All in all, I'm very impressed by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 as an all-around midrange digital SLR. Though more expensive than the Canon EOS 40D, the built-in image stabilizer and higher resolution are worth the extra bucks, unless you really need the little extra oomph in continuous-shooting performance that the 40D delivers.Seems like Sony has made a step in the right direction. I think I will stick with my A100 until they release a full frame version with live preview(for Astrophotograpy) that will not be too expensive. Though, if I were gifted the A700 at anytime, I would not refuse.
The much anticipated 12-megapixel Sony alpha 700, the product of the mind-meld of Minolta SLR experience and Sony technology is sure to please die hard fans, or really anyone, looking for a new dSLR camera. This camera is based on the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D with a healthy dose of modern electronics from Sony. The body design, that will seem familiar to Minolta-Konica fans, has a durable magnesium alloy shell over a aluminum chassis and is sealed to be dust and moisture resistant.Looks like Sony hit a homerun with this camera. Good for them and I hope it leads to better things in the future.