Summary: With the Alpha A700, Sony continued to build on its Minolta heritage and produced another great digital SLR with good ergonomics and a rich feature set aimed at advanced photographers. It also does not hurt that Sony delivered to themselves what appears to be their best sensor yet.
Pros: Extremely low image noise. Usable until ISO 6400 in good light, Low image noise in low light until ISO 800, Natural image colors, Effectively stabilizes all lenses at no extra cost, Extremely fast focusing system with good focus accuracy, Very fast and responsive, Eye-start and grip sensor, Ambie...
Cons: Poor white-balance performance under artificial light, Inconsistent metering when light is very low, Images on the LCD are overly yellow, Too much sharpening applied to LCD display, Long shutter noise-reduction destroys details at all ISO
Summary: Can I recommend the Sony A700? Yeah, I like it a lot. I would wait until it ages just a bit more and the price becomes a real bargain when some new camera models come out from Sony. I suspect the Sony A700 will be capturing some great images for some time to come.
Excerpt: Magnum Photos' Richard Kalvar (above) endorsed the new Sony Alpha A700 during the launch day proceedings, though hinted that he was looking forward to a full frame camera from Sony in the near future
Conclusion: The Alpha 700 was introduced as a complementary model to the Alpha 100; aimed more at the serious amateur and semi-professional photographer it enters a segment of the market which is buzzing with new models (EOS 40D, D300 and E-3).
Pros: Good detail at lower sensitivities, very slightly more than ten megapixels but no massive gain, Low noise at higher sensitivities although at the expense of detail (perhaps too much luminance NR), Excellent dynamic range at ISO 200 (more highlight range than we are used to seeing), Wide range of ...
Cons: Noise reduction settings are applied to raw as well as JPEG files. Would be preferable if they affected JPEG only (as is normal practice). Kudos to Sony for updating the firmware to allow you to actually turn it off at all though!, Base sensitivity isn't ISO 100, this isn't directly indicated on ...
Excerpt: Its number is a nod to mid-rung classic Maxxum 7-series SLRs, but the second model in Sony's Minolta-based Alpha line is more than a step up. To be sure, the Sony Alpha 700 (about $1,500 with 18-70mm kit lens) competes comfortably with advanced D-SLRs such as the new Nikon D300 and Canon EOS 40D.
Excerpt: So there we were, about two-dozen journalists cruising around Frenchman's Bay in a small charter boat, photographing the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife off Mount Desert Island in Maine. The new Sony Alpha 700 cameras we were using were more than up to the task -- and that was the problem.
Excerpt: Much as the Sony Alpha 100 was last year's breakthrough camera, the new Sony Alpha 700 ($1,400 street, body only; $1,900 with 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony DT lens) charges in as the very first 12MP-class consumer DSLR.
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha A700 is competitive in terms of price, performance and features with cameras such as the Canon EOS 40D , ( compare prices ) ( review ), Pentax K20D , ( compare prices ) ( review ), and the Nikon D80 , ( compare prices ) ( review ).