UPDATE: NEX-5 + double lens kit is coming in US…you save -$150!!!

If you want to save some money ($150) don’t buy the Sony NEX-5 + 16mm annd 18-55mm lens now! A new deal is coming from Sony.

Currently you have to pay $649.99 for the NEX-5 + 16mm combo and add other $299.99 for the 18-5mm lens. That makes $949.
With the new offer which will start very soon you will pay -$150 less for the whole package!

So don’t buy now if you need both lenses, wait!

UPDATE: Sorry, I forgot to say that in Europe and Japan the kit is already available. It was not available in US!

My two cents about the A7xx, A9xx and Sony firmware

Dear readers, I know you want me to find some rumors about the Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700 successor, about the next Fullframe camera and the Sony A850/A900 firmware update. I am working on it. We got some small rumors but we need confirmations before to post it on SonyAlphaRumors. What I can tell you now is:

1) I didn’t receive any rumor that would lead me to believe that the Sony A700 successor is going to be announced at Photokina. But the good news is that it seems that Sony is working hard to deliver the camera as soon as possible, they are definitely feeling the pressure made by the Alpha Folks!
2) We received some rumors from unknown sources about the Sony A950. But I do not expect any new fullframe camera in 2010. I am one of those guys who is dreaming a A950 with ExmorHD sensor :)
3) Sony is still struggling with the Sony A850/A900 firmware update. Let’s hope they will manage it to solve the programming issues!

Reminder: Keep in mind that all those infos I am writing here are “rumors” There is nothing official, and no info came from Sony itself.

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(SR4) Two A550 successor with ExmorHD to be announced soon?

According to our sources Sony is ready to launch the first ExmorHD DSLR. The most popular Sony DSLR the Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550Sony A550 is going to be updated with two new A5xx ExmorHD models. They will become the first DSLR (non-mirrorless) Sony models with video! Both camera will be announced between now and Photokina (July-August). Sony clearly wants to compete against the Canon 550DCanon 550DCanon 550DCanon 550DCanon 55D0Canon 550DCanon 550DCanon 550DCanon 550DCanon 550DCanon T2i/550DCanon T2i/550DCanon 550D.

Reminder: And two pellix cameras will be announced at Photokina. That makes 4 new Alpha model in few months!

Stay tuned on SonyAlphaRumors!

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Sony is working on new sensor designs (patent disclosure)

One of the latest Sony patents disclosed a new kind of sensor. Pixel size does change based on their color characteristic. This does make sense because every color has a different sensivity. Read the google english translation:

  • Patent publication number 2010-129548
    • 2010/06/10 Release date 2010/06/10
    • 2008/11/25 Filing Date November 25, 2008
  • Current Issues
    • The signal level is smaller and more pixelated, S / N ratio is difficult to ensure
    • RGB wavelengths the energy profile for each file is different
  • Patent Technology
    • Energy profiles corresponding to the active area (pixel size) and
    • Long wavelength light (Red) is a large photodiode (detector sensors) and
      • Silicon on the substrate, R is the weakest of the irradiation energy
      • RGbGrB square fit to
  • Consider the type and surface radiation exposure type back
  • Bayer employs
  • Pixel pitch of 1.1μm (back radiation) 2.5μm and (irradiated surface) examined

Source: Egami