June 23, 2012
Posted in rumors

Will Sony buy a 10% Stake from Olympus?


Reuters (via Nikkei) reports that “Olympus is in final talks with Sony to get a roughly 50 billion yen capital injection in return for a stake“. Sony’s main interest is the medical business but of course this could also have an influence on Olympus mirrorless camera strategy. Anyway, those kind of rumors are floating around for months now and we still haven’t anything official…yet.

June 23, 2012
Posted in news

New Sony OLED technology (and CMOS production increase).

Within the camera industry Sony is leading the OLED front and the latest news is that they developed a “low-reflection conductive film that can improve the image quality of a display equipped with a touch panel such as a smartphone screen” (Source: Nikkei).

Sony is the worldwide leader of CMOS/CCD sensor production but the market is still growing. Sony now announced that “they will invest in its Nagasaki Technology Center to increase the production capacity for stacked CMOS sensors, aimed mainly to smartphones.” (Source: Image Sensor World).

June 22, 2012
Posted in news

Nikon D3200 has or has not the same Sony 24 MP sensor?

Chipworks dismantled the Nikon D3200 and analyzed the sensor of the camera. While there is a clear “Nikon” mark on it I want to ask if someone actually read the full report (you have to pay to download it). A mark alone is not enough to be sure the sensor is different from the A77/A65/NEX-7 sensor.

I want to repeat once again that I am 99% sure the Nikon D800 sensor is the same because of the simple reason that I posted about that 36 Megapixel sensor almost one year before the Nikon D800 came out. And I also said by that time that it would be used by a Nikon camera. I am not so sure about the D3200 sensor. It may be the same sensor with just a Nikon mark on it, it may be a Nikon slightly modified sensor, it may a completely non Sony sensor. I hope smart tech guys can answer this.

Anyway, this is just a minor debate and people on SAR shouldn’t get too “hot” while discussing that :)

June 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony news/reviews roundup…(RX100, Sigma 19mm and new Shift Rotator)

SHIBUYA @ Night – 2012 from Xavi Orquin on Vimeo.

Good Morning! I have to catch up with some Sony related reviews posted in these days. On top of this post you can watch the first RX100 video sample posted on vimeo. It might be of interest for future RX100 owners :)

Pocket Lint posted a full RX100 review: “Is it worth it? Absolutely. The RX100 will be exactly what many demanding photographers have been waiting for: a truly pocketable high-end, large-sensor compact.
18-135mm lens tested at Photoreview. Sigma 19mm image smaples and crop at SonyAlphaLab. Pro Shift Rotator for the NEX system at Photoscala (Translation here).

Sony RX100 preorder list:
USA: Amazon US (Click here)Adorama (Click here)BHphoto (Click here)
Europe: Amazon Germany (Click here)Amazon France (Click here) and Jessops (Click here).

June 21, 2012
Posted in reviews

(UPDATED) The difference between Sony 36 Megapixel with and with modified AA filter

DxOmark (Click here) now posted the full results of the Nikon D800E which still has an anti aliasing filter but uses a second layer of the LPF to undo the effects of the first (Unlike the similar Nikon D800). As you know (and Nikon doesn’t tell you) both use the Sony 36 Megapixels sensor which will very likely used by a new Full Frame camera in 2013. Dxo writes: “The Nikon D800E received an overall DxOMark score of 96 points, making it the best camera ever tested at DxOMark. It edged out the D800 by a single point.

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