(SR4) Sony A33 to be discontinued! (SR3) Sony A35 to be announced in April?


I’m receiving rumors after rumors from many new and trusted sources. The latest rumor is a bit…surprising!

An important dealer (can’t reveal the name here) contacted me to say that Sony told them they will not sell anymore A290,A390,nex3 and the A33! He is not surprised about the first three cameras but “I don’t really understand why they stop so quickly the “production” or just the selling life (of the A33).
We know the A33 price dropped in US (Check here: Amazon, Adorama, B&H). Another new source told me weeks ago that Sony would introduce a new Alpha, the Sony A35 in April!I confess that I am a bit confused as it doesn’t make any sense to me to release such a camera. What do you think?!?!?

I ask my trusted sources if they can confirm or deny the rumor! Thanks!

In Summary: It sounds like Sony will announce an incredible amount of new cameras (and hopefully lenses) on April 4th right before the NAB show in Las Vegas. We do expect the new NEX-C3 (That’s SR5), a more advanced VG-10 model (SR3, with XLR, no name yet), the NXcam modular videocamera (SR5), the fullframe camcorder and 2-3 more new camcorders (SR5). If the A35 rumor turns out to be correct than we will have another translucent camera too! There should be new E-mount lenses too but I don’t have a 99% sure confirmation about that…yet!

In the meanwhile check if some store has officially announced the following cameras:
Sony A33 at [shopcountry 3620].
Sony A290 at [shopcountry 5949].
Sony A390 at [shopcountry 5950].

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!


Will Sony delay any new product announcement?


As you know Sony halted and evacuated six factories in northeastern Japan: “The company is assessing the impact of power outages and damage to its facilities in the region, which make Blu-ray discs, magnetic heads and batteries.”  A first consequence of the earthquake is that Sony postpone indefinitely the launch of MotorStorm 3 in Japan (Source: Akihabara). Will Sony delay the announcement of the new NEX and camcorders on April4 too? Probably not because those products will be shown at the NAB show Las Vegas on April 4th and they can’t miss that. More likely the production and shipment of the new products will be delayed. If you can find some news about possible delays or productions stops drop me a line at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Sony A33 review at Photozone

[shoplink 3620][/shoplink] Photozone is a well known lens review website but from time to time he tests camera too. Today they published their 9 page long Sony A33 review (Click here). The camera gets recommended by the reviewers: “The 14.2 megapixel sensor delivers a remarkable image quality at lower ISO sensitivities and the articulating display leaves nothing to be desired – the same applies of course to the good electronic viewfinder. Apart from the more conventional feature set the Sony SLT-A33 offers lot’s of more or less useful options from smile detection over panorama to a HDR functionality. Despite its very small size the camera handling is excellent. Subjectively we didn’t really like the camera’s finish due to the amount of plastics but objectively it did the job during the tests and that’s where it counts after all.

You can check price and availability of the A33 clicking those direct links: [shopcountry 3620].


Conurus adds aperture control for Canon lenses (but not really usable yet)


When using Canon to NEX adapter the EOS lens is set at minimum aperture and there is no way to control the aperture…oh no wait, Conurus just found a new way :)
As you can see from the video above it really works but unfortunately that is not a real solution for now. But I guess they will soon be able to make an adapter that allows the electronic control of EOS lenses. That would be a much better solution compared to the EOS to NEX adapter with built-in aperture control made by Kipon (Click here to read that article on SAR)!

Check out current Kipon adapter auctions at [shoplink 5559 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].
See the list of all current EOS to NEX manual adpaters on [shoplink 5932 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].



Sony TidBits


The Sony NXcam

According to Engadget Kaz Hirai will very likely become the new CEO of Sony when Howard Stringer will step down in 2013.

Sony NEX DSLR via Leica Visoflex (Sonyalphanex).

Sony CLM-V55 tested at DC.watch (Google english translation).

A700 vs A55 vs A77 size comparison (Dpreview forum)

Transparent Sony A77 Hands-On (Photographyblog).

A SAR reader sent me this with a final question you might can answer:
The Genoa Municipality Digital city project uses for its multimedia contents Sony gears only (see THE GENOA MUNICIPALITY CHANNEL on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/Genoamunicipality and the webmagazine about the city VIVERE GENOVA, http://www.viveregenova.comune.genova.it). We have two NEX 5 to be used both as photocameras and as videocameras for full HD videos by our young publiscers who learn to become really multimedia journalist, we have two NEX VG10 to be used for more complex videos by our videomakers as the SONY X1R reserved for high quality video productions. The idea of using NEX products allow us to have interchargable lens and accessories as well as to use light but powerfull video instruments with cinematografic capabilities.
Question: We are looking for a solution to allow us to use professional microphones with the NEX 5. is someone able to help us in finding a soloution that “works”? The standard built in microphone represents a limit in the professional use of the NEX as videocamera


Sony Cybershot cameras with 3G support? Do you want that feature for NEX and Alpha too?


Pictured: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V which is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). You will get a $30 Amazon.com Gift Card.

According to gdgt‘s sources SOny is working on a new CyberShot digital camera with integrated 3G. Sony will also allow a free limited data bandwidth with the purchase of the camera. You will be able to upload a “a couple of dozen photos per month”. Beyond that limit you have to pay an extra fee. You will not be able to make any call…it’s not a Sony Ericsson!
I guess this is a must-have future for most compact cameras. But what about Alpha and NEX cameras?

What are the new Sony products you woudl buy form the "rumored" list?

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Links: Current Cybershot cameras on Amazon (Click here).


Ownuser made a battery grip for the Sony tranlsucent and NEX cameras


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The taiwanese company Ownuser (Click here) made a new battery grip for the A33/A55 and the Sony NEX-5 cameras. The grip does offer:
External Shutter release input
External AC power input
Camera shutter release output
tripod mount
use of two Lithium batteries and AA Battery (6A/8A)
IR output (!)

It sound slike a very powerful tool! The IR control looks like an amazing feature! I couldn’t find any price indication. Those are the links you should check:
The battery grip for the A33/A55: http://www.ownuser.com.tw/mig_sa55.html
The battery grip for the Sony NEX: http://www.ownuser.com.tw/mig_snx5.html
You can find battery grips from Ownuser on [shoplink 5827 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. They already are offering battery grips for other Sony cameras.