May 27, 2010
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Sony TidBits

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Medieval (Sony HX5) from Andrew Reid

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 User Report (Imaging Resource)
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 Review (Photographyblog)
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Sony NEX-5 review (Photoradar)
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AlphaNumerique tested the Sony NEX cameras (google english translation)
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Sony NEX unboxing on Zetaboards

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May 26, 2010
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Sony makes small pixel size even smaller….now 1.43um!

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Sony created the smallest pixel size CCD with 1.43um pixel. Sony uses dual microlens to improve the light collection. It also reduces by 12% the power consumption and has a special 1/4 resolution mode for high sensitivity and high speed image capture.

Source: Sony (via ImageSensorWorld)

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May 26, 2010
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Sony 18-200mm lens for NEX -> shipment start on September 17

The japanese store Yodobashi is accepting preorders of the 18-200mm E-Mount lens. Shipments will start on September 17.
Reminder: Sony NEX will be start shipping on mid June!

via: fotoactualidad

May 25, 2010
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(SR2) Primetimecrew says that Sony is developing a 30mm f/1.8 lens and a new EVF for the NEX system.

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It is the first time that I read that website so I can’t tell you how reliable their rumors are. But according to primetimecrew.wordpress.comSony is currently developing an EVF as well as a 30mm f1.8.”

We know that Sony is working on a new EVF (OLED?). But we didn’t hear anything about a 30mm prime lens.

Thanks Kris W.!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=fake rumor (1% chance the rumor will become real)
SR2=rumor from unknown and unreliable source (10-20% chance the rumor will become real)
SR3=a rumor unknown source or sources which sounds realistic (20-50% chance the rumor will become real)
SR4=rumor from our trusted sources (50-70% chance the rumor will become real)
SR5=rumor from many of external and internal sources (70-90% chance the rumor will become real)

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May 25, 2010
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(SR5) Firmware update for Sony Alpha cameras delayed again (because of unexpected issues)

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As you know we months ago we told you that Sony was working on a new firmware update for current Sony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony Alpha cameras. We expect the firmware to improove the ISO-performance (The same improovement we have with the new Image Data Converter).

Months ago we received rumors (from known reliable sources) that the firmware should be released in March. Than we learned that they delayed the release until May. And now the same sources (and I repeat they are very reliable!) sent me an email saying that the release has been postponed again. All I can tell you is that “…many alphas were wrecked after loading FW 2.0Beta…“. And we have to wait for Sony to fix the problem.

Pleas Sony…fix it as soon as possible!

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May 24, 2010
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Sony TidBits (and tons of new NEX news)

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Sony announced Cyber-shot phone in Japan (via photorumors)

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 review (CameraLabs)
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Sony Alpha NEX-5 Photo Gallery (DCresource)
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Photos of the NEX-5 on Clubsnap
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Sony NEX test on camera.itmedia.jp (google english translation)
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Sony NEX tested on mobile01 (google english translation)
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Sony NEX-5 Hands On (TheOnlinePhotographer)
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Sony HX5 Review (Luminous Landscape)
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Sony A900 24-70mm vs Canon 5D2 24-70mm (dpreview forum)

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May 23, 2010
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David Kilpatrick “predictions”

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The very known Alphamount “guru” David Kilpatrick wrote down a mix of rumors-speculations:

1) “Don’t buy any current Alpha mount lenses, as the next year will see revisions to the existing designs, of that I am sure.”

2) “The Alpha 7XX (750?) will have 1080i video and exactly the same sensor as the NEX5/3. It will not have Quick View live view, but an update to MF Focus Check Live View incorporating Contrast Detect focusing exactly as in the NEX5. The optical viewfinder will be comparable to the A700, and it will have SSS.

3) “new 16-80mm with SSM and improved overall build quality.This lens will also be totally compatible with the NEX and Alpha adaptor.

4) “Two other lenses which must be revised are the 11-18mm (replaced with a 10-24mm SAM) and the 18-250mm (replaced with an 18-270mm SAM OSS). They will also replace the Sony 75-300mm with an SSM OSS 70-300mm f/4-5.6 if they stick with Tamron. And I think they will ad the 60mm f/2 Tamron macro to the Sony range as a SAM lens.”

source: Photoclubalpha

Thanks R.K. for sending the link!

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