What do you get when you mate a gazelle with a camel? I don't know, but if animals were cameras, you might get a Sony/Konica Minolta digital SLR. The two companies announced today that they've joined forces to create such a beast.
Konica Minolta's existing digital SLRs, the weird-looking ones too) and appeals to the masses by putting rock stars in its ad campaigns.and the recently announced 5D, carry forward the long Minolta tradition of appealing to serious photographers with solid camera technology, a utilitarian approach to design, and the regard for aesthetics of a station-wagon designer. Sony, of course, is the company that makes the pretty cameras (OK, it's made a few
If these strange bedfellows get it right, they'll create a camera that turns the heads of avid photographers and fickle consumers alike: something that marries Sony design sensibilities with Minolta functionality, is compatible with a new line of high-end Zeiss lenses along with Minolta and KM glass, and incorporates KM's optical-stabilization system. Or they could create a monster and alienate everyone.