Sony claims their new 5-axis uses earthquake tech, takes a jab at Olympus and its 'inferior' stabilization system.

Sony claims their stabilization technology is superior to Olympus' one.

From Sony Alpha Rumors/Lensnumerique:

"Sony also explained to Lesnumerique that the Olympus E-m1 5 axis system is not powerful and precise enough for a 4 times larger sensor. The Olympus . . . read more

Tamron already developing lenses that will resolve the almost 50 Megapixels of Sony's new sensor.

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This is from Sonyalpharumors, but they quote it as a "very good Tamron source": 'Tamron is working on a new SP.2 lens line. It is made to resolve the High resolution Full Frame sensors coming from Sony. In detail Sony told Tamron that it’s “around” 46 megapixel. – The 15-30mm f/2.8 DI VC USD lens Tamron announced at Photokina is the first of the new SP.2 line.

Sony A58 Review @ photographyBlog "the new Sony 58 brings mid-range performance and features to the entry-level market"

"the new OLED viewfinder and 20 megapixel resolution and handy Lock-on Autofocus mode are improvements, which makes the much cheaper Sony A58 a real bargain.
Just like the rest of the SLT family, the Sony A58 turns conventional design on its head to provide what is in many ways a better user experience than traditional DSLRs can achieve, at a very competitive price point that Canon and Nikon must surely be worried about. The A58's excellent OLED electronic viewfinder offers enough enough resolution and real-time feedback to take on a more conventionaloptical viewfinder, while the translucent mirror and EVF combination provides fast auto-focus for both stills and video and 100% scene coverage, although the burst shooting mode is disappointingly slower and more limited in buffer size and file format than previous SLT cameras."

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Sony NEX-6 Review @ Dpreview "It performs as well or better than other mirrorless cameras on the market, and offers some unique features that are genuinely useful"

"While it doesn't break a lot of new ground, the Sony Alpha NEX-6 provides two features that E-mount enthusiasts have been asking for: a physical mode dial, and an ISO standard hot shoe. Add the beautiful OLED electronic viewfinder from the NEX-7 and new Hybrid AF and Wi-Fi features from the NEX-5R to Sony's already impressive offerings, and you've got a pretty compelling product.

Like the other NEX models that share versions of its 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, the NEX-6 produces very good quality images. Exposure is accurate, with the D-Range Optimizer providing just the right amount of contrast. Colors are vibrant and will be pleasing to the NEX-6's target audience. Photos don't display a lot of 'grainy' luminance noise, though that's at the expense of fine detail, such as hair or grass (even at low ISOs). For best results, you'll want to shoot RAW, which not only brings back some of that detail, but it also gives you access to shadows and highlights that were otherwise lost. The NEX-6 automatically reduces various lens issues, such as chromatic aberrations, distortion, and vignetting."

A set of nude portraits shots with the Sony RX1 (and the A99 and NEX-6), by photographer Wataru M, at 500px.

This must be the first set of nude shots by the Sony RX1 posted on the Interwebs. A mix of portraits and sensual nudes. It is kind of possible to distinguish the files from the RX1 without looking at the exif info to the right of the images, there's something special in its rendering of skin tones. Disclaimer for our American public: Only click the link if you're an adult/mature person, warning explicit nude images, yadda yadda. Here's Wataru's artist statement:

"I'm looking to explore visuals that inspire and challenge me. As a huge videogame geek, my themes mostly revolve around strong female characters. I also love a great traditional portrait."

Sony NEX-3N versus NEX-3F side by side features and size comparison by Joshua Waller at EPZ

Gosh, look at how tiny the NEX-3N newcomer is! Unfortunately it gets smaller on some features too: Lower LCD resolution, far lower FPS speed,  and lower max Iso sensitivity, although the latter is probably a good thing, Iso 16000 should be more than enough for every high-Iso watercolor artifacts fan.

"The new Sony NEX-3N is this year's update to the Sony NEX-F3, and features a whole new body, as well as improvements to image quality thanks to a new BOINZ image processing engine. The new body is much more compact than other Sony NEX-3 series cameras, and is designed to look less "plasticy" than . . . read more

Sony announces trio of new alpha mount lenses, a new compact flash, and a wired remote commander.

