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August 18, 2011
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(SR3) New Sony A77/NEX-7 EVF made by Samsung?

A source told me an interesting background story. According to him the A77 uses an “Active Matrix-OLED with RGB pattern” and it is made by ….Samsung!

It is using the new 5.5 Generation factory and using the new laser technology instead Fine Metal Mask that was used before in all the Samsung OLED. The new laser tech allow Samsung make higher resolution displays (many new smartphones and tablets are coming with HD reolution this year). Also they are using a new green organic material PHOLED (they already are using the red PHOLED in the OLED displays.)”
Sony and Samsung are working together in this new display and it is probably that Samsung uses it too.
The technical features are under embargo and it won´t be available until 2012, but the display is big compared with other high resolution displays, it is around 0.9″ diagonal size and 4:3 form factor, but can be adapted to 3:2 and 16:9.

Thanks source for sending me that! Like those kind of insider stories ;)

August 17, 2011
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(SR5) New NEX-5N image leaked

Image courtesy: Photorumors

Our friends over at Photorumors caught that nice image of the NEX-5N. And it is also good to hear that they were able to confirm the specs we posted here a month ago. Reminder ->Those are the specs:

16.1 MP Exmor sensor (Same us Sony NEX-C3)
ISO 100-25600
0.02 seconds shutter lag time
3 in. 921k dots touch screen LCD
AF tracking can be enabled from the touchscreen
Improved audio quality during video recording
1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD 2.0 video recording
Shutter 1/4000
10 fps
Can take over 430 shots with one battery
Same AF speed as the GH2.
New OLED viewfinder with eye proximity sensor (similar to the Fuji X100) will be available as an accessory.

P.S: $50 discount on the NEX-5 body only (or with 18-55mm kit lens) ends on September 10 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)

August 17, 2011
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(SR5) A first look at the A77 EVF!

Dear readers. What you can see here on top is the very first picture of the Sony A77 EVF! You can see the 19 AF points (11 of them are cross type). You can also see the 1080p60 logo. Hope to get more sceenshot like this as soon as I can.

I also ask my sources if they can tell me more about:
1) Image quality (Low and High ISO)
2) Is there it 14 bit RAW?

Thanks!

August 16, 2011
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(SR4) An NEX-7 hands-on report and NEX-5N info

There are two rumors coming from Asia and from sources I know well.

1) Hong Kong Sonysdf (Click here to read the english translation).

According to the source the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 has a nice Bokeh but corner sharpness wide open is not on very top high level. The NEX-7 feels larger than the Leica M9! It is also rather heavy, whilst it feels extremely solid in hands and is well built. It has direct and professional controls;

UPDATE: I got this info from one of my sources in Hong Kong but I now saw it has been posted at RiceHigh a couple of hours before I posted it (the post was scheduled while I was working). So here is the link to Ricehigh.

2) Thailand Fotorelax (Click here to read the google english translation).

The NEX-5N has a “Capacitive Touch Screen“.

 

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Reminder: Those are the specs of the new NEX cameras

NEX-7
24,3 Exmor HD sensor
100-16.000 ISO
1200 zone metering
1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD 2.0 (28Mbit/s) video recording
3 million dot XGA OLED viewfinder
3inch 921k TruBlack LCD display (touchscreen)
10 fps
20ms startup time
Built-in flash
New universal hot shoe
Battery life for over 400 shots
Magnesium alloy body

NEX-5N
16.1 MP Exmor sensor (Same us Sony NEX-C3)
ISO 100-25600
1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD 2.0 video recording
Shutter 1/4000
10 fps
Can take over 430 shots with one battery
Same AF speed as the GH2

VG-20
16 MPX Exmor sensor
1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD 2.0 video recording
Can record stills in RAW
3 inch touchscreen (swifel)
audio level control
IR AVR remote

August 16, 2011
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(SR4) Price range of the new A77/NEX-7 and NEX lenses

One of my good sources sent me the price range in USD dollar of the upcoming new A77 and NEX-7 (+ NEX lenses)

Sony A77
Body only will be priced at $1000
Body + 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Kit will be priced between $1600 and $1800.

NEX-7
Body only will be priced between $1000 and $1100.

NEX lenses
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 will be priced between $900 and $1000.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 will be priced between $300 and $350.
Sony 55-210mm OSS Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 will be priced between $250 and $300.

I asked the source why there is a such huge price range for the A77+kit lens but I still didn’t get an answer yet.