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October 17, 2014
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Sony makes the world’s first sensor that can drive camera cars at moonless night!

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An image taken with a new sensor in an “almost” complete dark room!

This is not an Alpha camera news but it shows how advanced Sony sensor technology is. Sony announced the new IMX224MQV 1/3-inch 1.27MP CMOS sensor for automotive cameras. Like you know Car aided driving (and full automated driving) is a big business and that Sony sensor is the very first(!) sensor that fulfills the AEC-Q100 reliability tests. It means it can help to drive a car in a moonless night!!!

Image Sensor World writes:

It’s the world’s highest sensitivity levels of any image sensor of its kind. The new sensor is capable of capturing high-resolution color images in light conditions as low as 0.005 lux, a level equivalent to that of a moonless night and one that is far below illumination levels under a star-filled night sky. The is set to become Sony’s first image sensor for automotive cameras to meet the requirements of the AEC-Q100 reliability tests. The sensor sampling starts on Nov. 2014, mass production is planned for Dec. 2015.
The IMX224MQV sensor has 2,350mV (standard F5.6) sensitivity, a level of sensitivity that is around twice that of older Sony IMX238LQJ sensor with 3.75um pixels and the industry’s highest. This was achieved through the adoption of photo diodes that improve the conversion efficiency of light into electrons and through the addition of circuits that improve the conversion efficiency of those electrons into voltage. Also, a PGA with a gain up to 72 dB further contributes to the ultimate achievement of a minimum object illuminance of 0.005 lux. With this design, it now becomes possible to capture high-resolution color images even on a dark road at night with no stars to illuminate the surroundings.
This image sensor also supports a WDR that allows for extended exposure time, which, when compared to conventional multi-exposure WDR systems, makes possible improved image quality in low light conditions when combined with a compatible ISP (Mass production of compatible ISP from Sony is planned on June 2016). Furthermore, the sensor’s pixel has an improved NIR sensitivity for better object recognition when used in with NIR LED illumination.

Sensor specs:

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October 16, 2014
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Sony Tidbits…


Sony Alpha A6000 Revisited: Best Mirrorless APS-C ILC 2014

Sigma Art on the A7r at Soundimagesplus.
First impressions of the 16-35 at Brianmatiash.com.
10 ways to optimize your gear for awesome Travel Photography (Inmybag).
Loxia 2/35 und 2/50 Flickr Album.
Spanish Zeiss Otus review at DSLRmagzine.

Michael:Now I can feel the Full-Frame on my APS-C camera SONY A6000 with Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F/0.95. Full album @ http://goo.gl/x7wuJz
Pros:
- The build quality of lens is excellent, solid and HEAVY (in good way!)
- The box that made by leather do feel good too!
- The focus ring do turn smoothly.
- The aperture ring a bit hard to turn, but I personally take that as good to avoid change the aperture accidentally.
- Do feel nice on hand with the A6000 for the size and the look.
Cons:
- The plastic hood do feel “cheap” (just a little bit), therefore I get a metal one.
- The weight made it a bit hard to manual focus, because the hand must support the lens more than the body.

October 16, 2014
Posted in deals, news

You can now change the E-mount of your camera with a “wiggling-free” full metal mount!

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Maybe not all of you know the E-mount is made of an outer metal and inner plastic ring. Fotodiox writes:

The lens mount is a two part construction, with the critical component that holds the lens in place made of plastic. This is why any lens you attach to an E mount camera is prone to wiggling, especially longer pro lenses.

That’s why Fotodiox came up with a solution to entirely replace the ring:

Anyone can replace the original 2 piece NEX mount on their camera with an all-metal one in about five minutes. All you need is a jewelers screwdriver (phillips) to remove and replace four little screws.

The Fotodiox full metal E-mount ring can be bought now at Amazon US (Click here).

Here is a video to show you how easy it is:

via MirrorlessRumors.

October 15, 2014
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National Geographic photographer Bob Krist explains why he moved to Sony.

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The following article is a guest post by National Geographic photographer Bob Krist. Thanks Bob for sharing!

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I didn’t start out looking to jump ship from my favorite line of DSLRs to Sony mirrorless, cameras. It just kind of happened out of necessity.
I’m a 30+year veteran shooter for National Geographic publications. A few years ago, they asked me to go along on one of the high end, educational private jet tours that their new division, National Geographic Expeditions, was starting to offer. I would teach lecture and teach photography, and oh, could I also shoot some video and stills of the trip?
No problem. But as it turns out, these were not the type of assignments I was used to shooting for them. Usually we have a lot of time in each place to get to know it, and the pace of the assignment is long and slow, and the coverage they expect is comprehensive and deep,

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But these were whirlwind tours for folks who wanted to see as much as they could, as fast as they could, and once I started shooting the run and gun videos they asked for, I ran right up against the limitations of the DSLR.
On these fast moving assignments, which are epic, globe-girdling trips that move at a breakneck pace (11 countries in 26 days…and you thought I was kidding when I said “breakneck pace!”), I have no time whatsoever to stop and outfit my camera with an LCD loupe, a shoulder rig, mic pre-amp and all the other bells and whistles you need to prepare a DSLR to shoot video.
I know that because I tried on my first assignment, and I missed a lot of key moments while I was kitting out my DSLR. After that first trip, it was clear that what I needed was a lightweight, video-friendly machine I could pull out of the bag and start shooting at a moment’s notice.

