January 27, 2011
Posted in news

Impressive tutorial for a homemade A55 underwater housing!


Let’s make a very short break from all those boring rumors I posted in these days ;)

David Bejarano form SonyAlpha.es gave me the link to an impressive tutorial for a homemade underwater housing for sony a55 (Author: Zolkman): http://www.sonyalpha.es/portal/noticias.item.188/fabricacion-de-carcasa-submarina-para-nuestras-alphas.html.

That thing really works! And it’s much cheaper than the SOny NEX-5 underwater housing!


January 26, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) DSC-HX100V-specs


This is the first picture of the new HX100v

UPDATE: Images and text have been removed form the originial website!

Sony will announce the new HX9v and HX100v compact cameras on February 2nd. The HX9v specs have been already leaked and now we got the HX100v specs too! Sony Nordic posted them on his website:
The camera incorporates technology not only from “Cyber-shot” series development but also from “Handycam” and the “a (alpha)” series
– DSLR quality with Manual to Auto, Higher resolution 50p Full HD movie & 3D in one body
– 30x Ultra high zoom H with Hi-speed AF, GPS & compass
– Equipped for Full HD movie shooting in AVCHD format
– Intelligent Sweep Panorama
– 16.2-megapixel back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, 27mm-810mm*1 f/2.8-5.6 Carl Zeiss “Vario Sonnar T*” lens, and “BIONZ” Imaging Processor for high-speed signal processing
– Movie mode supports 1920 x 1080 Full HD

I repreat once again. Even if this is a non ralted Alpha or NEX news it will be very interesting to see the two most exciting features those cameras will bring. Ultrafast 0.1 sec contrast autofocus (as fast as the Panasonic GH2) and the incredible 1080p60 (or 50) 28mbit/s video recording!

January 26, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Two more lenses discontinued at Sony Hong Kong!


I don’t speak Chinese but Hong Kong readers sent me two link to Sony lenses that just have been discontinued! If the “rumor” is correct Sony will stop selling the DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 and the 300mm f/2.8 G lens! As usual take that info with a grain of salt. I didn’t hear anything from my sources about possible successor for those lenses.

Take a look for yourself:
Sony Hong Kong SAL18250 product site
Sony Hong Kong SAL300F28G product site

January 25, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Short A77 status update


I just received a short message from one of my anonymous sources: “A77 packshots are ready and currently being reviewed by management!“.

The source is reading us….feel free to ask him whatever you want to know about the A77. Hope he can/will answer your questions!

Things we know about tha A77:
– 24 megapixel sensor
– FullHD
– New advanced OLED(?) EVF
– UNCONFIRMED -> There were rumors (and also a Sony patent) about some kind of hybrid viewfinder ( a là Fuji X100 (Click here to see that camera on Amazon)?).
– ISO will go ‘up into the hundreds of thousands’
– price will be in the same area of the Canon 60D ($900-1200. Click here to check price)
– The A77 has a bigger and robust body compared to current SLT cameras.
– The A77 will not have a flip-up mode to allow shooting without this extra sheet of glass in place.
– It will take CF+SD+MS cards, of which you can use two at the same time.
– With the new battery you can take around 1.000 pictures.

P.S.: Paul Genge of Sony UK said that “this camera will include such high specification features that current A700 owners will be amazed”

P.P.S.: We have a new facebook page! Join us at http://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors!

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!

January 24, 2011
Posted in reviews

DxOmark: The Sony A580 is much better than the Sony A55!!!


What we are posting now will definitely start a BIG discussion! Than according to DxOmark lab results the Sony A580 easily outperforms the translucent A55 brother! Color dept, Dynamic range and ISO performance are better on the classic DSLR Sony camera! De facto the A580 is as good as the Nikon D7000. It looks like you loose a bit of image quality when using a camera with translucent mirror. Let’s face it, difference is barely noticeable in real world pictures but Sony has to work to close the gap between the two technologies. Maybe that’s the reason why Sony has taken all that time to develop the A77 and A99 cameras. I am sure at the end we will say that it was worth to wait…at least I hope so :)

Direct shop links (Click on shop name to visit the product page and check price and availability):
Sony A580 at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE, AmazonFR, AmazonUK, eBay
Sony A55 at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE, AmazonFR, AmazonUK, eBay

January 24, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) The Sony HX9v full leaked


For those of you interested to get the new Sony HX9v compact camera take a look at hx9v.blogspot.com. They leaked everything you can leak about that camera :)

The two main killer features are the very fast contrast autofocus (0.1 sec) and the 1080p60 28mbit/s video recording. If the HX9v can do that imagine what the next NEX camera will do!

January 22, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Leica to use the new Sony fullframe sensors?


Here it is one of the most unbelievable rumors I ever read. A new source told us that Leica is currently developing a new fullframe mirrorless system with electronic viewfinder instead of the rangefinder system used for the Leica M9. The new Leica cameras could use Sony sensors instead of Kodak sensors. If the rumor turns out to be true those cameras will be certainly expensive (there is a huge extra you have to pay for the brand). I hope Sony will make their own fulllframe mirrorless system using the same sensors and for half of the Leica price :)

As I said, it’s a new source and the rumor is rated with SR2 only (20-40% chance the rumor could be correct).