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September 9, 2012
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Some A99 and A77 picture comparisons. A99 has no built-in Flash!


Rumor update: There was a small important error in the A99 specs transcription I posted yesterday. There is no built-in flash in the A99!

SAR readers sent me some very useful image comparison between the A99 and the A77 and A900. The image on top is from Chad (Click on it to enlarge the picture).
Rob sent me this:  “Put together a size comparison of the a99+a77, as is obvious, the a99 is wider at the left hand side of the camera, and taller too ;D Sweet!
Ren sent me this: “Here is a link to an overlay I did of the a99 and a77 for size comparison. Thought you might want to share.!i=2074631963&k=XDRJp9z”
Thank you all guys!

September 8, 2012
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(SR5) Hot: First Sony A99 image leak (via xitek)

An anonymous reader sent us this picture found on the chinese Xitek (P.S.: He forgot to send me the link…you may send it to me?). My sources told me that this is a 100% correct picture of the upcoming new Sony A99 Full Frame SLT camera. The camera will be announced next week on Wednesday September 12th. As I told you before Sony wanted to realize the best hybrid video and still Full Frame camera on market by beating the current Canon 5DmarkIII. What is coming along the A99 is not only a camera but also a whole system of innovative accessories around it. It also marks the possible end of the classic DSLR Full Frame line with optical viewfinders. The A850 (Click here) and the A900 (Click here) were the last two models with viewfinder.

Below you can find the full A99 specs and the info about all the rest of the Sony stuff that is going to be announced on the same say. I want to highlight once again that I can confirm that there is also a new unexpected professional NEX camera coming too! I am working on that rumor but it looks like only few people on the world have access to the info. It’s the best kept Sony secret ever. I have been told this is a “Game Changer camera”. I highly recommend you all to follow SonyAlphaRumors in these days. Sony may be the big star at Photokina if all those rumors are correct. And to not miss any single news be sure to follow the RSS feed and Twitter stream and join the Facebook fan page!

Sony A99 specs

  • 24.3 Mpx Full frame CMOS Exmor sensor
  • SLT technology
  • New Bionz imaging engine
  • 14 bit RAW recording
  • 10 fps
  • ISO 100 up to 25.600
  • 50 ISO extended (with lower dynamic range)
  • 102 AF point AF (11 cross).
  • AF range
  • MF assist
  • Dual Phase detection system (with AF phase pixels on sensor)
  • 30 sec and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
  • Time Lag 0.05 sec.
  • Shutter life guarantee of 200,000 cycles
  • 2.360k OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3″921k LCD with same tilting system of the A77
  • Full HD video recording at 1920×1080/50p (US: 60p) AVCHD 2.0 format.
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • Auto HDR capability
  • New multi-segment low pass filter
  • Photodiode expansion technology
  • Light concentration technology
  • Selective noise reduction
  • Ultrasonic anti dust system
  • In body image stabilization
  • Two memory slots: SD and SD+MS cards
  • USB: 2.0
  • Announced on September 12, 2012
  • Available in stores in late October 2012
  • New accessories to be released with the a99: battery grip, flash, remote control, microphone etc.
  • Very light, weather sealed magnesium alloy body.With 730 g this is the lightest FF body on market!
  • Price unconfirmed yet but should be at around 2800 Euro/Dollars.


All Photokina stuff coming from Sony


  • Sony A99: 24MP Exmor CMOS full frame sensor, AVHCD 2.0. Price $2799. Available in mid October.
  • Sony NEX-6: 16MP Exmor CMOS APSC sensor, AVHCD 2.0. Price around $1000.
  • Sony NEX PRO camera: Super secret first professional NEX camera with yet unknown specs.

Sony lenses

  • Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens (SAL300f28GII): Nano AR coating, weather sealed, SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), focus hold button. Price: $7500, to be released in October, 2012.
  • Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM lens (already announced and available for preorder at BHphoto).
  • Sony E-mount 10-18 f/4 OSS: available in November 2012 for $850.
  • Sony E-mount 35mm f/1.8 OSS: available in December 2012 for $450.
  • Sony E-mount 16-50 f/3.5-5.6 OSS (kit lens): available in January 2013 for $350.
Sony a99 accessories
  • Sony HVL-F60M flash: guide number: 60, built-in LED light, price: $550.
  • Sony HVL-RL1 ring flash: priced around $350.
  • Sony VG-C99AM vertical grip for a99: weather sealed, price: $380.
  • Sony XLR-K1M audio input terminal: price: $800.
  • Sony RMT-DSLR2 remote control.
  • Sony LCS-BP3 back pack.
  • Sony NEX-VG900 camcorder: interchangeable lens HD camera with 24MP Exmor CMOS full frame sensor, 1080×1920 video recording at 24p/60p, 3″ LCD, XGA OLED EVF, price: $3,300.
  • Sony NEX-VG30/VG30H camcorders: 16MP Exmor APS-C sensor, BIONZ processor, 1080×1920 video recording at 24p/60p, 3″ LCD, XGA OLED EVF, available in November from $1,800.



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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!

September 7, 2012
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(SR5) HOT surprise! Super secret mirrorless camera to be announced on September 12th!

UDPATE: This turned out ot be a half correct rumor. The camera will be anmed RX1. it is a FF mirrorless camera but it has a fixed lens :(


This is a super hot “little” rumor I got. A surprising new and “professional Mirrorless camera” is going to be announced on Wednesday. I have been told that this is (and now was…LOL) a super well kept secret. I am working on it right now to get some details. I repeat the sources underlined that this is a “Game Changer” camera!!!! If I would be you…and you have the money to spend on a PRO NEX…I would consider to sell your Sony NEX-7 on eBay :)
UPDATE: Also Steve Huff “broke” the info although he didn’t write that this is actually a new PRO NEX cameras.

I will work this weekend to get some details but it will be a tuff battle to find out more. Will do my best…you really have to stay tuned on SAR. Things are going fast now. Subscribe our RSS feed and Twitter stream and join the Facebook comunity! Really, this is going to be one hell of a time now on SAR!!!

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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!

September 7, 2012
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(SR5) A99 with clean HDmi out!

Sony A77 Clean HDMI Output Test from Dave Dugdale on Vimeo.

Short update about the A99. Unlike the current Sony A77 (See video on top) the A99 will have a “clean” Hdmi output. You will be able to on/off the menu info on the HDmi video. It’s a little but very important feature for filmmakers. What I don’t know yet is the compression format of the HDmi streaming.

Stay tuned! And keep in mind that Sony will announce all that super nice stuff next week on Wednesday (European time).

September 6, 2012
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Zeiss will do more fast prime lenses for the NEX system?

There is an interesting although a bit “vague” news posted by Zeiss today (Click here): “Another highlight will be the presentation of a design study, with which Carl Zeiss will offer a sneak preview of a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras (CSC) that will most likely be available in mid-2013. Due to their performance and high speed, these new lenses will be ideal for deliberate photo composition, making them perfect for more sophisticated photographers as well. Carl Zeiss plans to initially offer fixed focal lengths in the wide angle and standard range as well as a macro.

They do not specify for which system! It’s my guess that these new Zeiss lenses will work like that two 19mm and 30mm Sigma lenses. They will have a “universal” design and a change in the mount only in order to fit on all different mirrorless system cameras. If it’s trues than this is good news! We need more high quality lenses like the Zeiss 24mm that is right now finally available in US (Click here at Amazon).

You have any lens on your wishlist that Zeiss should absolutely make?

Take some inspiration from the superb Zeiss ZM list:
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Planar T* 2/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Sonnar T* 2/85 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Tele-Tessar T* 4/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).


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