LCD (the 5D has a 2.5″ LCD)

I expect to see these features as a gimme and maybe a 2MP or so boost, up to 14-15MP. I imagine that there would be a few other tweaks along the way; however, I don’t really expect the current “form” to change a great deal. It’s most likely to be an evolution of the current generation 5D (e.g., 30D to 40D).

I imagine now that all the buzz of the Canon 40D and Nikon’s new cameras have died down, we’ll start to hear rumblings, rumors and speculations of the Canon 5D Mark II, 6D or whatever it’s called. I’ll update this post as word comes along. Stay tuned.

Follow the rumors for the Canon 5D Mark II on this page

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Nikon D3 Sample Pics – ISO 25600

No, that’s not a typo. Five digits: ISO 25,600. Images below are 100% crops captured in jpeg fine. Here’s the links to the pics:

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 2500

ISO 4000

ISO 6400

ISO 25600

It looks like ISO 6400 and below is going to be great for the Nikon D3. I’m looking forward to seeing more shots between ISO 6400 and 25600 to see if this sample is really representative of the quality to expect.

More Nikon D3 ISO 25600 samples have been posted for viewing in the forums.

Follow all the Nikon D3 updates on this page.

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