Fujitsu to Manufacture CMOS Sensors for Sony (Image Sensors World)

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Via ImageSensorsWorld we learned that “Sony will subcontract the manufacture of CMOS image sensors to Fujitsu in an arrangement aimed at lowering production costs without revealing proprietary technologies to overseas foundries” and “The deal with Fujitsu should allow Sony to meet growing demand for image sensors while keeping production costs in check and safeguarding its proprietary technologies in Japan, the Nikkei business daily reported. A spokesman for Sony said the electronics giant has been considering outsourcing some image sensor production to meet strong demand driven by growing sales of advanced digital cameras and smartphones, but declined to comment further. A Fujitsu spokesman declined to comment.”

Is that good or bad news? Let me know what yu think…

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New Sony 85mm lens in Stock. Sony A55 coming in Stock next week on Pixmania!

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Sony announced many new products and some of them are now in Stock. After the Sony A33 now the new Sony 85mm f/2.8 is in Stock. Click on the store name to get the lens:
Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT


We have some news regarding the Sony A55. The camera will be in Stock next week! You can preorder the camera now:
Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

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(SR2) Details about the new E-mount lenses?

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Image courtesy: Photoscala

We found some good leaks in the past on mobile01.com (google english translation) that’a why we post the new E-mount rumors we found inside that forum. Those are the rumored focal lenghts and apertures of the new E-mount lenses we should see in 2011/12:

Four primes:
30mm F2.8 macro
35mm F1.4 Zeiss
50mm F1.8
85mm F2.8

Three zooms:
16-50mm F3.5-4.5
55-200mm F4-5.6
70-300 F4.5-5.6 G

Source: mobile01.com (google english translation)

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

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Tôru Katsumoto (Sony) interviewed.

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Focus Numerique published a new interview with Tôru Katsumoto from Sony. Those are the  most interesting info (Attention: Google translation):

– “After the launch of Alpha 33 and 55, the critics were actually more positive than what we ourselves expected. In addition, we are working on new models of electronic viewfinders, much more efficient, and we therefore decided to use this type of viewfinder for our next model.

– Will the next Fullframe model use the new electronic viewfinder? “The decision has not yet been made, especially for devices with 24×36 mm sensor. I think, one of the electronic viewfinders can even compete with the optical viewfinders of those models. But not in the near future, regarding the fact that the resolution of a 24×36 mm optical viewfinder is very high.

– “At the end of 2010, we do not have the technology to do without the mechanical shutter.

– Tôru says that Sony will make a high-end compact camera (a là Panasonic LX5).

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