Both companies want to fight hard against Canon and Nikon in the digital camera segment.
Following article talks about their financial situation:
“Sony Canâ€™t â€˜Breatheâ€™; Samsung Profit Surges as Yen Strengthens” (source: bloomberg)
we had a second small talk with our trusted source. He again confirms that a new camera will be announced next week. And certainly it will not be the Sony Alpha 750 or whatever. The Sony 700 successor is planned for next year.
The rumored camera will be a completely new one. It will be the first movie and still camera from Sony!
Other sources can’t confirm this rumor. Could be that he received false informations? Improbable, but he promised me to tell me more in few days!
Sony Strengthens Retail Distribution Channels Via Sony Retailer Network (source: imaging-insider)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 Review at cameras.about.com
Latest all-weather camera bags from Lowe Pro (source: cnet)
Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 tested by a polish website (optyczne.pl). And here the google english translation.
plusd.itmedia.co.jp tested the Sony Alpha 550. Read in japanese or google english translation.