September 7 2007 - Photo Jottings

September 7 2007


Sony announces their newest DSLR today, and I’m right on it tonight–better late than never.  I was pretty sure they would bring this out soon, and I’m pretty sure they’ll introduce a full frame in the near future, but that’s not really going out on a limb if you’ve recently read what Sony has been up to.  Look below for some details of the new Sony A700, meant to compete with the likes of the Canon 40D, D300 Nikon and a couple other mid-level cameras.

Also new are the (all Sony) DT 16-105mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom and the DT 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 super zoom.  Planned for a little later is the new 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 SSM G lens.

Sony A700 home page.

  • Sony A700
  • 12.24mp CMOS Exmore™ sensor.
  • 3″ LCD with 921,000 pixels.
  • Magnesium alloy frame with weather sealing.
  • ISO 100-160?-6400, let’s cross our fingers!! Hopefully it’ll be better than the A100.
  • AF illuminator, and it’s about time.
  • Image stabilization in-body.
  • New Pentaprism viewfinder.
  • Retains eye-start autofocus.
  • Two card slots, CF and Memory stick.
  • 5fps RAW, up to 18, unlimited JPEG Std/Fine.
  • Now with wireless remote.
  • New battery, A100 battery won’t work in A700, but new battery will work in A100, go figure!
  • Lots of new dedicated buttons.
  • Now with optional battery grip, $350
  • Flash sync port.
  • HDMI video output for TV.
  • Body available on or about 9/28/07 according to the SonyStyle website, which has a long history of missed release dates.
  • Priced at $1399 body only.
  • Kits include 18-70mm cheap lens for $1499, and a new DT Sony 16-105mm for $1899 in Nov.
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