|Sony A700 DSLR review : Finally Sony are making good their promise to bring a real Alpha system on the market that not only appeals to the amateur but the semi-pro and even the professional photographer alike with the introduction of the Sony Alpha 700. I do not wish to claim the Sony A700 to be the ultimate tool for professionals. These photographers most possibly use a DSLR of the same brand they already own as a second camera. However; a start has been made. And a third body, this time a professional one, is ready to be introduced in 2008, as Sony showed us during the PMA 2007 in Las Vegas.
Sony A700 digital SLR camera
Many people were eagerly awaiting the Sony DSLR-A700. Not only Alpha 100 owners felt ready to step over to a new semi-pro body, also consumers marking time looked forward to Sony's next move. Personally I consider this new Sony Alpha 700 as Sony's first real statement with its very own face. The Alpha 100 still showed clear signs of Konica Minolta but the Sony A700 is a D-SLR camera I would certainly expect to see from Sony.
Sony DSLR-A700 - 12.2 Megapixel CMOS image sensor
The Sony Alpha 700 is equipped with a newly developed 12.2 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and works with a focal length multiplier of 1.5x. The housing consists of a combination of aluminum alloy and polycarbonate and is mostly waterproof and dustproof thanks to extra attention that has been paid to the closure of covers etc. The weight of a tad less than 800 grams (778 grams without lens) is pleasant to work with and makes the camera lie stable in my hand. The beautiful large sized LCD screen on the back of the Sony A700 is definitely breathtaking. This 3-inch high resolution LCD screen surely adds a surplus value to this camera.
Sony Alpha A700 - Competitors Nikon and Canon
The Sony Alpha 700 can now prepare itself to conquer part of the heavenly competing segment in which brands like Nikon and Canon are ruling. Some weeks before Sony's introduction of the Sony A700, Canon as well as Nikon have showed with what they will enter the digital battlefield and their weapons certainly cannot be ignored. Especially Nikon surprised me with a high quality DSLR camera with obvious professional features, but with the price tag of a semi-pro camera. One thing is for sure; the upcoming year will be an extremely interesting period for photography lovers.
Sony Alpha SLR-A700 review
During the presentation of the Sony Alpha A700 in Italy, I was able to work briefly with Sony's new addition. Upon my return Sony contacted me to announce the availability of a full-production model to be used for our camera reviews. Thanks to Sony for a fast delivery, I was able to dive into the studio to make the necessary product photos and test images and to put the camera into practice thereafter. Read my experiences with the Sony Alpha 700 in the Alpha 700 review.
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"The test photos shot with the Sony Alpha A700 are made in Lago Maggiore in Italy after the press conference of Sony. After attending an interesting workshop I was able to shoot some samples with the new Sony Alpha A700 camera. "
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