October 16, 2011
Posted in news

Sony NEX-5n dismantled to analyze the click issue.

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Brick Yang from nphoto.net sent me the following text: “I am a Chinese editor from nphoto.net. Pls forgive my poor English. Attached here is the NEX-5N. I have removed the CMOS and the yellow one is shutter unit. In the red ring is a moveable stick to move the curtain. I found the click noise is from the stick when it moved (no other moveable things here). Near the stick is a MIC. The distance between the stick and the MIC is so short, and the noise must be recorded by MIC. I guess this is the truth of the issue.What you think?
Thanks & Best regards
Brick

Click here to see the full report: Nphoto.net (google translated).

 

October 15, 2011
Posted in news

The new iPhone 4S camera uses a Sony sensor.


I guess you all know that the most used camera of the world is actually a phone, the iPhone! And the new iPhone 4S uses a new back illuminated 8 Megapixel Sony sensor. The confirmation comes via Chipworks.com (Click here). That’s a huge business for Sony and again a prof that Sony is currently producing the best sensors on market (like the Sony NEX-5n 16 Megapixel sensor). I can’t wait to see how good the new fullframe sensor is. We only have to wait a couple of months to see it :)

And her eis one more Sony sensor news: Ziptronix bonds with Sony to provide its oxide bonding technology for backside illumination imaging sensors (eetimes.com).

October 14, 2011
Posted in news, reviews

NEX-7 hands-on video at dpreview (Will there be a shipping delay because of the flood in Thailand?)

The video on top shows the NEX-7 in the hands of the Dpreview reviewer. But I also have one more ting to tell you. Things in Thailand are much worse than expected and I heard that there will be even longer delays in Sony camera shipments (and that includes the NEX-7). As you know also Nikon produces the camera in the same region and Thom Hogan (Click here) posted quite a terrible report about the consequences in Nikon factories. I ask my sources if they can please tell me if the NEX-7 shipment will be delayed or not. Thanks!

Meanwhile, these are the links to preorder the new Sony NEX cameras and lenses:
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

October 14, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony 30mm macro now in Stock at Amazon (and cashback auction in Europe)


The new 30mm macro is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here) too! Reminder: Some ver nice image samples can be found here at DC.watch!

A reader sent me a cashback deal that is ongoing in the Netherlands. I don’t knwo yet if that deal will be extended to other euroepan countries! Here is the cachback lens list from Sony.nl:
SAL-75300 (€30,-),
SAL-18250 (€75,-),
SAL-85F28 (€20,-),
SAL-50F18 (€20,-),
SAL-50M28 (€50,-),
SAL-1680Z (€100,-),
SAL-2470Z (€100,-),
SAL-70200G (€200,-),
SAL-70300G (€100,-),
SAL-70400G (€200,-).

UPDATE: The deal is also ongoing in Belgium: http://www.sony.be/lang/nl/article/lenzen-tot-200-euro-cashback

October 14, 2011
Posted in reviews

Is the NEX-7 image quality better than the quality of the A77?

Imaging Resource (Click here) posted a full set of Sony NEX-7 studio samples. The cool thing is that finally you can compare the NEX-7 and A77 image quality: http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM.

An example: At 16000 ISO the NEX-7 image (Click here) looks sharper than the A77 (Click here). UPDATE: Both cameras used the same Sigma 70mm F2.8 macro lens!

And even at low 100 ISO the NEX-7 image (Click here) is a tack sharper than the A77 image (Click here).

I don’t know yet if the differences we see are here because of the absence of the semi transparent mirror on the NEX-7. One thing is sure, the NEX-7 really looks like an amazing perfomer for me!

Preorder the NEX-7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
And the NEX-7 is still the only non-Canon and non-Nikon camera that is constantly under the Amazon top-20 (Click here to see the full ranking).
Get the A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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All other new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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