Sony drops their bomb ---- A700 is here

Started Sep 6, 2007 | Discussions thread
shaocaholica Contributing Member • Posts: 870
Re: Top LCD

200mm wrote:

Power consumption is a weak argument these days. I'm pretty sure the A700 gets just as many shots as the D300 or any other top LCD camera. The amount of power saved is negligible. I'd rather have the comfort of using the large rear LCD over a few more photos from my relatively robust li-ion battery anyway. The Minolta/Sony cameras turn off the LCD after a timer, when your face is up to the viewfinder, when the camera is in a bag (triggers the distance sensor). The amount of power used to configure the camera and review settings is negligible compared to the amount of power stored in todays Li-ion battery packs.

The top LCD is a legacy relic from the pre digital days when cameras didn't have a need for a large rear LCD for review. Look at all the high end film backs. They all had a big LCD for info display because it was convenient to have it there. I'll agree that I would like to see a super small top mounted LCD that displayed the amount of shots/battery/time/date but thats it and I wouldn't miss it. I don't want to configure my camera via the top LCD when I have another bright 3" VGA color LCD on the same camera.

Despite all the arguments thrown around for or against it, it really isn't a feature that should have any bearing on the qualification of the camera as a professional tool.

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