October 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony NEX-7 ISO tests (some video color banding too?).

I bet many of you already preordered the NEX-7 (like I did) and you are certainly not happy to hear that you will have to wait a couple of months more before to get your hands on the camera. But there are many lucky reviewers out there having the NEX-7 for testing. You might ask them if they sell you the testing model? :)

Justin Nystrom posted that vimeo video you see on top (Click here to visit his site). And he says: “Not great art, but more of an equipment test. At a very cool event sponsored by Mike’s camera in Denver on October 15, I had about a half an hour to test out a prototype model Sony NEX-7. My impression is that this is an interesting little camera. All of this was shot in 24p mode because the event only had class 6 cards for sale. As you can see, the autofocus is a little slow. I used the Zeiss 24/1.8 lens on this, no color correction, and this is exported out of FCP7. Sorry now that I didn’t wait to test the A77, but I cannot stand zoos. The color banding that appears in this showed up in one other clip as I panned across the sandy-brown cement and rocks. Ideas?

First we have the guys from Focus Numerique (Click here) that just posted a new NEX-7 noise test (JPG not RAW!). As you can see the Sony NEX-5n is much better at High ISO. At low ISO the NEX-7 does a pretty good job. And anyway, the reviewer said that “the sensor of the NEX-7 does wonders at 6400 ISO sensitivity” suggesting that for a camera with that resolution the NEX-7 actually does a decent job at high ISO!

There is a second short ISO test posted by the Chinese website Zol (Click here).

New NEX-7 image samples have been posted by DCresource and Steve Huff (Full review from Steve is coming soon).

Fashion photographer Nathan Lee Bush (found via Noisycamera) tested the NEX-7: “the NEX-7 is a revolutionary leap forward in the race to put compact interchangeable lens cameras in the hands of serious photographers. It is the first uncompromised alternative to enthusiast and semi-pro DSLRs whose price point it shares, and could conceivably be a first camera for serious enthusiasts and pros, rather than a second, carry-everywhere addition to their existing system“.

Editor’s note: Sony may will take the chance and use the 1-2 months production delay to fix some early “issues” of the NEX-7. So….please improve the JPEG engine and no banding issue on my NEX-7…ok? Thanks! :)

And here are the preorder links. As I told you yesterday, there are plenty of NEX-5n in Stock and the amazing Zeiss 24mm and Sony 50mm lenses will be soon in Stock!
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

October 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Sony NEX-5n Field Review at Luminous Landscape (NEX-7 will be produced elsewhere?)


So here we are with the only new Sony camera that is in Stock in every part of the world :) Out friends over at Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted a new NEX-5n review: “My bottom line observation is that until the NEX-7 ships, the NEX-5n has taken the prime spot in my gear bag. Big camera quality and features in something that fits in a coat pocket and that can take literally a thousand or more different lenses. What’s not to like?

And you know it will take a lot of time before the NEX-7 will be in Stock. Sony is currently transferring the production from the submerged area in Thailand to another factory that usually produces other audio stuff. Here is the official press release from Sony: “Operations of our factory in Thailand have been temporarily suspended due to flooding, supply chain and transportation difficulties.  The flooding at the STT-A [Sony Technology Thailand – Ayutthaya ] factory, which manufactures Alpha / NEX camera bodies and interchangeable lenses, began on October 14th, and some equipment has been partially damaged.  We’re currently investigating the impact to overall supply chain and future product launch timing“.

So here are the links to the NEX-5n: . As usual click on the shop names to check the availability and price of the camera. The viewfinder is also in Stock: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

October 20, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony A900 will be in Stock until December. Death of the OVF technology.

A source just told me that the Sony A850 will be in Stock until December. There will be no price drop on the camera because Sony is confident that the few camera that are still in hands of the dealers will sell out within the year. As you know this will be the last Sony camera with classic optical viewfinder. The next FF camera will be SLT (translucent) and be announced early Spring. It will very likely have a new generation 24 Megapixel sensor.

If you want that camera search at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay. Soon you will not be able to find it in Stock anymore!

 

October 20, 2011
Posted in news

Official press release: Sony will delay the NEX-7 and A65 release!


Image Source: Nationalmultimedia

Sony Japan (Click here) latest press release confirms that the flood in Thailand caused the full camera production stop. The NEX-7, the A65 and the new NEX-C3 and NEX-5n double kit packages will no more released on November 11. Sony could not say at this time when the mentioned cameras will be start shipping. The good news here is that that Sony has already plenty of Sony A77 and Sony NEX-5n stocks. And the lens production is also not affected by the flood.

Here are the links of the new products that will be on sale without any delay:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Via Sony Japan

October 19, 2011
Posted in news

NEX-7 removed from Amazon due “manufactoring concerns”!

After the Tsunami in Japan now we even had the immense flood in Thailand. It is still difficult to get some info about the effects on the Sony camera production but the bad news today is a unique message from Amazon US (Click here to read it on their website). They removed the NEX-7 preorder option and said that: “Due to manufacturing concerns, availability of select Sony products are currently constrained. Some products may be temporarily unavailable from Amazon.com. We’re working hard to offer our customers the product selection they expect, but in the event we don’t have the camera you’re looking for in stock, feel free to check out products from Panasonic, Olympus and Nikon. These sleek new cameras with lens versatility are available today from Amazon.com. See all products“.

As you see not only due they remove the preorder option, they also invite you to buy Micro Four Thirds or Nikon cameras instead! I have a much better suggestion. Get the amazing NEX-5n instead! Click these search links to check the price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay. As you see it is in Stock everywhere! No need to get the Nikon instead ;)

Anyway, I hope to get some reliable news about the NEX-7 shipment delay. But honestly, I fear the worst…which means no NEX-7 for Christmas!

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