Yes, Sony a700 is discontinued but what is the replacement?

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sony-a850The previous report about the Sony a700 being discontinued came back in August. Now, Sony Europe (Netherlands) confirms that directly in an email - the a700 is replaced by the "Alpha 8 series". Do they mean the a850? Not sure why they would replace a 1.5x crop sensor DSLR with a full frame DSLR. Maybe they mean the rumored a800?

From: @ SONED.NL.Contact eu.sony.com
To: xxx@xxx.nl
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 4:28 PM
Subject: Re: Webform Inquiry from x (Case: 2519xxxx)

Dear mr. V.,
Regarding your request, I have investigated the matter.
It is true that the DSLR-A700 is no longer available.
The replacement of the DSLR-A700 will after all be the Alpha 8-series.
I hope to have informed you sufficiently,

Kind regards,
Sony Support

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  • Sky

    good :) at least they have confirmed that there will be something. I don’t think that it’s about A850 as 1) it’s too expensive and 2) everyone in Sony knows that it’s younger brother of A900, not successor of A700.

  • WoutK89

    Wow, the person that sent that letter from Sony is not a very good one at Dutch :-D

    “Na aanleiding” Naar aanleiding
    “voor uw” voor u
    “niet meer beschikbaar zijn” niet meer beschikbaar is
    “tog” toch

    And now my translation as a native Dutch :-P

    Dear mr. V.,

    regarding your request, I have investigated the matter.

    It is true that the DSLR-A700 is no longer available.
    The replacement of the DSLR-A700 will after all be the Alpha 8-series.

    I hope to have informed you sufficiently,

    Kind regards,

    Sony Support

    • http://photorumors.com PR admin

      thanks – I updated the translation

  • Catastrophile

    Bedankt voor de vertaling, wout.
    I lived in holland for years but never learned the language as i should have there, (spreek geen goed nederlands), i would easily recognise something like “tog” as incorrect Dutch though.

    • WoutK89

      That’s something already :-) you should work for Sony Holland :-P

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