October 16, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5R youtube tests (and first 5R camera hits ebay)

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SAR reader Mohammed created that nice video with the new Sony NEX-5R. The camera is now shipping in Asia and Europe and according to Amazon US it will ship on October 21th in US. But I also found one camera in Stock and shipping on eBay US (Click here).

And here are some more new NEX-5R videos:
Sony NEX-5R Unboxing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56D8b62UseQ
Sony NEX-5R/6L hands on: Smart Remote Control app http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QScdvAJqUF8
Sony NEX-5R Movie Sample http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcD560ufaW0&hd=1

Sony NEX-5R in Stock status check: Sony.nl, eBay.nl.

October 16, 2012
Posted in reviews

New A99 and NEX-6 tests

Image courtesy: ThePhoBlographer

Frank Doorhof is testing the A99 and has a lot of good things to say about the A99: “Especially with the images you see above (SAR note: Check his website) this text I was very happy, they are shot while it was very dark outside and when you see the recovery in the highlights of the very bright billboards and the reflections in the dark stones and railtracks you can imagine this put a big fat smile on my face.
Frank is a Canon 5DmarkIII shooter so it’s interesting to read his view of the A99. There are some quirks he mentions and Sony even forgot him to send the battery charger :)
But at the end he really likes the A99 a lot: “As mentioned before I would love to see a bit more speed with starting up the cameras EVF, but the dynamic range, the glass and the handling of the camera MORE than makes up for it.

ThePhoBlographer is the first website making a short comparison between the two new “rangefinder” alike cameras with built-in EVF, the Sony NEX-6 and the Fuji X-E1. Both cameras have the same sensor size and Megapixel number. The Fuji is a tack sharper, and the Sony has warmer colors and captures more detail in the shadows. Note that the Fuji has no AA filter which helps to get more “per pixel sharpness“.

Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 16, 2012
Posted in rumors

Mysterious Sony announcement on October 30th.

I just woke up and found a couple of mails from SAR readers linking me to that mysterious Sony ad (Source: Sony UK). I honestly don’t know what this is, will now start to ask around. The hashtag #TheNewF suggest that this may be a new F camcorder (we currently have the Sony PMW-F3). And this may be also the day where the 4K upgrade for the NEX-FS700 will be announced…

Drop me a message at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form you find here on the right sidebar if you know more about that event. Thansk!

P.S: Tomorrow Sony will release the A77 firmware update!

October 15, 2012
Posted in news

Interview with Phil Molyneux (Sony) at dpreview.

Dpreview (Click here) posted an interview with Phil Molyneux, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Electronics. I am going ot highlight the most interesting info only:
– He said there is no need to have touchscreen on the NEX-6 because “We believe their interest in touchscreen capability is far less than the user who shoots with the camera held at arm’s length.
– It is possible to make a compact mirrorless NEX with FF sensor. The real challenge is “building the lenses that can cover a full frame imaging circle at that flange back distanceBut it is possible“. He also said that much of the RX1 design could be used for an interchangeable version camera.
– pre-orders of the RX1 have been overwhelmingly positive.

In sum, I really got the feeling that Sony is aware of the benefits of making a Full Frame NEX system. And I pretty much sure that we will get some nice surprise in 2013!


RX1 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 15, 2012
Posted in reviews

A99 Aston Martin clip (and new A99 and NEX-6 test roundup).

Dominic Fraser shot that nice Aston Martin video clip with the new Sony A99: “for now lets say very good indeed image quality. This particular camera is one of only three in the country without a final firmware version so things can only get better.

And here are some new A99 and NEX-6 tests:
New A99 review at SLRlounge: “The A99 is not only superb, but I can consider it to be avant-garde and full of technology. The sensor itself can go pound-for-pound against Canon’s and Nikon’s full-frame sensors in regards to dynamic range, color rendition, and resolving power.
SLRclub posted a super long A99 review. As you know they post all the text as a jpg file so google translate tool will not help us to get some clue about their findings. But you can still watch their graphs and pictures.
Fengniao posted a new A99 ISO test.
A99 test by a famous Chinese blogger “Chunjuan” at PChome (translation here).
Fotopolis (translation here) posted a full NEX-6 review and earns 5 points out of 6.

Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.

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