Everybody expects that Sony will soon replace the Sony Alpha 700, the expert SLR camera of the Alpha line. However, it seems more and more unlikely that it will be presented at the Photokina fair of Köln, Germany on Monday.
According to most comments and rumours, Sony will have a prototype under a glass dome (like the first presentation of the “flagship” Alpha 900) with only a few comments about its features. Do not expect more until the beginning of 2011, the availability will be pushed into the second quarter of 2011.
However, some features seem to be leaking already:
- 18 MP CMOS sensor
- ISO Sensitivity: Improved but no figure available yet
- Video capture in both 720p and 1080p
- 32-point AF system (a large improvement on existing Sony AF solutions)
- It will have a SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, and may loose the CompactFlash card compatibility (or have triple compatibility with Sony-proprietary MS cards)
- Weather-sealed body
- A new battery with a much higher capacity (it will probably be also used by another high-end camera late in 2011)
What is unclear (and the uncertainty about the name reflects it) is whether the new A77 or A750 will have a semi-transparent mirror and EVF (like the A33 or A55) or a more traditional viewfinder behind a mobile mirror (like the A700 and A900). Most certainly, a look at the prototype model of the Sony A77 or Sony A750 will clarify this.