[PMA 2010] Today, Sony showed the next ultra compact DSLRs cameras with interchangeable lenses they are working on, the a (alpha) DSLR uses a mirorless design with the new Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which provides full AVCHD video capability. Sony claims that it gets the quality of a DSLR in an ultra compact body, closing the gap between point-and-shoots and DSLRs. The mirroless design makes it possible to get a DSLR in a super small body, additionally, the Exmor APS sensor is larger than the MicroFour Thirds sensor used in current mirrorless designs. (See technical graphic displayed at the Sony conference below).
I am curious to see if I can really get the same experience as my DSLR, I could then avoid the pain of carrying a heavy and bulky device at conferences. The design looks a bit like the recently launched Pentax Optio H90, I like the style.
In the picture below this article, see pictures of mid-range and mainstream concept a (alpha) cameras for advanced users including the successor of the a700, the Prototype of a Distagon T 24mm F2 ZA SSM, new Carl Zeiss wide angle lens, Prototype of a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G) with class-leading optical performance.
No word on pricing and availability is an unknown date in 2010.