We’ve heard rumours and rumblings about Sony launching a new model in its Alpha range of digital SLR cameras for a while, and the online buzz this week suggests that the new model will be the A800, a 15.2-megapixel body that will replace the current A700 model.
According to a post on Photofan.jp, the A800 will also offer a 6.5fps burst mode, a new high speed sync flash, a dual auto focus ultra-speed motor, 23 auto focus points, ISO 100 to 12,800 and built-in Wi-Fi. It will also sport a flippable back LCD with LiveView. The 15.2-megapixel sensor, meanwhile, will be a new Exmor R edition – but will remain APS-C rather than full frame (meaning the flagship A900 will remain Sony’s only full frame body).
The post goes on to say that the A800 will be launched at the PMA trade show in March, presumably to go on sale this summer. Three new lenses will also be unveiled.
So does this make sense? Well, despite Sony’s financial woes the Alpha side of its business seems like something of a success, and the fact that the A700 was released two years ago (at PMA 2007, in fact) suggests it’s ripe for replacing. We reckon there could be legs in this story, and we’ll bring you more info as we get it.