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Via ImageSensorsWorld we learned that “Sony will subcontract the manufacture of CMOS image sensors to Fujitsu in an arrangement aimed at lowering production costs without revealing proprietary technologies to overseas foundries” and “The deal with Fujitsu should allow Sony to meet growing demand for image sensors while keeping production costs in check and safeguarding its proprietary technologies in Japan, the Nikkei business daily reported. A spokesman for Sony said the electronics giant has been considering outsourcing some image sensor production to meet strong demand driven by growing sales of advanced digital cameras and smartphones, but declined to comment further. A Fujitsu spokesman declined to comment.”
Is that good or bad news? Let me know what yu think…
Video above: Sony A33/A55 commercial
Ahi Ahi Ahi! Sony Japan says that the video recording time on the A33 and A55 are limited because of the overheating sensor! The A33 can redord 11mintues only and the A55 9minutes. If you switch of the IS you will be able to record many more minutes. Sony also suggests you to “Avoid direct sunlight as possible“. Not really good news…
Focus Numerique published a new interview with Tôru Katsumoto from Sony. Those are the most interesting info (Attention: Google translation):
- “After the launch of Alpha 33 and 55, the critics were actually more positive than what we ourselves expected. In addition, we are working on new models of electronic viewfinders, much more efficient, and we therefore decided to use this type of viewfinder for our next model.”
- Will the next Fullframe model use the new electronic viewfinder? “The decision has not yet been made, especially for devices with 24×36 mm sensor. I think, one of the electronic viewfinders can even compete with the optical viewfinders of those models. But not in the near future, regarding the fact that the resolution of a 24×36 mm optical viewfinder is very high.”
- “At the end of 2010, we do not have the technology to do without the mechanical shutter.”
- Tôru says that Sony will make a high-end compact camera (a là Panasonic LX5).
Via Focus Numerique