yup hdr. and i had a gorgeous shot that got ruined because somewhere between three shutters and spinning the little wheel it got bumped. its an a100 but i like the way it feels.
i will need a new body at some point because the stabilization broke and every picture frames 10* low and signally cocked to the side. i really wanted to stick with sony so i can use my two lenses. but there are few in there line up that will work for me.
every year i check the new cameras hoping but with no sucess.
Out of curiosity, what is it that you need the new camera to do that the latest Sony models can't do? I'm only wondering because of the latest slate of 4 cameras Sony just announced, that are all not only improvements on the last batch of models (A500/550) but also restore a lot of features previously seen on the A100 and dropped on many Sony DSLRs (MLU, DOF preview, Release w/o lens, etc).
Of course, none of them can do any more EV than any other Sony cam, so they still screw you there...but with all the new features, restored features, and amazing enhancements in focus, shooting speed, and high ISO...they are an awful lot of camera and you can always work around the EV thing like you've done in the past.
Or, you can always try out the in-camera HDR modes - which take 3 frames and do the merging and aligning in camera with an EV range of up to 6 EV. They can even be done handheld! And you can always tone map them afterwards. (it won't replace shooting multiple frames in RAW, and merging in HDR software with dedicated personal processing and tweaking, but it wins lots of points for convenience, handholdability, and spontaneity!).
Sony DSLR-A580 / Sony 18-250mm / Minolta 50mm F1.7 / Sigma 30mm F1.4 / Tamron 10-24mm / Tamron 150-600mm / Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro / Minolta 300mm F4 APO
Sony A6000 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses