A77 ISO test! NEX-7 and NEX-5n (p)review at ePhotozine.


Image on top: The hotseller of the moment. The Sony NEX-7 (CLick here to preorder)

There is a new NEX-7 preview at ePhotozine (Click here): “The NEX-7 is an exciting product that gives manual controls, dials, and buttons, on the camera. These are physical, real buttons, that you can press and feel. Even more than this they are customisable to give you the control you want. Without doubt this is the highest specification mirrorless camera available yet.“. Preorder the NEX-7 at Amazon.

And there is also a short NEX-5n review again at ePhotozine (Click here): “The viewfinder is extremely impressive, with stunning detail and colour, although the addition of the EVF does stop you from using flash. Image quality appears to be excellent, and even though megapixels have increased, the camera is still providing low noise levels“. Preorder the NEX-5n at Amazon.

There is also an ISO comparison between the A77, NEX-5n and other cameras ar EosHD (Click here). The NEX-5n.looks like the winner but 1) It has less Megapixels (looks cleaner) and 2) the A77 image quality is coming from a  preproduction camera!

And there is a new ISO test posted by Focus Numerique (Click here to read the google translation): “From 50 to 200 ISO, the grain is almost invisible (displayed on a screen at 100%). From 800 to 3200 ISO, the grain goes up gradually, but the images remain excellent!“. Surprise: “the JPEG 3200 is more pleasant than at ISO 1600“. And than: “At 6400 ISO, the images are still usable. A fine achievement for a 24 megapixel sensor APS-C“. Preorder the A77 at Amazon.

ALL Preorder links:
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.

Sony A77 image quality post!


Let’s focus on the A77 image quality But before we do that we should consider a few limitations:
1) Most image samples on the web have been taken in non professional conditions. Most journalists or photographer didn’t even know how to use the camera when they got their hands on the A77 also because they had only a few minutes time to play with it!
2) Some features like AF fine tuning and Lens correction still do not work on the pre production A77
3) Camera and firmware are not finalized!
4) Professional RAW support is missing
5) Most of the pictures weren’t taken with top quality lenses. A 24 megapixel sensors needs the best lenses to deliver the best results!

That said let’s take a look at all Image samples.

RAW images

RAW and JPG full size images are available at Imaging Resource.
You can find them at Quesabesde (scroll down a bit until you find the “RAW” mark under the thumbnails).
A77 vs A35 RAW comparison at Dpreview forum.
A Mac Only BETA Raw Processing for A77 Dpreview forum.
For Windows, RAW support at: Visualbakery.com.

JPEG images

A77 Vs K-5 Head-to-Head High ISO Measurbation at RiceHigh.
Full size images at High ISO are available at Fotomagazin (Click here).
Full size images and ISO test at Imaging Resource
Full size images at Dpreview.
Full size images at Videoacademy.
Sony Alpha A77 SLT Sample Photos at ePhotozine.
Full size image at Naver (scroll down to the very bottom of the site).
Full size images at Popphoto.
Image samples and ISO comparison at Dyxum.

And now the BIG question to you (Please keep in your mind the limitations I mentioned on top of this post)

What is the camera you are considering to buy?

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P.S.: Those are all preorder links. preorder now to get them first!

Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Jessops UK (Click here) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony A77 body only at Amazon (Click here), Jessops UK (Click here) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK (Click here) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony A65 body only at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK (Click here) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon (Click here), Jessops UK (Click here) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK (Click here) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore (Click here).
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore (Click here).
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore (Click here).

Sony 16-50mm reviewed at SLRgear! Sony’s marketing is “more,” not “better.” (Thom Hogan)

The new Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 lens has been already reviewed by SLRgear (Click here). They did NOT test the lens on the new Sony A77! The lens is sharper at the wide end than on the tele end. It has a very good corner to corner sharpness. The only real “issue” is Chromatic Aberration. But overall “the combination works to produce excellent photographs.“. You can read the full review and see all the graphs here at SLRgear.

Meanwhile Thom Hogan (Click here) gave his first impressions about the A77: “This is a top end camera, and so obviously it should have a top end level of features, but one thing that struck me in reading all the Sony marketing material was that there was a lot of emphasis on the bells and whistles and not nearly as much on the quality side. When quality was mentioned, it was obviously hyperbole (“flawless image quality”).” and “A few people with preproduction cameras have sent me image samples to analyze, though, and what I see is a lot of noise reduction in the JPEGs, which pretty much rules out the word “flawless” in my book.
If you don’t agree with Thom drop a comment on SAR. I am sure he is reading your them!

You can check the price of the new Sony stuff and preorder at Amazon:
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 body only at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A65 body only at Amazon (Click here).
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon (Click here).
Sony NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon (Click here).
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon (Click here).
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon (Click here).

 

 

A close eye on the A77 image quality (via Luminous Landscape, Imaging Resource, Videoacademy).

Charles Michel form videoacademy made that 9 minute long A77 presentation. he speaks in German but there are English subtitles!

