July 20, 2012
Posted in news

Sony RX100 rules in US. Canon NEX competitor coming…


We haven’t seen that with any other Sony camera before. The RX100 rules the Amazon US sales ranking (Click here) and beats any other digital mirrorless, compact or DSLR camera. You don’t see very often a Sony camera beating a Nikon or Canon :)

Speaking of Canon. They will launch a mirrorless system camera and NEX competitor this Monday. Pictures can be seen at MirrorlessRumors.com. I am still not sure if it will use an APS-C sensor. It looks smaller than any NEX camera…

RX100 In Stock and shipping at Amazon US (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).

July 20, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) More bits about the A99 from the tester…

There will be no XQD support on the A99!

The anonymous A99 tester that shared the info I posted yesterday read your comments and sent me some short answers:

1) He can’t talk about the Image Quality of the camera yet. Firmware is by far not mature enough to make a serious discussion about it
2) Same for video :)
3) The tester confirms that there is no CF nor XQD support.
4) The new hot shoe and the special connector are there to make older accessories work (like the Sony HVL-F56AM)
5) The camera has built-in GPS

Thanks again for all the info you sent us!!!

July 19, 2012
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RX100 in Stock at Amazon and BH! And new grip and leatherette skin.

Once again let’s talk about that super non NEX and non SLT camera ;)
The camera is now in Stock and shipping at Amazon US (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). And it quickly become the most sold camera at Amazon US (Click here to see the ranking).
The image on top shows the new RX100 leatherette skin found via DC.watch. And if you need a grip…don’t worry! Richard-Franeic has the solution!

Great work Sony! Now let’s get excited about the next A99 too!

July 19, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) First A99 test report! Lighter than the A900, double SD card slot.

So far we know for sure that the new A99 has a 24 Megapixel sensor and amazing 102 AF point. We also posted some more specs that we got from an early A99 prototype. Today I am going to post some specs from the final Sony approved A99 SLT camera. We got a user report I have rewritten in my own (poor) English words to hide the language style (enjoy typos and grammar errors!). Here it is:

The final production A99 doesn’t have a built-in flash lamp (Editors note: some prototypes with built-in flash were tested). There is a new hot shoe for accys so a special link is delivered with this camera. The Autofocus is really fast. The A99 (with non final firmware) has an ISO range of 50-25600 (Editors note: Final firmware will probably have a +2 stop push in High ISO). Camera is bit lighter than the A900 (973 g with battery). The A99 weights 827g with battery. The Battery is the NP FM500H. The camera has no CF slot! It comes with two slots for SD/MS and SD cards!

I Thank the Source for sending me this. May he can also share some general impression over the camera like image quality and camera response? No need to unveil detailed specs but we would like to know if Sony made a “mature” product like we hope it will be.

From the rumors we got until know I suppose this camera is optimized for speed, clean ISO and super video recording. And in these aspects it should beat the Canon 5DmarkIII (here are the specs) and the Nikon D800 (here are the specs)!

Reminder: Sony will announce a lot of new stuff in exactly one month. Be sure to bookmark SAR and follow us on Facebook (Click here). Do not miss any of the coming rumors! There will be some surprise ;)

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!

July 18, 2012
Posted in news

Part three of the SAR readers work roundup (Istvan, Alec, Laurent, Freddy, Bob, Tarmo, Tero, Vedran, Andy, Stuart)

And here is the third part of the SAR reader work roundup. At least two more parts will be posted the next days! Enjoy the images and videos all shot with Sony stuff!

István:We are a human rights watchdog NGO inBudapest and produce international and hungarian human rights related online videos. All our cameras are Sony. We taught ourselves and now our human rights experts are capable of
handling the VG10 and 20 to make their own films. One example is our award winning short film about the human rights costs of the global drug war: http://drogriporter.hu/en/CTChumanrights. Another example is a private short video about hummingbirds, that I shot on the Sony VG10 while having a break between interviewing in mexico City: http://youtu.be/YPJAJ85mtbQ.

Alec: “I just got the Sony 135mm STF, here is the first batch I took: https://plus.google.com/photos/116510470685386993448/albums/5756158552017635601

Laurent:This is a work done with the last NEX-7: http://bichaud.free.fr/pictures/pictures/frenchpresidentialelection2012.html

Freddy: “Just a little video test of my lovely A57 https://vimeo.com/groups/sonyalpha/videos/43269803

Bob:Here is a video shot with the Nex-7, 5n, and some VG20. https://vimeo.com/40588525 Also, I use the Nex-7 for all of my Commercial Photography now. I use it for furniture product & lifestyle shots with the help of RadioPoppers.

Tarmo:NEX-3 on Flickr. NEX-7 on Flickr, SEL18200 on Flickr, SEL16F28 on Flickr, SEL1855 on Flickr.”

Tero:I did shoot this in Finlands capitol Helsinki one cold night..  lense is Beroflex.. Old, but i thing still golden one :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTVb573osC0&feature=relmfu

Vedran:Sony a77 on 2Cellos concert in Zagreb: http://www.vedrantolic.com/p950667293

Andy:Attached picture taken a couple of weeks ago on the NEX-5 with pancake 16 plus fisheye attachment at Gloucester Cathedral (Hogwarts).  http://500px.com/photo/9827155

Stuart:Link to my pix with the NEX-7: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stupix/sets/72157628548833165/

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