June 12, 2013
Posted in news

New Cyberhsot Mobile versus newly announced Samsung S4 zoom.

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Sony will soon announce their first smartphone with high quality and large sensor. And it will have to compete against the just announced Samsung S4 zoom. That hybrid camera and phone features a 1:2.3 inch sensor (same size as most compact cameras) and a 10x zoom. That marks the end of the compact camera business. The Samsung S4 zoom and the new Sony Cybershot Mobile will still be very expensive. But the price will go down in future with every new release. In 2-3 years form now almost nobody will buy a “pure” compact camera anymore.

More news at Engadget.

June 12, 2013
Posted in news

Zeiss now lists the new Sony 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens. And some new image samples!

SAR reader Laszlo (Thanks!) noticed that the new 50F14Z is now shown on the carl zeiss website. As you may remember Sony Japan (Source DC.watch) delayed the launch of the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 A-mount lens because of the “exceptional high demand of preorders“. The lens is set to ship in early July according to Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

UPDATE: Some brand new image samples can be seen at Klubkm.pl.

The Zeiss preorders can be taken at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK, Amazon DE and Technikdirekt DE.

Reminder: The brand new Zeiss Touit for NEX are in Stock and shipping at BHphoto (Click here). You can get both! The 12mm lens (Click here) and the 32mm lens (Click here).

June 12, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) new Sony camera announcement the 27th of June? RX100MKII and Mobile Cybershot coming?

 

I just got a hint by an anonymous source. The new RX100 MKII should be announced the 27th of June! I have no info yet about other camera or lens release. The new RX Full Frame is likely going to be announced in August.

In these days I also got frequent info from a new source sharing me some info about an “astonishing” Mobile Cybershot camera that will be announced soon. It may be the Honami camera that we talked about for days a couple of weeks ago. It may be that both, the RX100MKII and the Mobile Cybershot will be announced the same day on June 27. This will also be interesting for A and E camera owners because the new Cybershot Smartphone will also use a new JPG engine.

Message to all sources: I got an impressive amount of NEX, A-mount and RX rumors. Please excuse me if It takes time to post them on SAR. I always try to double check info because I got wrong rumors in the past. And I try to be as reliable as possible :) A particular thanks goes to the one source named “untrusted source” (LOL). Wanted to ask him…are you sure about the NEX-FF info? I dind’t get an info from my trusted sources about that!

RX100 links roundup:
RX100 price search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Cases: Official Sony LCJ-RXA case, Gariz case, more leather case.
Batteries: NP-BX1 Battery.
Special stuff: Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV. Magfilter at Amazon (Click here). RX100 filter adapter on eBay (Click here)

Message to sources: You can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

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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!

 

June 11, 2013
Posted in deals

Zeiss Touit lenses in Stock at BHphoto!

The brand new Zeiss Touit for NEX are in Stock and shipping at BHphoto (Click here). You can get both! The 12mm lens (Click here) and the 32mm lens (Click here).

More Sony deals:
$9.95 ($16 off) on the Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card at BHphoto (Click here)
You can Save up to $100 on Select Sony Lenses at Amazon (Click here).
BHphoto is offering free Bag, Filter and SD card ($57.15 Total Value) on all NEX-6 (Click here) and NEX-7 (Click here) purchases.
$100 off on the Sigma 18-250mm lens at BuyDig (Click here).
Hasselblad Lunar in Stock at Amazon US (Click here to see pricing and kit variations).

And here are the A77 savings:
SLTA77 Body $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here)Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 18mm-135mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 16mm-50mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

June 11, 2013
Posted in rumors

Leica APS-C with slow zoom official. Same price as RX1.

First the Lunar and then this, the X- Vario Leica with APS-C sensor and very slow zoom. Exactly 20 hours ago I told you that Hasselblad would now sell one single camera they have for sale at Amazon US (Click here). And indeed all 8 cameras are still there. And today Leica priced their super unexciting camera at $2850 (here at BHphoto) which is exactly the same price range of the Sony RX1. I think both companies do seriously risk to devalue their brand value if they keep doing cameras like these.

And if the rumors I am working on are correct by end of 2014 Leica will have lost their uniqueness in the Full Frame Mirrorless market. Sony and Fuji will make equal (if not better) cameras for half of the price. Yep, watch out for Sony’s new FF mirrorless and RX cameras. There will be no reason to buy a $7000 Leica anymore!

Dear Leica fans…Stay tuned on SAR…were you will see some REAL innovation soon :)

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