(SR5) HOT! The Sony Half-mirror (pellix) patent!

Design of the Pellix mirror

As you know since months SonyAlphaRumors is telling you that Sony is working on a Half-mirror (Pellix-mirror) camera. Click here to read the original rumor we posted on December 1 2009!
I remember many of you didn’t really believe in what we told you :)

But now we can proove you that our rumor was true!
The very new patent from Sony (United States Patent Application 20100045853) is showing us how it works!!!

Let’s start with the very interesting part:
There is proposed a digital camera which is capable of simultaneously performing phase difference detecting AF by a phase difference detecting AF sensor and live view in which time-series images for determining a picture composition are electronically displayed on a display

In fact Sony invented the Holy Grail of photography (and videorecording). You will be able to use the very fast Phase-Detection Autofocus during video recording. And no more mirror blackout during still photography. No noisy mirror movements! It will make less noise than a Leica rangefinder camera!

You can read the entire patent here: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2010/0045853.html

Or read the part below (copied from the patent text) which summarize everything very well:


However, in such a technology as described above, a half mirror is fixed to a camera body. Therefore, in actual photographing (in capturing a still image for record), light passing through the half mirror is used. That is, typically, an actual photographing image is generated using light passing through the half mirror at a predetermined transmittance to reach an image pickup device. As a result, a sufficient quantity of light may not be obtained in the image pickup device in actual photographing.

It is desirable to provide an image pickup apparatus capable of obtaining a sufficient quantity of light used in actual photographing in a configuration capable of simultaneously performing phase difference detecting AF and live view.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided an image pickup apparatus including a half mirror, a phase difference detecting AF sensor, an image pickup device, and display means. The half mirror separates light from a photographing optical system into transmitted light and reflected light. The phase difference detecting AF sensor receives the reflected light reflected on the half mirror to detect a focusing state by a phase difference detecting method. The image pickup device receives the transmitted light passing through the half mirror to generate time-series images with respect to subject image light from the photographing optical system. The display means sequentially display the time-series images generated by the image pickup device. In the apparatus, the half mirror is provided so as to be movable between a first position on an optical path of the subject image light from the photographing optical system and a second position to which the half mirror is evacuated from the optical path of the subject image light, and when the half mirror is in the second position, the image pickup device generates an actual photographing image on the basis of the subject image light reaching the image pickup device from the photographing optical system without passing through the half mirror.

P.S.: Sorry if I still didn’t manage to update the SonyAlphaRumors website design. I have been really busy at work. Will have time tomorrow to make everything :)

(SR4) A7xx in Q3 the A3xx in June

According to various sources the Sony Alpha A3xx should be launched in June and the Sony Alpha A7xx at Photokina in September.

If the rumors becomes true that would be a disappointing news! We really hoped to get the A7xx in our hands soon :(

(SR5) Sony vs Samsung -> Competing in the mirrorless camera segment…with the same lens manufactor?

We don’t need to be a clairvoyant to see that Sony and Samsung will both play a big role in the future mirroless and interchangeable camera market. But what I really didn’t know until today is that both companies are working together with the Optrontec company which will produce the lenses for both mirrorless system..the one from Samsung and the one from Sony!

The news is from yahoo.kr which has been published in December!
Original korean text: http://kr.finance.yahoo.com/news/view?aid=2009121513383846825
English -> Google translation

Sony TidBits

New Sony alpha and lenses PMA 2010

Digitalcamerareview: Hands-on with Sony TX5 and Sony H55
Engadget Sony PMA report
The polish website Fotopolis.pl posted the MTF graphs of the new Sigma 85mm lens.
The hungarian website pixinfo made a nice ISO comparison table of the Sony A550. (no translation available)
Sony Alpha A500 Review at TrustedReviews

(SR4) What Sony didn’t tell you about the mirrorless camera

The Sony press release and mockups do not reveal anything about concrete specifications and release date. So we thought it would be nice to make a small summary of all the rumors we received from reliable sources.

Important note: What we post here are rumored specs, not official Sony specs! We collected the rumors from reliable sources (which gave me correct informations in the past) and added a probability percentage.

