February 7, 2015
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Sony increases the Stacked CMOS Image Sensors production.

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The Sony Kunamoto Center

While Sony is facing a strong competition in areas like TV and Smartphone production it is having a huge success on the image sensor market. Sony issued the following press release to communicate that it will boost the production up to 80,000 wafers per month from the current 60,000 wafers per month. Here is the official Press text:
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February 6, 2015
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The Sony US deals roundup (A7, A7s, A7r, A6000, RX10, A77II and many lenses)

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That’s the very long list of Sony deals ongoing this week in USA. This includes a brand new trade in program on the Sony RX10 and RX100 offered at FocusCamera (Click here).

A and E-mount cameras:
Free $99 extras with the A7s sold at BHphoto.
Free $99 extras with the A7 sold at BHphoto.
$79 free extras with the A7r sold at BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$250 off on the A77II body sold at at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A5000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the Sony A58 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony A5100 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A3000 with kit lens for $234 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
A6000 with kit lens for $569 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
A7s for $2,045 on eBay (Click here)
A7r for $1,795 on eBay (Click here).
$1,000 rebate on the VG900 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A600 with two lenses, Adobe Lightroom5 and a free $50 Visa Card at BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).

E-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 35mm 1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 5omm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 10-18mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$25 off Sony 30mm f/3.5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore
$100 off on the 24mm Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$150 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
Sigma 60mm APS-C E-mount lens got a $30 rebate at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The Loxia 50mm is nwo in Stock in USA via BHphoto (Click here), Popflash eBay (Click here) and Focuscamera eBay (Click here).
The Loxia 35mm is now in Stock in Europ via Photo Porst Germany eBay (Click here)

A-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 85mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 100mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-50mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24mm f/2.0 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 50mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

Something else:
RX100m3 for $649 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
New Fotodiox Light Tight mount at Amazon in Silver ($49) and limited edition Gold ($59).
There is also a new price drop on the massive 256GB(!) PNY SD card at Amazon (Click here).

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February 6, 2015
Posted in reviews

Dpreview about the Canon 50MP sensor: “won’t be able to offer the same industry-leading dynamic range of Sony sensors”

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A7r vs 5ds by CameraSize.

Dpreview added an interesting note about the new Canon 5ds 50MP sensor:

As far as dynamic range is concerned, we’re told that the new 5DS and 5DS R should give the same performance as the current EOS 5D Mark III. If true, this means that the new cameras won’t be able to offer the same industry-leading dynamic range of Sony’s current APS-C and full-frame sensors, but at least it isn’t a step backwards.

Well, sound sreally like the A7rII (or A9) could beat the Image Quality delivered by that new Canon 50MP 5Ds.

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February 6, 2015
Posted in news

Good news! Sony’s operating profit doubled during last Quarter (Thanks to selfie boom!).

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We finally have good financial news about Sony:
1) Sony’s operating profit doubled to 178.3 billion yen ($1.52 billion) in the October-December quarter, well above estimates of 96.6 billion yen in a Reuters poll. Sales rose 6 percent to 2.56 trillion yen, above consensus estimates of 2.38 trillion yen.
2) Every single business unit was profitable
3) Sony also announced an improved outlook for the full year ending in March, forecasting a net loss of 170 billion yen, up from its previous projection for a 230 billion yen loss.

There is yet no specific info about the camera business but a very curious note: Sony’s Image sensor business is booming mainly because “The demand for front-facing camera modules is going through the roof, because everyone wants to take high-quality selfies, and that doubles the market size for Sony” (Source: Bloomberg)

via Cnbc

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February 6, 2015
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New Megapixel Monster from Canon dethroned the A7r (in terms of resolution).

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The Canon 5ds is now officially listed at Adorama and BHphoto and therefore also officially dethroned the A7r and becomes the new Megapixel resolution King. They do not specifically mention on their press release who makes the sensor. But I guess they would say it’s “Canon designed” anyway. Curious that the Canon’s new camera preorder (yes! not shipping) will start on April 30 too according to Amazon (Click here). Sounds liek the camera actual shipment may be summer only…this gives Sony quite some time to answer with their new A7rII or A9 High Res camera! Afterall in their latest financial results presentation they promised to deliver us “the ultimate resolution”:

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