April 14, 2015
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HX90V and WX500: Sony Introduces Duo of World’s Smallest 30x Zoom Cameras!

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I posted rumors about both compact cameras the past months and I am glad to hear my rumors were spot on! Finally they have been announced: The HX90V and WX500! You can preorder them at BHphoto:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V for $428 (Click here).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Digital Camera for $328 (Click here).

Here is the full press release from Sony:

SAN DIEGO, Apr. 13, 2015 – Sony today has introduced a pair of the world’s smallest 30x optical zoom cameras, the new HX90V and WX500 models.1

DSC-HX90V_Front-1200 The new compact cameras boast a variety of impressive imaging credentials including high-resolution 18.2 MP2 Exmor R CMOS Sensors, 30x optical zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lenses, powerful BIONZ X processors and Optical SteadyShot® stabilization, making them the ultimate companion for any travel photographer or casual weekend shooter.

The new HX90V model features the same type of high-quality retractable OLED Tru-Finder found on the acclaimed RX100 III model, making it the first truly ‘pocketable’ compact high-zoom camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder.  It also includes a variety of adjustable dials and functions including a customizable control ring, and has GPS functionality for automatically tagging photos and videos3.

Each of the new cameras also features high-resolution, 921k dot LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees for comfortable arms-length portraits or “selfies” and is Wi-Fi / NFC compatible.

“These two new models serve as great examples of how Sony is driving innovation throughout all aspects of the imaging business,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the still imaging business at Sony.  “With these new cameras, we’ve taken some of the most unique, advanced imaging technologies from our RX and α cameras and leveraged our unique ‘miniaturization’ ability to deliver a high-zoom shooting experience unlike anything else in the compact camera market today.”

A complete outline of key features for two new cameras is included below:

DSC-HX90V_image_EVF-closeup-1200Compact Hi-Zoom HX90V Camera w/ Built-in Retractable EVF
Available in June for about $430

  • – Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
  • – Built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ high contrast and vivid colors
  • – 18,2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
  • – Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
  • – 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
  • – Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 mbps
  • – Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support
  • – Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps

 

DSC-WX500_Black_Left-1200Ultra-Compact WX500 Camera w/ 30x Optical Zoom
Available in June for about $330

  • – Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
  • – 18,2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
  • – Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
  • – 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
  • – Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 mbps
  • – Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support
  • – Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps

New Cyber-shot®Accessories

Sony has also introduced new accessories for its Cyber-shot line including the LCJ-HWA body case and the ECM-CG60 shotgun microphone .

The new body case, compatible with both of the new HX90V and WX500 cameras, features a high-quality quality black leather-style finish for protection while offering a sure, stable grip.  The new CG60 mic attaches to the multi-interface shoe on Sony’s RX camera line to enable crystal clear audio recording during movie shooting.

The new HX90V and WX500 compact high zoom cameras and all relevant Cyber-shot® accessories will be sold at all authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.


Thanks Manoy for sharing the press release!

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April 14, 2015
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Plenty of TIPA awards won by Sony.

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We have this years winners of the TIPA award. Sony cameras won in thee categories:

1) Sony QX1 as the Best Mobile Imaging Device

2) Sony A5100 as the Best Entry Level

3) Sony A7s as the Best Photo/Video Camera Professional

Thanks Vicente for sharing this!

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April 13, 2015
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HDC-4300 announced. New Photocameras coming next week!

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The only new camera announced at NAB is the HDC-4300 camcorder. It’s the World’s First 4K System Camera with Three 4K Image Sensors. The full press release can be read below.

And if are eagerly waiting for photocamera news than you will only have to wait til next week. That’s when we are going to get new RX or/and A-mount stuff!

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April 13, 2015
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Mitakon will launch soon a new 85mm f/1.2 A-mount Full Frame lens!

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Mitakon said it will soon launch a new Hyperprime lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony A, Pentax SLR users. They didn’t share any specs yet but this is very likely going to be a new 85mm f/1.2 Full Frame lens!

Mitakon-Zyoptics already make a long list of Sony E-mount lenses. You can find them on eBay (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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April 13, 2015
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The big Sony test: “In-camera lens compensation” by Jörg Haag.

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Images and text by Jörg Haag.

As you know Sony relies a lot on in camera lens compensation. And SAR reader Jörg Haag made that big test to show you the advantages-disadvantages of Sony’s approach. Please note that text and images are propriety of Jörg Haag. So please do not reproduce it without permission from Jörg.

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April 13, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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A7s vs GH4 Shootout w/ 4K Atomos Shogun

Sony Phasing Out Its Retail Stores (Twice).
Dragon SpaceX Photos with the Sony A7 on Flickr.
Sony A6000 & Rokinon 7.5mm (SonyAlphaForum).
Loxia Biogon 35mm review at SonyAlphaLab.
Point Grey Comments on Sony CCD Line Closure (Image Sensor World).
16-70mm Zeiss review at at Tomiga Blog (in Polish)
Self made grip for the RX100m3 at Dslr-forum.de.

Rawfa:It’s not really a rumor, but I’ve posted some photos I’ve taken on the remote northeast Brazil on several photos and I’ve been getting a lot awesome comments. Feel free to share them if you want to: http://www.talkemount.com/threads/10991/#post-85424

Giovanni:I am a long time reader of your excellent blog. It was instrumental in my selection of Sony mirrorless cameras (since the very first Nex5), a decision I never regretted.
I think your readers might be interested in my book “All things devoured” on decaying, abandoned places in Italy, if not for the photos per se, at least because it is entirely photographed with Sony mirrorless cameras, and with non-native lenses.The cameras I used are a Nex 5, a Nex C3 and an A7. The lenses I used include Canon nFD 50/1.4, Canon FD 200/4, Minolta 40/2 LM, Nikon AF-S 17-35/2.8, Nikon AI-S 135/2.8, Zeiss Contax 50/1.4 AE, Zeiss Contax 80-200/4 MM, Zeiss Contax G 45/2, Voigtlaender 15/4.5. Can you recognize the signatures in the photos? ;-)A free full preview is available at www.gmsacco.com

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