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Old Aug 29, 2009, 12:22 PM   #21
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I have heard from BandH that Sony plans to start discontinuing the A700 this fall. When that happens I would grab one at its dicounted price and have fun with it. Its a great camera. I recently put it to the test and it gave me more than I expected. Its so much more than the A200 that is my backup camera.

For all the advice you have given me friend I will give you this get the A700 when te prices starts to drop and your never be sorry epecially when used with a 55 - 200 or 28-300mm lens.
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Prices on the a700 have already been dropped - the a700 body now is $999, down from $1299, on Sonystyle and B&H; kit prices are also lower.

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Prices on the a700 have already been dropped - the a700 body now is $999, down from $1299, on Sonystyle and B&H; kit prices are also lower.
Actually, during the last holiday season (about October '08 to February '09) the A700 body was available for $899 at Sony Style and elsewhere. Then the price increased to $999 where it's been ever since.
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Well. Sony apparently still wants you to think it is a reduction. Some sellers have it as low as $749 - if you can trust them.
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A550 and A500 are very nice upgrade options from A3xx and A2xx. In some ways, these cameras are better than even A700 (live view, better steadyshot/image stabilzation and better high ISO performance than A700, better jpeg engine, cheaper, smaller, lighter).
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The new HDR feature looks pretty neat. Apparently, you can take two photos with 3 stops between them and merge them in camera, automatically taking small differences in composition into consideration (matching up the images during processing) so that no tripod is needed. Cool if it works.
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... and better high ISO performance than A700 ...
I wouldn't go that far. From some of the comparisons I've seen, I think the A700 is slightly better. And just because the A500/A550 includes a setting of 12,800 doesn't mean you might ever want to use it.
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Well, on this comparison

http://www.artaphot.ch/dslrs/201-jpg...0-and-dynax-7d


A500 does better than A700. We don't yet know about A550. We will wait for more reviews, but I put my money on that A5xx will have better high performance and better jpeg engine.
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Actually, that comparison is flawed for a number of reasons. The author redid the comparison in a much more controlled manner here:

http://www.artaphot.ch/dslrs/202-jpg...0-and-dynax-7d

In this new comparison, the noise levels are comparable at 3200, but I think the A500 loses more detail to the NR than the A700 does.
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