Most sold system cameras in Japan: Three Sony cameras into the top 10!


Great news for Sony. The new A55 and the two NEX cameras made it into the Japanese top10 of the most sold system cameras in September! Source: BCNranking.
Speaking of manufactures shares. In May Sony had 6.1% of the Japanese sales share. After the NEX camera release Sony jumped up to 19.4%. And in September with the release of the SLT cameras the share further increased to 21.2%. Now they are pretty close to Nikon that is holding the second place (behind Canon) with 24.4%.
I would be damn curious to know how it is going in Europe and US. Sadly those kind of reliable and detailed rankings are available in Japan only.

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Order the new Sony A55 at: Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

Order the Sony NEX cameras at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.


Finallay! NEX firmware update for US

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Download page:

Improvements over version 02:

  • Adds “Soft key Settings” to the “Setup” menu to allow customization of the soft keys
  • Adds the “Menu start” function
  • Adds two more settings to the “MF Assist” function
  • Improves menu item selection using the Control Wheel
  • Changes the aperture setting function so the setting is maintained when using “Background Defocus Control” or “Aperture Priority” movie recording modes
  • Adds support for auto focus with A-mount lenses (see Supported A-mount Lenses below)
    Note: This feature also requires a firmware update for the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter (Mount Adapter sold separately).
  • Adds a function to enlarge the image when “Release w/o Lens” is set to “Enable”

Order the Sony NEX cameras at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.


Sony Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM review(Dpreview)

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Dpreview just posted the new Sony/Zeiss Distagon 24mm f/2.0 review:

The conlcusion? No surprise here. The Distagon delivers a superb image quality with fast silent and accurate autofocus. The only minor issue is the flare under direct sunlight.

You can preorder or order the lens at (Click on store name to visit the product page):
US: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and [shoplink 4419]eBay[/shoplink].
EUROPE: Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France and [shoplink 4419]eBay[/shoplink].


(SR5) Sony A77 coming mid 2011 and with a completely new 24 Megapixel sensor!


Finally I can share you some info about the future Sony A77 which came from our very trusted sources! I remind you that this is a rumor and not an official info from Sony. The rumor is rated with “SR5” (SonyRumor) because I do believe there is an 80-99% chance the info we post here are correct! A second reminder: My native language is not english…a preventive “sorry” for all errors ;)

The rumor:
According to my sources Sony has chosen to use a completely new sensor for the upcoming professional SLT (Translucent) camera. The sensor will have 24 Megapixels but don’t worry, I have been told the noise performance of the sensor is equal if not better than current 14-16 Megapixels Sony sensors used for the [shoplink 3003]NEX[/shoplink] and [shoplink 3617]A33/A55[/shoplink] cameras. It will feature the highest resolution APS-C camera on market (The [shoplink 4406]Canon 7D[/shoplink] is on top with the 18 Megapixel sensor). The Sony A77 will be released by mid 2011 because Sony needed time to develop an almost perfect camera. There will be many innovations (Paul Genge of Sony UK said that “this camera will include such high specification features that current [shoplink 3228]A700[/shoplink] owners will be amazed“). It will have an improved BIONZ processor (based on the current A33/A55 processor), micro af adjustment and record 1080/30p, 720p60 and 720p30 (But we can’t exclude last minute improvements like 1080p24). I also do know that Sony original plan was to release the A750 with Optical Viewfinder but I don’t know yet if Sony will indeed bring that prototype to the market (let’s say there is a 50% chance).

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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!


New Sony reviews


The chinese website posted a Sony 85mm f/2.8 review.

Sonyalphanex: Sony NEX with a Voigtlander 35mm Nokton f/1.4 ([shoplink 3717]Click here to see current lens auctions on eBay[/shoplink]).

NEX-VG10 Studio Portrait on Flickr!

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Olympus PEN E-P1 at Dkamera.

Sony 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 E – OSS test at Optyczne.


Sony Amazon rankings (Sony NEX and A55 doing pretty well!)


Amazon just did a small “revolution” for their Bestseller rankings. They added a new category for digital cameras: “Compact System Cameras”. Let’s take a look on it. Sony NEX cameras are selling extremely well in Germany and UK (where they are on the very top). They are not doing really well in US but at least much better than Samsung cameras.
Check out the current rankings for yourself:
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here). Amazon makes a big mistake here and calls the section “Micro Four Thirds Digital Cameras“!
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Deutschland (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

And what about the new Sony A33 and A55 cameras? How well are sales going at Amazon?
The Sony A55 is currently climbing the rankings and made it into the top 20 in US and France. Where the camera is selling extremely well is in Germany. Here you can find the translucent camera on the very top. In UK old Sony cameras are selling much better than the new ones.

– DSLR camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here)
Amazon Deutschland (Click here)
Amazon UK (Click here)
Amazon France (Click here)

Note: Amazon Japan and Amazon Canada are mixing all type of cameras in their rankings. And you can’t find any Sony camera on top of their rankings.

Now Sony, after doing well with the NEX and SLT cameras please hurry up with the new semipro and pro camera release! Thanks :)