Received the ordered Sony A700 last Monday night. I could only do limited testing in my usual walking trails. Will do real testing this weekend. I am primarily a birder (80%, then about 10% flower, 5% macros) and the ones with 100% crop insert were directly from the camera w/o PP. All were in-camera settings with my non default at +2 sharpening - yes, the A100 is a bit sharper than the A700 at default (and that is why we have those in-camera controls/adjustments). Used the Sigma 50-500mm DG in these shots mostly at max focal length of 500mm. All hand held at jpg (xfine at large and medium size)
Small birds in flight usually belongs to the Canon Mark series. From time to time, I get lucky with the A100. The increased AF performance of the A700 makes this type of BIF shot possible. Below image is the 100% frame and the insert 100% crop. No PP except to downsize/insert crop for posting purposes. Part of the 3 shots done on this birds and all are with usability potential. Will have more tries on this. Not the best but think about the possibilities.
Below is White Pelican in flight. No PP, just cropped for posting purposes. Big and with predictable flight pattern is very doable on the A100 but now much easier with the A700.
Dragonfly below was a 100% crop. With some PP since original image was more on the under exposed (I was metering for the White Pelican at that time). Although I have done this with the A100 and some prosumers, it is now much easier with the A700. Dragonfly usually hovers and that is the time for capturing.
Again, no PP. Just cropped for posting. Just another test samples for the A700 performance. I still have 10 days left to decide whether a keeper or not. There is that big price difference for the most feature I need - increased AF performance.