February 9, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony reviews roundup (A77, NEX-7 and NEX-5n)


Sony Alpha NEX-7 mirrorless camera review at Engadget (Click here): “As you may have gathered, we’re quite smitten with the Sony Alpha NEX-7. The camera offers many features previously only accessible to full-size DSLR owners, delivering excellent performance in a body size only nominally larger than the NEX-C3 and 5N.

Full Sony A77 review at ePhotozine (Click here): “The Sony Alpha A77 is an enjoyable camera to use that is capable of producing some excellent photos, with great colour, detail and extremely solid exposure performance. Reds are extremely vibrant and colourful and the camera produces excellent JPEG output straight from the camera, even on default settings. Noise control is very good with low noise right up to high ISO settings.

Sony NEX-5n tested at Digitalcamerainfo (Click here): “When you can pack this kind of performance in a body this small, it’s hard to not be impressed. While we’re not ready to label the NEX-5N as the best compact mirrorless camera we’ve seen, it’s pretty close and it has us very excited to see where the NEXseries goes next.

Another NEX-5n review has been posted by Kent Photography (Click here): “After a few days of test and still testing now, the NEX-5N does really good with the different shooting situation that you throw at it. Apart from the distortion and one off WB issue, I can’t fault its performance much. It certainly was my go to camera during the trip instead of my DSLR. I didn’t even feel hesitated  to shoot in low light, knowing that it will produce decent images even at ISO 1600-3200.

More small news: Sony NEX-7 handheld video by Outbackphoto on vimeo. Hdr Photography and the Sony Nex-7 explained in detail at SonyAlphaLab (Click here). Overcoming NEX 5N overheating. a cheap and real fix at DVXuser (Click here).

And here are the links to check the price and availability status of the three mentioned cameras:
A77 search at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-7 search at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n search at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

February 9, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New A57 + A99 rumors (+ A57 battery grip question)

I got dozen emails from sources and will try to give you an exact overview of what it’s coming soon! It’s going to be busy here on SonyAlphaRumors :)

Let’s start with a small news about the A99: Sony confirmed at Dpreview that “it will be making a full-frame replacement for its flagship A900 DSLR.”. It’s not a big news but I take the chance to remind you the A99 with 24 Megapixel will arrive in September. The other Full Frame camera with 36 megapixel will arrive in early/mid 2013. Yes, it’s the same sensor of the Nikon D800 (Click here to check specs).

1) First a small questions to trusted sources. A new source just told me that the A57 will not accept the A77 battery grip. Can you confirm or deny this? UPDATE: A few sources confirmed the A57 battery grip is not the same as of the A77
2) SR5: trusted sources told me that the camera can go up to 16.000 ISO.

I got many other rumors I am checking now. Stay tuned on SonyAlphaRumors. Will give you many updates soon!

February 9, 2012
Posted in news

First pictures of the NEX-7 battery grip made by Ownuser

Click on picture to enlarge

The taiwanese company Ownuser just published the first NEX-7 battery grip pictures on Facebook (Click here). As you can see form the pictures there is  even a remote trigger. To read the specs and features of the grip just click on the images below. The battery grip cannont be preordered yet and will be avaialble in a couple of months. Ownuser is already known for making remote controllers and battery grips for Sony DSLR/SLT and NEX cameras. You can buy them on eBay (Click here).

P.S. NEX-7 in Stock status check:

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

February 8, 2012
Posted in news

HOT! New Sony NEX lens roadmap!

This is the new Sony lens roadmap. Click on the image to see the large version! According to the roadmap there will be four new lenses this year and four new lenses in 2013. My guess based on rpevious rumors is that some of the 2013 lenses will be actually announced within 2012. If you read from top the lenses are:

G standard zoom (2013)
higher magnification zoom lens (2012)
standard zoom (2012)
wide zoom (2012)
middle magnification zoom lens (2013)
big aperture prime (2012)
middle range prime (2013)
pan cake (2013)


Via Sony Japan

February 8, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) First A57 hints! Uses 16 Megapixel sensor!

The Sony A55 will soon be replaced by the A57

For the source: A new source sent us some info about the A57. I want to thank him for that and also add a private message. Sorry for not posting this earlier but I always try to double check info before to post a rumor. Want to avoid to post false rumors. As you can imagine sometimes I get “fake rumors”. One more question…when is the A57 coming?

For the readers: The new A57 will use a 16 megapixel sensor and has the 12fps function of the A77. It also uses the same battery as the A77. Menu structure is again the same of the A77… same focusing modes as A77. The EVF looks similar to the A77 (might not be but very good) and the response time an manual mode very fast with no lag on settings. It has a swivel screen that looks very much like the same as the A77 and an ISO button on top.

UPDATE: Trusted sources confirmed the specs (with only a small correction). The A57 Specs are right! No articulated LCD screen but swivable. A77 Vertical Grip fits on the A57. No Top LCD.NO GPS. Finally exciting times are ahead of us. I also heard about a new NEX camera but don’t know if it will be announced yet and be available in April. Or if it will be announced in April and available in April.

UPDATE_2: No magnesium alloy!

Sony A77 in stock status check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!


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