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March 27, 2015
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Brand new Sony patent shows Curved Sensor FF camera with 35mm lens (and some variations).

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RX2

The newly published (March 19) US patent “20150077619” describes what will likely become the first Curved Sensor Full Frame camera (probably the RX2). That’s what Sony writes:

Patent Background:

In recent years, the need for brightness of a shooting lens and an increase in the size of an imaging element which is effective in implementing low-noise shooting and a high dynamic range has increased, not to mention the need for an increase in image quality, a reduction in size, and a reduction in thickness.

Patent Summary:

The present technology is made to solve the above-mentioned problems, and it is desirable to provide a lens optical unit and an imaging device, which are capable of implementing high optical performance by performing size reduction and sufficient field curvature correction.
An imaging plane of the solid-state image sensor has a non-planar shape that causes a sag amount in an optical axis direction to increase as a distance from an optical axis increases, and a conditional expression (1) is satisfied (1) ρ×Sag>0, where ρ represents a Petzval curvature of an optical unit represented by

SAR resume: The patent says “non-planar” (curved) sensor allow lenses to be more compact compared to lenses designed for “planar” (flat) sensors. And they actually share full specs of those lenses

Full Frame lenses (RX2?):
29.96mm f/2.06 (likely to become a 30mm f/2.0)
36mm f/1.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/1.8)
36mm f/2.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.8)
36mm f/2.26 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.0)

For smaller sensors (1 inch RX100m4?):
10,79-25mm f/2.8-5.4

 

March 26, 2015
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(SR4) Some more HX60 and WX350 successor camera info.

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I got some info about the new Sony fixed lens compact cameras (Thanks A.!):

1) HX60v successor will be essentially the same camera but smaller. It will be the size of the existing WX350 and include a viewfinder (TZ61 like).
2) WX350 will also be updated to include 30x Zoom without viewfinder.

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March 26, 2015
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(SR5) There is no 4K photocamera coming from Sony at NAB. A7rII coming after NAB.

If you were waiting for a new A7sII or any other 4K pro photocamera (not camcorder!) than skip the event. There will be no such camera at NABshow. The other rumored cameras like the A7rII and compact cameras will be announced after the NAB show.

For filmmakers: Sony will announce the HDC4300 at NAb (all info here at SAR).

March 25, 2015
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(SR5) Sony to announce new “Products” on April 23. (…for A-mount?)

April23

As you can see from the image on top Sony has a press briefing scheduled for April 23 at the World Photography Awards. Trusted Sources confirmed Sony will have a product announcement on that day. But I am not sure yet we will get the A7rII on that event because I heard of another (E-mount related) announcement in May. It’s yet a complete mystery what kind of camera they will announce on April 23. I don’t wanna give false hopes to A-mount followers but last year they announced the Sony A77II on the Photography Award event. So maybe… :)

To sum up. We have three rumored announcement dates:
1) April 12: NAB show Sony press conference. No new E or A-mount photocamera coming (just camcorder stuff).
2) April 23: Worldphoto event: ???
3) May announcement: New E-mount cameras/lenses.

If you think that it makes no sense having three different product announcements within 30 days…note that last year Sony made three separate announcements too: Sony A7s on April 6. Sony A77II on May 1. RX100 on May 16.

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March 24, 2015
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(SR4) More A7rII launch confirmations and (SR3) specs (Has same 36MP A7r sensor?).

A7r

(SR4) Sony A7rII is coming:
Over the weekends I got more confirmations from one source that indeed the Sony A7rII is the next FF camera to be launched by Sony. There is yet no exact launch date I can share but the release really appears to be imminent. One anonymous source also shared some A7rII tidbits (take that as SR3):

– It has the same A7r 36 megapixel sensor
– Improved high ISO (thanks to the improved processor)
– Faster autofocusing
– 5 axis stabilization (exactly the same system used by the A7II).
– A7II alike body size
– Silent shutter mode (at last!)

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