There's been a roiling on the rumor sites saying that on August 24th, Sony will introduce several new cameras. One will supposedly be the A77, allegedly the long-awaited replacement for the long-discontinued A700.
Note that an A700 replacement, like the end of the world, has been predicted many times before. Most recently, the August 24th annoucements were supposed to have come in July. Last July, that would be. The month that recently ended without any such announcement.
But remember, just because everyone who has foretold the end of the world has been wrong so far doesn't mean everyone who ever does will always be. If ye parse me.
Another camera rumored to be coming in the Big World-Ending Announcement is an A920, a replacement for the A900. The rumor—Dilbert might call this a "hallucination"—is that the A920 will feature a 36-MP sensor.
Really? Didn't the market pretty much send a message that 24 megapixels was enough, already? Or have A900s, A850s, and Nikon D3x's been selling strongly without me being aware of it?
Of course, the 36-MP meme might be something somebody invented. That's the nice thing about rumors—because they don't have to be attributed, and they can't be proven wrong (for the time being, anyway) in that they concern things that will supposedly happen in the future, anyone can pretty much claim anything they want to. For instance, I heard a rumor that all cars will be solar-powered by 2016.
So, do we really need FF sensors with 36 MP? Would the advantage of having 36 MP vs. 24 MP tilt you into making a purchase? Has the limitation of having no more than 24 MP been holding you back? I've used the A900 and A850, and, much as I love the cameras, I'd say the high megapixel count was actually a mild liability in my book.
But tomorrow's post will concern somebody who indeed needs more megapixels. Or, I should say, needed, past tense. He uses what he calls a "point-and-shoot" that has 37.5 MP. Stay tuned for that; it'll be fun.
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Featured Comment by Peter: "Actually I'm less enthused about any of these possibilities and really looking forward to a potential announcement about the NEX-7."
Featured Comment by GH: "Coming from an A900 myself, 24mp seems to be the sweet-spot for my usual print size. I'm most excited about a relatively tiny, NEX-7 with 24 MP. The NEX-7 plus a few rangefinder lenses will be a fantastically small, yet capable, platform."
Mike replies: So what you guys are telling me is that a rumored NEX-7 is part of the rumored announcement? Got ya. Here's hoping.
Featured Comment by William Porter: "I for one am very eager to get the announcement of the A77 out of the way and then get my hands on one. C'mon Sony! Show me the camera and I'll show you the money!"