February 17, 2011
Posted in rumors

Hey, did Sony just confess they will use Exmor technology on future Alphas? :)

As you know the newest NEX-3/5 and A33/55 cameras do make use of the “Exmor” sensor. And a few weeks ago we told you the new A77 will feature the new “Exmor R” CMOS sensor with backlit technology. Funny, with the recent Sony Ericsson Xperia announcements Sony published the teaser I posted on top of the article that indirectly confirmed that future Alpha cameras could/will use the new Exmor backlit technology! We can’t provide you the source because it has been sent to me anonymousely. Please drop me a message at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com if you find it at Sony Ericssons website!

List of all Sony compact cameras with Exmor R sensors at Amazon (Click here).
New Sony Xperia products at Amazon (Click here).
Read more about the Exmor R technology at Sony.net (Click here).

February 17, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) April NEX rumor confirmed!

Short update: New and old trusted sources confirmed the new NEX-C3 will be announced in April. It will feature the same Sony NEX-5 sensor but have an “imporved” body. Sounds like the NEX-3 will be definitely replaced.  A NEX-5 successor should be announced a few months later.

I ask my sources to send me rumors about the upcoming lenses that could be announced in April (Thanks!). I guess this is what most of us NEX owners are waiting for…new lenses!

There are a few price drops on the NEX-3 (probably because of the upcoming C3): Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

February 16, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Kodak to sell the CMOS sensor business. Leica-Sony partnership rumors (again!).

It’s not a secret anymore that Kodak will deifnitely close their CMOS sensor business. The news reinforces the rumor about the possible Leica and Sony sensor partnership. According to MirrorlessRumros.com Leica is working on a fullframe mirrorless system and they need CMOS sensors (not CCD!) for optimal liveview performance. So will Leica use Sony sensors?
Sony already stated that a fullframe NEX is an “option” and the rumored Leica-Sony partnership would create a top of the notch system! Imagine that, Leica and Zeiss fullframe lenses+Sony sensor performance. Who can keep up with that system? Canon, Nikon? No chance!

P.S.: The fullframe mirorrless Leica will be a Leica M9 styled camera without rangefinder and cost 1.500 less! (So I have been told by my sources!)

Useful links:
- Leica M mount lenses at eBay
- Leica M9 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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Via MirrorlessRumors

February 16, 2011
Posted in rumors

Will Nikon go translucent too?

The japanese blog Egami found a new Nikon translucent mirror patent. The Patent No. 2011-28177 has been released on 2011/02/10 and the filing date is 2009/07/29. But there are a few crucial differences between the Sony A33/55 solution and the Nikon patent. Egami highlighted them (attention, google translated text):

The mirror lockup is one of the most requested features on SonyAlphaRumors. See the poll results:

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The A77 is rumored to NOT have this feature. But I hope Sony will take it into consideration for the A99 fullframe translucent…

Via Nikonrumors

Thanks Cam

February 15, 2011
Posted in news

NEX+500mm prototype makes you feel a hero. (+ A850 discotinued in Austria?)

The video above shows the new 500mm f/4 lens on a NEX camera! You have to go to minute 13:00 to see it. A little bit before (minute 11:35) you can see the new A77 prototype.

One more news: A dealer from Austria reported that Sony told him the Sony A850 will be discontinued. We already heard similar rumors during the past months but I have no more info from my sources. Source: Sonyuserforum.de

Via Sony Camera Club