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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Upcoming Sony DSLRs

Impress Watch is reporting on the new Sony DSLR mock-ups shown under glass at PMA. The page is in Japanese, but features a number of pictures shot from outside the glass showcase. (The one on the left is "Model for High Amateur," reportedly due in 2007, and the one on the right is "Flagship Model" according to the black placards.) And check out the cool ergonomic vertical grips. Click on the image to see it larger.

HyperSensory also has a page with lots of pics.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, with thanks to Carsten and Stephen


Blogger Dan said...

Sony: "I'm not quite dead yet!"

12:06 PM  
Blogger Adam Richardson said...

That is one retro pentaprism! Too bad they have done away with so many of the direct control knobs, that was something really nice about the high end Minoltas.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Eolake Stobblehouse said...

"Model for High Amateur,"

I wonder how high I need to be? I refuse to take drugs.

It does look interesting though.

12:28 PM  
Blogger david vatovec said...

Maybe the "High Amateur" model is available only to people above 180 cm eolake.... ;)

The vertical grips are the sexy Minolta-type we knew for some time.

I only hope they loose the kitchy color "alfa" trademarks,..

The pentaprism on the flagship is RETRO COOL!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"Player" wrote a comment:

"Why not just get a Nikon?"

That I mistakenly deleted. Sorry.

And the answer is, because Nikons don't have internal stabilization.


2:30 PM  
Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

Does anyone else think that these bodies look a little slippery to grip? I see no evidence of texturing.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

also, nikon doesn't have AF zeiss lenses, and more importantly, nikon can't use awesome minolta/sony lenses like the 35/1.4.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Player said...

Mike, I'm surprised you haven't deleted all of my comments. :)

Seriously though, you've convinced me how important IS can be for some photographers, and I have no rebuttal.


4:14 PM  
Blogger Nemo said...

The big pentaprism suggests a 35mm full frame camera.
The "big" Sony is very similar to the Contax N Digital.
Where are the former Kyocera engineers?

4:25 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"Does anyone else think that these bodies look a little slippery to grip?"

Hi Ken,
I don't think either of them are that far along yet...the "high amateur" model might resemble the eventual final product pretty well, but I'd call these mock-ups, not working prototypes. The design will no doubt continue to evolve until it gets to market. So it's probably too early to judge details like that, IMO.


4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're so big! When are camera makers going to realize that many of us just want a simple dslr with a great viewfinder that captures 10-12 mp.

7:14 PM  
Blogger said...

True that to The Lost Compass, I thought the exact same thing.

The smallest decent DSLR is the Canon 350D, and even that could be smaller and have a better viewfinder (I discounted the 400D becuase I like having a second status LCD).

Fingers crossed for the two new Olympuses (if they ever decide that a wide-angle prime IS important) and the Sigma DP-1.

1:05 AM  
Blogger adamei said...

Well, the mockups look terrible, but as a serious high amateur (in whatever sense of the word you choose to impute to me) I'm delighted to know the Minolta line lives on.

I'm deeply in love with my Maxxum 7D but on a highly restricted budget and it's important to know that if I ever need more pixels or possibly a larger sensor (this seems like it might be mere rumor at this point) or 800 advanced features I've lived without for the last 40 years (dust removal would be nice) I won't have to sell my Minolta glass and flash and other accessories for kindling.

Can anybody use a power winder for an XD11? or a Vivitar 135mm in a Rokkor mount?

9:06 AM  
Blogger erlik said...

I wonder what that big button on the back and grip is for...

"Make art"? :-)

2:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"'Make art'? :-)"

It would never work.


2:12 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

"It would never work."

Ah Mike, you cynic, that should be: "They wouldn't dare."

9:11 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Excellent choices today. Especially Herman,
he's one of my favorites.

10:48 AM  

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