Now it’s time to focus on the real quality of the Sony A77 (preorders here). Let’s start with one of my preferred websites:

Luminous Landscape A77 test (Click here to read the full article):
Feeling: The A77 is a “pretty” camera; one of the nicest styled Sony cameras in a long time. It has a very organic shape and falls to hand very nicely as well.
Video:There is much less visible rolling shutter with this camera than I’ve seen before. If this holds true with a full production camera then DSLR video makers are going to be all over this camera like a kid with a bowel of strawberry jello.
EVF:Is it good? Yes, it’s very good – for an EVF. I would go so far as to say that it is much preferable to the dim and small reflex viewfinders found on most reduced frame DSLRs. This then begs the question – how does it compare to the viewfinder on a full frame DSLR like the Sony A900? Not so well.
Fullframe (A99):I think that there is, and it even may well use the same (or similar) body as the A77. As mentioned earlier, the A77 is a full-sized camera, with the heft and gravitas that a Prosumer model deserves. It certainly appears as if a full frame sensor could be used with the same chassis (if not the same actual body) as the current one.
Again, I invite you to read the full article as it is in my opinion one of the best previews written today!

Imaging Resource (Click here to read the full article):
IR has been the first to post a detailed image quality analysis. And starts with that considerations: “I won’t go too much into detail about my disappointment that the A700 went so long without an upgrade or successor; suffice it to say that I thought that camera was Sony’s best chance at making a dent in the Canon/Nikon hegemony, and instead of addressing its few flaws, Sony was spending too much time trying to appeal to the consumer market, a place where Nikon and Canon dominate even more pervasively.
EVF: A sensor over the viewfinder detects my eye and makes the switch between the LCD and EVF, but usually doesn’t make the switch fast enough, leaving me first in the dark, then I see a screen that’s a little too dark at first, then my eye adjusts. It’s not a comfortable set of changes, going from very bright to very dark, then to somewhat bright, so most often I and my colleagues shied away from the EVF when out in daylight, preferring the LCD.”
The new 16-50mm lens:At the outer edges of the frame, the 16-50mm lens shows a little softening, which you can see in the last crop below, but it’s truly remarkable performance from a lens that effectively costs $600 when purchased as a kit, while the full-frame 24-70mm Carl Zeiss lens sells for around $1,750.”
Image quality: IR made many comparisons mostly with fullframe cameras. It’s a bit unfair comparison as the larger fullframe pixels can deliver a much better per pixel sharpness. ANyway, the A77 does a good job at base and high ISO and is not far behind the top (and more expensive) fullframe cameras.
Also in that case I highly recommend you to read the full article (Images are at the bottom of the post).

Preorder the new stuff!

Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 body only at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A65 body only at Amazon (Click here).
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon (Click here).
Sony NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon (Click here).
Sony 16-50mm A-mount at Amazon (Click here).
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon (Click here).
Sony 50mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon (Click here).
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon (Click here).

Sony NEX-C3 triple review (including DPreview) and new A35 review.

[shoplink 7207][/shoplink] The Sony NEX-C3 is getting heavily tested by the most important review websites! And before you get submerged by the upcoming A77 and NEX-7 news and reviews take a look at those articles:

Yesterday DPreview (Click here) posted their NEX-C3 article. The camera gets the “Silver Award” with an overall score of 74%. It is the same score of the Olympus E-P3 but the NEX-C3 has a better image quality and is cheaper!
Also Photographyblog (Click here) tested the NEX-C3: “While usability has been improved, with a number of customisable controls, the NEX-C3 is still best suited to the beginner rather than the more confident prosumer, who will bemoan all the button pressing that’s required. ” The camera gets recommended with a rating of 4 of 5 stars.
The last review is from Whatdigitalcamera (Click here): “The C3’s new sensor is a success, images look great and the camera’s smaller design looks the part too. The price is held at a very reasonable sub-£450 point and there’s very little not to like bar some control issues.
Click those direct search links to check the NEX-C3 price and availability: [shopcountry 7207].

There is also a new Sony Alpha 35 review at Techradar (Click here): “In terms of performance, the SLT-A35 is highly responsive, while image quality – whether you’re shooting JPEGs and/or RAW files – is equally as impressive.
SonyAlphaLab (Click here) tposted some A35 image samples.
Click those direct search links to check the A35 price and availability: [shopcountry 7419].

New Sony A35 review

[shoplink 7419][/shoplink] The British website Trustedreviews (Click here) posted the final Sony A35 test: “While attention is naturally drawn to the super-fast AF and continuous shooting abilities of the A35, what really impresses is overall image quality“. Don’t forget to read the full test to see why they like the camera!
Also CNET Asia (Click here) tested the same camera: “The A35 is a subtle update to the Alpha range of SLRs and while it won’t be a game-changer, it’s certainly good at what it doe“. On their website you can see a couple of image/video samples and tests.

The new Sony A35 is in Stock at [shopcountry 7419].

Veyr first E-mount Noktor 50mm f/0.95 test by Steve Huff

That is a beats of a lens! The picture shows the Noktor 50mm f/0.95. But how good (or bad) performs the lens in the real world? Steve Huff (Click here to read the review) tested the lens on the new [shoplink 7207]Sony NEX-C3[/shoplink]. You can see many image smaples on his website and all I am going to report here is that the lens perfroms better than the m43 version fo the Noktor. Steve Huff is also giving away one lens for free!

You can get the current 28mm and 35mm lenses from SLR magic on [shoplink 8242 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. The Noktor is available on their homepage (Click here).