Sony TidBits (with links to NEX-C3 and A35 manual downloads!)


AF100 vs F3 vs FS100 Part 1: The Real World from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review (Digitalcamerareview).

Japan’s factory not back to normal until autumn (AmateurPhotographer).

Moves To Dump Stringer As Head Of Sony (Channelnews)

Sony and Zstudio did remove the NEX-C3 and A35 manual download page. But our readers did copy the manual and posted them online:
NEX-C3 manual can be downloaded here: (Thanks Stefan)
A35 manual viewable on: (Thanks “x”)


Ken Rockwell tests the NEX-VG10 (+ new A580 review at IR)


The famous “starblogger” Ken Rockwell stopped at Sony and tested the NEX-VG10 (Click here to read the full review). He usually reviews Nikon or Canon stuff so let’s see what he thinks about the VG10: “It’s about time someone made a large-sensor video camera dedicated for the video market, and it’s about time that Canon and Nikon SLRs got put to bed for video. SLRs were never made for video, and Sony knows video cameras better than anyone.“…”For those of you looking mostly to make video, I consider this a much smarter buy than a DSLR, and the NEX-VG10 includes a great lens for video; no need to use the interchangeable lens feature.
Thanks Ken for posting a Sony review!
Check the VG10 price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Imaging Resource (Click here) tested the Sony A580: “The only major fault we’d bring to the fore is the over-aggressive noise suppression in JPEG images, which strangely get worse in the red channel when you switch to Weak Noise Reduction mode. But there’s no arguing with our printed results, which show the Sony A580 able to produce good quality 20×30-inch prints from Large Fine JPEG images from ISO 100 to 400, and even the highest setting of 12,800 produces a good quality 5×7-inch print.
Check the A580 price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.


Sony removes the website with username and password for the C3-A35 manuals


It is not a suprise that Hackers got access to the credit card data of Playstation useres. Our readers found the official Sony article that did contain the username and password to access the C3 and A35 manual directory! I guess Sony has a lot of work to do to safe their websites. And I hope they will manage to do that as soon as possible. Anyway I am writing that article because (finally!) Sony removed that page:

The only thing we don’t knwo now about those cameras are WHEN they are going to announce them. Let’s hope it will be soon!



Nikon will delay the mirrorless camera, D700 and D4 announcement. One more chance for Sony to gain market shares?


Before you read: Nikon makes amazing products and I want them to recover as soon as possible. It’s very important for their employees and for their families. I will cross the finger for them and for all other Japanese companies! So please don’t misunderstand the following article. We are only talking about a possible future market share shift (from a “cold” marketing perspective, no fanboy thinking here!). A big hug to all Nikon employees!!!

According to (reliable!) sources from Quesabesde Nikon delayed the announcement of the mirrorless cameras because of the problems conected with the Sendai plant that has been shut down after the earthquake. Quesabesde doesn’t expect any new mirrorless camera (and No D700 and D3 replacement) before October!!!

A few days ago USA TODAY said that with the shortages in cameras, due to the crisis, “The opportunity for Sony, Olympus and even Samsung to grow a little market share in the next few months is clearly out there“. And also Thom Hogan said ”Sony’s inventory problems had been somewhat the opposite of Nikon’s: most items have been in plentiful stock, partly because they’re not as efficient as Nikon in getting a customer in a store asking for something. So, yes, USAToday’s basic premise is correct: if sales shift away from Nikon, Sony should gain.”

And on top of that Sony suprised us all with a huge Instant Rebate action in US which could put Canon and Nikon under pressure (A wonder why we europeans can never enjoy such nice offers):
-$50 on the A580 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.
-$50 on the A55 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the A33 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

From what I know Sony will introduce plenty of amazing new products in 2011. You can bet on it! We expect 4-5 Zeiss lenses for Alpha, new G lenses, the Zeiss 24mm f/1.7 for NEX, 2-3 other Sony NEX lenses, Sigma and Tamron lenses, the A77, the NEX7, the NEX-C3 and NEX-C5 and the A35. yes that only in 2011! And what about fullframe cameras? Don’t worry, Sony will surprise us in 2012 ;)

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I say it once again: The best for all of us is that Nikon and Canon can recover soon. Best for the japanese companies, for employees and for the simple marginal reason that competition forces the companies to create even more amazing products!



SLT-A35 specs analysis


So what are the difference between the A33 and A35? Our reader Romansta made this nice spec comparison (Thanks!)

First, the A35 has a longer battery life compared to the A33
A35: 420 pictures with flash | 460 pictures without
A33: 270 pictures with flash | 290 pictures without

It has also a longer burst rate (in Jpg):
A35: Maximum Burst Rate (Modus AE): 21 (Fine) / 29 (Standard) pict.
A33: Maximum Burst Rate (Modus AE): 14 (Fine) / 16 (Standard) pict.

It’s slower in RAW:
A35: 6 pictures
A33: 7 pictures

But the A35 has a reduction of overheating and you can record longer videos:
A35: Continuous movie recording mode – Temperature
20°C Steadyshot ON: 29 minutes | OFF: 29 minutes
30°C Steadyshot ON: 14 minutes | OFF: 29 minutes
40°C Steadyshot ON: 10 minutes | OFF: 29 minutes
A33: 20°C Steadyshot ON: 11 minutes | OFF: 29 minutes

A35: New Menu Option: Selection of the first screen of the menu, the main menu or the last menu. (page 56)

If you find some more differences drop me text! Thanks!


Editor’s note: Dpreview now does publish rumors? Without to mention the source?


Let me say first that I really like DPreview for their reviews and useful forum. But I have been a bit surprised to see our Czech manual leak rumor on their website. As long as I know they were always against the publishing of rumors or leaks.

Just a note, I spent a couple of hours and many of our readers made a nice job trying to find the links to the Czech manual and the login data. I think they could have posted a link to our articles (as other websites did). Hey, I also did many mistakes in the past and I know it’s sometimes very difficult to link back to the right source. But I take the chance to remind you that it would be nice if you post a link back to us when you take the info we posted here first on SAR. It helps us to keep the website growing and to get even more rumors and news.

Thanks! And greetings to the Dpreview team ;)