September 16, 2011
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Sony confirms the “click” issue on the NEX-5n

According to EngadgetSony reps on hand to acknowledge and confirm the issue, which seems to plague every NEX-5N that we’ve tried. This is still very fresh, so Sony doesn’t have a fix or even a statement to issue, but because 1080/60p video is one of this camera’s headline features, we’re going to recommend holding off on your purchase until the company can confirm what’s causing the issue.

I hope Sony will prepare some kind of fix for all current NEX-5n owners (that includes me that just got the camera). It really makes no sense to offer FullHD recording when you cannot record audio because of that dummy CLICK noise!

September 16, 2011
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First (chinese) A77 review + more image samples.

Sony SLT-A77 Demonstration movie – Jetskis from Nick Webster on Vimeo.

The taiwanese website Mobile01 posted the very first full A77 review. You can click here to read the google english translation. Keep in mind that google removes the embedded youtube video code so you have to click here to see the original chinese post to see videos and image samples. There are plenty of JPEG and RAW files to download. The chinese reviewer is impressed by the OLED viewfinder and said the image quality is very good up to ISO 1.600.

More A77 news:

ThePictureDesk posted new A77 and A65 image samples. There is a short A77 preview at Photocomment. And we have a new A77/7D/5N iso 1600 image comparison discussion at Dpreview.

And here are the links to all new cameras and lenses from Sony:
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 16, 2011
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Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 image samples and new NEX-7 previews.

Sony NEX-7 – Some Reasons Why I Might Want the NEX-7 INSTEAD of the Sony NEX-5N

There is a new set of NEX-7 + Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 image samples at Dpreview (Click here). Click twice on the image to see the full size version! Looks very good to me!!!

More NEX-7 news:
New NEX-7 preview at Digitalcamerareview (Click here): “The preliminary samples from the NEX-7 from our day of shooting look very good to my eye. The user experience is pleasant, intuitive and the lightness of the system will be a major bonus to travel photographers. It’s an extremely versatile system, with more and more lens options available, and it’s capable of producing great images in a variety of situations. It’s too early to make any great proclamations about the NEX-7 yet, but there’s a lot of potential to put it at the front of the class.”
Alphamountworld updated their NEX-7 preivew by adding new image samples.

Preorder the NEX-7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Some stores may are not accepting preorders now).
Preorder the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Some stores may are not accepting preorders now).

September 16, 2011
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First Sony NG-20 test (AVCHD 2.0 and HDMi output).

The Canon specialized website Cinema5D (Click here) had a chance to test the new Sony VG-20 camera. WHat’s so interesting on that test is that it is the very first video showing the difference between the AVCHD 2.0 and HDMi output video quality. But the result do not look that good: “Unfortunately what we got out of the hdmi port of the Sony VG-20 was only marginally better looking than the VG-20 internal AVCHD recording. If you can see what I see you might agree that the hdmi signal looks like it has undergone very much processing.

And their final conclusion is quite negative: “This is not a scientific test, just a quick grab of some footage to get a first idea of what we could expect from this camera. And to be honest, our shitty recordings are enough to make up my mind: This camera fails for me!

I have to be honest. I am not excited about that camera. I would have expected a lot more from a dedicated video camera. What’s your opinion when looking on that test?

Those are the Sony VG-20 search links to check price and availability: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

September 15, 2011
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New NEX-7 hands-on at Engadget (and loves it!)

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Engadget (Click here) posted a new Sony NEX-7 preview. And their conclusion based on the pre-production model is extremely positive: “As you might have gathered, we really love this camera — it’s the first of its size from any manufacturer that could replace a DSLR for almost any photographer, and, while expensive, offers a tremendous amount of bang for your buck. It’s at this point when evaluating a pre-production sample that we’d chalk issues up to the fact that this version is far from final — but honestly, if the NEX-7 were available for purchase right now, even in its current state, we wouldn’t hesitate to pick one up.

There is also an interesting info about the image quality: “besides filling your SD card quickly (because of the 24 Megapixels), photos look fantastic as well. Sony confirmed that the camera’s “sweet spot” is at f/5.6, so even though you can now shoot photos at up to f/1.8, you’ll want to bump down the aperture a bit if you want the absolute sharpest images.“.

Anyway in summary Engadget is amazed by the NEX-7! I preordered mine ar Sonystore and will give my NEX-5n to my girlfriend as soon as the NEX-7 arrives!

NEX-7 and lens preorder links:
NEX-7: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
50mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
55-210mm: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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