January 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR2) The Sony A77 is coming on April 16? Probably fake rumor?

Nico” the administrator of the dutch fotomateforum.net claims to have found info about the A77 on Sony Scandinavia and Luxembourg websites. But before reading the rumor please keep in mind that the rumor is not from one of our trusted sources! So take it easy. This could be fake. As soon as my sources will send me reliable info I will share it here!

Update: It looks like the original post at fotoforum has been removed! I downgraded the rumor from SR3 to SR2. A source just told me he didn’t hear anyhting about a release on April 16th. So please be cautious!

My girlfriend is from Antwerp but I don’t speak dutch and she is currently outside the house. That’s why I am posting the google english translated text:

Following the publications on the production camera pack shots we could really expect these leakages.
Previous rumors about a launch in June, September and December are thus proved untrue.
On Saturday, April 16, the Alpha 77 launched at an event in the new luxurious Monaco, Porto Montenegro.
The entire European Photo magazine press is flown.
Sony shows this clearly shows that with this new APS-C SLT competition want to inflict a crushing blow.
The Sony Alpha 77 is in the near future, along with the also launched 500 f/4.0 G SSM SAL “THE tool” for the BIF, Sports Shooter and Wild Life to be.
The Nikon D400 sensor is exactly the same 24.4Mp half years later released. This connected with the Sony sensor and Nikon agreed clause.

A77-Specifications

- APS-C 23.6 x 15.6 mm 24.4 Mp (Effective) Exmor CMOS sensor Backlit
- 16 fps
- ISO 100-204800
- 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
- Micro Adjustment for Sony, Minolta and Konica Minolta Lenses
- AVC HD Video / 24 bits (like the Panasonic GH2)
- HDR
- Panorama mode
- GPS
- 3D
- New designed by Epson OLED Super EVF
- Able Tilt LCD Display
- Building and grip similar to the “Magnesium” Alpha 700
- The
CF+SD+MS cards can be used in tandem
- Newly designed battery provides up to 1,000 shots.
- The body A77 has a street price of 899 Euros.

I ask my trusted sources if they can confirm the rumor about the A77 beeing announced on April 16! If the rumor is true than we have also the good news that Sony is finally giving priority to Sony cameras instead of Nikon cameras!
Thanks Nico for those exciting news! And come visit me in Antwerp ;)

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January 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) More colored NEX cameras coming soon (+ a SR1 rumor)

As you know Sony announced the gold NEX-5. Now, according to our sources Sony will soon announce many new colored NEX cameras. I know this is not an exciting news but I guess this is what we have to expect to be announced at the upcoming CP+ shows which will be held in February.

There is only one anonymous source that believes a new NEX camera is coming but that rumor is rated SR2 (not reliable rumor form new source): The source claims to have seen the new NEX-7. It features a 14.1 mpx sensor, a high-res 16:9 articulating LCD screen and that t will be announced within one month! As I said, I don’t believe in this.

But before you start complaining against Sony listen carefully. I expect tons of new real products to be announced starting from the second quarter of the year! So please faith a little bit more time. I bet you will NOT regret it!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources (60-80% the rumor is correct)
SR5=almost certainly correct!

January 27, 2011
Posted in news

Impressive tutorial for a homemade A55 underwater housing!

Let’s make a very short break from all those boring rumors I posted in these days ;)

David Bejarano form SonyAlpha.es gave me the link to an impressive tutorial for a homemade underwater housing for sony a55 (Author: Zolkman): http://www.sonyalpha.es/portal/noticias.item.188/fabricacion-de-carcasa-submarina-para-nuestras-alphas.html.

That thing really works! And it’s much cheaper than the SOny NEX-5 underwater housing!

January 26, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) DSC-HX100V-specs

This is the first picture of the new HX100v

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UPDATE: Images and text have been removed form the originial website!

Sony will announce the new HX9v and HX100v compact cameras on February 2nd. The HX9v specs have been already leaked and now we got the HX100v specs too! Sony Nordic posted them on his website:
The camera incorporates technology not only from “Cyber-shot” series development but also from “Handycam” and the “a (alpha)” series
- DSLR quality with Manual to Auto, Higher resolution 50p Full HD movie & 3D in one body
- 30x Ultra high zoom H with Hi-speed AF, GPS & compass
- Equipped for Full HD movie shooting in AVCHD format
- Intelligent Sweep Panorama
- 16.2-megapixel back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, 27mm-810mm*1 f/2.8-5.6 Carl Zeiss “Vario Sonnar T*” lens, and “BIONZ” Imaging Processor for high-speed signal processing
- Movie mode supports 1920 x 1080 Full HD

I repreat once again. Even if this is a non ralted Alpha or NEX news it will be very interesting to see the two most exciting features those cameras will bring. Ultrafast 0.1 sec contrast autofocus (as fast as the Panasonic GH2) and the incredible 1080p60 (or 50) 28mbit/s video recording!

January 26, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Two more lenses discontinued at Sony Hong Kong!

I don’t speak Chinese but Hong Kong readers sent me two link to Sony lenses that just have been discontinued! If the “rumor” is correct Sony will stop selling the DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 and the 300mm f/2.8 G lens! As usual take that info with a grain of salt. I didn’t hear anything from my sources about possible successor for those lenses.

Take a look for yourself:
- Sony Hong Kong SAL18250 product site
- Sony Hong Kong SAL300F28G product site