Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 review
+ Sturdy aluminum chassis/magnesium body with superior environmental sealing (although not waterproof like Pentax); built like a tank!!!
+ Somewhat heavy & bulky, yet lightweight when compared to Nikon D300/D300s, Canon 40D/50D, or Pentax K10D/K20D counterparts; thanks to its great ergonomic shape, can certainly fit most hands like a glove!
+ Clean albeit deep interface, TWO WHEELS plus many handy buttons (DofF, ISO, preference settings), a huge bright optical viewfinder (Pentaprism)
+ No Live View, BUT WAIT... A *unique*, continuously-updated info display (beautiful 3" 920,000-pixel VGA screen) w/ anti-reflective coating and quick orientation sensor
+ FAST AF, even in low-light conditions (has a center dual cross 11-point AF sensor system that significantly boosts accuracy and speed)
+ Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/8000 sec., plus Bulb
+ IQ data (see DXOMark) better than w/ Nikon D300 up to ISO 400 while remaining quite similar afterwards (for half the price!?), thanks to some impressive color depth and dynamic range capabilities
+ Super useful DRO/DRO+
+ Very efficient image stabilization system (Super SteadyShot) that compensates for shaky hands so as to gain a 2.5 to 4 stop correction)
+ Anti-Dust Protection
+ Wireless flash, remote shooting
+ Non-stop continuous drive allowing up to 5 fps when combined to fast Compact Flash cards!
+ Great NR options (since firmware 4)
+ Image ratio of 3:2 AND 16:9; HDMI output
+ Many best-of-class Alpha Mount lenses (by Sony, Carl Zeiss, Minolta, Tamron, Sigma, etc.)
+ And so much fun to use in action!
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