August 28, 2013
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(SR4) QX100 to be priced at around $450 (lot cheaper than the RX100MII)

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I have just been told by one source that the QX100 lenscamera featuring the same RX100MII sensor and lens will be priced at around $450. That is $300 less than the price of the RX100MII camera ($748 here at Amazon).

And there is also a Tawian site (ePrice) sharing the price in NT currency:
QX100 = NT$14,900 = 370 EUR
QX10 = NT$6,900 = 170 EUR

At $450 this lens may be a good solution if you want the RX100MII quality for less!

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August 27, 2013
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Next announcement on September 4 (QX lenscameras and Honami Z1 smartphone)

Next week (September 4) Sony will announce another bunch of new products. The Honami Smartphone with High Quality G lens and sensor. And the famous QX lenscamera series. A source had the chance to test the QX lenses on an iPad and writes:

both camera’s (QX10 and QX100) will connect to the smartphones via NFC and/or Wi-Fi for iOS devices. It works on all smartphones and every setting can be adjusted via the app with the Playmemories Mobile 3.0 app which I have tested as a beta.

I hope sources can soon tell me the price of these QX lenscameras. Thanks!

And one very big announcement could be made in late September for the NEX-FF (and maybe some A-mount news is coming too). More about that soon on SAR!

August 27, 2013
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First image samples with the A3000 and 16-70mm Zeiss. Full preorder list for US, EU and Canada.

An image sample taken with the A3000 and Zeiss 16-70mm lens (Source: Gustav from Dyxum)

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The first and only website showing image samples with the new A3000 and Zeiss lens is Gustav from Dyxum (Click here). Gustav writes:

conlusion for me , A3000 is a very nice camera for his price (350 euro)
ofcourse it has also his negatives , but for this price you get a very nice camera with a very very good sensor , and for me personal is that the most important.
ZEIS 16-70 F4 OSS , not to big , not to small very good build , perfect combination at the A3000 and all NEX-camera`s , very good with the lens wide open (F4) , only negative is the price (1000 euro)but it is a “must have lens”

Some of you may wished the lens to be a stop faster. But these would have come to a high cost (more weight and greater size). I prefer the compact size (it’s only a tiny bit bigger than the 24mm Zeiss) and I bet it will become the main kit lens for many NEX owners. And one more thing: Stay tuned on SAR, because more great Zeiss lens are coming soon :)

I now updated the preorder list with links to many US, EU and Canada stores:

Preorders in USA/Canada (Click on the store name to open the product page):
Full new NEX camera/lens presenatation page at Amazon (Click here).
$398 A3000 with lens at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$548 NEX-5T body at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$698 NEX-5T +16-50mm at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$998 Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$598 Sony E PZ 18-105G at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$298 Black 50mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Soft Case at Amazon and BHphoto.

Preorders in Europe:.
ILC-3000 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T + 16-50mm at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T double lens kit at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Sony E PZ 18-105G at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.

August 27, 2013
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Officially announced! NEX-5T, ILC-A3000, 16-70mm Zeiss and 18-105 G PZ lens.

Preorders in USA/Canada (Click on the store name to open the product page):
Full new NEX camera/lens presenatation page at Amazon (Click here).
$398 A3000 with lens at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$548 NEX-5T body at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$698 NEX-5T +16-50mm at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$998 Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$598 Sony E PZ 18-105G at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$298 Black 50mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Soft Case at Amazon and BHphoto.

Preorders in Europe:.
ILC-3000 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T + 16-50mm at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T double lens kit at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Sony E PZ 18-105G at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.

Previews:
NEX-5T: Hands-on at Pocket-Lint, Hands-on at Engadget, First impression by ThePhoBlographer, Hands-on at ePhotozine, Hands-on at Techradars, Hands-on at Imaging Resource, Hands-on photos at Photographyblog,
A3000/ILC3000: First impression at Dpreview, Hands-on at Pocket-Lint, Hands-on at Engadget, Hands-on at ePhotozine, Hands-on at Techradars, Hands-on at TheVerge, First impression by ThePhoBlographer, Hands-on photos at Photographyblog,
Lenses: Hands-on photos at Photographyblog, ePhotozine (18-105), ePhotozine (Zeiss).

Reviews and Image samples:
First A3000 with 16-70mm Zeiss lens pictures at Dyxum!

Videos:
A300 and NEX-5T hands-on video at SonyElectronics, A3000 Hands-on video at Engadget, NEX-5T first look by Sony Australia, A3000 presentation by Sony.

Full specs:
A3000 specs (.pdf)
NEX-5T specs (.pdf)
Zeiss 16-70mm specs (.pdf)
Sony 18-105 G PZ specs (.pdf)

Press text:
NEX-5T: Dpreview, Engadget, Pocket-Lint, Cnet, ePhotozine, Focus Numerique (French), Photoscala (German),
A3000/ILC3000: Dpreview, Pocket-Lint, Focus Numerique (French), Photoclubalpha, SystemKamera (German), Photoscala (German),
Lenses: Dpreview, Focus Numerique (French), Photoscala (German),

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August 27, 2013
Posted in news

Suprise! New firmware update for the A99, NEX-7, NEX-6 and NEX-5R

Sony Japan (Google translation here) issued a new firmware update for the A99, NEX-7, NEX-6 and NEX-5R. Sony Australia posted the full info in english:

A99 Update Details (Sony AUS):

  1. Provides support for the Dual AF function compliant lens: SAL50F14Z
  2. Addition of HDMI simultaneous output mode
    In addition to the existing HDMI simultaneous output during movie recording, the camera will be able to display smooth smooth 60fps(NTSC)/50fps(PAL) video on an external monitor connected via HDMI and on the LCD screen of the camera simultaneously also during movie recording standby.
    Note: The camera needs to be in Movie mode with [HDMI Info. Display] set to [Off].

NEX-7 Update Details (Sony AUS):

  • Addition of AF drive system for movies
    AF drive system for movie was added in order to enhance the scalability of future E-mount systems. This feature ensures a higher degree of flexibility in the design of future E-mount lenses. We will be able to provide lenses that can even better satisfy our customers.

NEX-6 and 5R Update Details (Sony AUS):

  • Provides support for the Fast Hybrid AF function compliant lenses:
    SEL20F28 and SEL1670Z.
  • Addition of AF drive system for movies
    AF drive system for movie was added in order to enhance the scalability of future E-mount systems. This feature ensures a higher degree of flexibility in the design of future E-mount lenses. We will be able to provide lenses that can even better satisfy our customers.

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