(SR5) The Sony 16mm f/2.8 lens

According to our sources the Sony pancake is a 16mm f/2.8 lens. With a diameter of 49mm it has a bigger size compared to the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Lens or Panasonic 20mm lens. The Lens comes in silver (not sure if it comes in black also) and compared to the Olympus or Panasonic MicroFourThirds lenses it has a superior build quality (chromium?).
According to the sources the image quality is very high and the price very low. In fact the NEX3camera + 16mm lens will be cheaper than the Olympus E-PL1 + kit lens.

Along with the pancake lenses two zooms will be launched. The 18-55mm and one more tele lens. Also this lenses do have the same high-build quality.

UPDATE: SonyAlphaRumors readers question

Good Morning!
During the past weeks I have been able to contact many sources and I have some interesting “rumor” about the Sony mirrorless cameras. But before posting something about it I have a question for you.
I noticed that many websites are taking our rumors and reposting them without linking to us. An example? We were the first to tell you about the Sony Pellix camera and we were the first tell you about the Sony NEX mirrorless cameras. If you search for “Sony NEX” in google you can find many websites talking about them the days after we posted the rumor. And most of them do not link to us. I am not angry with anybody but it is quite frustrating to know that I worked hard to find the rumors and than nobody knows that SonyAlphaRumors exist because almost everyone is copying our “news”.

So I looked for a way to make everyone clear that we are the rumor main source.

My idea is to repeat the rumors countdown I made in November (when I posted the Sony pellix rumor). I could tell you that on a specific day one a specific time I will disclose the rumor. This would help to create an attention on that website. I know some of you would not like that sort of “marketing tecnique” that’s why I want to know your opinion first. I would do 3-4 countdown “actions” and than stop.

If you have better ideas let me know.
Many Thanks!
Andrea

UPDATE: Thanks for your help. I have choosen to not use the countdown. I will post the rumors now! I don’t want 45% of my readers to become angry :) At least I hope some of the guys who are copying me understood the message. Thanks!

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(SR4) Mirrorless cameras on late May

During the last days we received many mails from people saying the mirrorless cameras will be announced on April 18. The source of the rumor is the famous “Gustav” (or “jsvogel”) which is a known Dyxum user. But according to our sources the camera will be announced on late May! We don’t have the exact date but we have been told that the camera will be available in stores in June. During the past weeks we have been working very silent to collect reliable informations. There will be two mirrorless cameras called NEX!

(SR4) No good feeling about the A7xx…

During the past weeks I had long discussions with many of my sources. I didn’t post anything about the Sony A700 successor because I wanted to double check as much as possible the informations I received. As you can imagine there are many false rumors floating around the web, and also some of my sources can be wrong. One of the main questions I (and you) have is when the A700 successor will finally be on market. According to the infos I received there will be no A7xx at least until Photokina. Most of my sources say that it could also come late 2010 or early 2011 only!

Now remember, we are a rumors site and we are still building our solid sources basis. But in this case I received the same kind of rumor from completely different sources located in different parts of the world. I hate it to give you bad news but to me it seems that Sony wants to push their upcoming mirrorless system more than they push the current Alpha system.
Anyway, tomorrow Sony will do a press conference. I hope the Sony manager will tell us “Yeah the A7xx is here” and I hope to give you the damn cool link to amazon to buy the camera. I really hope that I and my sources are wrong!
But my guts tells that the news might be bad, and I wanted to share it with you.

Again Sony A7xx to be shown at NAB. New entry level cameras without video to come after NAB

We have a small rumor update for you. We had the chance to talk again with our sources and to verify our old rumors. The new Sony A2xx and A3xx will come few weeks after NAB (the NAB takes place on 10 April) and not have video recording. At NAB you will see the A7xx but the camera will not be ready for market release:(
As we already told you there will be a major Sony announcement in May. Sony will launch the two new entry-level cameras, the firmare update and the new mirrorless cameras.

Fools Day: Sony A7R coming at NAB

UPDATE: This are fake specs :)

Cgerrard from AlphaMountWorld posted the specs of the “Sony A7R”. Now we all now today is Fools Day!

APS-C 14 BIT 15.4mp CMOS Exmor Sensor
BIONZ II Dual Processor W/Accelleration Mode
3.2″ Sony OmLED Matrix LCD Screen (w/brightness, contrast, hue adjustments)
New Top LCD Panel
100% Coverage Optical Viewfinder with .94x Magnification (24 cross point AF overlay LCD grid) 29mm Viewfinder Relief
New 24 Point AF System with 14 double cross and 4 wide angle sensors, 1 center quad cross low light AF sensor
8fps High Speed Continuous Shooting (24fps -full resolution shooting in Accelleration Mode)
ISO 64-25,600 Sensitivity Range
84 Segment Smart Priority Metering System
1300 Shot Battery Life Rating (w/new type NP-FM550H)
60fps 1080p HD Video (w/low light mode) with optional Stero Mic imput jack
82 Weather Seals, including main integrated seal on mount for all lenses
14-124 F Degree weather rating
Dim Light IR Mode for extraordinary low light fast focusing
Pre-Shot Capture Mode
Triple Shot HDR Mode
Dynamic Range Optimizer II
Sure Removal – Supersonic Dust Elimination System
Quick Navi II User Interface- User Customizable
Smart Axis/Rotation Digital Level
Sensor Composition Adjustment (2 degrees any direction)
Improved Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (3-4.5 stop improvement rating)
12 Stops E.V. Adjustment
Interchangable Viewfinder Screens (6 types)
8 Memory Recall Customizable Quick Access Settings
True Vue Automatic White Balance Mode
Dual SD Card Slots
Super Main Sensor Live View
Intelligent Preview (w/auto save feature)
Dual Remote Commander Sensors (front and rear)
Anti-Static Magnesium Body Panels w/Stainless Steel sub-frame
AF Micro Adjustment +/- 30 Step Increments (for up to 45 lenses)