1) 50% chance this information could be true -> The System name will be “NEX”

2) 50% -> The first two cameras will be on market within June-July (The NEX3 and NEX5?)

3) 50% -> A more advanced mirrorless camera should be unveiled at Photokina and compete against the future Panasonic GH2

4) 80% -> In Lens stabilization (Sonys goal was ot make the mirrorless cameras as thin as possible)

5) 80% -> Built-in Flash

6) 80% -> Body price under 1000 USD

7) 80% -> First three lenses: 18-55/F3.5-5.6 / 16mm f/2.8 / 18-200mm (900-1000 USD)

50% = rumor comes from one trusted source only (the trusted soruce gave me correct informations in the past)

80% = rumor has been confirmed by one trusted sources + one or more new soruces

(SR5) Zeiss will make lenses for the new Sony mirrorless System

In an interview with dpreview Masashi Imamura (President of Sony’s Personal Imaging and Sound Business group) said that “the company’s relationship with Carl Zeiss will extend to lenses designed for the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

There is no concrete information about future lenses specifications and timeline.

Continually updated -> Latest rumors and news from the Sony PMA presentation

Dear readers,
as you probably know on Sunday Sony will keep a presentation for the press at the PMA show. We will continually update this post with latest rumors and news. So keep following us here!

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Pictures available here:

LIVE-> first A7xx pictures!

LIVE-> first NEX pictures (mockups!)

LIVE-> Now he talks about the next Alpha camera which also will use the new Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. AVCHD compresison Full HD (1080p)

LIVE-> Of course APS-C. Body is very compact!

LIVE-> Masashi Imamura shows the mockup of the new Sony mirrorless camera! It has the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor.

LIVE -> Sony’s strength “We make our own lenses, sensors and processors”

LIVE-> Masashi Imamura is starting to talk about the A7xx!

LIVE-> Sony is talking about the HX5. So nothing exciting now :)

Press conference started! We will update you live with all the informations! Teload the page pressing the “F5” key!

Video of the pre-press conference here! http://www.twitvid.com/4EB29

Thanks 1001noisycameras.com for finding the link

So here we are. Someone sent us the link to the old Sony CES live stream. It doesn’t look like they will stream the PMA event! This is the ols CES stream :(

No Alpha Fullframe camera at PMA

Confimrs from another source -> A7xx: 1080 30p recording. In Stock soon after the announcement!

40 minutes to go! There will be no Sony Live-streaming from the event. We are watching all the biggest Sony website and forums and if we find something interesting we will link you to them!

One of our source told us that the mirrorless cameras won’t have Built-in IS to make the camera even thinner.

So now we have the calm before the storm.

So, now it is time to find the name of the A700 successor. If you knwo somehting contact us at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.
Around the web we fins some names A730 or A735. But what will be the real name?
P.S: If someone is on PMA feel free to send us your pictures!

E-mount to A-mount adapter is about $ 200 USD

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The Sony A700 successor will be available soon! it is not just a concept camera!

Mirrorless cameras do have in LENS Super SteadyShot!

UPDATE 22: And even more news about the mirrorless cameras!
Body price under 1000 USD
– Have lens 18-200mm about 900-1000 USD (very expensive but similar price of 14-140mm Panasonic)
– 16mm f/2.8 (confirmed)

UPDATE 21: More news about the A700 successor
– Body smaller than the A700
– 2 live view mode as A550
– Sweep Panorama
– Video HD

CZ Distagon T* 24mm uses 72mm filter!

Our rumors were right. And now follow us on twitter! Subscribe our RSS feed!

UPDATE 18: HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANAHEIM, CALIF. (PMA #2220), Feb. 21, 2010 – Sony is exhibiting an array of innovative digital imaging products at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) 2010 International Convention, including a concept model of the new compact α (alpha) DSLR camera system that employs an Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor, which provides full AVCHD video capability.

New concept α products being shown include an ultra compact model with interchangeable lenses, additions to the α family (including a successor to the α700), along with new TX5 and H55 Cyber-shot® cameras, new printers and other accessories.

α DSLR Camera

In addition to the current DSLR-A230, A330, A380, A500, A550, A850 and A900 digital SLR cameras, the following concept camera bodies and interchangeable lenses will be exhibited. Current interchange lenses, including Carl Zeiss® and G lens products will also be on display.

