Originally Posted by straupenieks
I'm a bit surprised about Sony. Nex series and A55... What happened to a580? I don't think there is any other camera that would beat its features and image quality at the price. Just yesterday Jessops were selling the a580 with the kit lens for £489 (bumped it back to £549 today for some weird reason).
As you pointed out, the features of A850 are awesome with dual LV (quick AF LV and focus check LV), multi-shot noise reduction (using max. 6 shots, I suppose), auto HDR and swing panorama (both for 2D and 3D) ...
I am personally attracted to the noise reduction and the in-camera HDR.
This looks like a camera that take wider range of advantages of digital technologies.
But unlike A55, it has OVF(optical view finder). So somehow conservative in this respect - I'm saying this favourably.
The one more big difference between A55 and A580 is that the latter was not introduced in Japan. So no way that it is listed among top selling models in this market.
A55 looks like getting favorable reputations but not on the top 10 list for April.
The mirrorless model NEX-5 is listed at No.3 among the top 10 and is the best selling mirrorless model.
Nikon D90 is continuously listed in the top 10 list at No. 4 with 7.7% of share. This is the only model that was introduced in 2008. All ohter 9 models were introduced in 2010 or 2011. This is amazing as all the models introduced in 2009 have already faded out from the scene. I do not know why.
Incidentally D7000 is listed at No.9. Ash must be gald for having good eyes to choose long seller models.