June 27, 2013
Posted in reviews

Both Zeiss Touit NEX lenses get tested on DxOmark.

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DxOmark (Click here) just published the full Zeiss Touit lens tests. They write:

“The two new Touits from ZEISS live up to our expectations. On the Sony NEX-7, both lenses are very good indeed, excellent even, but the high price is likely to give potential purchasers pause for thought. “

The lenses are in Stock…
in USA at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
and in Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex Uk, Amazon FR.

June 27, 2013
Posted in deals, reviews

Closer look on the RX1R and RX100R image quality. And full US, Canada, UK, and Europe pricing and preorder list.

noise performance graph by Techradar.

 

Finally we have pricing and preorders options for Canadians and Europeans too. Here is the updated preorder list:

RX1 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore US, Sony Canada, Sony Deutschland, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.

RX100MII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore USSony Canada, Sony DeutschlandSony UK, Sony FR, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.

Sony HVL-F43M TTL flash at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sony VFA-49R1 Filter Adapter for the for RX-100 & RX-100M2 & RX-1R at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sony AG-R1 Attachment Grip for RX-100 & RX-100M2 & RX-100M2 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sony Premium Leather-Like Jacket Case for RX-100 & RX-100M2 at Adorama.

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Image quality:

Sony RX1:
It’s Dpreview (Click here) that gives us a good idea of how much sharpness you gain with the absence of the Anti Aliasing filter on the RX1R. They write:

“The RX1R does seem to offer a genuine (albeit not enormous) increase in resolution over the RX1.”

As you can see from their comparison you gain a little sharpness. Certainly not reason enough to switch to the RX1R if you already own the RX1.

Sony RX100MII:
Techradar (Click here) is the first website having published a full camera review. They write:

“We were excited to test out the Sony RX100 Mark II’s new backlit sensor, and both our labs results and real-world samples indicate that Sony has made some significant improvements to the performance of the sensor, making it an incredibly useful camera to use in low light.”

Imaging Resource: Example of RX100 (image here) vs RX100MII (image here).
Sample Gallery at Dpreview.
The RX100MII definitely shows a better image quality!

June 26, 2013
Posted in news

Sony RX1R and RX100MII officially announced!

 

Preorders:
RX1 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore US, Sony Canada, Sony Deutschland, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.
RX100MII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore USSony Canada, Sony DeutschlandSony UK, Sony FR, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.
Sony HVL-F43M TTL flash at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sony VFA-49R1 Filter Adapter for the for RX-100 & RX-100M2 & RX-1R at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sony AG-R1 Attachment Grip for RX-100 & RX-100M2 & RX-100M2 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sony Premium Leather-Like Jacket Case for RX-100 & RX-100M2 at Adorama.

Hot info:
RAW RX1R vs RX1 image comparison at Dpreview.
Sony’s claims up to 40% higher sensitivity for the new RX100 II

Hands-on and previews:
RX1R at Techradar, Dpreview, Imaging Resource, ThePhoBlographer, Photographyblog, Engadget,
RX100 II at Techradar, Dpreview, ePhotozine, Imaging Resource, ThePhoBlographer, Photographyblog, Engadget,

Image samples:
RX1R at Dpreview,
RX100 II at Dpreview,

Videos:
RX1R at SGNL (youtube),
RX100 II at SGNL (youtube), Cnet (Lori Grunin), Chip.de (German).

Press text:
RX1 at Dpreview, ThePhoBlographer, Cnet, DSLRmagazine (spanish), Focus Numerique (French), ePhotozine, LeMondeDeLaPhoto (French), Photoscala (German),
RX100 II at Dpreview, Cnet, DSLRmagazine (spanish), Focus Numerique (French), ePhotozine, LeMondeDeLaPhoto (French), Photoscala (German),
Sony HVL-F43M flash with Multi Interface Shoe, video lamp at Dpreview, ePhotozine, ThePhoBlographer,

June 26, 2013
Posted in deals

Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM in Stock at BHphoto and in UK.

 

For the first time the new Zeiss lens is in Stock in US via BHphoto (Click here) and in UK on eBay (Click here). A top lens for a …top price :)  Such a high quality lens is certainly welcome not only your current A-mount camera…but also on the future 36+ Megapixel Mirrorless A-mount cameras! More Zeiss preorders are available at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK, Amazon DE and Technikdirekt DE. In Asia it is in Stock at Digitalrev and on eBay.

Reminder: The Sony camera and lens deals will be over soon (on Saturday) grab them at Amazon (Click here and see the “Sony Deals” section) or BHphoto (Click here).

 

June 26, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) First images of the RX1R and RX100MII leaked! Full specs and price in dollar.

These are the leaked images of the new RX1R and RX100MII. Both cameras will be announced tomorrow (June 27). Be sure to be online on SAR at 6-7am London time to follow live the announcement!  Below you can find the RX100MII image (via Digicaminfo) and after that the specs and price in dollars:

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Twice leaked the specs and pricing:

San Diego – Sony introduced Thursday a pair of advanced RX-series Cyber-shot point-and-shoot cameras targeting the professional/advanced amateur audiences.

Models DSC-RX1R/B ($2,799 suggested retail price) and DSC-RX100M2/B ($749 suggested retail) both feature advanced CMOS sensors, with the former featuring a 24.3-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor sensor and the latter offering a one-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor. Both models also include Sony’s latest BIONZ image processors.
Sony said both cameras are additions to the RX line and will not be replacing the current RX1 or RX100 models. The RX1R will be slotted in higher than the previous RX1, and removes the optical low pass filter of the RX1 for improved resolution and image quality. The filter will continue to be included in the RX1 to reduce artifacts such as moiré.
The RX1R is also said to produce superior contrast levels to the RX1.
 It includes a fixed focal length 37mm lens at F2-22 Carl Zeiss lens.
The RX100 features a 28-100mm focal range (35mm equivalent) F1.8 lense.
Both models will also support FullHD 1080/60p and 1080/24p video resolution in AVCHD compression format, and up to 1440-by-1080/30fps in MP4.
The RX1R supports an ISO range for still images from 100-25,600 (100-102,400 in EV step) while the RX100RM2 supports an ISO range from 160-25,600.
The RX100M2 uses a new sensor production technique to produce a Exmor R CMOS sensor as large as 1-inch. This is said to significantly improve the camera’s low-light picture image capability.
The RX100M2 also offers burst shooting speeds up to 10fps at 20.2-megapixel resolution.
The RX1R offers burst shooting speeds up to 5fps in speed priority mode and 2.5 fps (AF-S).
Both models include pop-up flashes and 3-inch (1.2 million dot) LCD monitors. The RX100RM2 adds an 84-degree-up, 43-degrees-down tilting screen.
The RX100M2, which has a compact body design, will also support Wi-Fi wireless connectivity and image transfer and will be the first NFC-enabled digital imaging device from Sony, allowing transferring images by typing the camera with another Wi-Fi-enable device like a smartphone or a tablet.

 

 

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