Cool (and expensive) stuff from Sony: Binoculars with built-in video recording feature!


Sony announced two new binoculars with built-in recording features (the DEV-3 and DEV-5)! You can read a preview written by our freind David Kilpatrick at Photoclubalpha (Click here). A full press release is available at Engadget (Click here).

UPDATE: You can already buy the two binoculars at Amazon US:
DEV-3 at Amazon (Click here).
DEV-5 at Amazon (Click here).

Below you can see a first preview made by a suisse website (there are english subtitles):

One more thing: David wrote: “An invitation to a Sony event on August 15th seemed perfectly timed for the announcement of the Alpha 77 and 65, NEX-7 and NEX-5n. In fact, those cameras are to be launched in Greece before August 24th when their embargo will be lifted – and Photoclubalpha, as a very minor player in this business, is not on the guest list.

Yes, the new Sony cameras and lenses will be announced in a huge event in Greece on August 24. And I found it pity that Sony didn’t invite David. Doesn’t matter how small his website is, he is a long time Alpha shooter and writer! Come one Sony!


(SR5) More new rumor tidbits


Those are some minor tidbits about the upcoming new Sony cameras. Everything is coming from trusted sources:

– The new LA-EA2 adapter has a built-in AF-motor (it can focus with all Minolta/Sony lenses!)
– The new external EVF for the NEX-5N is “movable” and has intelligent eye sensor.
– The NEX-5N weights 210 g.
– The NEX-7 has a Level Gauge and gridline
– A77 and A65 X-Sync is 1/250
– The new 55-210mm E-mount lens has actually a surprising “outstanding image quality”
– NEX-7 feel surprisingly light (at the same time solid).
– The A77 has 2.5 to 4.5 IS compensation


Personal note: I am very busy in this days. Sorry If I cannot answer all your emails within a reasonable time. Thanks for your understanding!


Sony A55 transparent mirror removed and analyzed!


Image credit: TheSyberSite analyzed

TheSyberSite (Click here) investigated the bugs and limitations of the Sony A55. And he gave a particular attention to the translucent mirror construction He actually removed the A55’s mirror!). The mirror is made by flexible plastic (See the picture on top). Also without the mirror you can use the A55 to take picture (of course autofocusing will not work!). It would have been nice to see if there is some kind of improvement in the image quality. That’s why I contacted the author of the test. He said he will post such a comparison soon.

Thanks Ray!


(SR3) New Sony A77/NEX-7 EVF made by Samsung?


A source told me an interesting background story. According to him the A77 uses an “Active Matrix-OLED with RGB pattern” and it is made by ….Samsung!

It is using the new 5.5 Generation factory and using the new laser technology instead Fine Metal Mask that was used before in all the Samsung OLED. The new laser tech allow Samsung make higher resolution displays (many new smartphones and tablets are coming with HD reolution this year). Also they are using a new green organic material PHOLED (they already are using the red PHOLED in the OLED displays.)”
Sony and Samsung are working together in this new display and it is probably that Samsung uses it too.
The technical features are under embargo and it won´t be available until 2012, but the display is big compared with other high resolution displays, it is around 0.9″ diagonal size and 4:3 form factor, but can be adapted to 3:2 and 16:9.

Thanks source for sending me that! Like those kind of insider stories ;)


(SR5) New NEX-5N image leaked


Image courtesy: Photorumors

Our friends over at Photorumors caught that nice image of the NEX-5N. And it is also good to hear that they were able to confirm the specs we posted here a month ago. Reminder ->Those are the specs:

16.1 MP Exmor sensor (Same us [shoplink 7207]Sony NEX-C3[/shoplink])
ISO 100-25600
0.02 seconds shutter lag time
3 in. 921k dots touch screen LCD
AF tracking can be enabled from the touchscreen
Improved audio quality during video recording
1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD 2.0 video recording
Shutter 1/4000
10 fps
Can take over 430 shots with one battery
Same AF speed as the [shoplink 4718 ebay]GH2[/shoplink].
New OLED viewfinder with eye proximity sensor (similar to the [shoplink 6075 ebay]Fuji X100[/shoplink]) will be available as an accessory.

P.S: $50 discount on the NEX-5 body only (or with 18-55mm kit lens) ends on September 10 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)


(SR5) A first look at the A77 EVF!


Dear readers. What you can see here on top is the very first picture of the Sony A77 EVF! You can see the 19 AF points (11 of them are cross type). You can also see the 1080p60 logo. Hope to get more sceenshot like this as soon as I can.

I also ask my sources if they can tell me more about:
1) Image quality (Low and High ISO)
2) Is there it 14 bit RAW?



A bunch of new Sony stuff reviews!

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Image on top shows the excellent and cheap [shoplink 22691 ebay]35mm f/1.8[/shoplink] lens from Sony

Techradar (Click here) posted a new Sony A35 review: “In terms of performance, the SLT-A35 is highly responsive, while image quality – whether you’re shooting JPEGs and/or RAW files – is equally as impressive. When it comes to finding fault with this camera, there’s little for us to complain about“.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) wrote an article about “The Best Lenses for Sony Alpha Mount DSLRs Under $300“. He tested the 50mm f/1.8, the 35mm f/1.8 and the 30mm f/2.8 macro lens. All three lenses are available at:
35mm DT at [shopcountry 6422] 35mm macro at [shopcountry 8210] 50mm at [shopcountry 8211]

SonyAlphaLab posted three new reviews:
Sony NEX-C3 at SonyAlphaLab (Click here). Available at [shopcountry 7207].
Tamron 90mm at SonyAlphaLab (Click here). Available at [shopcountry 8212].
Sony 70-200mm at f/2.8 lens SonyAlphaLab (Click here). Available at [shopcountry 8213].