April 3, 2014
Posted in deals

Today’s new Sony US deals:

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Here are a couple of new Sony deals (or other photo deals that matter):

A couple of Sony RX refurbished cameras are for sale at Sony US Store (Click here).
Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 SD Memory Card (2-Pack) at eBay US (Click here).
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX30 at eBay US (Click here). This is the lowest price in USA yet.
Lexar Platinum II Class 10 16GB SDHC Memory Card (3 Pack) with Bonus Card Wallet at eBay US (Click here).

All current deals can be seen on that eBay page and on that Amazon page.

Something else:
Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Genuine Bluetooth For Android Cell Phone Watch W/ Strap discounted at eBay US (Click here).

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April 3, 2014
Posted in reviews

Already new A6000 test roundup (with video quality surprise)

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Sony Alpha A6000 sample movie: low light handheld pan 1600 ISO from Gordon Laing on Vimeo.

CameraLabs is testing the A6000 and writes and posted a couple of image samples and videos. About the video you see on top of this post he writes:

I was particularly impressed by the way the AF system smoothly adjusted between the guitars near the end of the clip. Meanwhile there’s little to no noise to speak of, just nice clean footage with lots of detail. I would however mention that very slight focus breathing when you pause for more than a couple of seconds on a subject.

EosHD just got the A6000 and got a positive suprirse when reviewing the video qulaity of the camera:

The Sony A6000 is the best Sony consumer camera yet for video. A Nikon D5300 in a mirrorless body, with far more features, the image quality is closer to the FS700 in 1080p than to a NEX 7 or A5000. The pristine sharp EVF, a magnified focus assist which can be activated whilst recording (rare!), peaking, zebra, 16:9 screen and of course the mirrorless form factor. This is arguably the best current ‘cheap’ camera for video, de-throning the GH2 and GH3. At just $650 it is an absolute bargain.

And here are some SAR readers tests:

Lachlan: “I posted up a video I shot with my new a6000 + SELP18105G lens. It’s just a simple room tour video but so far over the few days I’ve had the camera I’ve been super impressed by the autofocus system.http://youtu.be/6WARzXS20Bo

A7r vs A6000 comparison at Wimarys.

Robert:ich hab das heutige schöne Wetter genutzt, um den AF der neuen A6000 zu Test. Mit dem Sel50 bei offener Blende habe ich einige fantastische Downhill Bilder schießen können: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93080917@N03/sets/72157643165455194/

Michael:Wll, you shouldn’t miss out on this one. Now, I don’t know why this german guy used crazy low iso and not that high shutterspeeds, but at least it gives an impression on what all are waiting to see: how well does the a6000 in tracking fast moving objects. So, while test (a great deal of missed shots in my opinion) is – still – not conclusive, at least the guy is very happy – comparing with way more expensive stuff as Canon 5d mark 3 and the likes – and he’s very happy with the snappy 11 pics. shutterrate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl3C-xvFluA

Sony A6000 preorder list with US and Europe links:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
Silver A6000 at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore, Sony Canada, WexUK.
Silver A6000 with lens at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

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April 3, 2014
Posted in news

Sony leading the sensor tech: Presents new Curved sensor tech! Likely for the RX2 with 35mm f/1.8 lens?

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If you follow SAR closely you will remember I posted two great Sony patents: One about a Curved Sony sensor tech and one about a 35mm f/1.8 Full Frame lens designed for curved sensor. Now, usually it takes years before a patented idea will be materialized in a real product. But you know, Sony cannot afford to avoid to sit down and stay still. They have to make real inovative products in order to catch up with the big two Canon and Nikon.

And the good news is that this is no more a dream! Image sensor World reports a great news. Sony will officially present their curved sensor technology at the Technology Symposium! This is what Sony writes about the presentation they are going to make:

We realized an ultimately advanced imaging system that comprises a curved, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor (BIS) and integrated lens which doubles the sensitivity at the edge of the image circle and increases the sensitivity at the center of the image circle by a factor of 1.4 with one-fifth lower dark current than that of a planar BIS. Because the lens field curvature aberration was overcome in principle by the curved sensor itself, the curved BIS enables higher system sensitivity through design of a brighter lens with a smaller F number than is possible with a planar BIS. At the same time, we controlled the tensile stress of the BIS chip to produce a curved shape that widens the energy band-gap to obtain a lower dark current. The curved CIS can be applied to an ultimately advanced imaging system that is validated by the evolution of the animal eye in Nature.

Now combine that sensor tech with a small and fast 35mm f/1.8 lens and you will get a superb new RX2 camera! More compact, faster and of much higher image quality than the current RX1-RX1R. And we also can hope to see an interchangeable mount camera with such a sensor in near future too!

I cannot wait to get some rumors about the RX2. If it has that kind of curved sensor tech I am sure SAR readers will be exctided about this. Or not?

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April 2, 2014
Posted in deals, reviews

A6000 comparometer at Imaging Resource. A6000+Zeiss kit at BHphoto.

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If you want a high quality lens along your new A6000 you can get the camera+Zeiss kit at Bhphoto (Click here).

And if you want to see how good the A6000 performs check out the Imaging Resource comparometer! They just added the A6000. And the good news is that JPG files compared with the 24MP sensor from the NEX-7 look much better. Here is just one comparison image on courtesy of Imaging Resource:

Sony A6000 preorder list with US and Europe links:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
Silver A6000 at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore, Sony Canada, WexUK.
Silver A6000 with lens at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

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April 2, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR4) A77II comes with new 24 megapixel sensor!

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Image on top shows the silhoutte of the current Sony A77.

Well, let’s start with some serious rumor about the next Sony announcement! Multiple sources confirmed an announcement is scheduled for very early May. We are still not how many products Sony will announce. For sure there will be a new A77II A-mount camera. But I still hope there will be some major surprises too (FE lenses, RX cameras and so on…).

A77II:
14 months after the A58 announcement we will finally get a new A-mount camera! We already know the name of the A77 successor is “A77II“. And now one of our trusted sources said he “heard” the A77II will use a new 24 Megapixel sensor. The source didn’t confirm yet if it’s the same 24 MP sensor with the super fast Hybrid AF used by the newly announced A6000 sensor. The source also said the camera has NFC and WiFi and while he didn’t share any AF specs he said it should be extremely fast.

As usual I ask for help from sources to gather more info about the next Sony announcement. You can contact me anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very top-right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

Thank You all for the help!

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SR1=probably fake rumor
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SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

 

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