January 26, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) The next SLT camera is the A55 successor!


I have been told by some sources that the next SLT camera to be announced is the A55 successor. It should arrive within the next few months and certainly before the fullframe A99 (which will be announced in late August/early September). I am very curious to see what kind of sensor it will use. I have been told it is a “new” sensor (with less than 20 Megapixels). it will not have the super high resolution of the Sony A77, nor the top body quality, nor the same fast fps and advanced viewfinder. But this may become a real High ISO King camera!

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A77 in Stock status:
The A77 body is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
The A77+16-50mm lens is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here), Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon France (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).

January 26, 2012
Posted in deals

HOT! NEX-7 in Stock now in ALL Europe!!!! UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherland, Sweden, Switzerland…


For the first time all Sony stores in Europe now have the NEX-7 body in Stock. Click on these direct links to buy your NEX-7!

In Stock at Sonystore Germany (Click here).
In Stock at Amazon UK (Click here). -> Update: now sold out in UK.
In Stock at Sonystore France (Click here).
In Stock at Sonystore Netherland (Click here).
In Stock at Sonystore Italy (Click here).
In Stock at Sonystore Sweden (Click here).
In Stock at Sonystore Switzerland (Click here).
BHphoto (Click here) is accepting preorders (means that it will ship soon!).

The kit version will be available much later so go for the body only instead and buy the lens separately! Here are all links I usually check to see if the Zeiss 24mm for NEX is in Stock. Click on it: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

January 25, 2012
Posted in deals

NEX-7 now available for preorder at BHphoto (Both A77 kits in Stock)

This is a sign that the new NEX-7 bodies will indeed be shipped to USA within the next few weeks. BHphoto (Click here) is finally accepting preorders on the NEX-7!

P.S.: A few A77 bodies are in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here). Also the A77+16-50mm is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

January 25, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 vs A900 JPEG and RAW comparison!


Photojottings (Click here) posted a very interesting JPEG and RAW comparison between the most requested Sony camera of the moment (the NEX-7) and the probably last full frame camera model with optical viewfinder (the A900). I am again surprised to see how well the NEX-7 holds up against a fullframe camera. You may would argue that the better JPEG performance has to do with the newer processor but looking at the RAW comparison at 6.400 ISO you easily can see the NEX-7 better color performance and only a slightly less resolution compared to the A900. I am sure the new 24 Megapixel sensor of the A99 will bring a quantum leap jump in terms of noise performance and per pixel resolution but APS-C sensors are always advantaged by the fact that they will get the newest technology advancements before FF. It’s on the low and mid level market where you make the big money, not in the pro market.

About the optical viewfinder and A900: The A900 is a great camera and I used it for some of my photographic works. While I am positively surprised by the NEX-7 electronic viewfinder I still miss that huge superb viewfinder of the A900. I know for sure that there will be no new OVF model any time soon from Sony but Fuji has shown us with the X PRO 1 that one technology doesn’t exclude the other. Don’t know if Sony engineers are reading me right now but they should take a look at Fuji’s approach :)


Sony A900 search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-7 search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Fuji X PRo 1 at Amazon (Click here). news at Fujirumors (Click here)

 

January 25, 2012
Posted in news

New Olympus share acquisition rumor. New CMOS sensor. One hundred NEX-7 in Sweden.

Sony Japan (Click here) presented the next-generation Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor (See graph on top): “as the pixel section and circuit section are formed as independent chips, a manufacturing process can be adopted, enabling the pixel section to be specialized for higher image quality while the circuit section can be specialized for higher functionality, thus simultaneously achieving higher image quality, superior functionality and a more compact size. In addition, faster signal processing and lower power consumption can also be achieved through the use of leading process for the chip containing the circuits.

The well informed Japanese website Nikkei (Click here) said that Sony will acquire 20-30% of Olympus shares. While Sony’s mail goal is to have a control over Olympus highly profitable medical business this may will influence the camera division too. Only time will tell!

P.S.: A swedish source told me that there will be around 100 units of the Nex-7 body in Stock on the 4th of February (Check Sonystore Sweden). More pre order options: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

 

 

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