December 2, 2016
Posted in rumors

(SR1) UPDATED: The impossible rumors roundup…(RX5, Tilt-shift).



Source 1:

Sony will release an APS-C sized fixed lens camera in 2017 called RX5. It’s like a crossbreed of the A6500 and the RX1R II. A6500 sensor, touchscreen and connectivity, RX1R II EVF, body and shutter. It contains a 23mm f/1.8 lens and there is stabilization (don’t know if it’s in the body or lens, but it is not only digital). It will be released around CP+ 2017 and cost is in the $1000 ballpark. Nothing ground-breaking, just RX1’s little brother.

SAR note: I am not sure an APS-C RX camera makes sense at all.

Source 2:

There is a tilt shift lens coming soon from Sony.

SAR note: I think Sony first has to fill other “holes” in the FE lens system before they release such a very small niche lens.

Important UPDATE: I removed the rumor from source 3 (about the A9 camera) as it tunred out to be from a more reliable source! I will repost this soon on SAR with proper rating and more detailed info! Thanks to the source for sending me a new message to correct my post :)

Notes on those kind of (im-)possible rumors:

  • Fake rumors sent by so claimed sources that are known to create fake rumors are NOT included. What you see here are messages I got from unknown sources where I have no track of any “rumor history”
  • It’s by readers request that I create this sum up of low ranked rumors. But please remind all that these are not rumors from trusted sources and don’t count me accountable on those kind of very low ranked rumors :)
  • The last year a couple of those rumors were right (RX1rII and A6300 specs). So miracles sometimes can happen :)
December 2, 2016
Posted in reviews

New A6500 tests and first unboxing videos (Cinema5D, Newsshooter, Jason Lanier, ThatCameraGuy)


Two big video-centric websites have an exact opposite view on the new Sony A6500. Let’s start with the one that didn’t like the camera:

Cinema5D short conclusion is:

there is not enough innovation in the new model to make one move up from their current a6300 model to the new a6500.

While Newsshooter writes:

The a6500’s touch autofocus system is a killer feature. No other small 4K camera comes close for natural looking AF at the moment. Having used it I see no going back, so I bought one.

And here is Newshooter Sony a6500 4K touch autofocus skate park test – graded with Filmconvert:

Jason Lanier is testing the A6500 heat control so far the news is good:

My Sony A6500 will NOT Overheat…ACTUAL REAL World shooting conditions test in the sun

Sony a6500 Unboxing and First Impressions

Did an unboxing and 1st impression of the a6500.

A6500 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera. In EU at, Fotomundus, WexUK. PCHstore.

December 2, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Samyang 50mm AF review

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,,
Sony A6000 Review & Why It’s Still A Good Buy (Albert Dros).
The Most Influential Images of All Time (
Lenses for the Hybrid Shooter (Explora).
Sony and SKY Perfect JSAT Jointly Demonstrated Live Simultaneous 4K-HDR and HD-SDR Broadcast (Sony Blog).
Lost Vegas Nevada – Photographic Wanderings with ZEISS Batis (Lenspire).
Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (Dpreview).
2016 MacBook Pro Performance on My Most Performed Photoshop Job (Diglloyd).

To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page.

December 1, 2016
Posted in deals

A6500 in Stock at Amazon. Adobe CC rebates at BH.



The A6500 is in Stock via thir party sellers at Amazon US (Click here).

And the deal of the day is that $31 discount on the Adobe CC plan sold by BHphoto.


Sony special deal pages at Adorama and BHphoto.

Sony cameras:
$200 off on the Sony A7II at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$350 off on the Sony 6000 kit at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony A5100 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony A5000 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100III at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100II at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

December 1, 2016
Posted in reviews

DxOmark tests the new A99II: “You get an awful lot of camera for your money”



DxOmark tested the A99II sensor performance. While it scores a very high result it cannot match the Sony A7rII performance. With the SLT mirror you gain speed and autofocus performance but the trade-off is the small loss in light gathering. The verdict from DxO:

Although better color depth and dynamic range image quality at base ISO is available on the Sony A7R II, photographers after a larger DSLR style body might prefer the A99 II’s design and handling over the mirrorless A7R II, and its overall image quality isn’t far behind. What’s more, the A99 II’s fast 12fps burst shooting with autofocus tracking puts it on par with high-end professional sports cameras, and its BSI sensor technology ensures good low-light performance despite its massive 42Mp resolution. The SLT fixed translucent mirror and resulting EVF might be a drawback for some photographers used to an optical viewfinder, but this brings other advantages for some subjects and in some situations.

You get an awful lot of camera for your money, making the Sony SLT A99 II a serious contender for high-resolution shooting.

Sony A99II preorders at BHphoto, Adorama. AmazonPhotoPorst, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK and WexUK.



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