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December 29, 2011

Sony News Round-up – New Hybrid AE Mount Camera, New Nex lenses Coming, Nex-7 Flying, and more…

Sony's New AE Mount Rendering

In this news round up we have some exiting stuff coming from the Sony folks! New cameras, New lenses, and New technology all coming in 2012!

For starters courtesy of SonyAlphaRumors I found out, Sony officially gave the go ahead on developing there “prototype” AE Mount Hybrid camera. Here is what we know so far:

- Full Frame sensor believed to be the new 36mp model sold to Nikon

- AE Hybrid mount allowing for both Nex and ALpha lenses

- will shoot in crop factor mode with the Nex lenses

I made this “AE Hybrid Mount” up in Photoshop thinking it will look something like this:

 
Sony's New AE Mount Rendering

Sony's New AE Mount Rendering

 

New Equipment:

In addition to this new hybrid camera we have all sorts of New goodies coming from Sony in the very near future.

January: New Sony compact cameras
February-March: New NEX camera ad lenses. As you know the original Sony roadmap showed three new lenses for 2012. I can guarantee you that the roadmap changed…in better! There will be more lenses than expected and one-two new pancakes too.
April-Mai-June: More new NEX camera and lenses + high end compact camera + new NEX camcorder + the new A99 camera. If the roadmap didn’t change because of the Thai flood the A99 with 24 Megapixel should be announced around that time. And it will come with a bunch of new lenses (high-end wide angle zoom, high end tele zoom, new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 and the 500mm f/4.0).
August-September: It’s Photokina time and the biggest news could be the new high end FF camera with 36 Megapixel and the sort of hybrid AE mount NEX-7 alike fullframe camera. There will be again new NEX and Alpha lenses.

In general the big new technologies in 2012 will be the Fuji organic sensor, Sony new 36 Megapixel sensor, Olympus new viewfinder and Global shutter (Sony/Panasonic).

Sony Senser Technology:

Courtesy of SonyAlphaRumors:

Sony Global Shutter Patent

Sony Global Shutter Patent

“In the CMOS type image sensor, the photoelectric conversion unit reads out the signal charges for each pixel or for each row where a plurality of pixels is arranged. In this case, exposure time for accumulating the signal charges is difficult to match in all the pixels, and thus in some cases, a captured image is distorted. Particularly, if the motion of a subject is great, this defect is noticeably generated. In order to prevent this defect from being generated, a “global exposure” is performed in which all the pixels start exposure at the same time and finish the exposure at the same time. The “global exposure” is performed by simultaneously driving all the pixels through an electrical control without using the mechanical shutter

The same patent describes also how Sony wants to increase the number of Megapixels without to lose image quality. It’s the “foveon” alike approach. It’s not the first time we see such a patent:
In order to realize the high sensitivity, there has been proposed one where a chalcopyrite based compound semiconductor film such as a CuInGaSe2 film with high light absorption coefficient is used in the photoelectric conversion unit (for example, refer to Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publications No. 2007-123720).
In addition, there has been proposed a “lamination type” where photoelectric conversion units for respective colors are laminated and disposed in a depth direction perpendicular to an imaging surface, instead of disposing the photoelectric conversion units which selectively sense light beams of respective colors in a direction along the imaging surface. In the “lamination type,” each pixel senses not only light of one color but also light of plural colors. For this reason, a light sensing surface is extensively formed and thus use efficiency of light can be improved, thereby improving sensitivity (for example, refer to Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publications No. 2006-245088).

Nex-7 flying on a helicopter??

This is so cool and definitely worth watching. I need one of these!! It’s only about 3 minutes long and courtesy of quadrocopterllc:

 

 

Other News:

The Nex-7 is still not here, but it should be shortly. I’m getting the new Tamron lens and the 30mm macro lens so far, but more glass is coming for sure.

I’m also currently working on my In Depth Alpha 580 Review, and it’s looking good :) I should have it done in the next few days, so look out for that!

That is about it for the news worth reporting ;) Please let me know if you see anything else out their and I will certainly post it!!


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