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December 2, 2009
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Transfer of the Epson Imaging Sales Function to Sony!

Interesting Sony press release

TOKYO, Japan, November 27, 2009 – Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”) and Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that as of December 1, the sales function of the small- and medium-sized TFT LCD business (excluding high-temperature polysilicon TFT LCDs, etc.) of Epson Imaging Devices Corporation (“Epson Imaging”) would be transferred to Sony and Sony Mobile Display Corporation (“SMD”).

On June 30, 2009, Epson and Sony announced the execution of an agreement to transfer to the Sony group certain assets of the small- and medium-sized TFT LCD business operated by Epson Imaging. Placing foremost priority on the needs of its customers, Epson Imaging has continued its preparations as it has sought to transfer the sales function of that business to the Sony group by the end of the calendar year. As preparations are now complete, the sales function of that business will be transferred to the newly established SMD sales department and Sony group overseas sales offices on December 1. In accordance with this transfer, Epson Imaging will cease worldwide sales activities on November 30, and some of the staff employed in that business will be either transferred or seconded to the Sony group.

Expediting the assumption of the sales function will allow the Sony group to create a powerful small- and medium-sized TFT LCD business with a broad product lineup and a structure capable of responding even better to the needs of its customers.

The Epson group will work to assure a smooth and expeditious transfer, scheduled to be carried out by April 1, 2010, of certain manufacturing-related assets of Epson Imaging for that business, and will continue to work closely with the Sony group to facilitate the further growth and success of the small- and medium-sized TFT LCD business.

About Epson and Epson Imaging
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson group comprises over 70,000 employees in 106 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. http://www.epson.co.jp/e/

Epson Imaging Devices Corporation is a leader of small- and medium-sized LCD products.

About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $79 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. Sony Global Web Site:
http://www.sony.net/

via: alphamountworld


December 1, 2009
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Red Scarlet camera

Red just announced detailled specs and prices of the Red Scarlet camera. Is Red a real strong Sony competitor? Not yet but some of their ideas are wonderfull (and I really would love to see some of the Scarlet specs in future Sony cameras) but only time will tell us if they can really appeal the consumer-professional market. You can see some pictures here:
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November 30, 2009
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a little bit of everything…


Sony A850 Unboxing With Moose

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Trustedreviews best digital camera choice:
DSLR (Sony A900 on third place)
Compact cameras
Bridge cameras
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Sony A550 Test images at imaging resource.
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The Pentax K-7 wins the Adorama Camera Choice 2009 contest with a surprisely huge margin! The recieved as best Sony camera only 2% of the votes.
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A550 VS D90 samples (dpreview forum) and Kx vs A550 samples (again dpreview forum)
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Sony Blames Samsung For Their Bravia TV Problems (channelnews.com.au)

November 29, 2009
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Silkypix Developer Studio adds Sigma and Sony

These version also add support for Sony’s recently launched A500 and A550 DSLRs. (source: dpreview)

Software download page

November 26, 2009
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Sony reposts the firmware updates for A230, A330 and A380 cameras!

Sony Japan just reposted the new firmware for the Sony A230, A330 and A380 cameras. And here the changes (bad google tranlsation from japanese to english):

* [Software] The body of the target
* Ver.1.00
* “MENU” button “setup menu” of “show version” and select the version you see.
* Details of how to determine the version is listed in the download page.
* “Ver.1.10” is not necessary if you have Okonatsu after this update.

* [Body] software changes
* [Metering mode] is [averaging metering center weighted or spot metering] If that is set to be fixed now as well as exposure and focus fit. (AF when shooting)

November 26, 2009
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New Sony 1/2.3-inch 10.3Mpixel 50 frame/s Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor

ISSCC published the Advance 2010 Program which contains some interesting new sensor developments news:

1/2.3-inch 10.3Mpixel 50frame/s CMOS image sensor fabricated using a 0.13μm 1P4M CMOS process with back-illumination technology achieves sensitivity of 9890e-/lux·s, random noise of 1.7e- and saturation of 8850e-. The sensor integrates a 10b/12b analog-to-digital converter, an internal PLL and a 10b serial LVDS interface to enable a data-rate up to 576MHz.

I can imagine the sensor to find his use in future Sony camcorders.

November 26, 2009
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a little bit of everything…


No One Wants Ordinary Photographers Anymore! (via: Chase Jarvis Blog)

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The Worst Cameras of 2009 (source: digitalcamera-hq)
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Sony Cybershot C905a – Camera or Phone? (source: coolphotoidas)
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Interesting question: What lenses for Sony mirror-less cameras? (dpreview forum)
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All black Friday amazon deals are here: BlackFriday Amazon page

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