December 14, 2011
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Sony camcorder news (F5 prediction and FS-100 firmware upgrade).

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Here is a short post about two professioanl camcorders. One of them is the NEX FS100 which comes with an E-mount. Wideopencamera (Click here) posted a review: “I don’t love it, but I do turn to the FS before the 5D and that never used to be the case. I just trust it way more.” And Slashcam.de (Click here) reports that Sony will release a new NEX-FS100 firmware update in march 2012. You will be able to switch from PAL to NTSC, new 1080 24p PAL recording, camera settings can be stored on cards, epxanded focus, ISO display on LCD, and more…

A rumor about the F3 successor: Philip Johnston from HDwarrior says: “I think we may see a new F5 around NAB time certainly with 50Mbs capability if not better, 10 bit 4:2:2 and dare I say it 4K recording with a  better hi res viewfinder rather than the pull out version seen on the F3 today.


December 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 gets the Gold Award at Dpreview!

Believe me, you don’t see that very often at Dpreview (Click here). the NEX-7 just won the Gold Award! The full NEX-7 review is online and they have big word of praise for Sony: “The NEX-7 is, without doubt, something of a technological triumph for Sony.”

The only minor limit is the “cobbled-together” firmware. But I am sure the next firmware will fix the minor issues. And the rest of the review contains positive statements only: “In the flesh, it lives up to almost all of that initial promise. The EVF is excellent, stills image and video quality both superb, and the handling is remarkably good for such a small camera“.

Yeah guys, that’s really my next camera ;) And as you know it’s coming soon now, in one month!

Here is the full preorder list:

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

December 13, 2011
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Sony A77 review at Photographyblog: “it outperforms the competition!”


One of my favorite websites Photographyblog (Click here) tested the Sony A77. And the verdict is that the camera is “Essential“!!! If I am not wrong the last camera to get the highest verdict was the Nikon D3s which costs quite a bit more!

According to the reviewers the A77 “out-performs the direct competition” and “At a time when compact system cameras are the centre of attention, it’s great to see some real innovation in the DSLR world, and for that innovation to result in a truly exceptional camera like the new Sony A77.

I 100% agree that Sony is really innovating the digital camera market. And while some things have to be worked out (see lag issues or the not 100% perfect JPG quality) Sony is leading us to a new future where electronic viewfinders and photo+still hybrid systems will become the mainstream technology. It will be hard for Canon and Nikon to fight against that!
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The A77 is out of Stock in almost any worldwide online store I checked. There are still some auctions on eBay (Click here) but most of the times you have to pay a couple of hundreds dollars/Euro extra. The A77 should be in Stock again by mid January. Click these linsk to search for A77 preorders: Sony.nl, eBay.nl.

December 13, 2011
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(SR3) NEX-4/5/VG10 firmware update coming this week?

A new source (Thanks!) just contacted me to say that the “Nex3/5/vg10 firmware could come as early as dec15“. Indeed the new VG10 manual is already available as pdf (Click here / via NEX-VG10 forum).

P.S.: I didn’t hear yet about the new A77/A65 2.0 firmware update. But as soon as I hear something from my sources I will let you know!

December 13, 2011
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New NEX-7, NEX-5n and A65 reviews!

There is a new article at Luminous Landscape at their NEX-7 rolling review (Click here). They talk about the Creative Styles, EVF and Live View Display. First they show you a “trick” to control the contrast of the EVF (because in bright light the EVF contrast can be too high). And they also found a small bug related to histogram feature. I hope Sony will fix that minor issue with the new firmware. There is another small NEX-7 review at karaatanasov (Click here): “I had never seen so much details from an APS-C. Colors are astonishing. It seems the Dynamic Range in RAW is amazing too (I do not have RAW software.). Again on colors this is the first Sony camera to remenice of the Minolta days
As you have read yesterday the NEX-7 is now shipping at Sonystore in USA. It should be available by mid January in Europe and Asia. Check these search links if the stores are accepting preorders: Sony.nl, eBay.nl.

Cameralabs (Click here) just posted the full NEX-5n review: “Sony has pulled it off and produced one of the most compelling mirrorless ILC models on the market and one we have no hesitation in granting our Highly recommended award.“.

Techradar (Click here) published a full A65 review: “The Alpha 65 is very well-specified in comparison to its rivals, matching or exceeding the competition’s feature-sets in many respects. It’s pricier, but we feel the impressive stack of high-end features that this camera has to offer more than outweigh its cost“.

In Stock status check:
A77 at Sony.nl, eBay.nl
A65 at Sony.nl, eBay.nl.
Sony NEX-7 Sony.nl, eBay.nl.
Sony NEX-5n Sony.nl, eBay.nl.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sony.nl, eBay.nl.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Sony.nl, eBay.nl.
Sony 55-210mm Sony.nl, eBay.nl.
NEX-5n viewfinder Sony.nl, eBay.nl.

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