August 17, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) This is the first image of the new Sony A5100!

Soon (on August 19) Sony will have the first of a long series of product announcements. And we will start with the new A5100 APS-C E-mount camera. These are the full specs and images on courtesy of Digicameinfo.

- 24,3 MP APS-C sensor
- Full HD, XAVC-S, AVCHD and MP4 video recording
- Max bit rate is 50MPs in XAVC-S
- Hybrid AF (same as A6000) with 179 AF points (25 of them are contrast AF points)
- 3 inch and 920.000 dot Touch LCD. 180 degree tiltable
- 1/4000-30 sec shutter. 1/60 syncro. Electronic front curtain shutter
- ISO 100-25,600
- Flash
- Wifi NFC
- APP support
- 6fps
- SD card
- The battery is the NP-FW50. 400 shoots autonomy
- The size is 109.6mm x 62.8mm x35.7mm
- 224 g Weight (body only)
LIke I told you before this is a A6000 camera without EVF and for less $$$. I think it’s a very advanced nice little camera!

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August 17, 2014
Posted in reviews

Macro Photography on a budget: Part Two (By Menachem Goldstein)

Vivitar 49mm Close Up Lens Set (+1, +2, +4, +10)

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August 16, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.

Sergey Kuznetsov‎
Sony A7 + Cosina Voightlander 12/5.6. — at Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong.

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August 16, 2014
Posted in news

News about others: Nikon in deep financial crisis. (And sells D610 with A7 sensor for $1399).

A couple of years ago nobody would have ever questioned the leadership of Canon and Nikon in the system camera market. But things are quickly changing and Nikon reported a huge loss and forceast drop at their latest financial report. Why should we care?

1) First question is if Nikon will try to compete against Sony’s A7 series or not by proposing a sort of mirrorless FM camera. I guess we will see soon at Photokina if Nikon will finally react.

2) In the meantime their latest D610 with Sony’s 24MP sensor sells for $1399 only on eBay (Click here). May be a sign that they are trying to force sales. And I bet we will see soon Full Frame cameras for just $1,000 too.

3) Will Nikon still try to rely on Sony sensors or try to break boundaries with something more revolutionary made from their own house or non-Sony partners?

My bet is that Sony will surpass Nikon in terms of system camera sales in two years from now… :)

August 16, 2014
Posted in news

Curiosity news: Sony prepares sensor with 10x Sensitivity for the Auto market.

I guess most of you know how car maker (particularly German car makers) are focusing on image sensor technology to create save cars. And according to Nikkei Sony is ready to conquer the automotive image sensor market too. Aptina and OmniVision are the current leaders but Sony aims to eventually pick up 50% of the market.

The interesting news here is that Sony developed a new special sensor for automotive applications which is “10 times as sensitive to light as existing chips, allowing for easier detection of objects in dark environments. The sensor can provide a color display of the surrounding area even in moonlight, enabling it to detect obstacles more readily than a driver can.

The sensor will be ready for late 2015.

via Image Sensor World.

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