October 20, 2010
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony A77 coming mid 2011 and with a completely new 24 Megapixel sensor!

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Finally I can share you some info about the future Sony A77 which came from our very trusted sources! I remind you that this is a rumor and not an official info from Sony. The rumor is rated with “SR5” (SonyRumor) because I do believe there is an 80-99% chance the info we post here are correct! A second reminder: My native language is not english…a preventive “sorry” for all errors ;)

The rumor:
According to my sources Sony has chosen to use a completely new sensor for the upcoming professional SLT (Translucent) camera. The sensor will have 24 Megapixels but don’t worry, I have been told the noise performance of the sensor is equal if not better than current 14-16 Megapixels Sony sensors used for the NEX and A33/A55 cameras. It will feature the highest resolution APS-C camera on market (The Canon 7D is on top with the 18 Megapixel sensor). The Sony A77 will be released by mid 2011 because Sony needed time to develop an almost perfect camera. There will be many innovations (Paul Genge of Sony UK said that “this camera will include such high specification features that current A700 owners will be amazed“). It will have an improved BIONZ processor (based on the current A33/A55 processor), micro af adjustment and record 1080/30p, 720p60 and 720p30 (But we can’t exclude last minute improvements like 1080p24). I also do know that Sony original plan was to release the A750 with Optical Viewfinder but I don’t know yet if Sony will indeed bring that prototype to the market (let’s say there is a 50% chance).

If you want to share rumors (anonymously) contact me (Andrea) using the contact form on the right sidebar or use a fake email account and write us at sonyalpahrumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

If you want to help us click here: How to support SonyAlphaRumors.. Thanks again!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unkown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

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October 20, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Sony reviews

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The chinese website Tech.sina posted a Sony 85mm f/2.8 review.

Sonyalphanex: Sony NEX with a Voigtlander 35mm Nokton f/1.4 (Click here to see current lens auctions on eBay).

NEX-VG10 Studio Portrait on Flickr!

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Olympus PEN E-P1 at Dkamera.

Sony 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 E – OSS test at Optyczne.

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October 19, 2010
Posted in news

Sony Amazon rankings (Sony NEX and A55 doing pretty well!)

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Amazon just did a small “revolution” for their Bestseller rankings. They added a new category for digital cameras: “Compact System Cameras”. Let’s take a look on it. Sony NEX cameras are selling extremely well in Germany and UK (where they are on the very top). They are not doing really well in US but at least much better than Samsung cameras.
Check out the current rankings for yourself:
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here). Amazon makes a big mistake here and calls the section “Micro Four Thirds Digital Cameras“!
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Deutschland (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

And what about the new Sony A33 and A55 cameras? How well are sales going at Amazon?
The Sony A55 is currently climbing the rankings and made it into the top 20 in US and France. Where the camera is selling extremely well is in Germany. Here you can find the translucent camera on the very top. In UK old Sony cameras are selling much better than the new ones.

– DSLR camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here)
Amazon Deutschland (Click here)
Amazon UK (Click here)
Amazon France (Click here)

Note: Amazon Japan and Amazon Canada are mixing all type of cameras in their rankings. And you can’t find any Sony camera on top of their rankings.

Now Sony, after doing well with the NEX and SLT cameras please hurry up with the new semipro and pro camera release! Thanks :)

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October 18, 2010
Posted in news

Sony TidBits (Interview with Zeiss)

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MegaPixel.co.il: Interview with Bertram Hoilnger, Costumer Support at CARL ZEISS

NEX FDA-SV1 and 3rd Party Viewfinders (SonyAlphaNex).

Sony E 18-200mm review at Motimotion and Ascii.jp.

Sony A55 preview at Camera.itmedia.co.jp.

Sony commercializes world’s first*1 16.41 Megapixel “Exmor R™” back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for mobile phones (Dpreview).

Sony A33 Brief Hands-on Impressions (RiceHigh).

Sont A390 ISO and image samples at Neutralday.

Sony NEX-VG10 Hands-on at Ascii.jp and Pronews.

Sony A580 review at SonyAlpha.es.

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October 18, 2010
Posted in news

Sony A55 hack! It can record 1080p at 48/60fps?

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UPDATE: The hacker needs some help: “Do you have any info on where the Alpha Cameras are made? Which plant? Who supplies specific components?” Please contact me if you have the answer. Thanks!

As you might know the Panasonic GH1 camera got a lot of attention after beeing hacked (click here to read the DVXuser hacking thread). The hack allows a higher bitrate, third-party battery support, 30min recording removal and many other improvements. Now we have a good news for you. A hacker just sent me an email: “I have had the Sony A55v for about a week. I’m already into the firmware and from years of hacking motherboard/video-card BIOS and Pentax cameras I can tell you the APS-C sensor can shoot MJPEG at 3k resolution at 24p for at least 45 seconds. I’m more interested in 1080p at 48/60 FPS. I’ll tell right now the memory buffer systems in this camera is huge….probably 3-4 times that of the GH1. All I’ve done is break into the code. A proper hack would take months. Thousands of possible settings to adjust. Testing. But you need thousands of people and a big community to support a project like that.

The hacker wants to know if you would support this project with technical help and financial support. That’s why I added a poll. Please contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com if you can help the hacker. Thanks!

What should be the three main features of the Sony A9?

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October 18, 2010
Posted in news

How to transform your Sony NEX in a Pinhole camera :)

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I guess few of you have used Holga cameras for a long time. Now we have good news for you. With the new Skink Pinhole Pancake Starter Kit (available on eBay) you can transform your Sony NEX camera in a digital Hogal :)
Another positive side effect is that this is probably the most compact way to take photos (you don’t need any lens). Check out the current auctions and image samples on eBay (Click here).

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October 17, 2010
Posted in deals

Sony A580 in Stock in US and Europe!

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Finally also the new Sony Alpha 580 is in Stock here and there. For those of you that do not care about Autofocus speed during videorecording the A580 might is the better choice because of the Optical Viewfinder and the absence of the translucent mirror that would take you away some light (one third of stop).

In US:
Adorama has the Sony A580 with kit lens in Stock (Click here) and so some reseller on eBay (Click here).

In Europe:
Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK and some reseller on eBay (Click here).

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