Sony Alpha A700 Brief Review


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  • 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • CCD-shift dust reduction
  • Sony Alpha/Minolta-A lenses
  • Sony Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Auto and manual focus and exposure
  • ISO 100-1600 (6400 expanded)
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • HDMI output
  • Compact Flash and Memory Stick storage memory
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2007-09-11
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Alpha A700
12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor; JPEG and RAW file formats; CCD-shift dust reduction; Sony Alpha/Minolta-A lenses; Sony Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization; Auto and manual focus and exposure; ISO 100-1600 (6400 expanded); 3.0-inch LCD display; HDMI output; Compact Flash and Memory Stick storage memory; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Sony Alpha A700 SLR is the second dSLR from the well-known brand, after they assumed Minolta's former Maxxum line. The A700 is considered their 'high-end' offering, and a look at the specifications (and the price) will confirm that. It's definitely going to be strong competition for Canon and Nikon with its 12 megapixel CMOS sensor and full compliment of advanced features. Most interestingly, the A700 is not merely limited to Sony's proprietary Memory Stick memory cards, allowing photographers to use Compact Flash as well. That certainly opens things up for serious shooters with a lot of money invested in Compact Flash to make the switch to Sony.

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