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August 28, 2012

Sony News, New Rumors, New Rebates, and A New SonyAlphaLab – Forum!!

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We have some new Sony Rebates and finally good leaked pictures of the New Nex-5R!! Turns out the New full frame Nex camera is a camcorder :(  Still cool, but I was hoping for more like a Nex-9 or something.

In other news I’m also a big fan of David Kilpatrick and he recently came out with a great article that you must read if your interested in learning about full frame sensors as they relate the Sony Nex Camera. David is extremely knowledgeable and I highly recommend checking out his website PhotoClubAlpha.com if you have not been their yet!!

There is also a New Rebate going on till September 1st on Sony and Zeiss Pro Lenses!! Check out the eligible lenses Here >>

Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera  $100 Instant rebate Expires Sep. 1st!! Click Here

 

New Forum!!

On another note, I’m currently working on adding a forum to SonyAlphaLab.com. Check it out in it’s very infancy and be one of the first to post and share a photo!!  SonyAlphaLab – Forum >>  More to come on the New forum shortly.    SonyAlphaLab - Forum

 

Rumors

Courtesy of SonyAlphaRumors we have some concrete Specs on the A99 and Nex-5R

Sony A99 Full Specs:

  • 24.3 Mpx Full frame CMOS Exmor sensor
  • SLT technology
  • New Bionz imaging engine
  • 14 bit RAW recording
  • 10 fps
  • ISO 100 up to 25.600
  • 50 ISO extended (with lower dynamic range)
  • 102 AF point AF (11 cross).
  • AF range
  • MF assist
  • Dual Phase detection system (with AF phase pixels on sensor)
  • 30 sec and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
  • Time Lag 0.05 sec.
  • Shutter life guarantee of 200,000 cycles
  • 2.360k OLED electornic viewfinder
  • 3?921k LCD with same tilting system of the A77
  • Full HD video recording at 1920×1080/60p AVCHD format
  • HDMI output
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • Built-in flash with guide number of 12
  • Auto HDR capability
  • New multi-segment low pass filter
  • Photodiode expansion technology
  • Light concentration technology
  • Selective noise reduction
  • Ultrasonic anti dust system
  • In body image stabilization
  • Two memory slots: SD and SD+MS cards
  • USB: 2.0
  • Announced on September 12, 2012
  • Available in stores in late October 2012
  • New accessories to be released with the a99: battery grip, flash, remote control, microphone etc.
  • Very light, weather sealed magnesium alloy body.With 730 g this is the lightest FF body on market!
 

Sony Nex-5R Full Specs

Sony Nex-5R

Sony Nex-5R

Features:

  • DSLR-quality in about half the size and weight
  • 16 MP APS-C sensor with fast up to 10 fps shooting speed
  • Fast Hybrid AF includes phase-detection for DSLR-like focus
  • Full HD movie shooting  at 60p/24p with full exposure control
  • Wi-Fi® sharing and downloadable camera apps
  • 180° tilt-able touch-screen LCD for easy self-portraits
  • Easy intuitive interface with improved control dial
  • Unlimited creativity with 11 built-in Picture Effects
  • Up to ISO 25600 provides versatile low-light performance
  • Wide selection of interchangeable lenses to expand your creativity

16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor: The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

Fast Hybrid AF: Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene.

Full HD Movies1 at 60p/60i/24p: Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920×1080 resolution.1 AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.

Wi-Fi® Sharing: Wi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha-series – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PC’s.11

PlayMemories Camera Apps: Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.

180-degree tilt-able 3.0” Touch LCD: The NEX-5R is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180-degrees without sacrificing the compactness for which the 5-series is renowned for. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results.

Control Dial: Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) greatly facilitate operation and getting the shot that much easier.

Picture Effect mode: There are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera. Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.

6-image layering: The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.

Photo Creativity Touch interface: The Photo Creativity touch interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.

Auto Portrait Framing: Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.

Clear Image Zoom: Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility.

Convenient USB charging: Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.

Multi-interface terminal: Multi-interface Smart Accessory 2 shoe greatly expands the connectivity options such as external flash units.

Auto HDR built into camera: High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Sweep Panorama™ Technology: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (18mm focal length).

Fast Auto Focus: Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony’s fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes as little as 0.3 seconds and also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.

Peaking AF display

 

Closing Remarks

I’m really looking forward to the news upcoming news tomorrow from Sony. Were supposed to get an announcement of some cameras, lenses, and who knows what surprises Sony might have.

I’m really excited about the forum, and I hop you all take the time to check it out when you have a few minutes. Like I said above, it’s totally in it;s infancy as I just got it installed today. Took me a while to figure it all out as I do everything myself. I feel I have a stable forum foundation at this point although I will be adding boards and lots of content over the next few weeks.  Thanks again, and be sure to check back often as I have several reviews currently  in production!!

Also, don’t forget to check out the Current Rebates and In Stock Status Page that I update Daily with the latest info!!!

Jay

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