April 22, 2012
Posted in news

New Sony NEX-FS100 firmware now available for download.

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And here it is the new NX-FS100 firmware update. You can download it at Sony PRO (Click here). The updates are:

  1. Added 50Hz recording system (PAL): 1920×1080 50p, 50i, 25p and 1280×720 50p.
  2. Camera Profile (camera settings can be saved to and loaded from a memory card).
  3. Additional 4x and 8x Expanded Focus magnification: (with user selectable focus area).
  4. Selectable ISO or GAIN sensitivity display.
  5. Selectable Focus indication in FEET or METERS (E-mount lens only).
  6. Selectable Shutter indication as EXPOSURE TIME or SHUTTER ANGLE.
  7. Added the following Aspect-Ratio markers: 2.35:1, 1.85:1 and 1.66:1.
  8. Display ON/OFF button enables Zebra and/or Histogram overlay onto video output.
  9. Compatible with the new A-Mount to E-Mount adaptor, model LA-EA2. One push Auto-IRIS and continuous 15-point, Phase-Detection Auto-Focus operation with most Alpha A-Mount lenses is available. Lens metadata is displayed onscreen and stored real-time to image file.

And now let’s hope the Sony NEX-7 firmware update is coming as next!

April 22, 2012
Posted in deals

USA deal: Sony 50mm for NEX in Stock again (Cameta and Amazon)


You still have to pay a $50 extra but at leats you can finally see the 50mm f/1.8 for NEX in Stock again at Amazon (Click here) and Cameta (Click here). And the NEX-7 is also in Stock as body only or kit at Amazon (Click here).

April 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony 36 Megapixel FF sensor versus Medium Format.

I know Nikon guys will hate me because I keep saying the Nikon D800 sensor is from Sony :) But if I am right Sony will release a camera with such a sensor next year! The amazing team from TheCameraStoreTV tried to figure out if that sensor can match the quality of medium format cameras like the Hasselblad H4D-40 ($18.000 on Amazon). Watch the video to find out the answer.

But if you are on hurry I will unveil you the final verdict. The medium format camera still has the edge when it comes to get superb skin tones and dynamic range (particularly in the highlight area). But in terms of resolution the 36 Megpaixel sensor is pretty close, in the shadow area it even beats the Hasselblad and it’s an absolute winner at High ISO.

A look into the future: Sony already officially stated that they are working on 100 megapixel FF sensors. I dont’ need that :)

April 21, 2012
Posted in news

POLL: Will the Nikon D3200 hurt the A65/A77 sales?

Nikon Japan said that the Nikon D3200 sensor is different from Sony’s 24 megapixel sensor. I guess they mean that while the basic design may be similar Nikon engineers applied their own “tweaks” on it. Anyway, the Nikon D3200 and the A65 and A77 are really completely different cameras. But from a pure general marketing point of view it may be difficult to explain the $300 price difference between the Nikon D3200 ($699 at Amazon) and the Sony A65 ($999 at A.) to average “john” customers. And there is a big $800 difference with the A77 to consider too ($1499 with kit lens). I repeat, of course the A65 and A77 have many features the Nikon has not but I am curious to here your very “instinctive” answer:

Do you think the Nikon D3200 will hurt the Sony A77 and A65 sales?

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Maybe it’s just me, but I am a bit frustrated to see that the Nikon D3200 and Nikon D800 are on top of the DSLR sales rankings (Click here). Not that Nikon doesn’t deserve it, but Sony maybe could do a bit more to push their own Alpha range?

 

April 20, 2012
Posted in deals

50mm for NEX in Stock in US. A57 in Stock in USA (but Sony Japan says it’s delayed)

It’s so hard to find the 50mm for NEX in US stores that this might be a good deal even if you have to pay a $50 extra for it! Pcnation is right now selling 13 of them through Amazon (Click here). If you still want it for $299 than you will have to wait 4-7 weeks (according to Amazon).

Meantime the A57 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sonystore ebay (Click here). But Sony Japan keeps saying that it has been delayed and release date is April 27th ?!?!?!

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