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October 16, 2012
Posted in rumors

Mysterious Sony announcement on October 30th.

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I just woke up and found a couple of mails from SAR readers linking me to that mysterious Sony ad (Source: Sony UK). I honestly don’t know what this is, will now start to ask around. The hashtag #TheNewF suggest that this may be a new F camcorder (we currently have the Sony PMW-F3). And this may be also the day where the 4K upgrade for the NEX-FS700 will be announced…

Drop me a message at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form you find here on the right sidebar if you know more about that event. Thansk!

P.S: Tomorrow Sony will release the A77 firmware update!

October 15, 2012
Posted in news

Interview with Phil Molyneux (Sony) at dpreview.

Dpreview (Click here) posted an interview with Phil Molyneux, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Electronics. I am going ot highlight the most interesting info only:
– He said there is no need to have touchscreen on the NEX-6 because “We believe their interest in touchscreen capability is far less than the user who shoots with the camera held at arm’s length.
– It is possible to make a compact mirrorless NEX with FF sensor. The real challenge is “building the lenses that can cover a full frame imaging circle at that flange back distanceBut it is possible“. He also said that much of the RX1 design could be used for an interchangeable version camera.
– pre-orders of the RX1 have been overwhelmingly positive.

In sum, I really got the feeling that Sony is aware of the benefits of making a Full Frame NEX system. And I pretty much sure that we will get some nice surprise in 2013!


RX1 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 15, 2012
Posted in reviews

A99 Aston Martin clip (and new A99 and NEX-6 test roundup).

Dominic Fraser shot that nice Aston Martin video clip with the new Sony A99: “for now lets say very good indeed image quality. This particular camera is one of only three in the country without a final firmware version so things can only get better.

And here are some new A99 and NEX-6 tests:
New A99 review at SLRlounge: “The A99 is not only superb, but I can consider it to be avant-garde and full of technology. The sensor itself can go pound-for-pound against Canon’s and Nikon’s full-frame sensors in regards to dynamic range, color rendition, and resolving power.
SLRclub posted a super long A99 review. As you know they post all the text as a jpg file so google translate tool will not help us to get some clue about their findings. But you can still watch their graphs and pictures.
Fengniao posted a new A99 ISO test.
A99 test by a famous Chinese blogger “Chunjuan” at PChome (translation here).
Fotopolis (translation here) posted a full NEX-6 review and earns 5 points out of 6.

Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 15, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Good news! Sony A77/A65/A57/A37 firmware updated coming on October 18th!

I like it when I can start the new week with a good Sony news-rumor :=)

A source (Thanks!) sent us this text but don’t try to click on the download links. They will work form October 18th only!

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PRESS TEXT

Please be informed that the new firmware version 1.06 for SLT-A77 & SLT-A65, and firmware version 1.03 for SLT-A57 & SLT-A37 will be available soon.
Japan is going to make an announcement for this firmware update, but we will handle it as a download content for regional website as it’s only a firmware update.

1. Target date of posting the download on Sony Asia website is 14:00 SG Time (GMT + 8hrs) on Thursday, 18 Oct 2012.
SLT-A65 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.06 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518235
Ver.1.06 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518237

SLT-A77 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.06 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518232
Ver.1.06 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518233

SLT-A37 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.03 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/519325
Ver.1.03 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/519329

SLT-A57 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.03 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518238
Ver.1.03 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518240

2. Applicable Model & Version
Model Name
Firmware Version
SLT-A65, SLT-A77
1.05 or earlier
SLT-A37, SLT-A57
1.02 or earlier

3. Additional Features / Improvements
· Lens compensation function is extended to the following lenses
Ø SAL30M28, SAL50F14, SAL2470Z, SAL2875, SAL70400G, SAL70200G, SAL35F14G, SAL1635Z
· Addition of capability to enable/disable the MOVIE button (applicable to SLT-A77 & SLT-A65 only)

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I don’t know yet if there are more new features and fixes. Hope yes!

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For US readers. You save $100 on the A77 open box deal at Beachcamera (Click here).

October 14, 2012
Posted in reviews

New A99, RX1, NEX-6 image samples. And first 10-18mm E-mount test.

No day is passing without some bloggers posting new Sony tests and images. But at least we have one real new and unseen test. Our reader Klaus sent me this text: “During the Alpha-Festival in Berlin I shot some sample shots with the 10-18mm. I have also included corner and center crops. http://www.sonyuserforum.de/forum/showthread.php?t=124123. At 10mm the lens shows some pink color cast which can be easily removed with Lightroom presets. The lens is damn sharp and brilliant for its size and prize. Stabilization works really good and AF is spot on. Good performer – will buy it ASAP“. Thanks Klaus for being the first testing this lens!
The lens can be preordered at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.

And here are new RX1,A99 and NEX-6 tests:
TheVerge had the chance to play with the RX1 and writes: “I got to try it this week, and frankly, it’s amazing. Shooting even vaguely usable 6000 x 4000 resolution pictures at 25,600 ISO with a camera this small is unbelievable, and the fixed Zeiss lens produces lovely results.”
Also Steve Huff posted some new thoughts and images about the RX1: “Sony is climbing a little but of an uphill battle with the rX1 due to the cost of the camera because the “masses” are not into a fixed focal length lens. Many enthusiasts are, and these are the ones Sony made this camera for.
Sony Digital Imaging Press Event – Sony A99, NEX-6 & RX1 at Photographyreview. Also the Italian website Fotografidigitali posted a new A99 hands-on.


Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

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