July 9, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) new compact camera announcement on July 20th

Image on top shows the last Sony compact camera that has been announced in february, the Sony HX9v.

Sony will soon announce new compact camera(s) (UPDATE: On July 20th). So no NEX or Alpha camera yet but it might be interesting to see what kind of new features will be coming with the new stuff. If you have some info about those cameras drop me a text at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com or by using the anonymous contact form you can find on the right sidebar. Thanks!

The last three compact camera announced in early 2011 were the:
- Sony HX9V you can find at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
- Sony HX100V at you can find at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
- Sony TX100V you can find at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

July 8, 2011
Posted in reviews

DxOMark tested the Sony NEX-C3: “a great sensor in a tiny camera”

DxOmark (Click here) tested the new Sony NEX-C3. They also tried to understand if the Sony NEX C-3 vs Sony A580 vs Pentax K5 vs Nikon D7000 are using the same sensor: “The scores say no, but our measurements loudly say yes, this is the same sensor but it has been tuned differently:

  • Strangely, the lowest ISO available on the NEX C3 is a mere ISO 200, this limitation does not allow the user to take full advantage of the built characteristics of this sensor in Low-ISO.
  • Not being able to go further down than ISO 200 explains the difference in scores as far as dynamic range and color sensitivity are concerned.

On the other hand the Sony NEX C3 should be able to provide the same Image Quality scores in High ISO (the lowlight ISO Score is of 1083).

So why did Sony ban the ISO 100 from the Sony NEX-C3? Mystery!

P.S.: Those are the direct search links to the Sony NEX-C3 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

July 8, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR2) New info about the mysterious A-mount NEX styled camera

The “saga” about the mysterious A-mount camera is continuing! A third source sent me the following text last night: “Whoever leaked the a mount is somewhat correct with the look. Where you see that OVF on the V3 will be the focus light to help in low light. It has gps! Sony is making gps a common feature with most future midrange/pro as you know. Don’t be surprised to see it launch with a pancake style lens too! I think you should post a vote to see who would buy one!

My answer for the source: I will make the poll once I have more info about the camera. because right now it’s difficult to understand what it is. We know it’s an A-mount NEX styled camera without viewfinder. We know it looks very similar to the V3 (Click here to see it on eBay). Can you give us some more info about the camera? Thanks :)

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!

 

A private message: Sorry if I didn’t participate to the last discussions but I have my full family at home and I am more busy than usual! Anyway, the good news is that I worked on rumors only instead. So stay tuned on SAR!

July 7, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Is the Fuji X100 killer coming? NEX-7 has built-in viewfinder!


The Fuji X100 is most popular mirrorless camera with built-in viewfinder. Hop the NEX-7 will become more popular than the Fuji!!!

Finally I am getting rumors about the future NEX-7 too! Sources are confirming the NEC-7 is coming in late August. But the news I can share today is that it has indeed an integrated viewfinder. We have been told it is the same 3 million dot OLED viewfinder from the A77. The EVF has a high refresh rate to avoid flickering and other issues you have with current viewfinder. Everybody told me that viewfinder is a huge step forward to anything yo have seen before (better than the Sony A55 EVF, better than the external Olympus VF-2 viewfinder).

What I don’t know yet is if the NEX-7 has a rangefinder style a là Fuji X100 (Click here to see that camera) or a more classical DSRL look like the Panasonic G3! Anyway, we are getting tons of rumors in theses days so stay tuned because there could be surprises at any time on SAR!

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!

Reminder: The NEX-7 has the same 24 Megapixel sensor from the A77!

July 6, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Lens reviews roundup!


Jhpvideotutorials posted a new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC review: “this Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC lens is a little bit soft wide open at f/1.4, but still totally usable. The edges suffer the most from the softness, but the center of the frame is not to bad.  The softness slowly goes away as you approach f/2.8, and then it’s nice and sharp across the whole frame.
Click those direct search links to check price and availability of the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

And again Jhpvideotutorials posted a Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G(D) SSM Lens Hands on Review: “it’s very sharp across at all aperture’s, but tack sharp from f/4-f/8. The Bokeh is also very nice and the optical flaws such as chromatic aberrations and vignetting are minimal and any raw processing program can fix it with ease. The only negative to this lens in my opinion is the price
Click those direct search links to check price and availability of the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Focus Numerique tested the Tamron SP 60 mm f/2 Macro Di II which is also available for Alpha Mount.
Click those direct search links to check price and availability of the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Fotasy 35mm f/1.7 lens tested on a Sony NEX-3 at Seriouscompacts: “No doubt that this setup is not the end all in the quest for small camera/high IQ/low cost, but for now, it has won a spot near the top of my camera bag and I highly recommend it to anyone who is either looking for a low cost solution or who would like to take a step back from pixel peeping and enjoy a care free, creative shooting experience.
P.S.: I don’t knwo where to find that lens ut usually you can find that stuff on eBay only.

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