Ahu Akivi Moai in Easter Island, Chile.
And a mirrorless camera was basically the way to go. I chose a selection of Sony gear so I could get at least one camera with an APS-C sized chip (for nice bokeh), mic jacks, decent lower-hiss, built in pre-amps, the 60fps frame rate option for slo-mo, and the ability to adapt any Nikkor (or basically, any other lens) to it.
In the ensuing years, more and more of my work for National Geographic has been for Expeditions on these jet and ship based expeditions, and I’ve cycled through a lot of the Sony gear, owning at one time or another, every NEX model made.
Up until recently, the A6000 was my APS-C chip size camera of choice for run and gun video. It lacks headphone and mic jacks, but the image quality is superb, the autofocus is lightning fast, and it takes a huge array of lenses thanks its easy adaptability. I use a Sony mic in the Multi-interface hotshoe for ambient sound.

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I pair that with the Sony RX 10—It features a smaller 1″ chip with superb, sharp video that is not downsampled (hence little to no moire or aliasing), headphone and mic jacks, built-in ND filter, a Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens…the perfect video run and gunner, not to mention still camera, for a traveling shooter who wants a lightweight, but fully featured camera. The recent firmware upgrade that gave us X AVCS codec instead of the dreaded AVCHD is just icing on an already very tasty and attractive cake.

A candlelit concert at Petra, Jordan

For lenses for the A6000, I take along the Sony 10-18mm f/4 (for ultrawide work), a Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 (for general shooting) and an assortment of prime lenses that can vary, but always includes a Sony 35mm f/1.8 E, and often two old but sharp Nikkors, a 24mm f/2, and an 85mm f/1.8, outfitted with a Metabones Speed Booster for Nikkor to Sony E (which retains the original lens’ field of view and adds almost a stop of light-gathering ability. A miracle adapter!)
The Sony and Zeiss E lenses are sharp, autofocus, and have the OSS (Optical SteadyShot) which make them super for run and gun situations.
The adapted Nikkors are manual focus, but they are super sharp and I only use the compact ones  (besides the two mentioned above, I also have the 50mm f/1.8 Series E, and the 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E) so they balance beautifully on the smaller camera body.

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One of the biggest advantages of the mirrorless camera is built in electronic viewfinder (EVF) for shooting video outside on bright days. No need to snap on a bulky loupe over the back of your LCD screen, just put your eye to the viewfinder and voila, you’ve got a crisp image to work with.
The other huge benefit of these cameras is their size and weight (or more accurately, their lack of size and weight!). My camera bag weighs about half of what a similar DSLR outfit would and the bag is correspondingly smaller as well.
About a month ago, I switched out my A6000 for the new A7s. It is a lowlight monster and it was just what the doctor ordered for shooting low light temple interiors, night markets, and the kind of things we cover on these trips.
Now, most of the time, I’m using it in APSC mode, which may seem counterintuitive, but it allows me to use the OSS of the Sony lenses, and it is a lot more resistant to effects of rolling shutter, that jello-ey look that sometimes occurs during camera movement in certain cameras.
But when the light is low, the adapted Nikkor primes go on and it’s back to full-frame, low light heaven. I’ve been fully Sony mirrorless for almost two years now, and I haven’t looked back!

Bob Krist’s details his adventures in motion and mirrorless cameras in his new blog Old Man in Motion (www.oldmaninmotion.com). His website is www.bobkrist.com

 

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October 15, 2014
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Preparing for big rumor time: Help needed from readers and site owners :)

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There is going to be a big Rumor time soon. As “boring” as Photokina was as “exciting” the time will become soon right before the next January-February announcement. One thing I noticed this year is that many sites pick up my news and “forget” or “not properly” cite me as source. I am not going to be mad with anyone here but it’s important for me to get some credit back. Don’t forget this is a a small site and there is no big company financing me like they it happens on other “official” photo sites. So it’s important for me to survive with the only push of my readers. I kindly ask you to help me by following those rules and tips:

For website owners reposting my news:
1) You are absolutely free to take news from me…also images! But please credit me for that.
2) Please do not write “SAR” as source but “SonyAlphaRumors.com“. Also kind would be to not “hide” the backlink with bad visible color (light grey on white background as someone does), or by writing “anonymous source” instead of my site’s name. Thanks!
3) Often I post news about external reviews and news not original from this site. But it would be nice to write “found via SonyAlphaRumors.com” if you find the news through my site. Like for example deals, reviews or news. Thanks!
4) The rules also apply to myself and if I do a mistake please contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Please note that most of the news I post I receive from my readers and they sometimes forget to mention the proper sources. Excuse me in advance if the main sources is not mentioned or wrong. It’s sometimes impossible for me to track who wrote what first.

For readers:
Follow me on RSS feed (Click here), Twitter (Click here), Facebook fan page (Click here) and Google+. It’s the best way to not miss any rumor and to get them as first!
Spread and Share the rumor and news that matters by retweeting or reposting stuff. This would help me to make it clearer to anyone who is actually writing the news as first.

An interesting note on social followers:
I noticed that “less” famous site have more followers than me. This is because they either pay to get followers or because they get pushed by official companies (like when they write a good review about a certain company camera). I do not get that kind fo support and have to do all for myself. Therefore if you can and want please help me to increase my social fellowship :)

Thanks a lot! Rumor time is coming… :)

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