(SR4) A77 price, 16-50mm lens and Zeiss E-mount lenses rumors from a good source

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One of my good sources sent me a new message to post on SonyAlphaRumors (I rewrote the text):
Hi Andrea, the price of the A77 body ($900-1200, close to the [shoplink 5117]Canon 60D[/shoplink]) could be correct. I can confirm the focal length of the new A77 kit lens (16-50mm) but not the aperture f/2.8. The naming of the A77 is not final yet! At the moment Sony is working close with Zeiss Germany (they had a lot of meetings in 2011). We will see some new lenses (for [shoplink 3003]e-mount[/shoplink] to) in near future… May directly from Zeiss? Greetings from XXX ;-)

Thanks XXX!

A second very good(!) source told us that while is true that Zeiss will focus on fullframe lenses for Sony there are still two APS-C lenses planned for release in 2011-2012! So the new rumored 16-50mm kit lens should be real!

So we are getting closer to some exciting new announcements. NEX-C3 and E.mount lenses in April and a few months after the A77 and new lenses. If you have some rumor to share contact me at sonyalpharumor@gmail.com. Thanks! And invite your friends to follow us! And join us at Facebook, Twitter and follow our RSS-feed!

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

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Latest Sony sensor improvements

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Data of the new 1/2.3-inch 12MP, 1.55um Pixel BSI Sensor form Sony

There are some news for our tech-freak readers ;)

Sony developed the next generation of CMOS Sensor that can “convert multiple pixels into signals simultaneously which results in a reduction of the conversion time by up to 75% when compared to existing sensors“. The new sensor has a five time greater processing speed (up to 34.8Gbps) and can shoot video with 17.7MP at 120fps (Source: Crunchgear).

Sony is also working on new tiny sensors fro smartphones and compact camera (1/2.3-inch). They just announced a 12MP, 1.55um Pixel BSI Sensor providing 42fps at full resolution (1080i60). More info at ImageSensorWorld.

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Sony TidBits

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Sony Photokina Press Conference: details of new A700 replacement

Camera Test: Sony SLT Alpha-55at Adorama: “On balance, the Sony SLT Alpha-55 is a rousing success. It’s a convenient, fascinating, fun, high-performance camera that will satisfy advanced enthusiasts as well as beginners, and maybe even a few pros. It delivers an incredible number of useful features, its high speed and HD video capabilities are exceptional, and it represents a great value for around $850 with 18-55mm lens. The fact that it literally teaches you what all those buttons and settings do is icing on the cake, and should be a great motivation for legions of picture takers stepping up to their first serious camera.

Sony MRW-F3 Memory Card Reader (Photographyblog).

Sony A55 vs Canon 600D vs Nikon D700 ISO comparison at Focus Numerique. Get the A55 at [shopcountry 3617]

Sony Cyber-shot WX5 Review (Trustedreviews).

Sony World Photography Awards 2011 Announces Student Focus Shortlist (Photoxels).

NEX5 Six Weeks Later (Seriouscompacts).

Sony A900, A700 and A580 ISO comparisons (Kurtmunger).

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Control the NEX with your iPhone!

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Dpreview forum user “Bikr” built an Apple iPhone application to control the NEX cameras!

The App sends the [shoplink 3003]Sony NEX-5[/shoplink] an IR signal through a transmitter connected to the iPhone. Two shutter release signals can be sent, immediate release and with a 2 second delay. The Sony NEX-5 remote below has the same capability. The Sony NEX-5 iPhone Remote Shutter App should also be able to control other Sony Alpha cameras with IR receivers. The NexRemote App will be in the iPhone App Store soon.
I have tons of features in the works including programming bulb timers , increasing the 2 second delay with a timer delay before firing the shutters etc.. Lots of stuff in the works!!
Android = I’ll work on it!!
intervalometer = It’ll be in next version I promise!!
Ipod Touch = 99% sure.

Links:
Opteka RC-3 Wireless Remote Controllers for Sony at Amazon (Click here)

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Sony has 15% of the DSLR market but wants more!

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Mr.Imamura from Sony :) (via: hx9v)

In an interview give at Bloomberg Masashi Imamura (president of the Personal Imaging & Sound Business Group at Sony Corp) said that “We’re currently discussing our next target, and that will certainly be higher than 15 percent“. In 2009 Sony had 11% share of the interchangeable lens market. In March 2011 Sony reached the 15% target. But Mr. Imamura is confident that with the introduction of the new model Sony will get closer to Canon and Nikon.

Reminder: According to our sources Sony will announce two NEX cameras (NEX-C3 and NEX-C5) and one Alpha (A77 with 24 Megapixels) within 2011. But there will be also many new lenses ad new camcorders with NEX and Alpha mount.

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(SR3) Engadget says the A77 could cost $900-1200! And new Zeiss 16-50mm f/2.8 lens!!!

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I don’t know where Engadget has taken all those rumored specs, but they certainly are the same we posted here weeks ago ;)
24 megapixel, AF fine-tuning capabilities, improved Bionz processor (obvious), support of CF, SD and Memory Stick memory card, battery for 1,000 photos

But they added a few new info:
1) 1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps and 720p/30fps high-definition video
2) Price (I guess body only) $900-1200 (Close to the [shoplink 5117]Canon 60D[/shoplink])
3) Vario-Sonnar T * DT 16-50mm F2.8 prime lens SSM (THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!). A shorter zoom range but constant aperture perfect for videoshooting but more expensive that the [shoplink 5586]Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5[/shoplink]?

Let’s hope the specs are correct!

Zeiss 16-80mm price check: [shopcountry 5586] Canon 60D price check: [shopcountry 5117]

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

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