As I mentioned in the A700 review thread, I recently took a couple of images that I think show the huge difference between DRO options on the A700. I rarely take pictures with DRO off or on Standard (what was used in the review). Normal shooting has been using DRO+ but I started messing with Advanced modes recently with some interesting results. Last week I was in St Louis for work and looked out my hotel window to a pretty cool sunset with new Busch Stadium in the foreground so took some images with different DRO levels. The window was pretty dirty too so not exactly great conditions for shooting. Lens used was Sigma 18-200.
These aren't award winning images or strict comparison tests, but the two images below were taken within minutes of each other and I think show off what the benefit of the A700's great DRO options can give to a shooter. It is also a huge competitive advantage for Sony and I think these images show why. The first image is taken with DRO+ and the second is with DRO Advanced (level 5 I believe). The difference would be even more pronounced if I had used no DRO or Standard for the first image so would be even more impressive of a difference I think. The same camera settings were used between these two images and the ONLY post processing done was a slight crop on each, removing some of the bottom of the image because it was an ugly parking lot.
DRO+, ISO 100, 1/30, F4 hand held
DRO Advanced, ISO 100, 1/40, F4.5 hand held