Sony a200/a300 Replacement

A tipster sent in possible info today on a replacement for the Sony A200/A300 DSLRs.

Today I spoke with a friend in a technical service of Sony in […redacted…] and he told me that is possible Sony announce the new a200/a300 substitute Alpha in April.

Just one camera for 2 actual model.

It will use the same a700 sensor and will have LV with phase detection AF. The LCD will be tilting, HD and touch screen. The design will be equal to a200 with a bigger OVF than a200 and
pentmirror. It also will have video HD 720p and 30fps with AF.

Is very probably that Sony incorporate a new feature called “Touch Quick Edition”.

The redacted portion discloses a specific location that I have removed to prevent the identification of the tipster and the friend from Sony.

It would make sense for Sony to consolidate some of the Alpha models, though I would think the A300 and A350 were more ripe for consolidation.  If true, maybe it just means that the low-end Alpha DSLR will now feature Live View – something that the A200 missed out on.

What are your thoughts?


Weekend Digital Camera Deals

Both Ritz and B&H Photo have some solid deals this weekend.

B&H has some good rebates/discounts on Sony DSLRs.  Like the Sony A200 with 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses for $549.99.

More Sony deals at B&H Photo here.

Ritz has a few good discounts and offers currently available:

Nikon D40 w/ 18-55mm AFS DX VR and 55-200mm AFS lenses, Gadget Bag & DVDs, Free Epson Printer Offer, Free Shipping & No Sales Tax

Epson Stylus Photo Printer – Free After Rebate

They’ve also put up their Valentine’s Day deals for those of you looking to score a pink or purple camera for V-day.