Availability for these new products has only been announced for Europe (March 2013), rest of the world is TBA

Sony Press Release: 

Full-frame G Lens 70-400mm telephoto zoom; Full-frame Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F1.4; DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 standard zoom; compact add-on flash and remote commander. . . . read more

Sony Announces the NEX-3N, hitherto the smallest and lightest Aps-c sized mirrorless camera, clocking in at an astonishing 210 grams.

Yes, this thing weights as much as a McDonalds quarter pounder-without the cheese. Sony has even managed to squeeze a pop-up flash and a 180° tiltable 3-inch LCD screen in there, but that's pretty much the end of the fanciness list, after all this is the entry level model of the NEX range. Sony Press Release:

Easy to handle, easy to use - the new Sony NEX-3N puts pro-quality images in everyone’s reach

The world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera*, weighing just 210g . . . read more

Sony SLT-A58 DSLT camera announced

Lots of new goodies in this one: A new 20 Megapixel sensor, a Oled SVGA (800x600) EVF, lock-on focus feature, and some 'Auto Object Framing' mode, but no built-in GPS, something that was available on the older A55. The A58 well replace both the A57 and A37 cameras, and will come with a new kit lens, the video friendly DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II. Availability is set for April 2013 in Europe, TBA for the rest of the world. 

Sony Press Release

Never miss a moment with the new α58 from Sony . . . read more

Sony RX1 in-depth review by Richard Butler and Lars Rehm at DPReview: "If a fixed 35mm lens will fulfill any of your shooting requirements, then there's nothing to touch the RX1."

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full frame camera with zeiss 35mm f2 lens front view

The Sony RX1 could be the ultimate 'Decisive Moment Camera' if it wasn't for some major niggles, like the lack of a built-in viewfinder, the subpar AF system, and that horrible orange bling ring around the lens. Common Sony, this isn't  a Hyundai Coupe, the owners of this camera already know they got a '35mm full frame CMOS image sensor' camera, no need to have a screamy text reminding them of it.

"At the start of this review we asked if the RX1 was a good enough camera to play in the same league as Leica. The answer is yes. The lens is excellent, as is the sensor (something that's not been true of digital Leicas so far), meaning it'll more than hold its own against the M-series cameras in image quality terms, even if it's not quite as engaging as a true rangefinder. Or, put another way, it's arguably the camera the Leica X-series aspires to be. . . . read more

Sony RX1 in-depth review by Duncan Davidson

"Despite any quibbles and the outrageous prices of the accessories, I don’t have any qualms about purchasing the RX1 and the optional EVF. The RX1 gives me no-compromise images in a package that comfortably goes with me anywhere. I’ll go so far as to say that if anything happened to it, I’d replace it with another one without so much as a second thought. Of course, it doesn’t replace my Nikon D800 or my D4 and my collection of Nikkor lenses for lots of uses, but it has replaced my Fuji X100 as my everyday carry about camera. . . . read more

Sony: 3 new lenses, 1 Dslt camera, and one NEX camera pics leaked ahead of official launch.

Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6G SSM II lens white for alpha mount

Source is as usual our favorite suspect,the Japanese Digicame.info site. List of goodies: The NEX-3n, entry level NEX camera, the A58 aps-c sized 20 Megapixel Dslt camera, and 3 new lenses: Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II, 70-400mm f/4-5.6G SSM II and the Sony Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM. Compared to the prototypes displayed at CP+ the final versions of the lenses appear to have at least some cosmetic differences, such as in color, and name plate position. . . . read more

Sony RX1 vs Canon 5D Mk III with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 sharpness comparison at the Photography Blog

Can't really understand the narrow focus or the scope of this comparison, but it is an interesting one, not many people get to have their hands on both these lenses at once :)

"The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. Both the Sony RX1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR / Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens were mounted on a sturdy tripod. The camera's self-timer mode was activated to avoid camera-shake. Tonal and colour variances across the crops are due to changes in natural light during the session. Centre sharpness is very good from f/2.8 onwards on both the Sony . . . read more

Sony RX100 review by Jordan Steele at the Admiring Light: "while it has its quirks, the Sony RX100 is definitely the finest compact camera I have ever used."

