August 27, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) UPDATED: Full A99 specs! To be announced on September 12th.

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Picture via Phottix (think it’s the A77)

My colleague from Photorumors and I received exactly the same A99 specs. UPDATE: Added some more specs. Here they are:

  • 24.3 Mpx Full frame CMOS Exmor sensor
  • SLT technology
  • New Bionz imaging engine
  • 14 bit RAW recording
  • 10 fps
  • ISO 100 up to 25.600
  • 50 ISO extended (with lower dynamic range)
  • 102 AF point AF (11 cross).
  • AF range
  • MF assist
  • Dual Phase detection system (with AF phase pixels on sensor)
  • 30 sec and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
  • Time Lag 0.05 sec.
  • Shutter life guarantee of 200,000 cycles
  • 2.360k OLED electornic viewfinder
  • 3″921k LCD with same tilting system of the A77
  • Full HD video recording at 1920×1080/60p AVCHD format
  • HDMI output
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • Built-in flash with guide number of 12
  • Auto HDR capability
  • New multi-segment low pass filter
  • Photodiode expansion technology
  • Light concentration technology
  • Selective noise reduction
  • Ultrasonic anti dust system
  • In body image stabilization
  • Two memory slots: SD and SD+MS cards
  • USB: 2.0
  • Announced on September 12, 2012
  • Available in stores in late October 2012
  • New accessories to be released with the a99: battery grip, flash, remote control, microphone etc.
  • Very light, weather sealed magnesium alloy body.With 730 g this is the lightest FF body on market!
Most of the specs we already had. What’s new is the shutter info, OLED viewfinder info, the HDMi output, built-in micro and some other info I have to check what it is (Photodiode expansion?).
August 27, 2012
Posted in rumors

Sony Helmet camera teaser…

Along all that NEX and SLT stuff Sony will also announce the Sony Helmet camera. With that camera Sony is now entering a very large typ of market dominated by GoPro. I have no specs about those cameras but I have been told that they will blow them away :) Let’s see if that is true! Meantime you can watch that Sony Helmet camera teaser.

August 27, 2012
Posted in deals

RX100 filter adapter and Amazon NEX-5n Gold Box.

Many here on SAR own the superb RX100 camera. If you need a filter adapter for the camera check out the pictures and aluminium solution posted by the German Photo design (Click here). Very smart!

And right now there is a Gold Box Deal on the Sony NEX-5n launched by Amazon itself (Click here). UPDATE: Same deal on BHphoto too (Click here).

August 27, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A first for Sony: 14bit RAW files on the A99!

Finally! The Sony A99 FF camera will be the first Sony camera to have full 14bit RAW file recording! It is something Nikon cameras (like the D800) have since a long time now so it was about time fro Sony to use it too. But will it really bring some noticeable improvement?

The administrator of Cambridgeincolour wrote: “It is usually image noise — not the 12/14-bit A/D dynamic range — that ultimately limits the photo’s visible dynamic range. A 14-bit linear A/D converter has a dynamic range of 14 f-stops, for example, but this is far beyond what is visible because of image noise (5-10 f-stops at the very most).
Further, A/D converters and CCD/CMOS sensors are not always linear; in which case the image bit precision/depth does not necessarily correlate with A/D dynamic range. Take a look at the last two sections on bit depth and tonal curve in the dynamic range tutorial. There’s a lot more on this there, although be warned that this concept can be quite confusing.
At present the only tangible use I can think of for the extended 14-bit precision is more shadow tonality in a RAW photo which has undergone extreme shadow recovery. If this is true, then 14-bit is worth it in exchange for the marginally larger file sizes. However, I have no evidence of this in practice.

More 12 vs 14 bit tests: here and here.

I have been told the JPEG engine has been improved too. But we have to wait for real test to see if Sony’s wake point has been finally straight out too!

Stay tuned on SAR: Here is our RSS feed and Twitter stream and the Facebook comunity!

August 27, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) All three new NEX lenses with OSS!

Three new lenses with OSS:
One of the SAR readers main question was if the new lenses would have OSS (in lens stabilization). The answer is the best I can give you…all three lenses will have OSS! So we will get a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS pancake (retractable) powerzoom. A 10-18mm f/4.0 OSS (non pancake). And a 35mm 1.8 OSS prime lens.
What I don’t know yet is the price of the lenses and if they are going to be announced this week along the NEX-5R or in September along the NEX-6. For now the announcement of the NEX-5R is scheduled for this Wednesday (European time). There may be some changes in last minute.

Current NEX lenses with OSS:
18-200mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
50mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (my favorite NEX lens!)
18-55mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
55-210mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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!

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