March 31, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-7 in Stock at Amazon. New FS-100 and Sigma 30mm reviews!

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The new Sigma 30mm on the NEX-7. Image courtesy Mike Kobal

While the Sony sensor powered Nikon D800 is undoubtedly the king of the DSLR sales (Click here), the NEX-7 is the most sold mirrorless camera every time it gets back in Stock at Amazon (Click here to grab it now). And even when it comes to the overall camera sales Sony is on the top list with the….HX9V! I guess Sony is doing a great business right now with their digital camera and sensor sales! Let’s hope this will push them to make more products!

Meantime Mike Kobal (Click here) reviewed the new Sigma 30mm lens on his NEX-7 camera. As you know during the last days we posted many reviews from Photozone where we saw that the NEX-7 requires high quality optics to get out the best from the 24 Megapixel sensor. The image samples shown by Mike are actually looking surprisingly good for a lens that costs $199 only at BH (Click here)! Mike writes: “I never expected this little lens to perform at such a high level-reason enough for this quick test.

A couple of days before the final NEX-FS700 announcement Luminus Landscape (Click here) posted the review of the current NEX-FS100 camera: “There’s little doubt in my mind that it is currently the best value in a Super 35mm video camcorder and very competitive with cameras costing 2–3 times as much in terms of image quality.

March 30, 2012
Posted in news

Sony TidBits (and first video made with the new A57)


One of the First video made with the new A57!

It’s weekend time and I have a list of smaller news I collected ruing the last days. Here they are:

Hands on Review of the Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom w/ Ballhead at SonyAlphaLab (Click here).
Sony 500mm lens at the bird show in London (Amateur Photographer).
Mac OSX now supports NEX-7 & NEX-VG20
Sony A77 review at Dday.it (Click here).
Sony interview at Megapxiel (Click here)
2012 Sony World Photography Awards at ePhotozine (Click here).
Sony A77 review at Camerastuffreview (Click here).
Sony 16-50 review again at Camerastuffreview (Click here).

 

Have a nice weekend! I will be here to watch out for new rumors :)

March 30, 2012
Posted in rumors

Sony NEX-7 versus Fuji X PRO 1 versus Pentax K-01.

The Sony NEX-7 is very likely the most sold mirrorless camera of the moment and the reference for reviewers when testing other cameras. DxOmark (CLick here) just published the full Pentax K-01 test which uses a Sony sensor. The camera gets very close to the NEX-7 in terms of sensor quality but is very distant when it comes to sex appeal :)

There will be much more discussion on the next review: A very simple High ISO comparison between the Fuji X PRO 1 and the Sony NEX-7 has been posted by Steve Huff (Click here). Hm, I think they are pretty close with the Fuji having the edge. But I guess in RAW the difference will be even more negligible. At least according to Amazon US ranking (Click here) the NEX-7 beats the Fuji X PRO 1 orders.

Anyway I can imagine a NEX-9 camera positioned above the NEX-7 with larger body like the X PRO 1. I shoot some test video with the NEX-7 is really damn too small sometimes.

P.S.: NEX-7 order search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

March 29, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) New NEX-FS700 camcorder to be announced soon (on April 2?)

Image on top: The current NEX-FS100

One of our trusted sources just told me that Sony will very likely introduce a new NEX-FS700 camcorder. And if Rick at DVXuser is right than the camera will be announced next Monday (April 2). Don’t know yet if the NEX-F3 and A37 will be announced the same day.

UPDATE: EosHD says the NX700 does 4K via 3G HD-SDI to an external recorder. It has 3 internal ND filters and 960fps slow motion. It will be released in June for $9000.

Stay tuned!

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!

March 29, 2012
Posted in rumors

Sony sells the 24 Megapixel sensor to Nikon (new D3200 coming)

Some of you wanted to see the Sony A77 sensor to be used in a classic DSLR camera. Sony isn’t doing it but it is selling the same sensor to Nikon. And according to Nikonrumors there will be a new D3200 DSLR camera in April using that Sony sensor.

Just my two cent speculation: It sounds like the Sony-Nikon sensor partnership works that way: In the APS-C league Sony has a six months exclusive use of the sensor and after that time shares it to Nikon. Full Frame sensors are sold with a 6-12 months exclusivity to Nikon and can than be used by Sony cameras. The Nikon D80 FF camera has been announced in February and we can expect a Sony SLT camera with the same sensor by September at earliest. Meantime Nikon is selling tons of D800 cameras at Amazon (Click here to read the high deman statement). Hope Sony is not missing the Full Frame train by allowing such an advantage to Nikon. The new A99 has to be close to perfection to beat this!

P.S.: As I already told you, Canon is eating his balls with the 5DmarkIII. The Nikon sales are much higher (Check Amazon rankings). By the way, Mike Kobal compared the new 5D versus NEX-7 video quality (via CanonWatch).

 

UPDATE: Some here still do not believe Nikon uses Sony sensors. Just loook at that D7000 chip: http://www.chipworks.com/media/wpmu/uploads/blogs.dir/4/files/2011/01/IMX071_diemrk.jpg. Can you read it? ;)

 

 

 

 

 

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