January 17, 2011
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(SR3) More rumors about the A77 and A55 successor (+ new kit lens)

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Just came back from a 3 days trip and now I have time to post new rumors. We are getting closer to a very exciting time and I am in touch with many sources to get reliable info about the next cameras and lenses. Let’s start!

The same source that sent us the NEX roadmap also sent as a few info about the Sony A77 and the A55 successor (already?).

This is the text:

Together with NEX-7 and SLT-A77 sony will also release the successor of A55, may A66? and a newly designed 16-50mm kit-lens for D-SLR. I´m a little confused about the early specifications from A66?, it sounds same like A77 with less speed “just” 10fps vs. 12 fps, different body and differences in EVF (both OLED).

I heard from trusted source that Sony wants to implement the OLED technology in their future electronic viewfinder. So this part should be definitely correct. I am a bit surprised to hear that Sony has already a new A55 successor in the pipeline. Wonder why Sony should do this, the A55 is selling very well (proove is that only Amazon has them in Stock).

As usual if you have rumors to share please contatc me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Every piece of info helps! Thanks!

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January 14, 2011
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(SR3) New A-mount mirrorless camera to be launched soon?

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According to PhotorumorsSony will release a new mirrorless camera with 3  CD (CMOS) sensors. Each of the sensors will be 6MP and the combined ISO will be up to 819 200 (up to 16mp combined image size). The camera will have an α-mount, contrast AF, 1.5x crop factor. It seems that working models are already floating around to selected individuals.

I received a similar rumor over one month ago and I didn’t post it because I thought it was a joke. But another source just gave a new information that Zeiss developed servo lenses with Alpha mount for that camera! I am starting to believe there is something true behind all those rumors…
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January 14, 2011
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Sony NEX-5 now comes in GOLD.

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Sony unveiled the new Gold NEX-5. It should be released by February the 10th. Using a gold body and silver lens is not my taste but you might find it cool!

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Via Sony.jp

January 14, 2011
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Sony Tidbits

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Hibride W8: Sony NEX-5 + 3 D Panasonic Lumix H-FT012. Using the Micro Four Thirds to NEX adapter (Click here to get one on eBay).

Sony Alpha 55, test complet (Alpha Numerique)

Sony NEX-5 vs Leica M8 (SonyAlphaNex).

Field Review: Sony a580 (ThePhoBlographer).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Review (Photographyblog).

The Sony Alpha A55 DSLR Camera Is Made Out Of Recycled Plastics (Sonyinsider).

Testing the Best: Sony’s NEX-5, the Small Wonder (popsci).

Clip-on LCD monitor from Sony for HD video shooting with Interchangeable Lens Digital cameras (Sony Presscenter).

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January 13, 2011
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Sony to increase the price of Zeiss lenses in US?

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According to photorumors Sony will increase the US price of the Zeiss lenses. I didn’t hear anything about that so I can’t confirm the rumor for now. But if you are playing with the idea to get the lens you may get one now!

Direct link to Sony Lenses at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto (Clic on store names).

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January 13, 2011
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Sony close to become number one in japan ;)

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Sony is about to write history (ok ok it’s an exaggeration)! Since years Nikon and Canon have been always on top of the weekly japanaese sales chart. In over two years I never saw any other company become the number one in those rankings. Now look at the latest BCNranking data. In Japan the Sony NEX-5 was the second most sold system camera of the week! Now we are very close to the Canon Rebel. Message to Sony: Release soon those new lenses and you will become number one in a second ;)

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January 12, 2011
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Mark Weir (Sony) interviewed at Imaging Resource

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Sony marketing is finally giving some sign of live and they are spreading good news regarding the future of Alpha and NEX! Mark Weir has been interviewed by Imaging Resource. The interview is very long and full of interesting news. Thanks Mark for answering all questions! I am sure also SonyAlphaRumors readers will appreciate it ;)

A few interesting notes:

– NEX They are by far the number one selling mirrorless cameras in the United States…the A580 and also the A55 have seen demand that has exceeded just about everyone’s initial expectations
– . We’ve been acutely aware of the concern for the arrival of the A700 successor — actually, quite acutely aware, and we’re sorry that it’s taken as long as it has — but we believe that when this successor arrives, everyone will realize that it was very valuable to first develop the technologies and the capabilities that will go into the model, and to save it for those.
– With another year of development of those key devices, we believe that we’ll see a new generation of translucent mirror cameras with new capabilities
– I think it comes as no surprise that many of the models that really are attracting the attention of many enthusiast, semi-pro and even professional users these days are no longer full-frame, but rather the very, very top-end of the APS-C line-ups that are being created. ….This has led to longer life cycles for full-frame cameras
– The 500mm f/4 is coming soon

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