July 1, 2010
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Sony TidBits (Sony NEX3 and NEX5 at DxOmark)

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DxOmark just published the new NEX-5 and NEX3 test: http://www.dxomark.com

Sony NEX-5 review at Digitalcamerainfo.com and T3.com

Sony A450vs Sony A550 vs Canon 50D ISO comparison at Optyczne.pl

Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM Interchangeable Lens Review (ePhotozine)

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June 30, 2010
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Sony NEX firmware update adds 3D Sweep Panorama

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Press Release:

3D update for Sony’s NEX-5/NEX-3 cameras

Free firmware adds 3D Sweep Panorama shooting

London, 1st July 2010: A new firmware update brings the excitement of 3D shooting to the NEX-5/NEX-3 interchangeable lens cameras.

Available now for free download from the Sony Europe support site, the update adds several performance enhancements plus 3D Sweep Panorama. Unique to Sony, this exciting feature makes it easy to capture dramatic panoramic images in 3D with an extra-wide field of view.

Just press the shutter button and sweep the camera from side to side. The NEX-5 and NEX-3 shoot a high-speed burst of frames that are automatically combined inside the camera to create a seamless panoramic still image containing depth information. Sweep Panoramas can be enjoyed in 3D when the camera is connected to your 3D BRAVIA or any standards-compatible 3D TV.

The update also offers other enhancements for the NEX-5/NEX-3. These include:

  • Improvement of ‘normal’ 2D Sweep Panorama shooting;
  • Decreased power drain when the camera is switched off;
  • Quicker start-up in low-light conditions.

The update is only needed for NEX-5/NEX-3 cameras with Version 01 firmware currently installed. Cameras shipped with Version 02 firmware or higher are already updated with the new features. Owners can find out what firmware version they’re currently running by selecting [MENU]/[SETUP]/[VERSION]. Registered NEX-5/NEX-3 owners will be advised of the update via email.

Download the new firmware: http://support.sony-europe.com/dime/DSLR/DSLR.aspx

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June 29, 2010
Posted in news, reviews

NEX-3 preview by Steve Huff and MicroFourThirds vs NEX comparison

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Sony NEX-5 Hands-on Review (feat. Panasonic GF1) by Digitalrev

Aristophrenia.com (click here to read the google english translation) made a very detailled comparison between the Panasonic G2 and the Sony NEX-5. (found via fotoactualidad)

And Steve Huff is now working on the NEX-3 review: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2010/06/28/sony-nex-3-16-f2-8-first-look-videosamples/

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June 28, 2010
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Sony NEX pushes the Mirrorless cameras share in Japan up to 30%.

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In violet the ammount of mirrorless cameras sold and in blue the market share (May 31- June 6). Source: BCNranking (google english translation)

Sony NEX camera are now in Stock almost everywhere (like Amazon, BHphoto, Ritz) and they are pushing the mirrorless segment up to 29.9% (of the japanese market share)! The Sony NEX cameras do profit from the momentum (3 camera made it into the top-10 of the most sold DSLR cameras in japan) but also the Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1Panasonic GF1 and the Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1 are selling very well!

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June 25, 2010
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UPDATED: Canon FD to NEX adapter on eBay!

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Now you can use a huge ammount of nice and cheap lenses like the:
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UPDATED: Pierre (a SonyAlphaRumors reader) asked the seller on ebay about other adapter he is planning to release, here is his answer :
thanks for the message… M42, PK sure… but not so soon… I will have: Canon EOS, FD, Leica M, M39, NIKON G (F) ready in a week…
Thanks Pierre for sharing the news!

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June 25, 2010
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My two cents about the A7xx, A9xx and Sony firmware

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Dear readers, I know you want me to find some rumors about the Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700Sony A700 successor, about the next Fullframe camera and the Sony A850/A900 firmware update. I am working on it. We got some small rumors but we need confirmations before to post it on SonyAlphaRumors. What I can tell you now is:

1) I didn’t receive any rumor that would lead me to believe that the Sony A700 successor is going to be announced at Photokina. But the good news is that it seems that Sony is working hard to deliver the camera as soon as possible, they are definitely feeling the pressure made by the Alpha Folks!
2) We received some rumors from unknown sources about the Sony A950. But I do not expect any new fullframe camera in 2010. I am one of those guys who is dreaming a A950 with ExmorHD sensor :)
3) Sony is still struggling with the Sony A850/A900 firmware update. Let’s hope they will manage it to solve the programming issues!

Reminder: Keep in mind that all those infos I am writing here are “rumors” There is nothing official, and no info came from Sony itself.

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