September 24, 2014
Posted in reviews

First full ILCE-QX1 review at Photographyblog and says it’s and “expensive gimmick”.


Image made by Usperedi.

Photographyblog just posted the full ILCE-QX1 review and the camera score is just “above average”:

While it is great that you can interchangeable lenses with your smartphone, the Sony ILCE-QX1 is fairly unwieldy to use when attached to a phone itself, and having to attach it and set it all up is a bit of a faff that sometimes ultimately leads you to not to bother.
Where it is more fun, and you can see it being more widely used, is when used remotely – whether that’s for selfies or when attached to a smartphone. Here you can experiment a bit more widely with the Sony ILCE-QX1 and really get the best from it – that said, it’s quite an expensive gimmick for doing such a thing with.

Yep, it’s a strange product but Sony itself said they are selling more of those things than expected. I would never buy one but maybe one day the QX line will become more mature and make more sense to me…maybe :)

Preorders of the new QX cameras (Click on store name to open the exact product page in a new tab):
E-mount QX1 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
E-mount QX1 in Europe at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony ES, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony NO, Sony BE, Sony PT, Sony SE, Sony FI.
E-mount QX1 in Asia at Digitalrev.
QX30 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
QX30 in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).

September 24, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR2) New Sony 12 Megapixel Fulll Frame global shutter sensor specs.


The Chinese site Cnbeta claims to have got that image of a new Sony sensor. It’s a 12 megapixel Full Frame sensor with Global shutter.

While I am absolutely not sure if that’s a true image I am sure Sony will make such kind of FF sensors within the next 1-2 years. Sensors with Global Shutter take a snapshot representing a single instant in time and therefore do not suffer from the motion artifacts caused by rolling shutters.

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September 23, 2014
Posted in reviews

Sony A5100 gets DxOmarked.


A5100 unboxing video by John Sison.

Well, we are talking about a new not so exciting but very “solid” new E-mount camera. It doesn’t WOW you but it does well pretty much everything you will ever need! It’s basically a “cheaper” A6000 version as DxOmark (Click here) writes:

In fact it appears to use the same (A6000 sensor) unit with practically identical imaging performance (and identical AF functionality). Naturally some attractive features of the A6000 are missing, notably the EVF, higher continuous frame rate of up to 11fps and wireless flash control, but if those features aren’t high on your wants list then theA5100 looks like a tempting option.

The camera scores 80 points which is only 2 points behind the A6000 and easily out scores the direct competition like for example the E-M10 and GM1:

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Not bad for such a tiny entry-level cam!

A5100 preorder link list:
A5100 black body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony NL, Sony IT,
A5100 black with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
A5100 white with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony RM-SPR1 Remote Commander with Multi Terminal, 2.6′ Cord at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Brown at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Black at Adorama.


September 23, 2014
Posted in deals

Zeiss Touit macro lens finally in Stock in US. First Loxia in Stock next week.


For unknown reason the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro lens is quite hard to find in USA. But now two of them are in Stock at KenmoreCamera on eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. A good news is that the 50mm Loxia lens will already ship next week according to BHphoto (Click here).

New deal: Save some bucks on the Sony SD double pack at Adorama (Click here).

September 23, 2014
Posted in news

You may have missed that: Voigtlander announces a strange Full Frame pancake lens for E-mount!


Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

One of the strangest new products of the Photokina show is the new Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens. The strange part is that one: It’s an M-mount lens that you can not(!) use on M-mount cameras (no helicoid to focus). It has been designed to use in combination with the VM-E Close Focus Adapter (here on eBay) only. And it has been designed and optimized for the Full Frame E-mount(!). The lens is very compact and weights 112grams only. It’s a collapsible lens.

Here is the full press text:
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