July 24, 2011
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Sony TidBits (with new Sony NEX-C3 reviews)

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Sony α55 DSLR with Glidecam HD-2000 steadicam (Click here to get the Glidecam on eBay).

Full Sony NEX-C3 review at Photoreview Australia: “Although the NEX-C3’s grip is slightly better than on the NEX-3, it’s not nearly as comfortable as on the NEX-5. It forces you to pull your index finger back to trigger the shutter, instead of positioning it comfortably above the shutter button…We’re not sure why Sony has restricted the ISO range in this way when the sensor is clearly capable of covering a wider range. It’s most puzzling to see the lower end of the sensitivity scale not being fully exploited…Differences between JPEG and raw files were less than we’re accustomed to seeing, probably as a result of using the supplied raw file converter. Resolution remained high throughout the camera’s sensitivity range, with a gradual decline across the sensitivity range.

Also CNET US tested the NEX-C3: “Compact and attractive, with a tilting LCD and excellent photo quality, the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 has some compelling aspects. But with the 18-55mm lens the camera becomes substantially less compact, there’s no EVF option, and the video capabilities are more limited than I’d expect for the price. A lot of people will like the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 for its excellent photo quality and a now more usable design, but it can get unexpectedly heavy with the zoom E-mount lenses, and it’s still a bit more expensive than many point-and-shoot upgraders will like.

The NEX-C3 will be soon in Stock in non asian countries too. Preorder it at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay (Click on the shop names to visit the search page).

That’s a cool accessory: Jtec announced a hotshoe converter for the NEX cameras (from the proprietary Sony hot shoe to the universal hot shoe). Check at DC.watch.

Some nice NEX images sent to me by one of our readers (http://www.fluidr.com/)

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July 22, 2011
Posted in rumors

Firmware upgrade later in year to enable 24p, 30p, 60p, 60i for the NEX-FS100!

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Philip Bloom just got a very good news for all current and future Sony NEX-FS100 owners: “I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I just spoke to one of the main Sony Europe chaps who confirmed to me that Sony will be offering the NTSC upgrade to the PAL versions of the FS100 for free, probably around the Winter time.” The firmware upgrade will enable 24p, 30p, 60p, 60i recording!

Check the NEX-FS100 price and specs at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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July 22, 2011
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There will be no more leaks at Sonyservice.

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Since a long time Sonyservice was a good source for new product leaks. We now have been told that Sony toke action and we will not see any leak there anymore.

Reminder: The latest leak we found at Sonyservice Canada was about the:
NEX5N (This is probably the new code fot the upcoming new NEX-5E)
NEXVG20 (This should be the Sony NEX-VG10 successor)
SEL55210 (This is the 55-210mm lens for NEX).

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July 21, 2011
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A complete new comparison: Sigma SD1 versus Sony cameras!

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One of the most…”exotic” cameras has been tested by Luminous Landscape. The camera has two particularities:
1) It uses a Foveon sensor
2) It has a crazy price! Check at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Scary!!!

But let’s focus on the “Sonyaspect” of the review. First we all know Sony filled some patents for their own foveon-like technology. So it’s interesting to see how the new SD1 foveon sensor performs! And than Luminous Landscape compared the image quality with the Sony A900 and Sony A55 cameras! Read the review here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_sd1_review.shtml.

What do you think about the image quality difference? LL says: “The A900 rolls off more smoothly in the highlights. But, when it comes to resolution the lack of an AA filter shows though. The SD1 clearly resolves more micro-detail. This is one of the reasons it is able to punch above its weight when it comes to making large prints. There is simply more detail in the file.

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July 21, 2011
Posted in deals

First Sony NEX-C3 cameras in Stock in US. (update: not in stock yet)

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The new Sony NEX-C3 is already in Stock in asian stores (like Amazon.jp and Digitalrev and on eBay (Click here)-> The resellers are mostly coming from Japan).

UPDATE: There was an error from Adorama. The Black NEX-C3 with 18-55mm Lens at Adorama (Click here) is NOT in Stock! They now say they will have them in Stock in two weeks only :(

 

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July 21, 2011
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(SR5) NEX-7 leaked image is a real prototype (Don’t get confused because of the “NO” button!)

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I have been assured by some of my trusted sources that the NEX-7 image leaked last week is a picture of a real NEX-7 prototype! It’s a very early “stage” image and you should not get confused because of that “NO” button. This was made intentionally to mark the fact that it is a prototype. But keep in mind that this is not the image of the final production version. There could be still some small changes! Reminder, I am 100% certain the NEX-7 has a Fuji X100 (Click here to see that camera) style (built-in viewfinder). It has 24 Megapixel sensor and a 3 million dot OLED EVF. The camera should cost around $1.200.

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Mark explanation:
1) 3 Million dot OLED EVF
2) Hot shoe
3) 24mm f/1.8 ZEISS
4) Flash and the Image preview buttons
5) Pop-Up flash
6) Manual Aperture and Shutter Speed controls?
7) ???
8) ???

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources (60-80% the rumor is correct)
SR5=almost certainly correct!

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July 20, 2011
Posted in news, rumors

Sony announces the TX55 with Clear Image Zoom

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I was wondering why Sony didn’t announce the new compact camera(s) yet. But finally we have some hint. Sony will announce the TX55 at any moment from now.

According to DCviews: “What sets the TX55 apart is the new digital zoom technology called Clear Image Zoom that, instead of cropping the image, is using a more sophisticated process that includes pixel creation and pattern matching for a clearer and sharper magnified image. The DSC-TX55 will come in four colors and cost around $350. The camera is expected to be available in September…

Those are the specs
26mm wide-angle zoom
3.3-inch touchscreen LCD
10 frames per second (full resolution) burst mode
3D-still photos capability
dedicated video button
1080i full HD-resolution video capability

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