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Ben Long from Macworld reviewed the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700, the only semi professional level dSLR from Sony, and gave it a 3.5/5 rating. He praises the A700 with great build quality; good image quality; fast performance; beautiful LCD screen.
What Ben is not so pleased with the A700 are no status LCD; no live view; cumbersome button placement; in-viewfinder status display doesn’t show ISO; rear LCD screen turns on at inappropriate times.
The DSLR-A700 is well made and sturdy; like the Olympus E-3 that it competes with, it offers weather sealing that helps it withstand dust and moisture. The handgrip has good moldings that make for a firm grip and easy handling.
Ben’s (MacWorld) Conclusion:
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 is close to being a strong competitor in the DSLR market. It can produce good images, but it’s obvious when using the camera that Sony does not have the legacy of interface development that Canon and Nikon have. The DSLR-A700 has enough handling quirks to frustrate photographers, especially those who suddenly find themselves in a photo opportunity.
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Price Check: Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 $1399