Photozone is a well known lens review website but from time to time he tests camera too. Today they published their 9 page long Sony A33 review (Click here). The camera gets recommended by the reviewers: “The 14.2 megapixel sensor delivers a remarkable image quality at lower ISO sensitivities and the articulating display leaves nothing to be desired – the same applies of course to the good electronic viewfinder. Apart from the more conventional feature set the Sony SLT-A33 offers lot’s of more or less useful options from smile detection over panorama to a HDR functionality. Despite its very small size the camera handling is excellent. Subjectively we didn’t really like the camera’s finish due to the amount of plastics but objectively it did the job during the tests and that’s where it counts after all.”
When using Canon to NEX adapter the EOS lens is set at minimum aperture and there is no way to control the aperture…oh no wait, Conurus just found a new way
As you can see from the video above it really works but unfortunately that is not a real solution for now. But I guess they will soon be able to make an adapter that allows the electronic control of EOS lenses. That would be a much better solution compared to the EOS to NEX adapter with built-in aperture control made by Kipon (Click here to read that article on SAR)!
The Sony NXcam
According to Engadget Kaz Hirai will very likely become the new CEO of Sony when Howard Stringer will step down in 2013.
Sony NEX DSLR via Leica Visoflex (Sonyalphanex).
Sony CLM-V55 tested at DC.watch (Google english translation).
A700 vs A55 vs A77 size comparison (Dpreview forum)
Transparent Sony A77 Hands-On (Photographyblog).
A SAR reader sent me this with a final question you might can answer:
“The Genoa Municipality Digital city project uses for its multimedia contents Sony gears only (see THE GENOA MUNICIPALITY CHANNEL on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/Genoamunicipality and the webmagazine about the city VIVERE GENOVA, http://www.viveregenova.comune.genova.it). We have two NEX 5 to be used both as photocameras and as videocameras for full HD videos by our young publiscers who learn to become really multimedia journalist, we have two NEX VG10 to be used for more complex videos by our videomakers as the SONY X1R reserved for high quality video productions. The idea of using NEX products allow us to have interchargable lens and accessories as well as to use light but powerfull video instruments with cinematografic capabilities.
Question: We are looking for a solution to allow us to use professional microphones with the NEX 5. is someone able to help us in finding a soloution that “works”? The standard built in microphone represents a limit in the professional use of the NEX as videocamera“
Pictured: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V which is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). You will get a $30 Amazon.com Gift Card.
According to gdgt‘s sources SOny is working on a new CyberShot digital camera with integrated 3G. Sony will also allow a free limited data bandwidth with the purchase of the camera. You will be able to upload a “a couple of dozen photos per month”. Beyond that limit you have to pay an extra fee. You will not be able to make any call…it’s not a Sony Ericsson!
I guess this is a must-have future for most compact cameras. But what about Alpha and NEX cameras?
Links: Current Cybershot cameras on Amazon (Click here).
The taiwanese company Ownuser (Click here) made a new battery grip for the A33/A55 and the Sony NEX-5 cameras. The grip does offer:
External Shutter release input
External AC power input
Camera shutter release output
use of two Lithium batteries and AA Battery (6A/8A)
IR output (!)
It sound slike a very powerful tool! The IR control looks like an amazing feature! I couldn’t find any price indication. Those are the links you should check:
The battery grip for the A33/A55: http://www.ownuser.com.tw/mig_sa55.html
The battery grip for the Sony NEX: http://www.ownuser.com.tw/mig_snx5.html
You can find battery grips from Ownuser on eBay (Click here). They already are offering battery grips for other Sony cameras.