September 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

Nikon 1 versus NEX posts…(and the NYT loves NEX!!!)


As you know Nikon announced their first mirrorless system and after reading some reviews it really sounds like the image quality is visibly behind the one offered by the Sony NEX system. The image on top is from DxOmark (Click here). They tested the Nikon sensor and as you can see it doesn’t come close to the one offered by the Sony NEX-C3. And I bet the score difference will be even higher once DxO will test the Sony NEX-5n. Click the links to see the comparisons: Nikon J1 vs Sony NEX-C3 vs Panasonic G3

Cameralabs (Click here) tested the new Nikon V1 and compared it with the NEX-7: “Most obviously the NEX-7 has a much larger and higher resolution sensor. The surface area is over three times greater, and it sports almost two and a half times as many pixels: 24.3 vs 10.1 Megapixels. Thanks to the larger surface area, the NEX-7 photosites are also about 50% larger in area, so it should enjoy a sensitivity advantage too.

J1 versus NEX-5n comparison at Digitalcamerainfo (Click here): “The Sony’s large sensor advantage really rears its head in noise and dynamic range testing, however, as theNEX-5 is able to keep noise down to minimal levels while the J1 offers performance that is typical—if a bit behind—other mirrorless cameras we have tested to this point“.

And now let’s see what Canon will do to compete against the Sony NEX system…

Oh one more thing: Our reader Stefan sent us the link to an article on the New York Times (Click here) written by David Pogue. Actually it sounds like a Love-Letter to Sony: “I’m on record as being in love with Sony’s NEX series. These are extremely tiny interchangeable-lens cameras that, unlike the Nikon and Pentax, have huge, S.L.R.-sized sensors inside. (I’m going crazy waiting for November’s NEX-7, which adds the two things the NEX family was missing: a flash and an eyepiece viewfinder.)“.

Message to Sony: Your cameras are amazing, can you now please speed up the new NEX lens release?

Links to all new NEX cameras, lenses and the viewfinder:
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.

September 29, 2011
Posted in news

Sony Taiwan says new A77 A65 firmware coming mid-October!

Finally Sony Taiwan (Click here) announced that a new A77 and A65 firmware will come in mid-October! The firmware will bring the following improvements:

1.support of HVL-MT24AM twin flash controls.
2.improve of response time.
- switching LCD and EVF response time.
- front and rear dial response time
- Fn feature control
3.Others improvement.

That’s good news although I hoped for an earlier release!


A77 preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A65 preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Thanks Donny

September 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

More good news about the firmware and the A77 RAW image quality with Lightroom!

There are now plenty of A77 owners that are testing the new Lightroom 6.5 software to convert the A77 RAW images. The new update brings support for the Sony A77, Sony A65 and Sony NEX-5n.
You can see many RAW conversion samples of A77 images on dpreview forum here, here and here.

Our reader DK wrote: “For the uninitiated, I’ve grabbed some RAWs from DPR and run them through ACR 6.5, and here are the results:
ISO6400: http://accessdesires.com/test-shots/test-6400.jpg
ISO3200: http://accessdesires.com/test-shots/test-3200.jpg
In ISO6400 comparison, I have the A77 and its immediate competitors, the D7000, D300s, 7D and K-5. The A77 shot does have more noise but just slightly. It’d be a far stretch to tell the difference between them if they’re all printed in the same size. Hardly disastrous result as the uneducated tend to think. Do take note that the age old 12MP sensor in the D300s holds off very well against newer counterparts. And guess what, it’s the ACR that takes credit.
In ISO3200 comparison, I pit the A77 against the D7000 and the 7D. Again, the A77 shows more noise, but hardly lacks any detail. Age old 14MP CCD from the A390 is thrown in for some good fun. This is considered by many as “unusable” above ISO800, and see how well it holds against modern CMOSes. Again, ACR takes credit.
If you’ve been processing enough photos, you’d have noticed that there was a huge jump in noise handling performance from ACR5 to ACR6. RAWs considered unusable in the past can easily have new lives by running through the new ACR6. And you’ve processed enough photos from different cameras, you’d have known that they all share the same noise characteristic at high ISO. The noise, the detail one sensor can have depends more on how you process and which converter you use, than the sensor itself.

A77 Firmware 1.03
The source over at mobile01 said that they are already testing firmware 1.03 for the A77. Let’s hope they are right and tomorrow Sony will release the new firmware!
P.S.: The source of the firmware news also made some videos and images of the F1 grand prix in Singapore: Mobile01 (Click on green links to open the images).

Other new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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.

September 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony NEX-7 hands-on video by Chris Niccolls!


Chris Niccolls from TheCameraStoreTV made the video on top were you can watch a Sony NEX-7 Hands-On Field Test. Jordan likes the camera a lot and I also think that this is going to become my next camera. The Sony NEX-5n I do currently own will become a Christmas present for my brother :)

Also ThePhoBlographer (Click here) had a hands-on with the NEX-7: “Indeed, this camera is going to win awards. And I’m eagerly awaiting mine to come in for review. I couldn’t put a card in because it was a pre-production model, but the images with the 24mm lens were sharp and the bokeh was decent but nothing to get too excited about.

As you know the NEX-7 will be in Store at around mid November but you really have to preorder it now to be sure to get it before Christmas. This is going to be a hotseller! Preorder at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Click on store name). If you have still money left than preorder the Zeiss too at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay. If you are on budget but still looking for a fats lens than the Soy 50mm f/1.8 is the lens for you: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: And if you want to check where you can find the camera in other countries and Sony Stores check that list:

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

September 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

Good news! New A77 firmware coming soon (From Asia: coming tomorrow???)

C. Garrarad had a small talk with Sony and wrote on Alphamountworld: “it is confirmed that they are working on a new firmware update for the new cameras announced with the 24mp sensor. We didn’t get into specifics but there will DEFINITELY be a new firmware version for them to address issues.“.

And if we are really “lucky” than the new firmware (version 1.03) should be out…TOMORROW! This according to a source of mobile01.

The new firmware will hopefully fix all issues we talked about in these days. As you know the problems was that the 1.02 firmware wasn’t updated for the new BIONZ processor which is used for the production camera. The pre production camera had a slightly different processor.

UPDATE: Camera RAW and Lightroom 6.5 now support the A77!!! More at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/

If the “rumors” are true than you can avoid to cancel your preorders or if you already have done it than click those links to check for preorder options: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Other new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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.

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