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December 1, 2011
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Phil Molyneux (Sony) says the A77 and NEX-7 should arrive in January. Understimated the camera production.

According to The Verge Sony USA COO Phil Molyneux said that the NEX-7 will arrive in January. And Financial Times reports another statement from Phil M.: “We’re furiously working to transfer production back to Japan and into China, so I think we’ll see better availability going into January“. Currently Sony is having a reserve of NEX-C3 and NEX-5n cameras but the NEX-5n stocks could be empty soon!

The last info I got from my top sources said that the A77 will be back in Stock in January and the NEX-7 in February. And yes, Sony underestimated the A77 and NEX-7 production. The cameras got more preorders than they thought and in some countries the A77 and NEX-7 request has been four times higher than expected. I hope that Sony will be able to catch up again the momentum. Really pity for them that they miss the Christmas sales. The A65 and A77 are out of Stock in most countries. Only the new NEX-5n and the lenses will be available by Christmas time. Check out the links to find out what’s available and what not:

A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: Sony A77 and A65 firmware donwloads are now available at all local Sony websites. Example:
Germany: http://www.sony.de/support/de/product/SLT-A77V/downloads/FW_A77_V104_WIN#benefits
Netherland: http://www.sony.nl/support/nl/product/SLT-A77V

November 28, 2011
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(UPDATED) Sony A77 and A65 firmware 1.04 is finally out!

The firmware has been released by Sony Asia (Click here).

SLT-A65 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.04 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478855
Ver.1.04 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478884

SLT-A77V Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.04 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478891
Ver.1.04 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478893

Here is the improvement list:
1) Added support for auto-correction lens: Vario-Sonnar T * DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA (SAL1680Z) and DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 (SAL16105)
2) Improved usability
3) Improved Quality
4) Improvement Response

If you have some time to test the new firmware let us know if you see some some REAL improvement! Thanks!

November 28, 2011
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Good news from Sony: “The effect of the floods wasn’t as bad as we estimated three weeks go”

If you are on the waiting list for a new A77 or NEX-7 camera than we have some good news folks! Bloomberg reports: “After floods in Thailand halted image-sensor output at factories in the country, production will be shifted to a plant in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, in the beginning of next year, spokesman Hiroshi Okubo said. The effect of the floods “wasn’t as bad” as the company estimated three weeks ago, Yoshioka said.

I hope this is not only a too optimistic statement to assure the markets and shareholders. Anyway I have been told that Sony will soon release a new press release. Let’s hope they can now give us a more precise idea of when the new cameras will be in Stock. My latest info I got days ago said that the A77 will be back in Stock in January and the NEX-7 will start worldwide shipment in February.

P.S.: I made a quick shop checks and it looks like our UK readers are the luckiest guys out there. They have the A77 body in Stock at Warehouseexpress (Click here) and the 16-50 kit version in Stock at Jessops (Click here). And there are also two refurbished A77 bodies in Stock at Cameracenter on eBay UK (Click here).

November 24, 2011
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New Sony A77/65 firmware update 1.04 is available in China! (Update: now removed!)

UPDATE: Sony China removed the A77/65 firmware upgrade 1.04 page! But the download links still work. Be aware that this upgrade firmware has yet not been officially released. Download and install at your own risk! And we don’t know if you can replace that firmware with the firmware that Sony will possibly release next week. So do NOT install if you don’t know what you are doing!!!

Windows:
A77: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA77V104.exe
A65: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA65V104.exe

Mac:
A77: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA77V104.dmg
A65: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA65V104.dmg

I guess the rumor we posted yesterday is true. Sony planed the release for today but than postponed it to next week. Sony China made a mistake an posted it today and than removed it after a couple of hours. Read our readers comments to check out what has been improved!

November 23, 2011
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(SR4) UPDATE: Sony A77/65 firmware updated 1.04 finally coming next week???

UPDATE: The administrator from Digicam-info contacted me to say that he got a news form a trusted sources to say that Sony originally planed to release the firmware tomorrow (Nov 24) but they postponed the release to next week! It’s form one of his trusted sources and I upgraded the rumor value from SR3 to SR4.

As I told you last week this will be a major upgrade because we expect improvements in JPEG image quality too! Here is the list of new features/improvements:

1) expanded the number of automatic compensation of compliant lenses
2) Improvement of Responses
3) Improvement of IQ
4) Improvement of Usability

And here are the links to check the price and availability of the two cameras:
Sony A77: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony A65: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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