Sony brings on the Alpha males

When Sony bought out Konica Minolta and released a swift update to a DSLR favourite, the Dynax 5D, we were suitably impressed. But, as stunning a debu

When Sony bought out Konica Minolta and released a swift update to a DSLR favourite, the Dynax 5D, we were suitably impressed. But, as stunning a debut as the Alpha 100 has been, all we've seen of other Sony models has been a fleeting glimpse at this year's CeBIT.Finally, though, we have a decent shot of one of the new cams readying itself to do digital SLR battle against Nikon and Canon.It's so new it hasn't even got a name but pictured is a snap of what's rumoured to be called the Alpha 200. It's a meatier offering than the 100 (check out the optional grip) and likely to go up against Nikon's D200 at the semi-pro end of the market. No specs have been confirmed but around 12MP seems a likely figure and word is it'll have Olympus style live preview, so no more squinting through the viewfinder.We're expecting to see it later this year but scheduled for 2008 is the pro Alpha 300 (again, the name is TBC) which is expected to give the Canon EOS 5D a run for its money with a matching full-frame sensor that'll run rings around the smaller APS-C kind found in other DSLRs.Other than the pic, though, it's all rumour and speculation, so keep ogling and we'll give you firmer deets as we get them.Essentials Sony Alpha '200', '300' Price: £TBA On sale: 2007, 2008 Contact: Sony Related stories: Sony's new 133x CompactFlash cards Best of CeBIT 2007 Sony announces first alpha DSLR