June 22, 2013
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(SR2) Will the new Sony i1 phone use interchangeable lenses?

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Image rendering (not the real camera) via Photoarena

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There may be a big surprise coming along the RX announcement on June 27. According to Svartling.net the new Sony i1 Honami phone will have an interchangeable lens mount! Photoarena posted a rendering of how this could look (Image on top). And a blurred picture of the real camera has been posted by Svartling:

The S1 will feature a 1/2.3 inch Exmor sensor which is exactly the same size of Cybershot compact cameras. What’s also interesting for us A or E-mount camera owners is that Sony will introduce a new JPEG engine that could find his way in these cameras with the next firmware update coming in July-August.

Now back to the Sony hybrid smartphone-Cybershot cameras. These could be the full specs of the camera:

5.0-inch 1920×1080 Triluminos, OptiContrast, X-Reality Engine, 2000:1 + Contrast Ratio
Snapdragon MSM8974 2.3 ghz, Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
32 GB Internal, microSD expansion
2/3″ 20/13 MP Exmor RS camera with Sony G lens, Cybershot Camera UI, Camera shutter key, Interchangeable lenses
Xenon + Dual LED Flash, Mobile BIONZ Image processing
NFC, One Touch Sharing, WIFI Miracast
BlueTooth 4.0
S-Master MX Mobile Audio Amplifier
1080p Exmor R front camera 2.2 Megapixel
Dual Stereo speakers
Android 4.2.2, new Xperia UI
4G LTE
Tough Shatter proof Glass on front ( Tougher than Xperia Z Dragontrail glass)
3000mAh battery, new improved STAMINA mode
Glass + Metal/Carbon Fiber body
IP 55/58 dust, water resistance, shock resistance. No flap on audio jack
IR Remote

via Cnet, Photoarena, Thenewcamera,

June 21, 2013
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Unboxing the Sony DSC-WX300

S.L.R. Advantages at Half the Size by David Pogue on the NYT.
Samyang 16mm f/2.0 and 300mm f/6.3 Reflex lenses announced (Dpreview).
Sony Expera Z review at DxOmark.
Sony introduces the PMW-300 (Sony.de).
Sigma 50mm f2.8 DG Macro review by ThePhoBlographer.
Sony HX50V review at CameraLabs.
Wina HX-50 (Sony Facebook).
Leica X Vario: Gestion du bruit électronique at Focus Numerique.

June 21, 2013
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Hasselblad Lunar is gone from Amazon US.

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As noticed by our SAR readers the Hasselblad Lunar is completely gone from the Amazon US site (Click here to see …the nothing). I don’t think they are gone because they sold out :)
By the way, it seems that Hasselblad A-mount cameras will also come in 2014! At least this is an info I got a couple of weeks ago. But if the Lunar will not sell I highly doubt they will keep insisting with that “luxurious” strategy.

Hot deals for US readers:
NEX-3n with free bag and $50 gift card at Amazon (Click here).
$50 discount (and free case) on the iPad 3 64GB Wifi on eBay US deals page (Click here).

June 21, 2013
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Sony will not go Samsung’s Galaxy NX Android way…

Just a heads up on the Galaxy NX Android camera release:

A source just told me that the vision of Samsung about integrating camera with phone like the Galaxy NX, will not be followed. But instead the connectivity with smartphones will be intensified. There will be no Nex/Alpha camera with LTE/3G connectivity, but with bluetooth/wifi.

June 20, 2013
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Samsung hints another piece of future?

Samsung Galaxy NX hands-on by Imaging Resource

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Samsung just announced the Galaxy NX camera which runs entirely on Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) operating system. To put it in an easy way this is a 4.8-inch LCD Galaxy smartphone with NX mount, grip and viewfinder around it. It is the first camera built on the idea of full connectivity and Android APP support. A couple of hands-on articles can be read at Photocomment, Digitalcamerainfo, dpreview, engadget, digitalcamerareview and at Imaging Resource.

Why should we care about it? I honestly don’t know if this is the future of cameras. But it may be that more manufacturers will follow Samsung’s path. IN theory these kind of cameras gives you access to a huge potential of photo apps you can use with it. So let SRA readers know what you think about it by commenting this post and voting that poll:

Should Sony release A or E-mount camera based on Android?

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