The Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 is a is a the latest model in Sony’s DSLR camera aimed at both photo enthusiasts and serious hobbyists
Priced at US$1399 the A700 DSLR is equipped with Sony’s proprietary new on-chip column A/D conversion and dual noise reduction which produces signal output that is exceptionally clean even at sensitivity settings as high as ISO 3200.
According to Sony, the A700 DSLR features advanced imaging technologies and ultra-responsive operation, as well as a lightweight, dust- and moisture-resistant, magnesium alloy construction common to enthusiast-class DSLR cameras. .
Key features include:
12.24 (effective) APS Exmor Sensor
30 ~ 1/8000 sec 55 step Shutter Speed
160-6400 ISO (sensitivity)
3.0″ TFT (9221k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo design
650 shots per battery charge
Takes Memory Stick PRO Media
Rugged Magnesium Alloy Body
690 grams body, not including battery, lens and media
Dimensions of 141.7mm x 104.8mm x 79.7 mm (W x H x D)
Bionz image processing engine to capture colors with a rich sense of texture and depth, just as the human eye perceives them. Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to help prevent blurring caused by camera shake
What the manufacturer says:
Discerning photo enthusiasts will be impressed with the rugged construction and outstanding performance of the A700-This new camera will re-define the post-capture experience with HDMI output for high-quality playback of images on high-definition televisions.â€
What punters are saying:
â€œAs such while the A700 is undoubtedly very good, we believe the inclusion of a few features could have made it better still. If you personally donâ€™t feel the need for Live View, an upper status screen or optional Wi-Fi facilities, then it could be the right DSLR for you, but others will eliminate it because of their absence.â€-Gordon Laing
â€œThe A700 is a superb tool for the enthusiast or semi-professional photographer, providing high quality results in almost any conditions. The combination of rugged durability, fast performance, a class-leading AF system, on-board image stabilization and great handling will prove hard to beat.â€-Cliff Smith
â€œAn A700 would obviously be the best choice for anyone upgrading from Minolta film cameras or dSLRs, and yet it should appeal to first time dSLR users as well.â€-Steve’s Digicams
The Sony Alpha A700-DSLR would be a good entry level camera for photo enthusiasts and hobbyists who are gearing to take their digital photography skills into a higher level. If the Canon or Nikon entry level DSLR do not appeal to them, then perhaps they might find the Sony A700 a good or perhaps a better alternative.