September 29, 2011
Posted in news

Sony Taiwan says new A77 A65 firmware coming mid-October!

Finally Sony Taiwan (Click here) announced that a new A77 and A65 firmware will come in mid-October! The firmware will bring the following improvements:

1.support of HVL-MT24AM twin flash controls.
2.improve of response time.
- switching LCD and EVF response time.
- front and rear dial response time
- Fn feature control
3.Others improvement.

That’s good news although I hoped for an earlier release!


A77 preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A65 preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Thanks Donny

September 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

More good news about the firmware and the A77 RAW image quality with Lightroom!

There are now plenty of A77 owners that are testing the new Lightroom 6.5 software to convert the A77 RAW images. The new update brings support for the Sony A77, Sony A65 and Sony NEX-5n.
You can see many RAW conversion samples of A77 images on dpreview forum here, here and here.

Our reader DK wrote: “For the uninitiated, I’ve grabbed some RAWs from DPR and run them through ACR 6.5, and here are the results:
ISO6400: http://accessdesires.com/test-shots/test-6400.jpg
ISO3200: http://accessdesires.com/test-shots/test-3200.jpg
In ISO6400 comparison, I have the A77 and its immediate competitors, the D7000, D300s, 7D and K-5. The A77 shot does have more noise but just slightly. It’d be a far stretch to tell the difference between them if they’re all printed in the same size. Hardly disastrous result as the uneducated tend to think. Do take note that the age old 12MP sensor in the D300s holds off very well against newer counterparts. And guess what, it’s the ACR that takes credit.
In ISO3200 comparison, I pit the A77 against the D7000 and the 7D. Again, the A77 shows more noise, but hardly lacks any detail. Age old 14MP CCD from the A390 is thrown in for some good fun. This is considered by many as “unusable” above ISO800, and see how well it holds against modern CMOSes. Again, ACR takes credit.
If you’ve been processing enough photos, you’d have noticed that there was a huge jump in noise handling performance from ACR5 to ACR6. RAWs considered unusable in the past can easily have new lives by running through the new ACR6. And you’ve processed enough photos from different cameras, you’d have known that they all share the same noise characteristic at high ISO. The noise, the detail one sensor can have depends more on how you process and which converter you use, than the sensor itself.

A77 Firmware 1.03
The source over at mobile01 said that they are already testing firmware 1.03 for the A77. Let’s hope they are right and tomorrow Sony will release the new firmware!
P.S.: The source of the firmware news also made some videos and images of the F1 grand prix in Singapore: Mobile01 (Click on green links to open the images).

Other new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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.

September 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony NEX-7 hands-on video by Chris Niccolls!


Chris Niccolls from TheCameraStoreTV made the video on top were you can watch a Sony NEX-7 Hands-On Field Test. Jordan likes the camera a lot and I also think that this is going to become my next camera. The Sony NEX-5n I do currently own will become a Christmas present for my brother :)

Also ThePhoBlographer (Click here) had a hands-on with the NEX-7: “Indeed, this camera is going to win awards. And I’m eagerly awaiting mine to come in for review. I couldn’t put a card in because it was a pre-production model, but the images with the 24mm lens were sharp and the bokeh was decent but nothing to get too excited about.

As you know the NEX-7 will be in Store at around mid November but you really have to preorder it now to be sure to get it before Christmas. This is going to be a hotseller! Preorder at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Click on store name). If you have still money left than preorder the Zeiss too at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay. If you are on budget but still looking for a fats lens than the Soy 50mm f/1.8 is the lens for you: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: And if you want to check where you can find the camera in other countries and Sony Stores check that list:

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

September 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

Good news! New A77 firmware coming soon (From Asia: coming tomorrow???)

C. Garrarad had a small talk with Sony and wrote on Alphamountworld: “it is confirmed that they are working on a new firmware update for the new cameras announced with the 24mp sensor. We didn’t get into specifics but there will DEFINITELY be a new firmware version for them to address issues.“.

And if we are really “lucky” than the new firmware (version 1.03) should be out…TOMORROW! This according to a source of mobile01.

The new firmware will hopefully fix all issues we talked about in these days. As you know the problems was that the 1.02 firmware wasn’t updated for the new BIONZ processor which is used for the production camera. The pre production camera had a slightly different processor.

UPDATE: Camera RAW and Lightroom 6.5 now support the A77!!! More at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/

If the “rumors” are true than you can avoid to cancel your preorders or if you already have done it than click those links to check for preorder options: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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.

September 28, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 news roundup (Does it have color band noise in video???)

Sony-A77 24p test, with Sigma 30mm f1.4 (Color band noise) from Paul Kim on Vimeo.

The video on top shows the color band noise produced by the Sony A77. You can see it at the end of the video. I guess this has again something to do with the firmware issue. I hope the new firmware upgrade will fix this soon. Interesting that not a single official reviewer did noticed the problem. If some A77 owner or reviewer is reading this please check if you see the same problem on your camera. Thanks!

New A77 ISO comparison at fotkidepo here and here. At low ISO the A77 easily beats the Nikon D7000 and Canon 7D.
Our reader George sent me this: “Andrea, I’ve had the A77 in the UK for a week and been doing some tests of my own in RAW + JPEG at all ISO’s. The JPEG images look very good but the RAW’s are looking awful with a lot of color noise that I cant get rid of. When I put the files through the only RAW converters that I have which will recognise the files (IDC v4 and Rawtherapee 4) I’m having a problem getting rid of the noise and I’m left with ugly artefacts. There’s a thread on DPRview about it , “Me and My A77 – Noisy Images”. The consensus of opinion is that the JPEG’s out of the A77 are looking very good but there’s something strange going on with the RAW files which must be down to a lack of proper RAW support. The strange thing is that I’m using IDC v4 which came with the camera. If you could find out from your sources why the RAW’s are looking awful and when we’ll have Adobe RAW support then it would put my mind at rest. Overall the camera is terrific.
I’ve got a gallery on my website with images that are available for download to see the problem. http://www.wirralpix.com/p442257830

Sonny A77 hands-on at ThePhoBlographer: “Overall, the build quality of the A77 seemed very impressive. It’s a solid body that isn’t overly heavy, but still feels extremely robust. The Sony Rep told me that he shot a wedding with it this past weekend, and it was able to take all the normal punishment that a wedding photographer dishes out on their cameras. He also stated that the 16-50mm f2.8 lens handled extremely well when shooting the wedding. By that, it had great image quality, focuses quickly, and just overall worked well. Indeed, the 16-50mm was quite impressive, but I wasn’t floored by it.

Alison sent me this: “There is another way to open the A77 files is the Bibble 5 release candidate: http://support.bibblelabs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=19362 . I tried just two files, but they worked fine (technically, both images were out of focus ;))

The A77 is travelling to Mongolia: http://www.remichapeaublanc.com/mongolie/ (in french!).

There is also another test on the chinese Sina website.

And those are the links to preorder the new cameras and lenses:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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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