April 2, 2012
Posted in news

Why I think the Nikon D800 uses a Sony sensor…


Sony 36 megapixel sensor got a lot of praise from reviewers and the Nikon D800 is the most sold digital camera for over three weeks now (Click here)!

I am surprised how many (Nikon?) readers sent me (not so nice) messages to say that the Nikon D800 doesn’t use a Sony 36 Megapixel sensor. As you know Nikon itself always claims that they are using their own sensor technology and this lead someone to believe I am talking bullxxxx :) While I certainly think Nikon is putting some of his own tech knowledge on the sensor development I am pretty convinced the basic sensor technology has been developed and fabricated by Sony. Here I am writing a post to tell you why I “think” it is so:

First story: It is proven that Nikon is using Sony sensors in some cameras. The D7000 sensor for example has a big “Sony” stamp. The guys from Chipworks dismantled the Nikon camera and here is the picture: http://www.chipworks.com/media/wpmu/uploads/blogs.dir/4/files/2011/01/IMX071_diemrk.jpg.

Second story: It’s actually pretty ease to see that Nikon and Sony are almost always sharing the same resolution on APS-C and FF cameras:
24 Megapixel Full Frame sensor on the Nikon D3X and Sony A900
16 Megapixel APS-C sensor on Nikon D7000 and Sony A55
14 Megapixel APS-C sensor on Nikon D3100 and Sony A560
12 Megapixel APS-C sensor on Nikon D300 and Sony A500
10 Megapixel APS-C sensor on Nikon D3000 and Sony A330

Third story: So why do I “believe” the Nikon D800 uses a Sony sensor? The same trusted sources that shared to me the correct A77 sensor info also sent me the 36 Megapixel Full Frame info back in June 2011 (Click here to read the original post). They also told me the sensor would be used first in a Nikon camera. So was is just luck that Nikon came out with the D800 having a 36 Megapixel Full frame sensor? :)

In summary: Of course this is a rumors site and you absolutely have to take the news I write for what they are…just rumors. Sometimes I can be wrong, no question! But it’s common use to share technologies between companies even if it looks like they are strong enemies (see Samsung Apple patent battle story). I strongly “believe” Sony is behind that 36 Megapixel sensor and that’s why I will post some D800 test hee on SAR. I “suspect” Sony will come out with a Full Frame camera with exactly the same sensor and with at least a 99% similar RAW performance. Now let’s hope Sony will not wait too long before to release the new FF cameras!

April 2, 2012
Posted in deals

New 25 pages NEX-7 review! NEX-7 body and kit in Stock and sold by Amazon.

Both the NEX-7 body and NEX-7 kit are now in Stock and sold by Amazon itself (Click here). And if you are willing to pay a $100 bucks extra than you can find the 50mm for NEX too (Click here).

New NEX-7 review:
Not that we really need to see any more review anymore as we already know the NEX-7 (many) strengths and (few) flaws. But Digitalcamerainfo (Click here) posted such a detailed test with over 25 pages(!) we absolutely have to reward them with a big link to their website :)

April 1, 2012
Posted in news

Sony NEX-FS700 announced!

And the next NEX camera has been finally announced. It is the FS700 camcorder! The full press release can be found here at Sony Europe. Specs and images:
4K Super35mm CMOS sensor
3G SDI Out
Internal ND filters (clear, 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64),
Super Slow motion (120-240 fps Full HD or 480 up to 960 fps with reduced resolution),
108024p and 1080/50p AVCHD 2.0
MemoryStick or SDXC Cards or on external HXR-FMU128 recorder

Price is yet unknown. The camera will be available in June!

Click on the pictures to enlarge the size:

April 1, 2012
Posted in news

Kenko extensions tube for E-Mount (with electronic control)


Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

Kenko announced two new 10mm and 16mm extension tube that fit in between the lens and the camera mount. It will transform any E-Mount lens in a macro lens! You can also use both extensions at the same time. The probably bigger news here is that it has electronic contacts to allow autofocusing and aperture control. The tubes will be available some time within April and cost around 216 Euro each.

I don’t know where you can buy Kenko stuff in local stores. I found some of their lenses and adapters on eBay (Click here).

Via Photoscala

April 1, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A101 prototype with 100 Megapixels on organic sensor

A couple of months ago Sony officially stated via Impress Japan that they are working on a 100 Meapixel sensor (Click here to download the pdf interview). According to our top sources Sony will display a 100 Megapixel camera prototype with organic sensor and modified RGB matrix at the Photokina show in September. Here are the details of the camera named A101:

– SLT technology (pellix mirror can be flipped up!)
– 100 Megapixel sensor with random RGB matrix and no Anti Aliasing Filter. Similar to the current Fuji X PRO 1 sensor matrix.
– Full Frame sensor size with in body Stabilization
– ISO 50 up to 3.200 (with extension to 12.800)
– 3fps. 5fps with vertical grip attached

The camera aims to compete in the same price league of the Nikon D800 (the current most sold DSLR) and the Canon 5DmarkII.  As I said, the camera will be shown as prototype and I guess it will be available a couple of months later (early 2013?).

Today…is really a ig day!!! :)

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