Regarding the blackout - the only blackout I can think of is the shutter...So it should be a very short blackout, as there is no moving mirror anymore. Regarding the slideshow delay - wasn't this a problem with the A55 which happened if you turned on "image review after capture" or so ? With this turned off I don't think it'll be a problem, to be honest.
The blackout/slideshow is essentially the same thing - I'm figuring out a way to describe it. But no, it wasn't about the image review - it had to do with how the camera handles firing in continuous burst mode while panning after a moving subject. Being an electronic display, it can't show a real time image interrupted by tiny shutter flashes...when the shutter trips, the EVF loses its live view for that brief moment - the way they handled it on the A33/55 was to show you the last frame you just took, and cycle through the frames in rapid succession - essentially like watching a slideshow, always one frame behind reality. The problem for me was that it made tracking a small, fast moving targer difficult, since you couldn't track course changes in real time - you were a few milliseconds behind. The effect for me was like I was always a step or two behind and trying to predict where a bird was going - keeping the subject centered in the focus box was very difficult for me, whereas it's a breeze with an optical viewfinder for me. What I need is for Sony to have developed some way to provide a real-time view while firing continuous frames...no delay or 'slideshow' effect.
And as far as the ghosting is concerned...I wonder if it could be resolved by using a coating on the 'translucent' mirror, like on a lens
I'm sure this one is solvable...though I thought the simplest, most elegant solution seemed like just allowing the user to flip the translucent mirror out of the way...or have it done automatically when taking a long exposure shot (like, anything over 2 seconds, for example).
Ghosting wasn't that big of a deal, at least not as big as some made it out to be, but for those of us who do a very large amount of night scene shooting with long exposures, it does rear its head. It may be very faint, or only in certain specular highlights, but night shooters face these often.
I'm not going to prejudge the camera though - I'll await the previews and tests and see how it works before I decide if it's a good camera for me to upgrade to, or not.[/quote]
Sony DSLR-A580 / Sony 18-250mm / Minolta 50mm F1.7 / Sigma 30mm F1.4 / Tamron 10-24mm / Tamron 200-500mm / Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro / Minolta 300mm F4 APO
Sony NEX5N / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / Pentax K adapter / Konica K/AR adapter / bunches o' Konica & Pentax lenses!