Today Sony announced two new compact cameras, the TX55 and WX30. The TX55 is the most interesting camera which is the world’s thinnest camera in its class (among cameras with an optical anti-shake function). It has 16.2 Mp backside illuminated CMOS sensor and a 27-135mmlens. It records 1080i60 videos. It has a 3.3 inch OLED touch screen. The “coolest” new feature is the ‘Super Pixel Resolution’ digital zoom mode: “That boosts magnification without lowering the pixel count in the final image. Exclusive to Sony, ‘By Pixel Super Resolution’ processing further extends the camera’s 5x optical zoom range, allowing full-resolution 16.2 megapixel images with a maximum 10x zoom.”
Full Sony NEX-C3 review at Photoreview Australia: “Although the NEX-C3′s grip is slightly better than on the NEX-3, it’s not nearly as comfortable as on the NEX-5. It forces you to pull your index finger back to trigger the shutter, instead of positioning it comfortably above the shutter button…We’re not sure why Sony has restricted the ISO range in this way when the sensor is clearly capable of covering a wider range. It’s most puzzling to see the lower end of the sensitivity scale not being fully exploited…Differences between JPEG and raw files were less than we’re accustomed to seeing, probably as a result of using the supplied raw file converter. Resolution remained high throughout the camera’s sensitivity range, with a gradual decline across the sensitivity range. ”
Also CNET US tested the NEX-C3: “Compact and attractive, with a tilting LCD and excellent photo quality, the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 has some compelling aspects. But with the 18-55mm lens the camera becomes substantially less compact, there’s no EVF option, and the video capabilities are more limited than I’d expect for the price. A lot of people will like the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 for its excellent photo quality and a now more usable design, but it can get unexpectedly heavy with the zoom E-mount lenses, and it’s still a bit more expensive than many point-and-shoot upgraders will like.”
The NEX-C3 will be soon in Stock in non asian countries too. Preorder it at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Click on the shop names to visit the search page).
That’s a cool accessory: Jtec announced a hotshoe converter for the NEX cameras (from the proprietary Sony hot shoe to the universal hot shoe). Check at DC.watch.
Philip Bloom just got a very good news for all current and future Sony NEX-FS100 owners: “I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I just spoke to one of the main Sony Europe chaps who confirmed to me that Sony will be offering the NTSC upgrade to the PAL versions of the FS100 for free, probably around the Winter time.” The firmware upgrade will enable 24p, 30p, 60p, 60i recording!
Since a long time Sonyservice was a good source for new product leaks. We now have been told that Sony toke action and we will not see any leak there anymore.
Reminder: The latest leak we found at Sonyservice Canada was about the:
NEX5N (This is probably the new code fot the upcoming new NEX-5E)
NEXVG20 (This should be the Sony NEX-VG10 successor)
SEL55210 (This is the 55-210mm lens for NEX).
But let’s focus on the “Sonyaspect” of the review. First we all know Sony filled some patents for their own foveon-like technology. So it’s interesting to see how the new SD1 foveon sensor performs! And than Luminous Landscape compared the image quality with the Sony A900 and Sony A55 cameras! Read the review here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_sd1_review.shtml.
What do you think about the image quality difference? LL says: “The A900 rolls off more smoothly in the highlights. But, when it comes to resolution the lack of an AA filter shows though. The SD1 clearly resolves more micro-detail. This is one of the reasons it is able to punch above its weight when it comes to making large prints. There is simply more detail in the file.“
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