March 12, 2012
Posted in news

(Continually updated) Sony A57 officially announced!

Preorders

A57 Body Only: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStoreUSA (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
A57+18-55mm lens: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStoreUSA (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

Main Features in short:

16.1MP, Translucent Mirror Technology™, up to 12 fps, Clear Image Zoom, Auto Portrait Framing, 1080/60p/24p Full AVCHD™ or 1080/30p MP4 movies, 3.0″ LCD TruBlack™ tilt/swivel screen, 18-55mm lens

Previews and Image samples

Dpreview
Imaging Resource
Main differences with A55 at ThePhoBlographer.

Press release

ePhotozine, Photographyblog, Dpreview, Whatdigitalcamera (with video), TheVerge, Focus Numerique (French), Photoscala (German), PCWorld, Engadget, Imaging Resource, Slashgear,

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March 12, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) More A57 pics…


The A57 pictures and specs keeps being leaked left and right. Here is the next set of images (Click on it to enlarge). Again, the camera is going to be announced in a few hours (5am London time).

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!

Via Photorumors

March 12, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-7 with Black kit lens in Stock at Amazon US!

For the first time the NEX-7 with Black 18-55mm kit lens in Stock via Ritz at Amazon (Click here!!!). Hurry! Don’t miss the chance! And at the moment of writing also five NEX-7 bodies(!) are in Stock again via Ritz at Amazon (Click here!!!).

Took seven months to see the NEX-7 in Stock at Amazon (I am not counting some third party cheater reseller which sold few largely overpriced cameras).

March 12, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) What’s new with the A57: Clear zoom and auto portrait framing.


While the A57 will not bring any kind of new revolutionary feature there are still some minor new tidbits coming along the camera:

1) Clear Image Zoom
That is the biggest new innovation. It’s a new proprietary “By Pixel Super Resolution Technology“. It is a 2x digital zoom that can almost match the quality of a normal optical zoom! That means you can instantly 2x zoom with any lens you have without having any major loss of quality. I have to see this to believe it! ;)

2) Auto Portrait framing
With the help of the face detection feature the A57 can create well balanced horizontal or vertical portrait cuts.

The camera will be announced on Tuesday March 13th at 4am London time and as usual I will follow the announcement live here on SonyAlphaRumors. This means I will keep updating you with links to news, reviews, videos image samples and more.

While the on paper the A57 doesn’t sound like a spectacular camera it certainly can do a lot for the price ($699). And many SAR readers complained about the too high Megapixel count on the A65/A77. So this might be the right camera for you!

P.S.: If you are not from London than your announcement time is:
9pm San Francisco time (Monday March 12th)
12pm New York time (Monday-Tuesday night)
5am in Berlin (Tuesday)
1pm in Tokyo (Tuesday)

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For US readers: The A77 kit is back in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). And first $2 price drop at Amazon (Click here):)

March 12, 2012
Posted in reviews

50mm and 30mm for NEX tested at Photozone!


Image courtesy: Photozone.

Klaus from Photozone just posted two new NEX lens reviews. This is actually the first time he is posting tests made on his new Sony NEX-7. This is going to be interesting to read because he is struggling with the corner issues of the 24 Megapixel sensor. Let’s start:

1) Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro lens (Click here to read the review)
The performance of that lens on the NEX-7 is disappointing: “The Sony E 30mm f/3.5 macro lens delivered a rather disappointing performance on the Sony NEX 7. The center image quality is absolutely great but the border- and especially corner-quality is sub-standard. The rather high amount of lateral CAs isn’t helpful either.” I hope Klaus can soon do the same test on the Sony NEX-5n to see if the poor corner quality depends from the 24 Megapixel sensor of the NEX-7 or not!

2) Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens (Click here to read the review)
In that case Klaus is much more satisfied with the lens performance. A part of the not so good corner performance (which doesn’t matter a lot for a portrait lens) he says: “The image quality is very impressive if you stop down to f/4-f/8 where the lens is almost capable of exploiting the potential of the 24 megapixel Sony sensor.” But this is a protrait lens and the real point that matters is the bokeh quality. And hee is were the lens shines: “A real highlight of the Sony lens is the quality of the bokeh which is among the very best that we’ve seen in this class so far.”

Again Thanks Klaus for making these detailed reviews!

The real “issue” of the 50mm lens is his non-availability. You can find some of them on eBay (Click here) but not in “normal” Sony or other known stores. You can only preorder them at:

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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