Sony Alpha 800 DSLR

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JimmyDee Regular Member • Posts: 317
Sony Alpha 800 DSLR

Rumor of an upcoming Alpha 800:

16.2MP full frame sensor exmor R (new technology)
100-25600 ISO
8 frame/sec
SSI, same a900 OVF, new AF system,
GPS and WiFi built-in
3.5 in. LCD display
Pop-up flash
Flash sync (1/500)
Camera level
23 AF sensors
Quick Live View
Video Full HD
Dust/splashes sealed
Aluminum-magnesium alloy body
Released early September, 2009

How's that?

checkout: http://photorumors.com/2009/05/31/sony-alpha-800-dslr/

Glenn Veteran Member • Posts: 7,508
Re: Sony Alpha 800 DSLR

sounds expensive... no interchageable focus screens (one of the things i'd like)?
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farenms Regular Member • Posts: 443
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agreed
sounds like more expensive than the current a900

chych Senior Member • Posts: 1,320
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Sounds great and too good to be true. Would have to be priced around a900/d700, so

Kenneth B Senior Member • Posts: 1,532
That's an old rumor

I remember seeing that several months back.
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Cetonid Senior Member • Posts: 2,494
Re: Sony Alpha 800 DSLR

JimmyDee wrote:

Rumor of an upcoming Alpha 800:

16.2MP full frame sensor exmor R (new technology)
100-25600 ISO
8 frame/sec
SSI, same a900 OVF, new AF system,
GPS and WiFi built-in
3.5 in. LCD display
Pop-up flash
Flash sync (1/500)
Camera level
23 AF sensors
Quick Live View
Video Full HD
Dust/splashes sealed
Aluminum-magnesium alloy body
Released early September, 2009

How's that?

checkout: http://photorumors.com/2009/05/31/sony-alpha-800-dslr/

Makes no sense. Exmor R in a low density FF sensor??? Also, doing 8FPS in a FF would require one heck of a shutter/mirror box assembly. I would be 99.9% sure this is not real. Looks like a wish list to me.

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Glenn Veteran Member • Posts: 7,508
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it's the same list as before but it never materialized it may siill have been real. it could be a spec for a camera that is real but never built. FPS is high but Sony's been experimenting with reading multiple frames in bursts from their sensors so to get the FPS they might leave the mirror up and let the VF go black... who knows

I have a hard time beleiving this all being in one camera anyway.

ovlov Senior Member • Posts: 1,384
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I like the specs, but I doubt will see any camera like this by Sept. of 09.
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markwp Regular Member • Posts: 353
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If (well) under $2k I would get one in a second -- perfect back-up body for my A900,

time will tell....
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AnthraxVX Regular Member • Posts: 355
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i think 8fps in a ff is aboslutely possibly considering the a900 is 5fps ff with almost 10 more megapixels, it comes down to processing power and i think they already have that down for a 16mp, noise levels will be dramatically reduced hopefully since it would allow the ccd to have alot of room for each pixel and large sensor, iso means nothing to me unless its usefull but i can almost guerentee that if this is real sony knows that one of their main issues is iso performance and i dont doub that they wouldnt combat that on their new professional camera.

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KEITH-C Forum Pro • Posts: 14,131
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Sounds a bit similar to the suggestions I indicated to Sony a year or so back. However this spec seems to include too many features for a new camera at this stage - I would expect this type of camera a few upgrades down the line.

If it were true it would pose a problem for the A900 & an interesting choice between better high ISO noise characteristics & resolution at low ISOs.

Keith-C

Glenn Veteran Member • Posts: 7,508
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I doubt this camera would be under 2k. 16mp ff at 8fps makes this a whole diferent class of camera. this is for action and sport if it's real. and might go a ways to turning the some of sidelines from white to platinum.
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headofdestiny Veteran Member • Posts: 9,226
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This sounds more like an A1000.

