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December 20, 2011
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The full Sony interview translation…

Our reader BEN T. sent us the full translation of the Sony interview at Impressjapan (https://www.impressjapan.jp/pr/monitor/1112_dcm/271201_free.pdf).

Key info:

> Small E-mount lenses for NEX cameras
E-mount lenses have been large considering the size of the NEX bodies, but it looks like high-performance compact lenses are on the way. Sony is emphatic that they won’t compromise in terms of either image quality or lens aberrations. With remarks along the lines of “Buy a NEX and stay tuned,” we might see an announcement at the early on next year.

> A 100 megapixel sensor is not outside the realm of possibility
While this remark was made in response to a question about increasing megapixel counts, even the a77 takes advantage of its 24 megapixels in the form of a smart teleconverter to a achieve a zoom function.  The odds are good that camera development will move forward on the premise of increased megapixel counts in the future.

> Every company is looking to commercialize electronic shutters
This was a remark made in response to a question about the shift from mechanical to electronic cameras, but seems to allude to the direction the industry will take in terms of camera production. With the a77 fitted with an OLED EVF instead of an OVF, we will be watching Sony’s transition to more electronics with keep interest in the future.

Interview:

There is a certain inevitability in the style of SLR cameras
—With things like the Tohoku Earthquake and flooding in Thailand, I think it was a year full of hardships. And I assume it was also a tough year for you in the sense that you released many new products.
Nagata: I think we managed to launch a number of models that only happens once every few years.

—Translucent mirrors have been filling out Sony’s lineup of interchangeable lens cameras. As for the flagship model, the successor to the a900, are you going to make it an orthodox SLR camera and stick to the optical viewfinder?
Nagata: At this stage I can’t comment on that, but we do feel that the OLED viewfinders in the a77 and NEX-7 have been well received beyond expectations.

—Can EVFs be improved even more?
Nagata: I think everything made up of electronic devices will continue to evolve in an amazing way.

—That said, the viewfinder in the a900 is far and away the more amazing among interchangeable lens cameras. Is the a900 the last we’ll see of an OVF?
Nagata: Well (wry smile), what’s certain is that it’s difficult to continue producing that product at that price.

—A change of topic, then. Are you going to continue to preserve the orthodox style of the SLR camera? What I mean is, using translucent mirror technology, it should be impossible to come up with a more revolutionary style of camera.
Nagata: If we put our minds to it we can produce such a camera, yes.

—Does that mean that more people are responsive to an SLR-like style?
Nagata: Rather than that, I think there is a certain inevitability in the form of an SLR camera. It’s preferable for the viewfinder to be above the optical axis of the lens, and it’s better for the flash to be above the optical axis as well as having some degree of height to avoid the lens. Then you need a grip component so you can grasp the camera firmly. When give shape to these inevitabilities, that’s the form you end up with.

—So you’re saying that SLR cameras are always going to keep this kind of style, this kind of form.
Nagata: Right. Of course since we’ve moved to translucent mirrors we have a greater degree of freedom in the pentaprism area. I think batteries will also continue to evolve and probably undergo a slight change in shape as well.

—Speaking of NEX cameras, the lenses are large considering the size of the bodies. Are you considering smaller lenses?
Nagata: Yes, of course.

—What kind of lenses would those be?
Nagata: To start with, we don’t want to compromise in terms of image quality or distortion. We can make them smaller and we have many other ideas, including whether to make longer focal lengths as well.

—Still, we have not seen many small, light lenses be released. But you’re saying that you’ve come up with a way to maintain performance and produce a smaller, lighter lens that keeps its high performance?
Nagata: That’s right. It might be a good idea to get your hands on a body and stay tuned (laughs).

December 16, 2011
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First NEX-7 on eBay (someone tries to get rich). NEX-7 manual for download. First NEX-7 books.

Someone is trying to make some extra money by selling the first NEX-7 camera on eBay (Click here). I am curious to see how much people is willing to spend for that camera! My guess is that the final price will be around $2100 (almost double the official price!).

Some other news: You can download the full NEX-7 manual at http://richardrook.nl/nex-7/nex-7manual_eng.pdf (Thanks Richard). And the very first NEX-7 books are coming out in January/February. At Amazon Germany (Click here) and is written by Michael Nagel. And at Amazon US (Click here) a book written by David Busch.

 

 

December 16, 2011
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POLL: Select your future A77 firmware upgrade must have features.

It’s time for you to select the most needed new features and fixes that should be implemented in future A77 firmware upgrades. I summed your requests and tried to make an easy overview of your suggested changes. You guys gave a terrific long list of new features and bug fixes (Click here to read your comments). I choose to sum the display your most requested only because otherwise the list would have become incredibly long. This is not a scientific test! It should only give a very general idea about what Sony should do more urgently.

So while almost all you features and bug fix suggestion were interesting let’s vote the ten only of them that Sony should absolutely do now!

Select the most important firmware upgrade features/fixes for the A77 (you have a maximum of 10 votes)

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Reminder: The A77 is out of Stock in almost any store. Preorders search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

One more private note: By the time you are reading this I am starting my three days mountain trip. I will stay between 2500 and 3500 meter for two nights. I don’t know if I can have Internet access with my iPhone in these days. I scheduled a couple of news that will get online between now and Sunday. Hope to come back alive ;) I am writing this because some comments awaiting for moderation will need some time to be approved. Plus emails can be answered on late Sunday only.

 

 

December 15, 2011
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Your suggestions for the future A77/A65 firmware upgrades

I would like to hear from you what kind of improvements and fixes you would like to see coming with the next A77/A65 firmware upgrades. I will collect your suggestions and put them together to make a POLL.

Thanks!

December 15, 2011
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Fimrware update for NEX-5/C3/3/VG10 released.

And finally the new firmware is out! Here are the direct download pages to Sony Asia (in english):

Download the NEX-3 firmware 0.5 for Windows (Click here) or Mac (Click here).

Download the NEX-5 firmware 0.5 for Windows (Click here) or Mac (Click here).

Download the NEX-C3 firmware 0.5 for Windows (Click here) or Mac (Click here).

Download the NEX-VG10 firmware 0.3 for Windows (Click here) or Mac (Click here).

Thanks gg

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