October 4, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony FF with 36 Megapixel sensor coming early 2012 (Nikon D800 with same sensor).


Finally we can start to talk about “serious” full-frame rumors coming from trusted sources. First, our Japanese friend and administrator of DigitalCameraInfo (Click here) got an interesting info about the upcoming Nikon D800. The rumor confirms what we told you back in June: Sony developed a new 36 Megapixel sensor that is going to be used inside the next Nikon FF camera (Click here to read the original article).

And now the good news: I have been told by our sources that Sony will first share the sensor to Nikon and than use it on their own FF camera which will be announced early 2012! The exact release date has not been chosen yet but I have been told there are is a huge pressure to release it as soon as possible. Compared to the Nikon D800 the Sony (A99?) will have slightly different specs and a lower(!) price. The Nikon D800 can take 4 frames per second, records 1920 × 1080/30p and cost 300.000 Yen (3.000 Euro, or $4000). The major difference is that Nikon has an optical viewfinder while the Sony has SLT technology. Meanwhile the Sony A900 has been discontinued and you will see some nice rebates soon. I will keep you updated with specs and news I am getting form my sources. It’s really an exciting time ;)

One more thing: New lenses will be released along the new Full Frame camera!

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

October 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Sony NEX-5n test at DPreview! Gold Award!!!

For the very first time a mirrorless camera earned the “Gold Award” at Dpreview! Go here to read the super detailed NEX-5n review: http://dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex5n/.

In short: “The 16.1MP sensor in the 5N is capable of capturing images that rival some of the best APS-C format DSLRs on the market, and up to ISO 6400 image quality is impressive. Even at ISO 12,800, image quality is far ahead of most of the NEX’s Micro Four Thirds competitors.

Sony really made a nice work with the NEX-5n and if it wouldn’t for the “Click” issue I guess they would have sold far more cameras than they did. But as you know, the issue will be fixed by Sony service and I hoe the new Stocks of the cameras will already come in perfect conditions. Let’s praise Sony for doing such an amazing camera. If you look at what Nikon did we should be very happy to have the NEX-5n :)  What’s really missing now is lenses lenses and lenses!

The NEX-5n is in Stock at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
The new 50mm f/1.8 lens preorder at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
The new Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens preorder at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

And here is the full list I check to see where the NEX_5n is in Stock worldwide:

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

October 3, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A77 (bug issue) and NEX-5n (click issue) fix and firmware news.

We have been told by our sources that Sony will delay the shipment of the first A77 cameras in Europe to deliver the cams with the new 1.03 firmware. As you know firmware 1.02 isn’t 100% compatible with the very new Bionz processor used for the A77 production version The 1.02 was optimized for an older Bionz processor. The new firmware that will be announced mid-October should fix all the issues we mention last week (black outs, shut down etc).

A SAR reader asked Sony UK when they will fix the NEX-5n “click” issue and that’s their response: “I understand you are thinking or purchasing a Sony NEX-5N camera. This is not an inherent fault with every single NEX-5N. I can confirm that a firmware fix will be released in October to resolve any issue with the affected models. I can confirm that the firmware update will totally eliminate any issue with the affected Sony NEX-5N cameras. Should you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In summary in a couple of weeks the A77 and the NEX-5n should work fine! And please, do not make any mistake with the NEX-7!

P.S.: On Amazon (Click here) you can already read 11 user reviews. The truth is that all would rate the camera with 5/5 stars if there wouldn’t be that “click” issue. And one more reminder: You can preorder the 50mm lens on Amazon (Click here).

October 3, 2011
Posted in rumors

Sony A900 officially discontinued!

Good news folks! After the Sony A850 also the Sony A900 has been discontinued! Sony Japan (Click here to read the translation) confirmed that they finished the A900 camera production. Why is that good news? Because I have been told by top sources that this is happening because the A900 will now get some price drops and after that you will see the new ff camera.

In these last 10 days I worked on new FF, NEX and lens rumors. I thank the sources for their help and I thank your reader for your patience. It’s a lot of work to get rumors and I also try to doublecheck the info I get to avoid big mistakes. And now it’s time to open the new rumor season to see what’s coming next. From what I know right now (and I haven’t told you anything yet) there are only good news. Many good news!

Stay tuned on SAR!

P.S.: A900 in Store check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

October 2, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5n (video-)review by Digitalrev

Here is a not so technical review made by Kai form the Digitalrev team. If you want to read a more “professional” review than wait for Dpreview. They will publish the full technical NEX-5n review this week!

Meanwhile I had zero team to share some thoughts with you about my Sony NEX-5n experience. I used the camera to take some private pictures while working on a photo reportage in Antwerp. And the last two days I used it as backup camera camera to record an interview for a short documentary. I have to say that in such cases (when you have to keep recording for a very long time) the overheating issue is really annoying. But don’t blame on Sony, blame on me for trying to use the camera for a professional work ;)

All new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.


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