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February 19, 2013
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(SR5) Sony A58: new sensor, new autofocus system and also new viewfinder!


I keep getting short updates about the next Sony A58. Not only will it be the first camera using the new generation Sony sensor (with 1 stop improvement) and a new autofocus system. It will also have a completely new OLED viewfinder. Got no info about what’s so new on that EVF. I hope sources can tell me more about this after reading this post! Thanks!

That little A58 sounds every day more interesting! And keep in mind, the announcement is scheduled for Monday February 25. Likely at around 6-8 am in the morning London time. So be sure to be online on SAR by that time! Will make a live coverage of the event!

February 18, 2013
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(SR5) Full A58 and NEX-3n specs.

So it’s confirmed via Photorumors. The announcement of the new A58 and NEX-3n and the three E-mount lenses is definitely scheduled for next Monday (Feb 25th). Be sure to be online on SonyAlphaRumors on that day! As usual I will update you with all the live news and reviews I can find!

And here are the specs:

Sony A58:

  • 20MP Exmor APS-C sensor and 1 stop improvement over predecessor
  • OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • BIONZ processor
  • Clear Image Zoom feature
  • Sweep panorama feature
  • ISO range: 100-16.000
  • 8 fps
  • Price for body with new 18-55mm SAM II kit lens $599

Sony NEX-3n:

  • 16MP Exmor APS-C sensor (same as NEX-F3)
  • ISO range: 200-16,000
  • 4fps
  • Tiltable LCD screen
  • Electronic zoom control
  • BIONZ processor
  • Built-in flash (GN6)
  • Available in two colors: black and silver
  • Price for body with 16-50mm kit lens $499

PR also agot the price for the new A-mount lenses:

  • Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM lens: around $1500
  • Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II: around $200
  • Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6G SSM II: around $3000

PR also got a new info about the compact cameras:

  • Sony TX-30  with 18MP sensor, 5x optical zoom and price of $350
  • Sony WX-300 with 18MP sensor, 20x optical zoom and price of $300
  • Sony HX-300 with 20MP sensor, 50x optical zoom and price of $500

I cannot confirm yet the price of the new lens. As you noticed $3,000 for the 70-400mm lens would be way too high!

February 18, 2013
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(SR4) More info about the A58 sensor. Announcement next Monday?

There seems to be a bit of a confusion around the exact announcement date for the A58 and NEX-3n. On Wednesday (Feb 20th) Sony will announce the new Playstation and also talk about the current Full Frame cameras (see the official Sony teaser video on top!). But the A58 and NEX-3n may be announced on Monday Feb 25ht. Anyway, the NEX-3n, the A58 and the three new A-mount lenses will be officially announced the next few days that’s sure!

I got some more bits from a hopefully reliable  😉 source:

1) He said the NEX-3n will cost $499 with the 16-50mm compact zoom.
2) The very new AF feature has to do with “tracking focus”.
3) The A58 has on step better ISO performance compared to rpevious generation APS-C sensors. If true this would be a very good news!!!

Thanks to the 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!

February 18, 2013
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Stay tuned on SAR. Plenty of new rumors and news coming!


Good Morning!

It may be hard for many to wake up on Monday and go back to work. But good for you I can tell you that you can keep visiting SonyAlphaRumors for the next weeks as plenty of news are coming via Sony.
Yesterday you saw the images from the new NEX-3n and the new A58 plus the three new A-mount lenses. I am still not sure about the announcement date although it should be this week on February 20th or by next week.

A particular interest may be the new A58 sensors that should be the first of a new generation sensor with High Dynamic Range.

And now the one more thing: I just heard about a second announcement to follow 2-3 weeks after that one with new E-mount stuff! So stay tuned on SAR. The show started!

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February 17, 2013
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(SR5) And now new pics of the Sony NEX-3n!

And here is the new NEX-3n seen from all the angles. As I told you before it shares the same NEX-F3 sensor.

via Digicaminfo.

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