January 4, 2011
Posted in news

Watch Sony CES presentation live at Ustream (or SonyAlphaRumors)


Good news folks! If you want to watch live the next Sony product presentation you only have to visit SonyAlphaRumors tomorrow! We will embed the stream from Ustream.tv in our website. The conference starts Wednesday at:

– 5pm San Franciso time
– 8pm NYC time
– 1am (Thursday) London time
-10am (Thursday) Tokyo time

Let’s hope Sony will announce some surprises! Please Sony, don’t show us a NEX mockup, show us the real camera :)

via Sony Insider


January 3, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) NEX-4 (prototype?) to be shown at CES


We all know Sony has a maniacal love for prototypes. Now according to one of our very good sources Sony will show a prototype of a new NEX camera at the CES show. But before you start to blame Sony I have a good news for you. According to a second trusted source that camera will be on market within 2-3 months so unlike the A77 prototype we don’t have to wait that much to buy it!

It has been very difficult for me to get some info about that camera. It’s a prototype that only a few people have seen (it has been shipped from Japan to US without informing the press about his existence). That is what I got from different sources:

Trusted source 1: The new model is called NEX-4. But this could be the temporary name ony (for the prototype). I was told that this is not the NEX-7 which is supposed to become the GH2 competitor.
Trusted source 2: It’s a compact NEX with slightly bigger body than the current Sony NEX-5. It has advanced button controls like the Panasonic GF1.
New source 3: I suspect Sony will come out the new nex mirrorless version of a55 during CES next week. (Don’t know if the source wanted to say that it uses the same 16Megapixel sensor).

I was told Sony will also show the A77 prototype and maybe something else (Lenses?). If you have some rumors to share feel free to contact me using the contact form on the right sidebar or write me (Andrea) at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

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P.S.: There will be a lot of new compact camera announcements:
DSC-W510: 12MP, 2.7 in. screen, sweep panorama function
Cybershot DSC-W530: upgrades to a 14MP sensor
Cybershot DSC-W560: adds SteadyShot and 720p HD video
Cybershot DSC-W570: adds 16MP, 5x zoom (25mm on the wide side)
Cybershot DSC-WX9: high end model, 16MP Exmor R CMOS, 3 in. LCD, 1080i video, 3D, 10fps, background defocus feature, HDMI
Cybershot DSC-WX10: top of the line, f/2.4 lens, manual WB, very high speed AF
Cybershot DSC-H70: 16MP CCD sensor, 3 in. LCD, 720p HD video, sweep panorama
Cybershot DSC-HX7: 16MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, 3 in. LCD, 1080i video 3D, HDR, 10 fps
Cybershot DSC-T110, DSC-TX10 – very small point and shoot camera, no other details available

January 3, 2011
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits (Philip Bloom tests the Sony F3)


Sony F3 vs Panasonic AF-101 Field of View comparison from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

There are more Sony F3 short videos on Philip Blooms website: http://philipbloom.net/2010/12/26/stardust/

Will Canon also go translucent? (ThePhoBlographer)

A website I didn’t “understand”: How to Make Sony Great Again (Sinfo)

Sony A580 Review- (Parts I and II Combined) at Alphamountworld.

January 2, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) A new NEX camera to be announced within the next 2-3 months.


According to one of my very best sources Sony’s next camera will be a new NEX model. The Sony A77 translucent camera will be launched 3-4 months after that model. I am currently investigating the details I received with the rumor. It sounds like this is an unexpected camera which means we never have talked about that camera before on SonyAlphaRumors. So please help me if you can :) If you know more about the next NEX camera (or other Sony cameras) feel free to contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. You can also use the contact form on the right sidebar. To keep yourself anonymous avoid to give me your real name and email address. But it would be nice if you could use some kind of nickname so that I can recognize you in future. Thanks!

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December 31, 2010
Posted in news

Happy new year SonyAlphaRumors readers!


Dear SAR readers!

I wish you all the best for the new year!

I Thank you all for the help and support you gave me, for your patience, for your nice mails and for the news and rumors you send me everyday to make my job on this website much easier. I learned a lot from you and I hope I can make this website become even better than it is now.

Right now I am working hard to get new info about the upcoming NEX and Alpha cameras. As usual this is not an easy job but I am quite confident 2011 will become the year where Sony can satisfy all the patient Alpha owners that are waiting for new professional cameras and lenses.

So let’s jump together in the new year! :)

A big Kiss!

December 30, 2010
Posted in rumors

(SR1) Impossible A700 successor rumor from chinese source


I received that rumor from a new asian source:

Perhaps sony will announce new DSLT(s) in CES   6,jan,2011
Similar level with Alpha 700 (DSLR)
and it have more powerful performance than A55 , A33
But pixels is similar with a55

Pixels – Similar with A55
Burst – more than 12fps
Movie – Same with A55
AF System – 25point AF System
Battery performance is more powerful than A55
Same EVF , but it can use at studi

I bet this rumor is fake! I post it here because the rumor is floating around the web and many were asking me what I think about it. Now you know it :)

December 30, 2010
Posted in reviews

Sony F3 vs Canon 5D video quality test


Photongraph (from www.sonyuserforum.de) found and sent me an interesting Sony PWM-F3 CineAlta Film camera vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark II D-SLR comparison. Click the following to see the move file: http://www.fxguide.com/qt/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/5DvsF3_H264s31.mov

FXguide made the test: “As part of our Red Centre Podcast coverage we want to share this clip with you that compares the Canon 5D Mk II and the new Sony F3. In this test, both cameras were attached to the same tripod locked together – and then panned over the same technical background. The results show the F3 recording a considerably better rolling shutter and the benefit of the F3 not line skipping. The 5D – while having a very high resolution sensor – reduces this image to 1920×1080 in a very abrupt way. So while the larger sensor gives the cinematographer a shallower depth of field, – the poorer technical down res-ing produces some really unwelcome artifacts.
Of course, the 5D does manage to produce good shots every day around the world. Our intend here is is to highlight the technical issues and allow the cinematographer to shoot knowing the issues and the risks.

Note: Also if that news is not related to an Alpha or NEX camera we want to focus your attention on Sony’s video technology development because they will certainly find some “congruences” with the future Alpha and NEX cameras.