Sony recently announced its Alpha 35 SLT camera alongside the smaller NEX-C3, but apparently the company has plans to release two higher-end SLT cameras which were set to be announced early next month but which have apparently been pushed back to late August now. The first picture of the two new cameras, the Alpha 65 and Alpha 77 has made an appearance on the web and it looks like Sony is taking things to the next level with these new cameras.

Sony recently announced its Alpha 35 SLT camera alongside the smaller NEX-C3, but apparently the company has plans to release two higher-end SLT cameras which were set to be announced early next month but which have apparently been pushed back to late August now. The first picture of the two new cameras, the Alpha 65 and Alpha 77 has made an appearance on the web and it looks like Sony is taking things to the next level with these new cameras.

Beyond the picture itself, some additional information was posted by SonyAlphaRumors that tells us a little bit about what we can expect. The Alpha 65 will replace the current Alpha 55 whereas the Alpha 77 will replace Sony's Alpha 700 DSLR. It's pretty clear from this that Sony is betting on its SLT technology in favour of more traditional DSRL technology and it'll be interesting to see what improvements Sony has implemented in the new models.

The Alpha 77 will have a new 24 Megapixel APS-C size sensor and it's meant to deliver the best ISO performance we've seen from a DSLR type camera to date with an expected ISO range from 100 to 102,400. It also has a dual core Bionz processor and it's able to capture more than 10 fps. It also has a new 3 million dot OLED EVF (note that the resolution of camera displays and EVF's aren't talking about resolution, but actual pixel dots which should make this roughly a 1 Megapixel EVF) which is said to be a vast improvement over the EVF in the current SLT cameras with next to no noticeable lag or flickering. The Alpha 77 is also said to feature a new, ultra-fast 11 cross AF points and USB 3.0 connectivity, a first for a DSLR type camera as far as we're aware.

Little is known about the Alpha 65 at the moment, but both cameras will sport an on-board GPS and as you can see from the picture, they both have articulated screens that tilt in all kinds of crazy angles, including upwards which should come in handy for video shooting, considering that both models can shoot video at 1080p30. The Alpha 77 is also said to come with a new 16-50mm kit lens, although it's not know if this will also come with the Alpha 65 or not.

The Alpha 77 is expected to retail for around US$1,000 body only and the Alpha 65 should end up close to the same pricing as the Alpha 55. Sony is also expected to launch a high-end NEX model as well as a successor to the NEX-VG10 camcorder sometime later this year. For a few more expected details, hit up the source link.

Source: SonyAlphaRumors