Sony NEX rules in Japan (+ Amazon rankings)

Watch out Canon and Nikon! Sony is coming! The latest weekly BCNranking report shows how two Sony NEX-5 cameras made it into the top 4 of the most sold system cameras. A wonder where the NEX-5 would be if we would sum the black and white model sales numbers!

But how is the rest of the world doing? There are no such reliable rankings. But we can take a look at Amazon rankings:
In US Canon and Nikon are dominating the scene (Click here to see the US ranking). You can find the NEX and Translucent camera only one the second page. But please keep in mind the A55 is not in Stock right now. That could explain the low sales.
In UK the Sony A290 is selling well (Click here to see the UK rankings). But for the rest we have the same US scenario….Canon and Nikon are dominating.
In Germany we have the same story. Canon and Nikon are on top (Click here to see the Amazon Germany ranking).
Also in France the Sony A290 is the best sold camera (Click here to see the Amazon France ranking).
Where Sony is doing very well is in Italy (Click hee to see the Amazon Italy rankings).

As you see the European and American market is less “mirrorless” oriented and very conservative. Classic DSLR cameras are still dominating the camera world.

Sony Tidbits

Sony DSLR and David Bittner

Nikonos underwater lens adapter for Sony NEX (eBay).

Using the Sony NEX-5 with Leica Lenses by Paul Barclay (Steve Huff).

Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM Interchangeable Lens Review (ePhotozine).

Nikon D3100 vs Sony NEX-5 at Dpreview.

Is the Fuji X100 using a Sony CMOS sensor?

Image courtesy: Quesabesde

One of the most popular cameras on the world wide web is the Fuji X100 prototype (yes it’s not on market now!). And I just read an interesting Interview on Quesabesde where Hiroshi Kawahara, Operations Manager at Fujifilm Electronic Imaging Products Division talks about the FinePix X100:

Question: It has been said that the sensor used is similar to that seen in some Nikon SLR cameras, and therefore manufactured by Sony. Can this information be confirmed?
Answer: The sensor of the FinePixX100 is customized to match its lens. We should point out that the most important thing is not who produces the technology but the technology in itself, and in this sense Fujifilm optimizes its technologies depending on the photographic result being pursued at any given time.

So after Nikon and Pentax now even Fuji is using Sony sensors? It would be nice if Fuji could give us something back, would love to see a NEX camera with that cool Hybrid Viewfinder!

Sony Tidbits (With lots of new Lens reviews!)

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM review at Photozone: “The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM G can give you very good results on a full format DSLR but it is not a lens without issues.”

DSLRmagazine tested the Sony 16mm E-mount lens. Interesting, they compared the pre-production 16mm lens with the final production version. Good news, the lens we buy is much better!

Sony NEX-5 Digiscoping with Kowa TSN-884 (SonyAlphaNex).

Carl Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon tested on the Sony NEX-5 (SLRgear)

Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide: Digital cameras.

NEX-5 vs Leica M8 vs Canon 5d Mark II (SonyAlphaNex)

Show your best pictures! Participate the Sony Photo Challenge! (and make SonyAlphaRumors be the special guest!)

At this year’s Sony World Photography Awards there’s an open category for photographers of all levels to enter a photo. Sony thought it’d be a good idea to get more people shooting great photos, by running the Sony Photo Challenge. They contacted me to invite all SonyAlphaRumors readers to participate. And you won’t disappoint Sony or not? ;)
Here is what you need to do to participate. Every week there will be a new challenge theme. The first theme is “Nature”. To add your picture click the following link: Important! Tag every photo with “SonyPhotoChallenge” and “SonyAlphaRumors“. Why should you add the SonyAlphaRumors tag? Sony said the blogger that sends more people/pictures will be invited as special guest at the Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony on the 27th April 2011. And you won’t disappoint me or not? ;) I want to be there!!!

And the best part is you can win some nicePrizes:

Winner of the Best overall photograph will receive:

  • Recipient of the title “Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of The Year”
  • $5,000
  • Winning image will be exhibited on the Sony World Photography Awards’ website and promoted to creatives worldwide
  • Flights to London, and 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and receive VIP tickets to attend the evening gala awards ceremony, taking place on the 27th of April, 2011
  • Sony digital SLR camera equipment

Winners of each individual category will receive:

  • Recipient of the title “Sony World Photography Awards category name Open Photographer of The Year”
  • Exhibited in the Winner’s Exhibition and published in the Winner’s Book
  • Winning image will be exhibited on the Sony World Photography Awards’ website and promoted to creatives
  • Sony digital SLR camera equipment
SO why wait? Send your best “Nature” picture at And don’t forget, tag every photo with “SonyPhotoChallenge” and “SonyAlphaRumors“!!!