February 20, 2013
Posted in news

Official A58 and NEX-3n videos.


Sony posted new videos about the new cameras. On top you see the A58 presentation. And click here to see the NEX-3n video. If you speak German you may check out the nice presentation made by Chip.de and ClubSonos.

The A58:
The A58 should be seen as the successor for the A37. If you see it from that perspective the A58 certainly is a nice camera and also priced well. Price for body with new 18-55mm SAM II kit lens $599 but preorders at Amazon and BHphoto will be online on Monday only. I know it sounds weird but the official US presentation will be made on Monday!

The NEX-3n:
The main coolness of this camera is the incredible tiny size (check the size comparison at ePhotozine)! It’s the smallest APS-C mirrorless camera of the world and the $499 price includes the 16-50mm pancake zoom. That’s a good price if you consider that the current NEX-F3 with the less good and much bigger 18-55mm lens has the same price (here at Amazon). Also the body quality has been improved over the NEX-F3 with a less “plastic” feeling.

And now tell us:

New cameras and lenses: What are you going to buy?

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February 20, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony RX1 gets dpreviewed (and shoots nude pics too).

Image via DSLRmagazine

Short break from the news coverage on the new cameras to share you the link to the latest Sony RX1 review at Dpreview (Click here). The camera earns the Gold Award and an overalls core of 79%. The main negative is the poor video quality but this camera isn’t made for filmmakers anyway :)

Dpreview writes: “There are plenty of photographers who are likely to appreciate a camera with a fixed prime lens, precisely because it offers something that interchangeable lens cameras don’t – in terms of size and dedication of purpose. So, if what you want or need is a fixed 35mm full frame camera, then the RX1 not only offers you that – it also offers a camera you can really love. And its combination of image quality and size make it one that will allow you to get photos you wouldn’t get with any other camera.

Photographer and SAR reader Wataru used the RX1 to shot some of his latest portraits and the first nude pics ever taken with the RX1. You can see them at 500px.com (please click only if you are an adult!).

P.S.: I will soon post a new roundup with new RX1 and RX100 reviews and test. Just give me some time to sort out all links and rumors I got in these days! Thanks!


RX1 links roundup:
RX1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
RX1 Gariz accessories:
1) They made a new half leather case in Black and Brown (Click here to see them on eBay).
2) The new lens cap (Click here to see them on eBay).
3) The new entry is the anti loose button(!) (Click here to see them on eBay). Don’t know if that will be really useful for you RX1 owners. Someone has it and call it how it works? Thanks!
4) And this is the really first time I see that. A special Leather skin hood! (Click here to see them on eBay).

RX100 links roundup:
RX100 price search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Cases: Official Sony LCJ-RXA case, Gariz case, more leather case.
Batteries: NP-BX1 Battery.
Special stuff: Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV. Magfilter at Amazon (Click here). RX100 filter adapter on eBay (Click here)

February 19, 2013
Posted in news

(Continually updated) Sony A58 and NEX-3n officially announced! And new A-mount lenses too!

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The new Sony cameras just got announced! Stay tuned on this post! I will update it as soon as I find new info and the first reviews! Let me know if you find something I didn’t post here…Thanks!

Press release:
A58 at Sony, ePhotozine, Dpreview, Whatdigitalcamera, Techradar, Lemondedelaphoto (french), Photographic Central, Photographyblog, Photoscala.
NEX-3n at Sony, ePhotozine, Dpreview, Whatdigitalcamera, Techradar, Lemondedelaphoto (french), Photographyblog, Photoscala.
The three new A-mount lens news at ePhotozine, Dpreview, Whatdigitalcamera, Techradar, AlphaNumerique (french), Lemondedelaphoto (french), Photographyblog, Photoscala.
New Cybershot cameras at Sony, Techradar, Photographyblog, Photoscala.
News also on TheVerge, Alphanumerique (french).

The new Zeiss 50mm at Sony UK store, Sony DE store, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES (available in June).
Preorders will be up at Amazon US on Monday!

Hands-on and previews:
NEX-3n at ePhotozine, Techradar, Photographyblog, Pocket-Lint.
A58 at ePhotozine, Techradar, Pocket-Lint.
Sony NEX-3N Verses Sony NEX-F3 Comparison at ePhotozine.

Description in short:
16-megapixel sensor, 180-degree tilting screen, zoom lever. Sony markets it as the “world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C sized sensor” (it weights 210g). It has “Triluminous Color” for an expanded gamut when images and videos are played back on the company’s Triluminous Bravia displays. The NEX-3N will ship next month.
SLT-A58: Brand new 20-megapixel that Sony says will produce excellent low-noise results. New OLED viewfinder and a new 15-point autofocus system with “more accurate subject tracking“. On market in April.

Pricing of the new A-mount lenses (in Pound):
70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II telephoto zoom – £1800
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM – £1300
DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II zoom – £180

Technical specifications (Click on it to enlarge)


February 19, 2013
Posted in news

Last minute info: announcement tomorrow 4am London time?

The little confusion on the Sony A58 and NEX-3n announcement date continues. I just got a short notice that Sony have sent out two different announcement dates. One for Monday the 25th and one for tomorrow (Feb 20th) at 4am London time. I am not sure why the heck they sent out two different dates. In any case if you don’t live in London this means:

5am in the morning Berlin time zone.
11pm (23:00) in New York today (Feb 19th)
8pm (20:00) in San Francisco today (Feb 19th)
1pm (13:00) in Tokyo (Feb 20th).

if you can be online by 4am in the morning (UK time) on SonyAlphaRumors.com. I will be here to give you live updates on all new Sony cameras if there is one :)

Again, there seems to be a confusion around the announcement date and the cause seems to be Sony itself. So I don’t know if all cameras or no cameras or just one of the two cameras will be announced tonight or on Monday.

UPDATE: Another source told me the announcement is tomorrow while there seems that other countries got another announcement date.

February 19, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony NEX-7n to be announced in one month!

With the recent price drops the NEX-7 is again back on the top of the most sold mirrorless camera list at Amazon (here is the ranking). So is that the right time to buy the camera? Nope! :)

Trusted sources told us that the new NEX-7n is going to be announced in one month and it will be available in stores by May. The new NEX-7n will look almost the same of the current NEX-7 but feature major changes inside the body. Every aspect has been improved and the main goal from Sony was to outperform the top MFT model like the Panasonic GH3 and Olympus OMD. Sensor, viewfinder and autofocus have been improved. I am working on the specs right now. And there may be some new E-mount lens too (like the Zeiss zoom).

Meantime keep in mind: Next Monday (Feb 25th) Sony will announce the new A58 and NEX-3n and three A-mount lenses (including the Zeiss). You should be online at 6-8am London time to follow my live coverage of the new products with links to reviews and tests. And one month after we will have an even bigger NEX related announcement with the new NEX-7n and probably some new high quality lenses. The A77 successor will come right after the NEX-7n. In short, stay tuned on SAR! Don’t miss any rumor and subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here)!

P.S.: Thanks to all sources sending me the NEX-7n info. Give me some time to double check them before I post them on SAR. And you may help me out on the new E-mount lens info too? Thanks!

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