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June 8, 2015
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Sony A6000 firmware 1.21 coming to the rest of the world soon (already available in Japan).

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Some of you may remember that the Japanese A6000 cameras already got a firmware 1.21 two months ago. The firmware fixes some slow AF bugs. But outside Japan A6000 camera owners still rely on the “older” 1.2 firmware version. One source just told me the 1.21 firmware will be available outside Japan soon too (and he sent me the picture on top).

June 5, 2015
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(SR3) Finally some A99 successor rumor. Coming mid September and has 4K recording.

A source finally managed to gather some info about the next A-mount camera. He told me that:

– A99II was planed to be released along with the A7II back in November. But Sony decided to work on a more advanced version of the camera.
– The A99II is now scheduled to be announced in mid-September
– It has internal 4K recording and new sensor
– It will be launched along a new 24-105mm f/4.0 lens and a new Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 SSM.
– Still not sure if also the 135mm f/1.8 SSM will be announced among the A99II

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June 4, 2015
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New Sony “foveon” alike sensor patent.

Egami spotted the next Japanese patent disclosing a Sony three layer sensor similar to Sigmas Foveon tech. It’s now many years we such kind of patent and as far as I know Sony still is not ready to launch such a sensor yet. But I am pretty sure Foveon or similar multilayer sensors could come in future because they bring some inherent advantages like:
– Every pixel captures the full color info
– On paper multilayer sensor have bigger pixels compared to Bayer sensors (with both having the same resolution).

More info: Foveon X3 sensor (Source: Wikipedia)

P.S.: Sigma uses the Foveon (3 layer) 46 Megapixel sensor on ompact cameras like:
DP1 with 28mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto and of course on eBay.
DP2 with 45mm lens at BHphoto and on eBay.

June 3, 2015
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Lovely fake rumor: A-E mount hybrid from Zeiss :)

Sometimes I admire fake rumor creators for their fantasy. So let’s award that guy who wrote he is a Zeiss manager and shared details about that Zeiss cameras:

Recently, we have acquired a new sony model. The buttons and badges were stripped off. The guts were removed as well. Now, but what I did notice was this particular body was a little bit larger than the A7ii and did seem pretty look pretty identical. The thing that stuck out the most was the new mount. I notice it had a new shape and testing out some lenses, it was surprisingly able to fit both A and E mount lenses! This could be the A7 series older brother.”

LOL!

June 2, 2015
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Leica will launch a RX1 competitor on June 11.

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According to MirrorlessRumors Leica will launch the very first Sony RX1 competitor on June 11. It looks like a more compact Leica Monochrome. Has an 28mm Summilux f/1.7 lens, built-in EVF and image stabilization.

Of course the Leica will be very expensive compared to the RX1. Sony certainly has nothing to “fear” from Leica. I guess what is killing the RX1 sales is their own A7 series that offers much more versatility in a not too much bigger package. The RX2 if it ever comes has to bring some clear technological highlight like the curved sensor we saw on so many patents.

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