The 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
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,