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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 03:42
Originally posted by Zack Zack wrote:

I suspect that the a500/a550 will be the a330/a380 with video and maybe a few other gizmos such as geotagging. A true a700 replacement is yet to come.


That is kind of what I am thinking based on the dual models. Hopefully there will be other improvements like better VF, etc.
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I thought one of the models would be either a dumbed down A-700 or a very improved A-100

One will have Live view and the other may have video, but I don't think Sony is ready for video in a D-slr yet.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PMac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 03:58
The only predictions I’ll make about this new rumour are:

a) its real (unless it’s a deliberate hoax by the OP). These internet “slips” appear to be part of Sony’s accepted array of teasers to the market.

b) this camera will give us a final vision as to the structure of the Sony DSLR range and Sony’s intentions. Minolta had a clear distinction between the 3 series and the 5 series. The 3’s were very simple, lacking a lot of features, and clearly entry level vehicles. The 5’s were comparatively feature rich, working a lot like the 7 series but in a smaller, lighter and less robust form.   If MLU, DOF preview and AEL are missing from the new 5 series then we can see a decisive break with the Minolta past conversely the dreams of many people might be fulfilled by getting an A700 shrunk and made even cheaper- just as the 5D did with the 7D.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jon7chow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 03:58
Yea... I'm assuming the 500 and 550 will differ by megapixels.

That would be really cool though... built in GPS... could drain the battery though... but it would be pretty sweet.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BackToSlr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:07
Cool! I agree this will be more like 500 series Minoltas. Feature rich, and true replacement of A100 (the old entry level) much like D90 is to Nikon. Just above Entry level stuff.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Serdar A Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:14
Originally posted by madecov madecov wrote:

One will have Live view and the other may have video, but I don't think Sony is ready for video in a D-slr yet.


Why do you think so? They already have video on a non-dslr model (DSC-HX1).
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr4gon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:22
OOOh, very interesting! Would still rather have the A730 come!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Alexramos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:26
I think the a730 will come between September 7th and 11th...
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Someone posted this link on dpreview,

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http://www.photographybay.com/2009/04/22/sony-a500-rumor/

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Post Options Post Options   Quote shinka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:31
Originally posted by dekie dekie wrote:

Someone posted this link on dpreview,

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http://www.photographybay.com/2009/04/22/sony-a500-rumor/

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Don't know about the specs, but the images are definitely fake. It's just a photoshopped A300/350. The new cameras will be better designed than those.

My guess is that the specs are pure speculation as well. I think Sony showed restraint with the A230/330/380 announcement by keeping the megapixel counts the same as the previous model. Plus, if the 500/550 is 17Mpx, there won't be much room for the A700 between the A550 and the A900.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote madecov Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:32
Originally posted by SerdarA SerdarA wrote:

Originally posted by madecov madecov wrote:

One will have Live view and the other may have video, but I don't think Sony is ready for video in a D-slr yet.


Why do you think so? They already have video on a non-dslr model (DSC-HX1).



I think when Sony introduces Video into the Alpha line it will be something as easy to use as the current LV
It will auto focus and allow zoom. I don't think any of the current video systems out there are optimized for a D-SLR.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rayj8524 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:40
Maybe I am missing something, but why does anyone want or is concerned with having video capabilities on a DSLR (just buy a video camera) or having live view. From what I have seen on the small point and shoots, it delays the ability to take shots quickly. Plus, ergonimically, holding the camera against your face helps to stabilize it better. So why not buy the point and shoot instead of wanting it included on the better cameras. At the rate things are going, I could see the day that unless you buy a high end A900 type, you are going to have live view or video capability. This is just my humble opinion.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Alexramos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:41
Is probable that a500 use the a700 sensor and the a550 the a350/a380 sensor...
Both cameras with LV and titlting LCD.

Sony could use a CMOS Exmor ClearVid (camcorde sensor) as 2nd sensor to LV and video. Also take off the AF sensor mark from mirror.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote roweraay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2009 at 04:59
I guess the 500/550 will be a competitor to the Nikon D90 and allow the A700 replacement to move up in specs to compete head-to-head with the D300 replacement (upcoming D400 ?).

Currently, a lot of people are comparing the A700 with a lower-end product like the D90 in Nikon's range.

In the Nikon range as we know, the products below the D200/D300 level (like the D40/D60/D80/D90 etc) are never given NEF (full RAW in case of Sony) and are only provided with cNEF (cRAW in Sony terms), since providing full-NEF will mean that the data pipeline architecture of the product has to be a lot more sophisticated (read mucho expensive electronics), unlike say cNEF (or cRAW) where you can get away with a significantly lower-end architecture.

And comparing Sony's semi-pro model (A700), whose architecture and electronics allows it to rapidly write data to the CF-card faster than any other dSLR on the planet (excepting the A900), against the D90 is degrading to Sony's product positioning of the A700, and this move will allow there to be a diffrentiation.

Of course the expectation is that Sony will have learned from prior mistakes and rise upto the occasion and provide a high-end AF module, more customization options, main-sensor Live-view (not the consumer-grade secondary sensor LV like in the A350/A300) and other abilities like full compatibility with the latest flashes etc (like the A900), AF micro-adjustment (like the A900).....and features unavailable in any other competitor, which will enhance the photo taking experience.
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