October 17, 2014
Posted in news

Sony makes the world’s first sensor that can drive camera cars at moonless night!

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An image taken with a new sensor in an “almost” complete dark room!

This is not an Alpha camera news but it shows how advanced Sony sensor technology is. Sony announced the new IMX224MQV 1/3-inch 1.27MP CMOS sensor for automotive cameras. Like you know Car aided driving (and full automated driving) is a big business and that Sony sensor is the very first(!) sensor that fulfills the AEC-Q100 reliability tests. It means it can help to drive a car in a moonless night!!!

Image Sensor World writes:

It’s the world’s highest sensitivity levels of any image sensor of its kind. The new sensor is capable of capturing high-resolution color images in light conditions as low as 0.005 lux, a level equivalent to that of a moonless night and one that is far below illumination levels under a star-filled night sky. The is set to become Sony’s first image sensor for automotive cameras to meet the requirements of the AEC-Q100 reliability tests. The sensor sampling starts on Nov. 2014, mass production is planned for Dec. 2015.
The IMX224MQV sensor has 2,350mV (standard F5.6) sensitivity, a level of sensitivity that is around twice that of older Sony IMX238LQJ sensor with 3.75um pixels and the industry’s highest. This was achieved through the adoption of photo diodes that improve the conversion efficiency of light into electrons and through the addition of circuits that improve the conversion efficiency of those electrons into voltage. Also, a PGA with a gain up to 72 dB further contributes to the ultimate achievement of a minimum object illuminance of 0.005 lux. With this design, it now becomes possible to capture high-resolution color images even on a dark road at night with no stars to illuminate the surroundings.
This image sensor also supports a WDR that allows for extended exposure time, which, when compared to conventional multi-exposure WDR systems, makes possible improved image quality in low light conditions when combined with a compatible ISP (Mass production of compatible ISP from Sony is planned on June 2016). Furthermore, the sensor’s pixel has an improved NIR sensitivity for better object recognition when used in with NIR LED illumination.

Sensor specs:

IMX224 spec

October 16, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony Alpha A6000 Revisited: Best Mirrorless APS-C ILC 2014

Sigma Art on the A7r at Soundimagesplus.
First impressions of the 16-35 at Brianmatiash.com.
10 ways to optimize your gear for awesome Travel Photography (Inmybag).
Loxia 2/35 und 2/50 Flickr Album.
Spanish Zeiss Otus review at DSLRmagzine.

Michael:Now I can feel the Full-Frame on my APS-C camera SONY A6000 with Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F/0.95. Full album @ http://goo.gl/x7wuJz
Pros:
- The build quality of lens is excellent, solid and HEAVY (in good way!)
- The box that made by leather do feel good too!
- The focus ring do turn smoothly.
- The aperture ring a bit hard to turn, but I personally take that as good to avoid change the aperture accidentally.
- Do feel nice on hand with the A6000 for the size and the look.
Cons:
- The plastic hood do feel “cheap” (just a little bit), therefore I get a metal one.
- The weight made it a bit hard to manual focus, because the hand must support the lens more than the body.

October 16, 2014
Posted in deals, news

You can now change the E-mount of your camera with a “wiggling-free” full metal mount!

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Maybe not all of you know the E-mount is made of an outer metal and inner plastic ring. Fotodiox writes:

The lens mount is a two part construction, with the critical component that holds the lens in place made of plastic. This is why any lens you attach to an E mount camera is prone to wiggling, especially longer pro lenses.

That’s why Fotodiox came up with a solution to entirely replace the ring:

Anyone can replace the original 2 piece NEX mount on their camera with an all-metal one in about five minutes. All you need is a jewelers screwdriver (phillips) to remove and replace four little screws.

The Fotodiox full metal E-mount ring can be bought now at Amazon US (Click here).

Here is a video to show you how easy it is:

via MirrorlessRumors.

October 16, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Some more detailed A-and E-mount rumor by an anonymous source.

An anonymous sources who claims to be in contact directly with Sony Japan told me the following tidbits about Sony A and E-mount development. As usual with new sources take the info with a grain of salt and as a chance to discuss the content based on that hypothetic scenario:

1) The a-mount will keep going with the existing lenses. Sony will support those lenses.

2) The engineers have 6 prototypes for new (A-mount) cameras.  Two are very different than previous cameras, but are in early stages and would take much longer to develop.  The other four are refreshes of current cameras.  NOTE: he said definitely not all of these will be made.

3) The engineers feel management was disappointed in the A77ii.  They feel it was a mistake to keep the same shape because people didn’t know it was very different.  Almost all components in A77ii were new.  For that reason, they are looking at new designs for anything else they come out with, but new designs take longer to make and more money and durability testing.

4) There are more e-mount lenses coming, and some a-mount lenses will be upgraded.

5) The engineers have not heard of a new 24-105 for a-mount.  Might be for e-mount.  There have not been prototypes of a-mount lenses since CZ50, but lenses are designed elsewhere and there might be more — not sure.

6) Management feels a-mount is well supported the way it is, and that FE lenses and accessories are the priority.  Especially lenses that are not on the a-mount already.

7) IBIS on E-mount is possible but not as good as on A-mount.

Thanks to the anonymous sources! Hope he will become one fo my trusted sources soon :)

 

October 15, 2014
Posted in reviews

Sony RX100 III vs Fujifilm X30 by Kai.

Fuji lover and not so Sony lover Kai from Digitalrev compared the stylish Fuji X30 versus the Sony RX100M3. The news here is that even Kai had to admit the Sony is the better camera ;)

P.S.: I am joking Kai ;)

RX100M3 store links:
RX100M3 in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA and FocusCamera.
RX100M3 in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PT. And Wex UK,
RX100M3 in Asia at Amazon Japan, Digitalrev and Sony Australia.
Gariz announced the new RX100m3 leather case and you can have it on eBay in Black (al auctions here) and Brown (all auctions here).

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