September 6, 2011
Posted in news

Sony’s wants to create a “Super Reality” sensor!

You can download the full presentation at Sony.net (Click here). You can also click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the image. So what are the key info?
- Sony is already the number one producer of CCD image sensors and want’s to become number one in the CMOS market too.
- The biggest market for image sensors is the cellular market (Example: The iPhone 4 uses a Sony sensor)
- Sony is working to increase, both image quality and frame rate.

But here is the real big news: Sony wants to create a “Super Reality” sensor that surpasses Human Vision. That’s why they created a new filter layout which includes “W” pixels (no color) to increase the dynamic range. At first look this will come at cost of the color information but I guess Sony has some kind of “secret” weapon to avoid that. Can’t wait to see such a senor in use in a “real” camera.

Personal note: Would love if Sony sensors could come close to the B&W image quality of medium format cameras.

Via Image Sensor World

September 5, 2011
Posted in reviews

A65 beats the A900 image quality!

There is a new A65 versus A900 image comparison posted by the chinese Pchome wbesite (Click here to read the translation). Article found via RiceHigh. The tester used the Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens on the A65, whilst the ZA24-70/2.8 was used on the A900. So we can failry say the A65 had a slightly disadvantage. As you see the A65 image quality is very good!

The A65 image is on the left, A900 on the right:
See ISO 100 and 200 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso1.jpg
See ISO 400 and 800 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso2.jpg
See ISO 1600 and 3200 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso3jpg.jpg
See ISO 6400 and 12800 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso4.jpg

Surprising or not? I cannot imagine how well the nex generation of Sony fullframe sensors will perform! The image quality will be stellar. Let’s hope Sony will not let us wait to much for tha A99 :)

ALL Preorder links:
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore. Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.

 

September 5, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony FDA-EV1S OLED Viewfinder for the NEX-5n in Stock in US.

The new external Sony NEX-5n OLED viewfinder is in Stock at Sony Store (Click here). It will be soon in Stock at Amazon JP and eBay (asian reseller) too.

The Black NEX-5n body only is in Stock via Cameta at Amazon (Click here).
The SIlver NEX-5n with 18-55mm lens is in Stock via Shutterbag at Amazon (Click here).

September 5, 2011
Posted in news

SAR admin message: IE8 update creates problems on website.

Since yesterday I am getting messages from readers saying that there is an error on SAR. My technician told to me that IE8 got an update yesterday and it doesn’t read some javascript well. That’s why those of you browsing with IE8 are having problems displaying the website. I am trying to fix the issue but I strongly recommend you to upgrade to IE9 or use any other browser like Safari, Chrome or Firefox.What is important is that you understand that it is not our fault, it is Microsoft that made a mess ;)

Thanks for your understanding!

September 5, 2011
Posted in reviews

The NEX-5n is a Monster of a camera! (First review by Steve Huff)

Today we have many Sony NEX-5n news! Stev Huff (Click here) just posted the first full Sony NEX-5n review. And he says the NEX-5n is a monster and: “The bottom line is that Sony improved the 5 series and the 5n is an easy recommend as well as the best bang for the buck in the NEX line. At $699 with lens, I have to ask myself…For the money does it get any better than this? The answer to that is NO!
Steve posted many image samples and comparisons with other mirrorless cameras (including the ultaexpensive Leica M9p).

All (p)reviews and image samples I saw around the web do confirm that this is a wonderful camera. Now let’s hope Sony will do it right and make some nice NEX pancakes and other high grade lenses like the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 (Click here to preorder).

You can get the NEX-5n at:
Amazon (in Stock!), Sonystore US (in Stock!), Sonystore Canada (in Stock!), Digitalrev (in Stock), eBay (in Stock!), Amazon DE (preorder) and Amazon UK (preorder),

More NEX-5n reviews:
First user review at Amazon US (Click here).
Ascii.jp (google translated).