* Concept model of an ultra-compact interchangeable lens digital camera system that packs the quality of a DSLR camera in an extraordinarily small body, along with interchangeable lenses
* Mid-range concept camera for advanced users (a successor to the α700) as well as concept mainstream models
* Prototype of a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G) with class-leading optical performance
* Prototype of a Distagon T 24mm F2 ZA SSM, new Carl Zeiss wide angle lens for superior shots of landscapes and sweeping vistas

source: http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/digital_imaging/digital_cameras/cyber-shot/release/56463.html

Two of the new Sony mirrorless cameras (The Nex3 and the NEX5) should be available in Q2 (between April and June). In summary: Sony will show you mockups of their new NEX mirrorless interchangeable lenses cameras at PMA. The real camera will be nicer! Also the specs we leaked are not completely exact. I was told the cameras do have better specs!!! That’s damn good news guys!

This are the specs we leaked one week ago (and I let you imagine which part of the specs will be better):
support RAW
3′ LCD,920K
11 point AF
ISO 200 to12800
720p Mp4 and AVCHD
support SDHC

Support RAW
3′ LCD,920K
11 point AF
ISO 200 to 12800
1080/24p Mp4 and AVCHD
Support SDHC

Around the web people is speculating with the A7xx having the same HighISO (12800!) as the Canon 7D
P.S.: I hope Sony managed to archieve better High-Iso results!

Quick speculated comparison between the future two big competitors:

Panasonic GH2 Sony NEX7
14-15 Megapixel sensor 14 Megapixel sensor
1080 60/50p recording 1080 60/50i (or progressive?) recording
AVCHD at 28Mbit/s XDCAM at 35Mbit/s
Autofocus: contrast autofocus Autofocus: Sensor based phase detection?

New Sigma lenses for Alpha mount!
– 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM (dpreview)
– 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (dpreview)
– 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM (dpreview)
– 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM (dpreview)
– 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM (dpreview)

Sony is going to show mockups of the mirrorless NEX cameras. I was told that the real cameras do look better :)

Never used google translation that much. I am reading chinese korean and japanese forums all the time :)
I am also working on the SonyAlphaRumors redesign. I really need to clean up the website!

One of our readers + one chinese source do say Sony is preparing the launch of following lenses (we are not sure all will be shown at PMA):
– Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2 ZA SSM
– 500mm f/4
– 35mm f/2 SAM (i don’t know DT or full-frame)
– 85mm f/2.8 SAM
– Maybe 70-300mm f/4.-5.6 SAM

I am back again (it is early in the morning here in Europe).

It is midnight here in Europe. I will take some rest and check for rumors early in the morning. Tomorrow it is going to become a very exciting day!
P.S.: keep following us! We will update you with every news we found around the web!

One of my trusted sources didn’t give me any specs but he has seen the camera and told me that “I review many cameras…and I really believe the Sony A700 successor will become a Hot-Seller. I would definitely buy one!
The same feeling has been expressed by the administrator of the Dutch Sony forum: “I think the best APS-C cam I’ve seen in times…Everything, but really all the trimmings…There is really very hard work by Sony to get all this together

Sony product announcement this Sunday at 9am PST (pacific time).
– 5pm London time
– 6pm (or 18.00) Berlin time
– midnight (or 24.00) Tokyo time

Sony could show mockups only of the new mirrorless cameras! So probably no real camera yet? We hope some of our trusted sources can confirm (or deny) the rumor soon.

We are continually checking around for more news.
If you have rumors/news to share contact us at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com

We also expect the new 500mm lens to be finally unveiled. According to one chinese rumor there could be some more lenses (all primes). This rumor has not been confirmed by our soruces.

The president of Sony Spain said 3D Cybershot cameras should come very soon (probably at PMA). We don’t know if they will show mockups or market ready products.

Sony is going to show us the future camera concepts. This probably includes the pellix mirror based Alpha camera (not confirmed from our sources).

The Sony A700 successor is going to be unveiled at the show. The camera records video and includes all latest Sony improvements. We were told that the Sony A7 series will be pretty awesome!