February 21, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A Sony surprise: A compact camera with APS-C sensor and fixed zoom!


The Canon G1 X you see here will soon get a new competition from Sony!

That “news” came as a BIG surprise for me. According to some of my very trusted sources Sony is almost ready to launch a completely new product, a compact camera with fixed lens and…APS-C sensor! In 2005 Sony announced the DSC-R1 (here on eBay) which had a large 5x zoom. But the new camera has a compact zoom lens. Currently only the Canon G1 X (pictured on top) has a similar product with 4X zoom, while the Sigma DP series the Fuji X100 and Leica X1 do use a fixed prime lens.

The sources explicitly told me that the very interesting thing is the new compact zoom pancake lens that will come along the new camera. It will allow an extremely compact size and in short future “could” be offered as “separate lens” for the NEX system too! Can’t wait to see this!

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!

February 20, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony 500mm available on April 23th

The most expensive of all Sony lenses will be available on April 23th at BHphoto (Click here). Don’t know how many of our SAR readers will buy that $12,999.99 lens! I will certainly save that money for something else :)

UDPATE: A reader showed us a much cheaper alternative: The Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX APO (Click here).

February 20, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Compact cameras with “Pixel Binning” coming in early summer.

One of my very trusted sources told me that the next Sony compact cameras will have a new “Pixel Binning” feature. For those of you not knowing what this is here is the wikipedia description: “binning is the procedure of combining a cluster of pixels into a single pixel. As such, in 2×2 binning, an array of 4 pixels becomes a single larger pixel,[1] reducing the overall number of pixels. This aggregation reduces the impact of read noise on the processed image at the cost of a lower resolution.“.

This is an interesting news because it is also a feature many of you requested for the future NEX and SLT cameras. I don’t know yet if that feature will be exclusive for compact camera or if it will be implemented in future system cameras too. I would certainly welcome that feature on my future A99 :)

 

February 19, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony 55-210mm for NEX in Stock (someone is using the hyperprime?)

The new 55-210mm Sony lens for the NEX system is right now in Stock at Amazon (Click here). But I don’t think the deal will be available for a long time as at the time of writing only a few lenses are in Stock. And don’t forget that the hottest NEX lens will be in Stock next week at BHphoto (Click here).

One more thing: Searching for a fast lens I found that SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here). I never read of one of my readers having that lens. That’s why I ask you if you have some image samples to show me! Thanks!

February 19, 2012
Posted in reviews

New NEX reviews…


Sony Zeiss 24mm for NEX review

Andrew Reid posted his final NEX-7 video quality review at EosHD (Click here): “Faced with the 5D Mark II and Panasonic GH2, the NEX 7 is a better stills camera than the GH2, ergonomically superior to both for video, has great colour and tonality in the standard picture profiles, but is not up there in terms of resolution and compression.”

NEX-7 and Zeiss lens test at SonyAlphaLab (Click here):”next to my Canon L Glass it’s the best lens I’ve used on the Sony Nex cameras.  Corner to corner sharpness is very well maintained considering the engineering challenges of the E-mount 18mm flange distance to the sensor.


Check the availability of the NEX-7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Check the availability of the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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