September 2, 2010
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New Nauticam waterhousing for your NEX-5!

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Nauticam (Hong Kong) just announced a new water housing for the NEX-5 camera.

Press release:

The NA-NEX5 is an aluminium housing tailor made for Sony NEX-5, the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera so far.

The housing design emphasizes a compact, stylish and user friendly appearance allowing logical and comfortable controls of the camera.

Key features of the housing:

• Reliable and rapid port release locking system
• Double safety secured housing lock
• Flash on/off control
• Camera tray allows easy removal of battery and memory card
• Super sensitivity shutter release
• Rocker switch for play and movie control
• Removable optical fibre mounting plate for flexible lighting choices
• Strobe mounting thread on housing providing steady mounting choices
• Focus light cold shoe on top of housing is available
• Rail holder is built providing option for monitoring hood and magnifier
• Wide range of lens port choices

Shipment will start two weeks later!

Source: http://www.nauticam.com/news-detail.asp?id=25

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September 1, 2010
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Sony Japan: shipment delays for the NEX fisheye and ultrawide converters

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Sony Japan just announced that they will suspend the shipment of the VCL-ECF1 fisheye converter (x0.62 magnification) and delay the releas of the VCL-ECU1 ultra-wide converter (x0.75 magnification). The VCL-ECU1 will be release Spring 2011.

Source: Sony Japan

P.S.: Sony also announced the new MP4 Bloggie Cameras (ThePhoBlographer)

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September 1, 2010
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Sony increases production capacity for image sensors including back-illuminated and large sized CMOS image sensors

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Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation’s Kumamoto Technology Center

Those are good news! I particulary liked this part: “Sony will increase production capacity for mainly large sized “Exmor” used in Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras“!

PRESS RELEASE (via Sony.net):

September 1, 2010, Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation (hereafter, “Sony”) today announced that Sony would invest approximately 40 billion yen into Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation’s Kumamoto Technology Center (hereafter, “Kumamoto TEC”), to increase production capacity for “Exmor” and “Exmor R” CMOS image sensors. This investment comprises of an amount previously determined to be invested in the second half of fiscal year 2010, which was included in the forecast for the capital expenditures announced at the earnings announcement for the first quarter ended June 30, 2010, in addition to an amount to be invested in fiscal year 2011.

With this investment, Sony will strengthen its production capacity for image sensors to meet the expected increase in market demand, and continue to solidify its global leadership position in image sensors.

The recent boom in smartphones is creating demand for devices with high image quality and high sensitivity capabilities. Also, the evolution of lighter and more compact Digital Still Cameras as well as improved camera functionality have resulted in an expanding customer segment who own high quality Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras.
These market conditions have led to greater demand for larger image sensors and image sensors with higher image capabilities.

In order to meet these market demands, Sony currently provides two CMOS image sensor models: “Exmor” , which adopts the “Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique”, providing each column within the sensor with its own A/D converter to reduce noise; and “Exmor R”, which applies a back-illuminated structure to enhance image characteristics through high sensitivity and reduced noise.

Since 2009, Sony has been mass producing “Exmor R” for Digital Still Cameras and Digital Video Camcorders on wafer lines (with diameter of 200mm) at Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation’s Nagasaki Technology Center. Furthermore, at the end of this year Sony plans to start the mass production of “Exmor R” on wafer lines (with diameter of 300mm) at Kumamoto TEC for mobile phone and compact Digital Still Camera markets.

With the investment announced today, Kumamoto TEC’s CMOS image sensor production capacity will be further increased, and Sony will strengthen its ability to meet the expected market demand for “Exmor R” used in smartphones as well as a wide range of digital imaging products for consumer and professional use, including compact Digital Still Cameras. In addition, Sony will increase production capacity for mainly large sized “Exmor” used in Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras.

Investment Overview

Purpose of investment: Increase production capacity to meet the increasing demand of CMOS image sensors
Investment site: Kumamoto Technology Center, Sony Semiconductor
Kyushu Corporation (Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture)
Investment details: Wafer processing equipment for CMOS image sensor production, etc.
Investment time frame: From the second half of fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2011
Investment amount: Approximately 40 billion yen
Production Capacity (Wafer Process/300mm wafers): 25,000 wafers per month
(Before investment this time: 18,500 wafers per month)
-Of them, the capacity for image sensors will be 22,500 wafers per month
(Before investment this time: 16,000 wafers per month)
(Total production capacity of Kumamoto TEC Fab 1 and 2)

Outline of Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation
(1) Head office: 2-3-2 Momochihama, Sawara-ku Fukuoka-shi Japan
(2) Establishment: April 1, 2001
(3) Representative Director (President): Masanori Okayama
(4) Capital: 24.25 billion yen, fully owned by Sony Corporation
(5) Production Bases: Kagoshima, Oita, Nagasaki and Kumamoto
(6) Number of employees: Approximately 9,000 (including contract and temporary employees) as of March 31, 2010
(7) Business Activities: Development, design and production of semiconductors, etc.
Kumamoto Technology Center
(1) Location: 4000-1 Haramizu, Kikuyomachi Kikuchigun, Kumamoto, Japan
(2) Establishment: October 1, 2001
(3) Site area: 256,000-square-meter
(4) Floor area: 195,000-square-meter
(5) Main products:; Image sensors (CCD and CMOS), micro display devices (H-LCD and “SXRD”, etc.)

Thanks R.K. for sending me the link!

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September 1, 2010
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Sony NEX-5 Test from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

Sony’s minature NEX-5 field tested – by Aljazeera cameraman Matthew Allard (Dslrnewsshooter)

Video: Sony A55 and Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar(TheHDblog.net)

Sony A55 test photos (Photokina-show.com)

Crazy comparison: Leica M9 vs Sony NEX-5 (Steve Huff)

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August 31, 2010
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The Sony NEX-5 wins the EISA award as best mirrorless camera (+ new reviews)

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Eisa (The European Imaging and Sound Association) has choosen the Sony NEX-5 as best mirrorless camera 2010-2011. I believe nobody here will disagree with that decision :)

In the meanwhile one of our prefered websites Kurtmunger.com tested the NEX cameras (and compared the NEX-5 with the A700). Also Amateur Photographer posted a NEX-5 review.

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