If the Nikon D800 was the Dslr camera of choice in 2012, the Olympus E-M5 the award reaper in the mirrorless segment, then the Sony RX100 appears to be the undisputed king of the compact category. Here's another +1 for Sony's miniature powerhouse:

"Overall, the Sony DSC-RX100 is a serious camera.  Not just for those looking for a high quality point and shoot as their sole camera, but even for the serious photographer looking for a take anywhere camera.  While the limited aperture at the long end would make me look elsewhere as my only camera, I loved shooting with it as a ‘take anywhere’ camera.  Most importantly, I never really felt I was compromising my ability to get high quality shots when I left my OM-D in the car and was testing this little guy. . . . read more

Roger Cicala checks out the cost of a whole system-mirrorless, (Olympus) vs the Dslr establishment of Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.

 All I can say is 'ouch'. And it was a double ouch for Roger, since after going through all the trouble assembling a kick-ass micro 4/3 system he found out it wasn't that portable any longer, so in the end he chose something even smaller. No, not the Pentax Q:

"In my last post I made a preliminary list of systems I was going to consider. Some people are a little surprised I’m considering crop sensor cameras. I’m surprised that they’re surprised. I’ve shot with a micro 4/3 system for months and it certainly met 80% of my needs, so an APS-C based camera may be just fine. Or I may decide that I need to have a full-frame camera. I’ve generally shot full frame for the last several years. . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: "Sony have truly blurred the lines between compact and DSLR in terms of the RX1's features, performance and image quality."

If you ever get bored by the 35mm Zeiss lens on your RX1, you can always use this nifty tool to change the lens to something wider or longer~

"As the RX1 is a Sony camera, it boasts a long list of other stand-out features. Shutter lag is only notable by its apparent absence, and image processing times are thankfully non-intrusive, even for the large Raw files that the RX1 produces. This camera really does deliver DSLR-like performance and image quality in a pocketable format, music to the ears of most enthusiasts, with the exception of the auto-focusing speed, which lags behind the very best contrast-based systems. It's certainly not bad enough to prevent us from recommending the RX1, but it does limit the camera's versatility somewhat.  . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 Versus X100 comparison at TR, and the winner is...the Olympus E-M5?

Well, that was distracting, but the darn OM-D keeps turning up in places it shouldn't. This time its in Tech Radar's Fujifilm 2 flagship cameras comparison, and their place among the top competitors, the NEX7, the GH3, and the E-M5. Things look pretty normal until the Raw performance comparison charts. Also noteworthy, the rather unimpressive results given by the GH3:                                                                  

"The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Fuji X-E1 don't compare quite as well for signal to noise ratio as the JPEGs did, coming behind the Olympus OM-D at all sensitivities and below the Panasonic GH3 at ISO 200 and 400. The Fuji X-E1 beats the Panasonic at higher sensitivities though, and beats the Sony NEX-7 andFuji X-Pro1." . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: Without doubt, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is capable of delivering stunning images.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 Digital filters

"The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is currently unique in being the only compact camera with fixed lens and full-frame sensor. Due to the expense of developing a camera like this, it's likely to be unique in its field for a long time to come, with APS-C sized sensor (or smaller) compact cameras being developed in greater numbers. . . . read more

Sony NEX-5R review ay Ali Jennings at the Tech Radar: The Sony NEX-5R is not only a refinement of the Sony NEX-5N, but a significant upgrade.

Ali tested the camera with the 18-55mm kit zoom lens:

"The Sony NEX-R5 shows how compact system cameras are really coming into their own. The design doesn't have to rely on retro chic, but instead uses modern research and development to create a compact body shape that both fits the electronics and also feels comfortable to hold. The merging of the tilting screen design from the Sony NEX-F3 and the control dial feature of the Sony NEX-7 make this a very user-friendly camera for both the beginner and intermediate photographer. . . . read more

Sony RX100 vs Fujifilm X10 vs Canon S110 vs Canon G15 mega shootout by Ron Martin: He prefers the Fuji X10 for most situations, and his wife agrees.

This is the follow-up to Ron's RX100 review from a week ago:

"I like the RX100 and feel like it makes great images. If you do a comparison of the RAW images you’ll quickly find that it has great RAW images that are hampered by fairly poor in-camera processing compared to the other cameras I’ve tested. At low ISO’s it’s not an issue and they are quite good, but as the ISO’s climb the poor in-camera noise reduction really hurts. As a result, my “always keep your raw images” applies more for this camera than any of the others I’ve tested.

