September 19, 2013
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New QX10 reviews. New 360 APP for QX.

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QX10 video review at Popphoto:

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Currently websites are reviewing the QX10 lensCamera which is also the less interetsing module (The QX100 is based on the RX100MII). I expect much more positive feedbacks as soon as they test the higher quality LensCamera.

QX10 review at Photographyblog:

Ultimately the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 just falls a little short, regardless of whether you’re a smartphone or compact shooter. It doesn’t quite come up to scratch in terms of performance, feature-set or image quality, and is also a little over-priced too, perhaps inevitable given that it’s a first-generation product. At the moment we’d choose a smartphone and wi-fi enabled compact to quickly share images, though that solution has its own challenges. Still, hats off to Sony for trying something new as smartphones cannabilise the entry-level compact camera market – it may well be that we’ll all be using something like the Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 sooner rather than later…

QX10 test at heise (German).

Lachlan Tsang sent me the following text:
In the current pairing arrangement, the phone connects to a WiFi network set up by the lens camera. I do not know how this works in Android, but this has a few consequences which I know from using similar setups on Sony NEX and Actioncam cameras. The default behaviour of iOS is to attempt to use any WiFi network to get mobile data. Obviously the lens camera does not connect to the internet, so that means that an iPhone will not be able to connect to the internet while connected to the lens camera. This means that it will NOT be possible to take a photo on iOS and immediately upload it without first switching off the lens camera. It will not be possible to use the QX lens camera to do any live streaming. It also means that all incoming data and notifications will be unavailable while the lens is connected.

UPDATE: Our reader Tobi (Thanks!) noted that the “fix” is allready here: ios7. Apple implemented multipath tcp connections into ios7 allowing wifi and cellular network connections at the same time (Source: 9to5mac).

And Kerry Sun sent me the official press release of the first APP supporting the new QX cameras:
Camera360, one of the world’s most popular smartphone photography apps, has teamed up with multinational technology giant Sony to include their range of photography software on both the Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style camera when they launch later this month.
Camera360 will become the first photography software to be customised especially for the new smartphones that look to significantly improve the mobile photography experience without the need to incorporate a giant lens into a smartphone. The DSC-QX100 has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 lens that is able to capture images at 20.2MP while the DSC-QX10 has a Sony G Lens and 1/2.3″-inch CMOS sensor that allows the smartphone to capture images at 18.9MP and also has a 10x optical zoom.
The lenses connect to a smartphone via Wi-Fi or NFC, and Camera360 has incorporated this into the updated app via the “Sony Camera” mode. This feature will allow smartphone users to search and connect to a Sony Wi-Fi network manually so that users can save their images on a microSD card in the lens-style camera.
“Through working with Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 cameras, we’re making it easier for mobile photographers to capture high quality pictures with the most popular and professional filters. We’re making continuous improvements to provide a better photography experience for global smartphone users,” said Gary Gu, Marketing Director of Camera360.
The new Sony lens-style cameras are expected to go on sale worldwide later this month and the V4.8 update for Camera360 apps including the “Sony Camera” mode will be available to download at around the same time.
More news at Prnewswire.com.

 

Here are all direct links to preorders in USA/Canada:
QX100: Amazon (Click here), SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX100 at Amazon (Click here).
Black QX10: Amazon (Click here), SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
White QX10: Amazon (Click here), SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX10 Amazon (Click here).
Xperia Z case with QX mount on Amazon (Click here).

Here are all direct links to preorders in Europe:
Black QX100 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBE, SonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Black QX10 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBE, SonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
White QX10 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBE, SonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Xperia Z1 at SonyDE, SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBE, SonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.

September 19, 2013
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Zeiss 16-70mm shipping in USA (Amazon, BH) and Europe (SonyStore). New tests.

A bit earlier than expected SAR readers are now receiving their preorders from Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and European Sony Stores (estimated shipping date was Sept 22). Check these direct preorder links if you want to grab the lens:
USA/Canada: Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
Europe: Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.

There are now dozens of image samples on Flickr (Click here), a videoreview by a SAR reader on youtube. Image samples on Systemkameraforum. And a first review has been posted by the Korean site Naver.com (google translation here). In short this is their pro and cons list:

pros:
-Very good optical performance
-OSS
-Splendid color rendering

Cons:
-boring (a bit of sarcasm maybe)
-Vignetting at 70mm but disappears at f8.0
– at 16mm the quality in the edges is a bit weak.

 

September 19, 2013
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(SR5) New Zeiss 24-70mm FE (Full Frame E-mount) lens coming too with the NEX-FF in October!

The current A-mount (!) version of the Zeiss 24-70mm lens

The image on top shows you the 24-70mm A-mount lens. And many on SAR would like to see a lens like that being made for the new NEX-FF system. And guess what…it’s coming for real! Zeiss will launch a new 24-70mm FE (“F”ull Frame “E”-mount) lens along the first NEX-FF photocamera that is coming in mid October. The very trusted source didn’t share the aperture info. I am not sure yet if it’s f/2.8 or f/4.0 like the new 16-70mm Zeiss.

These are the SR5 ranked NEX-FF lens info: Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and Zeiss 24-70mm. A nice start!

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September 18, 2013
Posted in news

Let’s tell Samyang what lenses you want for your NEX-FF :)


Samyang VDSLR Range – A quick guide

Let’s help out Samyang by letting them know if you would buy a special NEX-FF version of their current Full Frame E-mount Cine Lenses. The NEX-FF version should be half the size of the current Cine Lenses but mantain the main lens specs and price. These are the current Cine Lens specs:
14mm T3.1 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).
24mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).
35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).
85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).

Ok, and now imagine Samyang launching them as special compact NEX-FF lenses (half the size of the cine lenses and manual focusing only):

What lens would you buy?

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I will forward the poll results directly to Samyang!!!

 

 

 

September 18, 2013
Posted in rumors

First QX review (and first QX in Stock on eBay US!)

Image courtesy: Cameras.reviewed.com

According to Amazon US (Click here) the QX cameras will ship in exactly seven days. But there is already a very first QX LensCamera now in Stock on eBay US (only one left). The question is…does the LensCamera idea really work? Cameras.reviewed.com posted the first full QX10 review. And there is a surprising conclusion. They write the QX10 is “a dumb camera for your smart phone

The QX10’s image quality is better than your smartphone’s, yes, but not by much. The biggest gain is in terms of optical zoom, but the camera’s awkward handling makes actually utilizing that 10x telephoto a challenge. And while the QX10’s pairing behavior and user interface are better (or at least less convoluted) than any other WiFi implementation we’ve seen, shooting with the app still felt arbitrarily limiting—almost like a chore.

A bit disappointing! But I think most of the issues (interface and limited APP) can be improved via firmware.

P.S: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 Sample Images (Photographyblog). Unboxing pics at SonyBlog.

Here are all direct links to preorders in USA/Canada:
QX100: Amazon (Click here), SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX100 at Amazon (Click here).
Black QX10: Amazon (Click here)SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
White QX10: Amazon (Click here)SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX10 Amazon (Click here).
Xperia Z case with QX mount on Amazon (Click here).

Here are all direct links to preorders in Europe:
Black QX100 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Black QX10 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
White QX10 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Xperia Z1 at SonyDE, SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.

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