September 25, 2011
Posted in news

New NEX system chart (in japanese)

Our reader “fernando” sent us the following new copy of a new full accessories list for the NEX version cameras. There is a new NEX bag carrier for the cameras on the image and here are the full pictures:

September 24, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 full size samples and A77 and 16-50mm lens review.

There is a new set of nice full size image samples taken with the NEX-7 and the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens. You can see them here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/nex7/discuss/72157627615393769/ Thanks Andrew and NEX-7 group for sending me the link! The images you see have been processed with Capture ONE 6.3. I like them a lot! I really cannot wait to get my hands on that camera
Preorders are available here:
NEX-7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

A reviewer form a dutch website sent me this: “Just a short note to let you know we’ve published an extensive review (>5500 words) of the Sony a77 at FotoVideo.nu (an independant and editorial websites about photography and video).The review is in Dutch, but I think you can read it reasonably with the help of Google Translate. Beyond text, we’ve included a lot of images and graphs (also hi-res on Flickr). You are free to use image material and/or text quotes if you like. It’s at: http://nl.fotovideo.nu/reviews/2339/sony-alpha-a77-review (Click here to read the translation). In short we are very positive about the specs of the a77 and think its price-performance ratio is very good. The step to use an EVF over an OVF is couragous, though it’s up to the advanced photographer wether it’s a good alternative (in some cases it’s not, e.g. battery usage). The major disadvantage is that the a77 has lots of noise from ISO 3200 and up. We think it’s a pity that Sony didn’t choose to use the 16 megapixel-sensor of the NEX-5N (we also have a review in preparation for that one). Also, compared to the fullframe Canon 5D Mark II, the a77 lacks detail (despite of the additional megapixels).
We use Imatest for benchmarking and have used a near-final sample (from Sony) with firmware 1.02. Keep up the good work with your site. We’re reading it daily. :-)

Photoreview (Click here) tested the new 16-50mm f/2.8 kit lens: “On the A77 body, the review lens turned in an impressive performance in Photo Review’s Imatest tests, which showed consistently high resolution throughout the aperture and focal length range. Maximum resolution was recorded at f/4 with the 24mm focal length setting

And those are the links to preorder the new cameras and lenses:
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 24, 2011
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Sony US announces a NEX-5n fix service to remove the “Click” issue.

There is now an official press release from Sony support US:
Thank you for your support of Sony products.
We have received reports of a “clicking” sound which may be heard in the audio playback of movies recorded by the NEX-5N camera. This phenomenon occurs if the camera undergoes sudden motion while recording; motion generally inconsistent with smooth video recording. The video is unaffected by this sound.
In accordance with Sony’s policy of continuous product improvement, an adjustment has been developed to reduce the clicking sound resulting from sudden motion during movie recording.
Sony will offer this performance improvement to NEX-5N end users during the period of its limited warranty accompanying the product. Please call 888-868-7392 to arrange for this improvement.

I didn’t find any similar news in European or Asian countries. Drop us a comment if you find them! Thanks!

Sony NEX-5n order links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

September 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

DxOmark sensor test: A77 is as good as Nikon and Canon fullframe cameras!

DxOmark (Click here) just published an extremely interesting Sony A77 sensor test. The A77 sensor has a very large Dynamic range that easily suprasses the results of the Nikon D700 and Canon 5D markII fullframe cameras: “In conclusion, thanks to its capacity to innovate always further and to break the limits of sensor design, Sony is about to bring on the market a very good semi-professional camera body. The next question is the capacity of the lenses to address the challenge of these very small pixels. The DxOMark lens measurements should give us an answer very soon. Last but not least, as the same sensor will be used by the Sony A65 and the Sony NEX 7, we should see some nice reviews very soon. It will be especially interesting to see the NEX 7 results as it doesn’t feature a translucent mirror and should take full advantage of this amazing sensor.

The real surprise is that the Sony A580 sensor has a similar A77 score. because at High ISO it’s still noticeable better (Click here to see the comparison). I confess I am now very intrigued about how good the Sony NEX-5n can be. And of course as DxOmark said, I expect the Sony NEX-7 to be a tack better than the A77 because of the absence of the semitransparent mirror.

Now it’s up to you to preorder the right camera. I give you the links to all of them :)
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 23, 2011
Posted in news

(UPDATED) POLL: Vote your future Sony FF must have features!

I spend a coupe of hours to organize the pol based on your suggestions I collected here: http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/we-need-your-suggestions-for-the-next-sony-fullframe-cameras/.

UPDATE: I will keep the poll open until late Sunday.

Before you start to vote please read the introduction:
1) Please take time before to vote. Think!
2) There are 105 features/characteristics you can vote. But you can select a maximum of 20 options only! Please be aware of the cost of every feature. You have to willing to pay for what you ask!
3) The poll has no scientific value. It will only help to give us and Sony a general idea of what the people is looking for.
4) The percentage you see after each possible answers has to be understand like that. A percentage of 34% for example means that of all voters 34% voted that option.
5) If you want me to correct your voting contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com
6) The poll will run for a couple of days.
7) After closing the poll I will analyze the results and try to get feedback from Sony.

Please choose the main features/characteristcs you would like to see in future Sony FF cameras.

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