As Sony continues to tease the coming A700-replacement camera (presumed to be called the A77), rumors are building for a full-frame camera to follow-up the 24.6MP Sony A900 and A850. Sony Alpha Rumors writes that its “trusted sources” have indicated an “amazing” full frame camera will be available from Sony in 2012.
Additional comments suggest that the full frame camera will use the translucent mirror technology found in the Sony A33 and A55. Of course, the new A77 model will feature the translucent mirror; however, putting a full frame sensor behind the translucent mirror will be a first for Sony. Given the recent developments with Sony’s SLT models, we should expect the coming full frame model to also capture at least 1080p HD video using AVCHD compression.
Sony has a number of Alpha models (both DSLR and NEX) on special through March 5, 2011. Most of the instant rebates are $50 off and include the new Sony A33 and NEX-3. Additionally, the A900 has a $200 instant rebate; however, those are apparently in short supply at the moment.
See the full list of available Sony instant rebates over here at B&H Photo.
There are several solid instant savings deals on Sony DSLRs and lenses that last through the holidays.
The rebates are valid through January 1, 2011. The list of cameras, links and details on availability are below. [Read more…]
Not to be outdone by the Canon 5D Mark II USB flash drive, there’s now a replica of a Sony A900 as a USB flash drive. MICgadget.com says they will set you back about $29 USD in China for 4GB of storage, but I haven’t found any retailers that’ll ship these to the US yet.
Let us know in the comments if you find these for sale.
(UPDATE: Tracked down, and available here for $19. Thanks Phil.)
The Sony A850 has no differences from the flagship Sony A900 besides a slower rate of fire, a slightly smaller viewfinder and $700. For the money, it is the best bang-for-your buck value out there right now for full frame photographers. Put some nice Minolta or Zeiss glass in front of that sensor and you’ll begin to see some very nice results. During my hands-on time, I noticed some other slight differences in handling.
Sony has jumped on the bandwagon of offering something a little more special to pros, although we don’t know exactly what this is just yet. As you may be aware, Nikon and Canon are already on this wagon with NPS and CPS, respectively. (Canon’s relaunching its program afresh in 2009.) Stay tuned for updates on Sony’s pro photographer program as they develop. [Read more…]
A tipster, who wishes to keep his identity confidential, passed along that he recently received word from Sony that the Sony A900 will be announced worldwide on September 9th. That’s next Tuesday folks.
While it may seem like we’re all over the place on announcement dates, I feel pretty good about this info, as opposed to yesterday’s rumor of a 9/3 announcement. He emailed me directly with the info, which he says comes directly from Sony. Additionally, he’s provided solid info in the past. I will honor his request to remain confidential, but I thought you should know why I feel good about his info.
Expect to see lots more A900 coverage as we approach Photokina 2008.
For more on the Sony A900 flagship DSLR, stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Sony A900 page.
Photoclub Alpha has confirmed that Sony will be announcing an “exciting digital camera” on August 14.
They go on to say that they don’t think this will be the announcement for the Sony A900 and expect it to come closer to Photokina at “an international Sony Alpha press trip on Sept 9/10th to Edinburgh.”
No other word on what the “exciting digital camera” for August 14 could be. It’s just a little over a week though, so we’ll probably see some more leaks and hints. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted when more is known.