July 7, 2012
Posted in news

A way to control SLT/DSLR cameras with your iPhone (no NEX support)

Via 43rumors I found a way to control SLT and DSLR cameras with an iPhone remote controller APP. You need these two things: A Triggertrap Mobile Dongle (Click here) and a Triggertrap connction cable (Click here). The Triggertrap APP (here on iTunes) allows you to control the camera with the following features:

* Time Lapse
* Eased Timelapse (timelapses with acceleration!)
* Distance-lapse (take a photo every 30 ft/m)
* Vibration and shock sensors
* Sound detection (Clap to take a photo!)
* Facial Recognition sensor
* Motion detection
* Magnetic & metallic detectors
* Long-Exposure HDR**
* Long-Exposure HDR Timelapse
* Star Trail mode
* Cable Release (press to take a photo) which also supports Long-exposure shots (exposures of up to 24 hours!)

The Triggertraps website shows the supported cameras. No NEX camera is included for now.

July 6, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony FF SLT specs of the prototype camera (with external vertical grip and built-in flash)

I got the 100% reliable specs of one of the pre final FF SLT prototype camera. Please keep in mind that these specs can variate with the final firmware. Here we are:
24 MPX sensor
All cross 102 phase detection AF
ISO 50-25600 (can be extended to 102.400 with the final firmware)
Live view – evaluative & subject recognition lock-on AF
1200 zone live-view evaluative metering
1920×1080 60p and 24p
simultaneous recording of still&movie
921K True Black 3 way tilt LCD
Shutter Speed 1/8000
New iAuto
Smart Tele converter
Magnesium body
Weather Sealed body
Built-in Flash

There will be a vertical grip too!

IThe rumor is coming from a top source. I hope to get the 100% final specs soon.

July 5, 2012
Posted in reviews

RX100 new reviews roundup (still leads the ranking)

There is a first RX100 user review at Amazon (Click here). I am wondering how that guy was able to get the camera!I saw that camera in Stock in Asia only and available for us “western countries” through Asian eBay resellers only. Anyway, the camera still is on the top positions of the Overall Camera Ranking (Click here).

The french website LesNumeriques posted the full RX100 review and the camera earned five stars out of five. There is also an english version of the same review at Digitalversus.

RX100 Preorders at Amazon USAdoramaBHphoto, Amazon GermanyAmazon France and Jessops.

July 5, 2012
Posted in news

Is the future for DSLR/SLT Full Frame only?

I am pretty sure Nikon, Canon, Sony and maybe Pentax will bring us plenty of new Full Frame cameras at Photokina. And the battle will be particularly tuff in the FF entry-level segment. While Sony will price the A99 (or A88) somewhere between $2.500 and $2.800 Nikon and Canon are “rumored” to price it at $2.000 and maybe even lower. Reminder, the Sony FF camera will have much more advanced features!

Falk Lumo (Click here) is a well known Pentax user but it’s worth to read his latest post about the Full Frame future. According to him APS-C DSLR/SLT have no more sense to exist. Photokina will focus on cheaper FF models and he says “Photokina 2012 may start a trend for dSLRs to be full frame (only).

And for Photokina 2014 (yes in two years) he says that FF will “become mainstream above $1,000, in a more compact form factor” while “Mirrorless SLDs and large sensor compact cameras dominate the segment between $500 and $1,000, mobile phones below.

I don’t think that APS-C DSLR will disappear any time sure but in my opinion Sony should also think to introduce a FF Mirrorless model. That would be something that finally could convince Canon and Nikon pro’s to switch over to Sony or not?

July 4, 2012
Posted in news

New Sony XQD cards with 168MB/s write speed…right in time for the FF SLT.

Yesterday Sony announced the new faster XQD cards (Press release here). The first generation XQD cards had a write speed of 125MB/s and the only camera capable of using them is the Nikon D4. This is the kind of super speedy cards you will be able to use on the next Full Frame SLT camera from Sony. The 24 Megapixel FF sensor is rumored to have a 10-12fps speed and you will need those cards to get the best out of it! And it comes for a price. The current 125MB/s cards are priced at $120 for the 16GB version (here at Amazon) and $230 for the 32GB version (here at Amazon). The newer faster cards will cost ¥60,000 (around $754) for the 64GB card and ¥40,000 ($503) for the 32GB model.

Yep, cute prices :(


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