January 30, 2011
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Smart patent: How to add a foldable grip to compact cameras.


Today I had some time to read the latest Sony patents. I didn’t find anything about the future Sony cameras. But I found a patent that shows a genius way to add a grip to super compact cameras by simply…folding it! You can see more designs here: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7871206.pdf.

So was it worth to spend a Sunday afternoon for that? Nope :)  But I  always hope to find some cool stuff like I did last year when I found the translucent technology patent.


January 29, 2011
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Sony TidBits (Sony A580 review at Photoradar)


Sony NEX-5 Droidworx Microcopter UAV (via SonyAlphaNex).

Sony A580 review at Photoradar: “As an all-rounder performer it shines, with its high-resolution sensor and articulated LCD screen making it ideal for still-life photography, and its speedy focusing system and 7fps burst rate meaning that it’s not out of place when action presents itself either.

Sony Alpha 55: Lightroom vs DxO Optics Pro, duel of the titans at high ISO (Alpha Numerique).

DxOmark tested all manual Zeiss lenses (they are not available for Sony yet…but maybe in future…)

Sony NEX-5 vs Olympus E-Pl1 head to head at Tech.sina

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T99 Review (Steve Digicams).

Both Sony and Omnivision Might Supply Sensors for iPhone 5 (Image Sensor World).

Sony HX7V Hands-On Review (Photographybay).

Sony TX100V Hands-On Review (Photographybay).

A55 vs A850 high ISO shootout (Dpreview forum).

January 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

Letsgodigital posts new pictures from the HX100V and the HX9V (no new NEX or Alpha at the CP+)


This is the third HX100V/HX9V leak within 10 days and this should be also the last one. The two compact cameras will be announced next week right before the start of the CP+ show. This also means that there will be no new NEX or ALPHA camera at the show. The only thing we can hope is to see a final prototype of the upcoming cameras. But that’s just a hope and nothing else!

Sony Cybershot HX100V at Letsgodigital
Sony Cybershot HX9V at Letsgodigital

January 28, 2011
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SLRmagic is asking you if you want a 50mm f/1.0 prime for NEX cameras.


We are all waiting for Sony to release new high quality lenses for our NEX cameras. But meanwhile another lens producer is asking NEX owners if they would be interested in getting a 50mm f/1.0 manual lens. The company is SLRmagic which already made the cheap 35mm f/1.7 lens with E-mount. So let them know what you think!

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January 27, 2011
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(SR2) The Sony A77 is coming on April 16? Probably fake rumor?


Nico” the administrator of the dutch fotomateforum.net claims to have found info about the A77 on Sony Scandinavia and Luxembourg websites. But before reading the rumor please keep in mind that the rumor is not from one of our trusted sources! So take it easy. This could be fake. As soon as my sources will send me reliable info I will share it here!

Update: It looks like the original post at fotoforum has been removed! I downgraded the rumor from SR3 to SR2. A source just told me he didn’t hear anyhting about a release on April 16th. So please be cautious!

My girlfriend is from Antwerp but I don’t speak dutch and she is currently outside the house. That’s why I am posting the google english translated text:

Following the publications on the production camera pack shots we could really expect these leakages.
Previous rumors about a launch in June, September and December are thus proved untrue.
On Saturday, April 16, the Alpha 77 launched at an event in the new luxurious Monaco, Porto Montenegro.
The entire European Photo magazine press is flown.
Sony shows this clearly shows that with this new APS-C SLT competition want to inflict a crushing blow.
The Sony Alpha 77 is in the near future, along with the also launched 500 f/4.0 G SSM SAL “THE tool” for the BIF, Sports Shooter and Wild Life to be.
The Nikon D400 sensor is exactly the same 24.4Mp half years later released. This connected with the Sony sensor and Nikon agreed clause.


– APS-C 23.6 x 15.6 mm 24.4 Mp (Effective) Exmor CMOS sensor Backlit
– 16 fps
– ISO 100-204800
– 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
– Micro Adjustment for Sony, Minolta and Konica Minolta Lenses
– AVC HD Video / 24 bits (like the Panasonic GH2)
– Panorama mode
– 3D
– New designed by Epson OLED Super EVF
– Able Tilt LCD Display
– Building and grip similar to the “Magnesium” Alpha 700
– The
CF+SD+MS cards can be used in tandem
– Newly designed battery provides up to 1,000 shots.
– The body A77 has a street price of 899 Euros.

I ask my trusted sources if they can confirm the rumor about the A77 beeing announced on April 16! If the rumor is true than we have also the good news that Sony is finally giving priority to Sony cameras instead of Nikon cameras!
Thanks Nico for those exciting news! And come visit me in Antwerp ;)

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January 27, 2011
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(SR4) More colored NEX cameras coming soon (+ a SR1 rumor)


As you know Sony announced the gold NEX-5. Now, according to our sources Sony will soon announce many new colored NEX cameras. I know this is not an exciting news but I guess this is what we have to expect to be announced at the upcoming CP+ shows which will be held in February.

There is only one anonymous source that believes a new NEX camera is coming but that rumor is rated SR2 (not reliable rumor form new source): The source claims to have seen the new NEX-7. It features a 14.1 mpx sensor, a high-res 16:9 articulating LCD screen and that t will be announced within one month! As I said, I don’t believe in this.

But before you start complaining against Sony listen carefully. I expect tons of new real products to be announced starting from the second quarter of the year! So please faith a little bit more time. I bet you will NOT regret it!

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!

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!