August 20, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony 16-50mm has OSS, Power zoom and is just a tiny bit thicker than the 16mm pancake!


The image on top shows you the currently only Sony pancake lens of the NEX line, the 16mm f/2.8 lens. And if you are curious to know how big the upcoming new 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is than good news…I have been told that it is “just a tiny bit thicker” than the prime pancake! It has the size of the currently only pancake zoom for mirrorless system on market, the Panasonic 14-42mm X. And like the Panasonic lens also the Sony 16-50mm will feature powerzoom and Image stabilization (OSS).

Reminder: The first powerzoom is the third version of the 18-200mm lens which has been announced along the NEX-EA50 (here on BH).

August 20, 2012
Posted in news

And here it is the new “Exmor RS” sensor!

Most of you were right guys! The added “S” letter within the new “Exmor RS” sensor brand stays for “Stacked”. The full description of the new technology is available here at I guess these kind of sensors will find their use in cellulars and compact cameras and not so on larger sensor cameras.

August 19, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) NEX-5R and NEX-6 are not based on Android….

A fake illustration of an application oriented NEX camera (Source: Tinhte)

Got another small info from one trusted source. As you know the NEX-5R and NEX-6 will have integrated WiFi and Application support. Some of you asked me if the operation system is based on Android. I now have been told it is not so. I can’t wait to see how this will work for real. As you know there may be a NEX related announcement on August 28th.

Two are the main innovation son the NEX camera, the APP support and the Phase detection AF pixels on the sensor. And three new lenses are coming soon too (11-18mm f/4.0 zoom (not a pancake!), 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 pancake and 35mm f/1.8 prime lens)

August 18, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) There will be not a new native E-mount Full Frame lens system! The cameras are E-A mount hybrid (and more…)

Reading comments on SAR and on other forums many said the NEX FF rumor has to be wrong because it makes no sense (physically and from a strategy point of view) to develop a new range of native E-mount Full Frame lenses. The answer is easy, Sony will NOT do that!

The idea behind the E-mount FullFrame cameras is to be compatible with current E-mount lenses (in crop mode) with A-mount lenses (with special adapter) and very important, having an E-mount with Full Frame sensor (instead of a mirrorless A-mount) will allow you to use almost any kind of lens on the camera. Think Leica M-mount lenses (here a list of them on eBay), Canon FD lenses (here a list of them on eBay) and so on…Sony’s goal is to be “hybrid” or as “universal” as possible. If that will really work out well we will see in time only…

That said I know that “some official Sony news” should arrive soon, but there is no sort of NEX-9 with FF coming now….wait until 2013. There are also multiple FF mirrorless prototypes I heard of….some with E and some with A mount. But One native E-mount FullFrame camera is coming for sure!

It’s important you add this new lens info in ongoing discussions on forums and blogs. Otherwise it sounds like SAR is crazy on that NEX FF rumor :)


Something else about the definition of rumors:
1) Rumors are per definition non facts based on non official info. No company sends me info I am posting here. On SAR we are all like Alice in Wonderland :)
2) That said, Wonderland has different kind of rumors. There are rumors I am sure they are almost pure fantasy and rumors where fantasy can miraculously turn out to be truth. And below you can find the ranking of Wonderland rumors:

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!


Enjoy the Sunday and spread the holy words of the fantasy rumor :)

…and see you on FB!

August 18, 2012
Posted in reviews

Interview with the Sony RX100 developers team (and RX100 accessory world roundup)

Sony (Click here) created a new RX100 microsite including an interview of the RX100 developer team. I take the chance to make my compliments to the full team!

More RX100 news:
Engadget recommends the RX100 in his newest camera guide. Full RX100 review by SonyAlphaLab. Lloyd Chambers loves his new RX100. Still on top at Amazon US (ranking here) and Amazon DE (ranking here). RX100 price search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

RX100 accessory roundup:
I made a short list of accessories in case you need them. Click on the item name (All links to eBay):
Cases: Official Sony LCJ-RXA case, Gariz case, more leather case.
Batteries: NP-BX1 Battery.
Speicals tuff: Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV.

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