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August 9, 2013
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(SR5) New Honami and Sport cam rumors.

A short break from regular A and E mount rumors to report two other news, pardon rumors :)

1) The Honami i1 smartphone will be unveiled on September 4 in Berlin. You see the teaser on top. This is good news for us because the same source said the NEX-FF is coming too (but not on the same day).
2) A new Sony sport cam will be announced too at the same event!

In short, on August 14 we could have a NEX-5t announcement (and maybe ILC-3000). On September 4 the new Sport cam and first smartphone with high quality image sensor (and maybe new JPEG engine). In late September (24?) the big NEX-FF and hopefully A-mount cameras too.

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

August 8, 2013
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Sony may launches transparent-naked cameras?

Back in 1998 when Apple was facing a hard time Steve Jobs launched the iMac G3 with translucent case (can still be found here on eBay). It quickly became a huge success. And now the same feature could appear on cameras soon too! A recent Sony patent (USA P.Number 20130201393) describes exactly that. A camera having a translucent (or transparent) case. Sony explains why they want to do that:

Present principles recognize the advantages of providing a camera that has features that make it distinct from other cameras and that also provides aesthetic visual appeal. Accordingly, a camera includes a translucent or transparent housing having a color, the camera also having a processor in the housing. The processor is visible through the housing. The camera also includes a camera element in the housing that generates signals representing an image, it being understood that the processor communicates with the camera element. Additionally, the processor has a periphery and the housing has a visible border line positioned over at least a portion of the periphery of the processor to thereby highlight a presence of the processor.
Moreover, if desired, the border line may be a color matching the color of the housing. Also, in some embodiments, the color of the housing and/or border line may not be clear and the housing may be translucent.

Now imagine a NEX or Alpha camera with…naked view! I think it could like it :)

P.S.: Our reader Neo found the image of the transparent A900 on Flickr. And here is the A77 image:

August 8, 2013
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(SR2) NEX-7 successor specs and 16-80mm Zeiss info. Too good to be true?

I rarely post low ranked SR1-SR2 rumors. But sometimes I feel that also an unconfirmed rumors should be posted. It may help us to grab some attention from trusted sources. I hope they can confirm (or deny) these NEX-7 successor specs soon. Meantime keep your feet stable on ground and just takes these rumor as it is…an unconfirmed rumors from an anonymous source.

 

NEX-7 successor specs:

body
same with as nex7 but the lens Mount will be moved 3mm on the left
3mm taller
lens Mount 3mm deeper so lens will come out 3mm less
bigger grip. taller,deeper and wider, due to new battery and better grip feeling.increased volume by 2.9cubiccm
slimmer rear screen design.8.2cm diagonal 1,080dots.same movement as nex 7
magnesium alloy construction dust sealed. weight 23grams more
NP-FM500 battery
standard hotshoe
new popup flash unit with tilting capability
trinavi button layout, customizable rec button

evf
new unit
100% coverage
1,25x magnification
eyepoint 24mm
2560×1920 resolution + 2 stop dinamic range
consumption -12% due to new copper circuit

sensor
new aps-c unit 6000x4000px
cmos evf 15.1dr 25.1colordepht
phase detection chip 92% area 2.2 million split pixels
aa filter
iso range 100-25600. auto iso customizable 100-6400
improved iso performance by 1.24 stops over iso 3200
file size L-M-S and RAW-mRAW-sRAW
12-8-6-3 fps continuos shooting with autofocus
new for nex system 5axis steadyshot inside up to 4 stop shake reduction. bypass the oss in lens for battery saving. works with LA-EA2 and stabilizes a Mount lenses

more bits:
WIFI built in
no confirmation about the name
a bundle Zeiss lens for the launch. 16-80 f2.8-4. i don’t know much about the performance but the decision to move the lens Mount to the left is due to allow the fitting of larger but shorter lenses. i mounted personally a model of the 16-80 to the new body and i can tell you is 68mm wide x 62mm long when closed for 302gr without hood.

the first unit are now to be tested

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Again, take it with a grain of salt. But I certainly do hope this is one of the few times an SR2 rumor becomes true! A NEX-7 successor with no increased MEgapixel madness, but improved sensor, 5 axis stabilization, improved EVF and a Zeiss 16-80mm f/2.8-4. If that info is correct I will pay quite a couple of beers to that anonymous source :)

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

August 7, 2013
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(SR4) NEX-FF only 15% bigger than the NEX-7. Available in October.

I am still waiting to get images and full specs of the new NEX-FF. But in the meantime one source shared another bit of info on the new camera:

The NEX-FF photo camera (final name still unknown) will have a Sony NEX-7 similar design. But it is 15% more volume and has some 20% more weight than the NEX-7.  As I told you before three different new FF sensors have been tested by Sony, 24, 32 and 36 Megapixel. I am yet not 100% sure but Sony may picked up the 32MP sensor. What I am sure about is that it will be announced along two Zeiss FF lenses. A zoom and a prime. The prime is 35mm f/2.8 (Note that Zeiss already made a Biogon 35mm f/2.8 as M-mount (here on eBay)). It is said that the camera will be announced on September 24 and shipment starts end of October. Price for the body is a bit less than $3000 (like the RX1 and RX1R series).

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

August 7, 2013
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Sony NEX-7 out of Stock in most Sony stores.

While I got very reliable info about the NEX-5t, NEX-FF and the ILC-300 E-mount cameras I still have no reliable info about the NEX-7 successor.But it’s interesting to see that most European Sony Stores now don’t have the NEX-7 in Stock anymore. For example: Sony Germany, Sony France, Sony Italy. latest info I got was that the new successor would be available in October.

One more thing: To be honest I got specs from an anonymous source but if you want me to post them know that they are SR2 only. You want the info?

P.S.: Thanks Seb!

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