Phixel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,777
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JimmyDee wrote:

Rumor of an upcoming Alpha 800:

16.2MP full frame sensor exmor R (new technology)
100-25600 ISO
8 frame/sec
SSI, same a900 OVF, new AF system,
GPS and WiFi built-in
3.5 in. LCD display
Pop-up flash
Flash sync (1/500)
Camera level
23 AF sensors
Quick Live View
Video Full HD
Dust/splashes sealed
Aluminum-magnesium alloy body
Released early September, 2009

How's that?

Nice! So what have you been smokin'?
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lock Veteran Member • Posts: 6,183
And they forgot AF adjust ..?

Pfff...then the first thing I have to do is to sendd it to Sony to have it adjusted to my 70-200G.

For the rest: definitely not an A700 replacement. There is no need for many of these features, particularly the 8fps. I think it is just another wishlist.

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pmacimagery New Member • Posts: 5
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there's stuff in here to like though a bit lower resolution than I'd prefer.

But its almost certainly not real.
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Ionian Senior Member • Posts: 1,270
Re: Sony Alpha 800 DSLR

JimmyDee wrote:

GPS and WiFi built-in

GPS and WiFi? I assume this camera runs on diesel. Either that or they need to release a grip that holds like 8 batteries.

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ianimal Senior Member • Posts: 1,054
Like a dream, but would properly be to expensive

16 MP on full frame is maybe ok, but I dont need full frame or 16 MP myself.

12 MP and APS-C, as A700, is very nice.

Would also like in camera interval timer shooting.
And a fake ISO 25 if possible...

KEITH-C Forum Pro • Posts: 14,131
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Ionian I understand your concerns about power consumption that is why when I suggested the inclusion of GPS etc I suggested that these functions were built into the optional grip which would have excess battery capacity. This both makes the acquisition of a grip a more attractive proposition & also keeps those who regard such facilities as gimmicks happy at the same time.

I agree with others that this list looks like a compilation of wanted features gathered from a large number of people but in a way isn't that what market research is supposed to be about ??

Sony , at the moment appear to be very cautious over what they add to a camera & that is why I suggested that this sort of specification is several stops down the line. Experience to date shows that Sony are more easily persuaded by the Marketing dept to remove features rather than add them ! They are going to have to take a hard look at the new Pentax K7 otherwise some people may drift away.

PS - I also agree that micro focus adjust is essential although it doesn't transform mediocre performers into knock-em dead lenses.

Keith-C

Ionian Senior Member • Posts: 1,270
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KEITH-C wrote:

Ionian I understand your concerns about power consumption that is why
when I suggested the inclusion of GPS etc I suggested that these
functions were built into the optional grip which would have excess
battery capacity. This both makes the acquisition of a grip a more
attractive proposition & also keeps those who regard such facilities
as gimmicks happy at the same time.

This is actually a fantastic idea. I agree that it would be much more attractive as an optional part to be added with the grip. This way I know my battery power wouldn't be used by something I don't need.

I agree with others that this list looks like a compilation of wanted
features gathered from a large number of people but in a way isn't
that what market research is supposed to be about ??

Totally but this much technology for a camera that didn't have it to begin with has got to work excellent out of the gate or Sony will get ripped in reviews as a company trying to reach too far, too fast. Also Sony needs to remedy the high iso noise and the jpg quality before adding any bells and whistles as I'm sure that even if this tech doesn't work perfectly, reviewers might be willing to overlook it as serious flaws if the quality and jpgs are there. If not, it will be even worse as Sony will appear to be covering up iso noise and bad quality jpgs with distractions and useless features.

Sony , at the moment appear to be very cautious over what they add to
a camera & that is why I suggested that this sort of specification is
several stops down the line. Experience to date shows that Sony are
more easily persuaded by the Marketing dept to remove features rather
than add them ! They are going to have to take a hard look at the new
Pentax K7 otherwise some people may drift away.

After the a900 flash fiasco, I'm inclined to agree with you here.

PS - I also agree that micro focus adjust is essential although it
doesn't transform mediocre performers into knock-em dead lenses.

No, but it will give us something to do for hours and hours on end besides pixel peep.

Frank
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