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Sony NEX-F3 review at IR: While experienced photographers may find the Sony NEX-F3 rather too simplified, and the performance in some areas-especially for raw shooting-to be a bit limiting, it's a great choice for an entry-level mirrorless camera.

Dave takes a look at the bottom end offerings in the mirrorless price scale-before it gets occupied by 'Polaroids' and 'Kodaks'. As usual in a Imaging Resource camera review, there's an excellent accompanying print quality section.

"In late 2011, Sony's NEX-C3 compact system camera brought the versatility of interchangeable-lens shooting and the size advantage of a NEX-series mirrorless design into the hands of more photographers. The Sony NEX-F3 follows in the footsteps of that model, and while its new stair-stepped grip design makes it look quite different, it retains much of what we appreciated about its predecessor, while bringing some worthwhile improvements.

Key among these for consumer photographers is its new articulation mechanism for the rear-panel LCD, which now lets it . . . read more

Sony SLT-A99 review by Dave Etchells at Imaging Resource: For the first time, Sony has a full-frame SLR (more properly, SLT) to challenge Canon and Nikon, and even win a few rounds in the process.

If there's only one review you'll ever need to read about the A99, this is it. It may be slightly less technical than those of DPreview, but boy, does it deliver elsewhere. For one, it is 2 reviews in one: Famous photographer and extreme skier  Scott Rinckenberger ​writes a introductory pro users report, having taken the A99 to the places he usually hangs out, snow covered mountains, and breathtaking slopes. 

"The Sony Alpha A99 boasts some of the most impressive technology ever placed in a DSLR, even more advanced than what's found in many high-end pro models. It's a fast shooting, fast focusing, weather-sealed, video-friendly and eminently customizable camera, all in a smaller and lighter package than its competition. As such, the A99 marks Sony's first -- and long-awaited -- attempt at becoming a true player in the pro DSLR arena.  . . . read more

Ron Martin reviews the Sony RX100, supplies plenty of full sized samples along: He likes it a lot, but will keep it not.

Bad rhymes of mine aside, this is actually the current state of the high-end in  the very compact prosumer camera segment: The RX100 was the king of 2012, but it is now stuck between the rocks and that hard place. The rock are its main competitors like the Nikon P7700 and the Fujifilm X10 that are now available at discounted prices, and the hard place is the forthcoming Fujifilm X20, a camera that according to not-so-modest Fuji executives will thrash the RX100 in every way imaginable.

"My wife loved using this camera and found herself taking a lot more images with it because of its one hand operation. She never really got used to the features and missed both the EXR mode and the exposure compensation dial (which we call the make it brighter/darker knob at home <g>) on her x10. If this were a $300 camera we’d probably keep it, but at $648 (at the time this was written) it’s definitely going back to B&H in favor of the x10. It’s

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Kenny Good and the Weapons Of Mass Production try to find out the best Dslr-for video, under $1.000: Canon T4i with 18-55mm kit lens VS. Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm kit lens VS. Panasonic GH2 with 14-15mm kit lens, both stock and with Flowmotion v2.02 hack.

Yes, the the very same nuts from Crisis Labs reviews with the bats, and semi-nude models and all that. They take on a slightly more serious and hi-tech tone in this review, with RC Helicopters, IR suits, and... bats.

"The Sony actually did quite well, and if size (for travel) is a concern, I'd suggest this one.  It's just a hair behind I think in the image metrics, but not in a huge way.  The focus issue did drive me crazy.  Maybe there's a menu option I didn't see that prevents it from going to sleep.  I actually had to reshoot the sharpness (helicopter) comparison because it did that same focus thing to me.  That's why when it did it again for the dancing, I decided to leave it in the video that way.  It has focus peaking (that shows you a highlighted version of in-focus areas on the display) which really helps with video, and I doubt this issue would ever come up when shooting stills.  It's a solid camera, very similar to Canon in image quality, great if you're a space-conscious traveller. . . . read more

Sony introduces two new NEX lenses: the 20mm f/2.8 pancake, and the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Powered Telephoto Zoom Lens

The Sony NEX mount is no longer the one with more cameras than lenses. Since we first wrote that, a year ago, Sony has unveiled a handful of new glassware, including the fantastic 10-18mm f/4.0 OSS. Today they unveil another Pancake, the not very ambitious 20mm f/2.8 and the motorized E 18-200mm OSS Power Zoom, a lens that previously existed as the kit lens of the NEX-VG900 video camera. On compatible Sony camcorders the lens can be zoomed via rockers on the body, making up for some nice smooth & steady zooming action. On the other hand the 20mm f/2.8 is in no way remarkable, except for its relatively high price.  . . . read more

Using Adapted Lenses On Your Mirrorless Cameras, by Chris Gampat at Digital Camera Stuff.

