We've heard rumors on the new Alpha series DSLRs before, and now a larger leak on Sony's Russian site shows the Alphas have been slimmed down and further geared toward the casual user.
The biggest tidbits are the significantly smaller chassis (the current Alpha 300 and 350 series are huge and heavy) and the addition of a new GUI and HDMI out. The Alphas have always been nice teaching cameras, and the new models look to improve upon that. The new GUI has graphical illustrations to show exactly how changes in shutter speed and exposure and all that will affect the shot. They'll also pack, according to Google's Russian translator, a "handbook" or "directory," which seems to us basically a glossary that explains the cameras' functions in plain language.
High-def output is a little less clear, thanks to the translation; it's not totally obvious whether this function will be exclusive to Sony-made Bravia sets (we know it'll offer specific advantages, like using the Bravia remote to view/zoom images) or if Sony is simply choosing not to mention its compatibility with competitive HDTVs. But we'll keep you updated as more info becomes available. [Photo Club Alpha via Photo Rumors]