The LiveView Poll

Started Sep 5, 2007 | Discussions thread
luc0815 Senior Member • Posts: 1,230
LV seems only part of the problem

Totally agree with optical_illusion, the lack of live-view and the Me-Too nature of the other A700 specs do not bode well for Sony.

Why exactly would this model be able to increase Sony's market share? If the high-ISO capabilites are not outstanding, the A700 will get blown away marketing-wise even by the new Olympus E3.

optical_illusion wrote:

Perhaps you wouldn't need liveview because you are accustomed to film
SLRs that do not have the feature. And technically it's not
indispensable. But it's indispensable in terms of marketing/sales
viewpoint, since the OP asked about it from the sales viewpoint.

You can take photos without AF, shake reduction, high ISO, high
resolution, and dust reduction, but can you imagine today's DSLRs
without these features? Do you think such cameras can be profitable
to the manufactures? These features are indispensable for good
marketing. In this respect, I said liveview is indispensable. If Sony
had the much higher brand value in DSLR business, it might be fine
without liveview. But even Canon and Nikon offer the feature with
their latest models now. I can imagine store staff would say, "May I
help you? I see you're looking for a DSLR. A700? Ehh, well, not bad,
but it doesn't have liveview. How about 40D or D300?" I do not think
the specifications fo A700 are bad, but I think the specs are bit
weak, compared to competitors'. Thus I think the lack of liveview
would hurt the sales of A700. Time will tell.

As for technical advantage of liveview, it's useful and effective for
MF (especially with APS-C DSLRs that has a small OVF), low & high
angle shooting, and AF adjustment to solve problems with front & back
focus.

PS: It's funny some people are saying liveview is not needed. I
wonder whether or not these people would say the same thing even if
A700 had the feature.

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