"Mirrorless Cameras are not only capable of shooting really amazing images, but they have the ability to do so with nearly any lens. Sure, many systems have their own lens lineups with autofocus and other bells and whistles, but maybe you've got a collection of lenses already. Even if you don't, browse around Flickr and you'll see that people hunt after lenses in order to adapt them to their cameras. If you see yourself becoming one of those lens collectors, then you'll want to keep in mind a couple of pointers before and when you put that lens onto your camera. . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Kai Wong at Digital Rev: Big balls, gutter talk, and pure slick slickness.

Btw, this is what Kai wrote about the RX1 when it was first announced:

"The Sony RX1 is possibly one of the most important developments in digital photography. Why? Because it is supposed to be a 24-megapixel full-frame compact camera. Not a DSLR, but a compact camera. You remember those old film compact cameras that used 35mm film? They were "full-frame" too, but it seems like APS-C sensors have become the limit for cameras smaller than the full-frame DSLRs and Leica M9. We've all come to accept that, and any such suggestions of a full-frame compact camera have been laughed off" . . . read more

A new Sony 3-layer sensor patent revealed, the noose around Foveon's neck slowly tightens a bit more.

As a reminder, we'll repeat that both Canon, Panasonic and Fujifilm have applied for several similar patents each., and as usual, where there's smoke, there's fire. There are two major problems with the current, Foveon implementation of such a sensor. First, the high iso noise is atrocious comparable to that of CMOS sensors almost a decade old, and second, the readout speed is not high enough to obtain HD video at a satisfactory bitrate. For all you techies, here is the pdf documents of Sony's latest 3 layer sensor patent application.  . . . read more

Sony RX1 vs Fujifilm X-E1 comparison by Steve Huff proves that the basic laws of thermodynamics still holds up well (And in this house, we obey them)

Just remember that you can buy ALL currently available Fujinon primes + the X-E1 body and come up with less money than needed  for the RX1 + viewfinder. While this is a quick review, it covers the essentials and is straight to the point.  Initially there's was some readers' uproar about the usage of Lightroom converted RAW files by Steve (X-E1 raws+Lightroom=meh), but then he posted a couple of OOC Jpegs and everybody went "oooh!"

"The RX1 JPEGS are much sharper than the Fuji’s and have that more “robust” look to them as well. As for AF speed, the Sony and Fuji are about the same with AF speed after the new Fuji firmware update of the body and lens and both seem to lock on well in my low light tests (see video above). After shooting them both and handling them both and processing files from both, for me the winner is the Sony. I much prefer the feel, build and lens on the Sony RX1. I also enjoy almost limitless DR and amazing sharpness in my files. I love the shallow DOF and the “Zeiss Pop” from the RX1 and with the Gariz case on my personal camera it feels like a work of art. . . . read more

Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens review (tested with a NEX7) by Matthew Durr: There’s no denying that the 35mm f/1.8 is the prime lens that a large majority of NEX photographers have been waiting for.

The Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS has the ability to focus to a close .98 feet/.3 meters.

The 35mm f/1.8 is a fantastic lens, despite its focusing limitations dependent on CDAF. The only “real” knacks against it—heavy vignetting and noticeable fringing wide-open—can easily be worked around depending on the situation, what settings you shoot at, and how much post-processing you are used to doing. This lens truly is an all-purpose E-mount lens for excellent video and low-light photographs with shallow depth of field. Though other cheaper options exist in the general focal range for the system (the tack-sharp Sigma 30mm f/2.8 for E-mount) or other camera manufacturers (Samsung NX 30mm f/2), there’s no denying that the 35mm f/1.8 is the prime lens that a large majority of NEX . . . read more

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