November 10, 2010
Posted in reviews

Final A33 review by Steve Huff (+ VG-10 review by Quesabesde)

Steve Huff posted the complete Sony A33 review and came to the conclusion that this is the best budget DSLR! Read the complete review:

You can support SonyAlphaRumors by ordering the A33 using the links below:
Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

The spanish website Quesabesde tested the new NEX-VG10. Their conclusions? They have some mixed feelings about the camera. They miss some features that would make it a more professional tool. But that’s why Sony is working on a new NEX-VG20 ;)

Order the NEX-VG10 at:
Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

November 9, 2010
Posted in news

Sony financial results (less money with more cameras)

The new Sony financial report shows that the sales of gigital imaging products declined by 2.1% to 162.5 billion yen (about 1.46 billion €), although the digital camera sales rise to 6.2 million units (of the order of 1 million shares, or nearly 20% more than in Q2 09). The cause of that decline are the decreased sales prices. The Sony NEX cameras pushed the unit sales.
The annual forecast for digital camera sales leaves Sony unchanged at 23 million units.

Via Photoscala

November 9, 2010
Posted in rumors

Sony rumors roundup

I noticed that many people missed some of our recent Sony rumors. Those rumors have been exclusively posted on SonyAlphaRumors during the last 30 days:

- All future Zeiss lenses will be fullframe (3-4 new Zeiss lenses within 18 months!)
- Sony A77 coming mid 2011 and with a completely new 24 Megapixel sensor!
- Is that the new Sony Alpha 77 design???
- 2011 is the year for Sony professionists!
- Sony A77 with two semi-transparent mirrors?

A reminder for all our readers:
1) I do not invent any rumor. So don’t blame on me if sometimes I have no rumors to post. I preferr to not post anything than post fake rumors. And if it is possible I try to double check the rumors I do receive. As you can imagine not everyone is sending me correct info.
2) I am doing the work on that website all alone. There are days I do not post anything because I am busy at work or with my family.
3) As written inside the “About us” presentation we talk about Sony digital camera news, rumors and reviews. This includes the DSLR, SLT and NEX cameras (NEX cameras do have the Alpha logo and do work with Alpha mount lenses via adapter).
4) We try to understand the future development of Sony products and technologies. That’s why sometimes we pickup news from different product categories like camcorders, cellular-phone or even competition. We believe some of those news could influence the Sony product development strategy.

Thanks for your understanding!


November 8, 2010
Posted in rumors

A look into the future: Sony is working on liquid lenses!

United States Application US20100277923 discloses a new liquid lens technology developed by Sony (Source: Freepatentsonline). With such technology you can change the curvature of the lens by changing the voltage of the liquid. The advantages are:

-non-movement glasses for zoom or AF
-less glasses inside the lens
-faster electrical response
-non-motor on the glass
-silence AF mode

It might will pass a long time before we see such a lens, but now you know what Sony is working on!

November 8, 2010
Posted in news

Sony announces an awesome Super-35mm camcorder

Sony also announced its first cinema camcorder (PMW-F3) with its new “Super 35 CMOS sensor” onboard. The camcorder has a PL mount lenses, MPEG-2 Long GOP video compression scheme and XDCAM EX Recording format. To bad the camera has no Alpha mount but I guess it makes a lot more sense to use the PL mount to appeal the pro-market. PL-mount lenses are especially designed for video and very expensive lenses (I found lenses up to $38.000 here on eBay).

Press release:

The PMW-F3K is part of the CineAlta 24P family of digital cinematography products and its support for multiple frame rates includes a filmic 23.98P as well as S-Log workflows.

Sony’s Exmor™ Super35 CMOS sensor was designed with the benefit of two decades experience in Digital Cinematography, pioneering digital HD acquisition for feature films and broadcast TV through the legendary CineAlta product range. It brings a true ‘film look’ and superior image quality into reach for independent movies, pop promos, commercials and other applications, as well as making the PMW-F3K an ideal B-camera for high-end feature film production.

The PMW-F3K is supplied with three high quality Sony lenses and an industry standard PL Mount adaptor providing compatibility with industry standard 35mm lenses. (Also available is the lens-less PMW-F3L.)

Exceptional flexibility is a key feature of the PMW-F3K along with with multiple workflow options. XDCAM EX’s proven high-speed, intuitive workflow offers seamless integration with leading nonlinear editing software – as standard. In addition, a 10bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI output opens up hybrid recording possibilities with a variety of external recording devices. And from April 2011, a Dual Link HD-SDI option will enable 10bit RGB uncompressed signal output – ideal for the high-end film production.

This product comes with PrimeSupport – fast, hassle-free repairs and a helpline offering expert technical advice. Which gives you the peace of mind that Sony is looking after your equipment, and your business.

Sony intend to release it on the 1st of February in with-lens (2,205K JPY) and without-lens (1,522.5K JPY) packages.


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