updated 04:30 pm EST, Fri February 1, 2008
Sony 24MP Prototype Shown
Sony on Friday removed more of the mystery surrounding its 24.8-megapixel pro digital SLR by showcasing a prototype model that reveals some additional information about the camera. The Japanese firm refers to the new top-end model only as the "flagship" Alpha but notes that the actual camera will shoot at a slightly lower 24.6 effective megapixels due to sensor limits. Like other Sony Alpha cameras, it should still use Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lenses; it will have at least the option of a lens with a minimum f2.8 aperture and a manual focus override toggle built into the lens.
The finished version of the flagship remains on track for release before the end of 2008 and is expected to sell at a price well above the $900 of the Alpha A350 or the $1,300 of the A700 series; battery grips and other accessories common to high-end cameras should be available on launch.