Sony TidBits

Sony NEX-5 – Kojak [First film shot entirely with NEX] from Maciej Magowski on Vimeo.

NEX-3 tested on Fotopolis (google english translation) and on a russian website (hi-tech.mail / google english translation)
APS-C vs Fullframe (Artaphot)
Sony NEX-5 review at Letsgodigital and Usporedi (google english translation)
24 Hours with Sony’s NEX-3 & NEX-5 (BHphoto)
More NEX-5 quality tests at Focus Numerique (google english translation)

The top-secret NEX infos nobody told you until now! :)

Sonyalpharumors can give you some “special” infos about the Sony NEXSony NEXSony NEX cameras :)

Lens body is using two motors. One is electromagnetic and completely mute so that it will not record the motor sounds during film-recoridng.
Originally the Alpha lens adapter was planned to support contrast type AF. But because of complications it has been removed. It Future firmware updates could add autofocus support!

LCD and Menu
LCD automatically adjust brightness sensing external light source.
The LCD has 55% more brightness than the LCD from the Sony A550  (contrast is also higher).
NEX5 face recognition can distinguish between adults and children faces.
The NEX menu interface has been designed by Sony Ericsson mobile phone unit (to ensure ease of use).

Unlimited recording time!

The future new “3D video” function will be added via firmware update in July. But only 3D Bravia will play it. P.S.: please note that I said 3D VIDEO not 3D panorama :)

Production and Marketing
The NEX system will be produced in a new plant in Thailand. There will be no reduction of the Alpha system production.
Sony DSLR offensive will focus on Europe.
Sonys goal is to sell 10 million worldwide NEX cameras.

P.S.: Feel free to publish the news on your blog but we would be happy if you link to us :))))) Thanks!

Pricewar: MicroFourThirds vs Sony NEX

We expected the Sony NEX cameras to be cheaper than MicroFourThirds so we compared the current prices with other (compact!) mirrorless cameras:

Camera+prime lens combos (cheapest on top / click on the product name to visit the dedicated shop page):
Sony NEX3 + 16mm Lens ($549 on Adorama)
Sony NEX5 + 16mm Lens ($649 on Adorama)
Panasonic GF1 + 20mm Lens ($844.16 on Amazon)
Olympus E-P2 + 17mm Lens ($1,029.95 on Amazon)

Olympus E-PL1 + 14-42mm Lens ($549 on Amazon)
Sony NEX3 + 18-55 Lens ($599 on Adorama)
Sony NEX5 + 18-55 Lens ($699 on Adorama)
Panasonic GF1 + 14-45mm Lens ($749.99 on Amazon)
Olympus E-P2 + 14-42mm Lens ($899.99 on Amazon)

New Sony NEX news list

Few lucky guys had the chance to hold the Sony NEX in their hand and it is tiny (take a look here on dpreview forum). A very serious ISO comparison has been posted by Focus Numerique. The test prooves once again that Sony managed to archieve awesome High-ISO quality. Let’s hope future firmware upgrades will be made for our current Sony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony Alpha cameras :)

ePhotozine just posted their Sony NEX-5 & NEX-3 hands-on preview Digital Camera Review. New image samples are available on Pixinfo and Letsgodigital. More asian hands-on are available on, DCview and c-tech.

On youtube you can find tons of previews and tests. Check out the list:

And finally also Adorama is accepting preorders!

20 things you have to know about the Sony Alpha NEX

1. Strictly speaking, the Amazon ÖsterreichAmazon DeutschlandSony NEX is not an EVIL (electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens) camera since it does not have an EVF.
2. NEX stands for New E-mount eXperience.
3. “E” is chosen because of the flange focal distance (mount-to-sensor distance) of eighteen (18) mm.
4. With E-mount lenses, Intelligent AF (where the scene is continuously monitored for changes to ensure fast contrast detection AF) will kick in. This works in both still photo and movie shooting.
5. The E-mount lenses feature Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.
6. During MF or DMF mode, you can rotate the focus ring to enlarge the image on the LCD by 7 or 14x.
7. NEX-5 can record HD movies in either AVCHD (1920 x 1080 @ 59.94i / 50i) or MP4 (1440 x 1080 @ 29.97 / 25 fps). 60i or 50i / NTSC or PAL depends on where you bought the camera.
8. NEX-3 records HD movies in MP4 (1280 x 720 @ 29.97 fps).
9. The 3D Sweep Panorama photo is created by generating two shots – 1 for each eye – thus there’s no need for 2 lenses.
10. The 3D photo uses the Multi-Picture Format. On a non 3D-capable TV, the JPEG file is displayed instead.
11. The firmware to enable 3D Sweep Panorama function will come in July, downloadable via Sony’s website.
12. The Auto HDR function now captures and combines 3 photos into 1 for a maximum of 6 EV between exposures.
13. Other than the final HDR photo, an additional photo (the 2nd of the 3 shots) is saved.
14. The NEX works with Apple’s iMovie.
15. The NEX has only a single card slot, but it’s compatible with both Memory Stick and SD cards. SDXC is supported.
16. The NEX is compatible with Eye-Fi cards, including the latest Pro X2 card.
17. An optional optical viewfinder attachment (FDA-SV1) is available.
18. An optional mount adapter (LA-EA1) lets you use your A-mount lenses (manual focus) on the NEX. But not with the 2 A-mount teleconverters.
19. The new E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens has an additional Active mode that also exists in some of Sony’s latest Handycam camcorders. Active mode allows the lens to shift over a greater range of motion, thus enabling even greater camera shake compensation.
20. 2 converters are available for use on the E-mount 16mm F2.8 wide-angle lens. The VCL-ECU1 is an ultra wide converter (~12mm effective focal length). The VCL-ECF1 is a fisheye converter (~10mm effective focal length).

Very cool list!