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Alpha 77 II announced

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Sony’s successor to the Alpha 77 improves all-round performance in line with the enhanced 24 megapixel sensor also found in the new A6000 E-mount camera. Key points are that the AF array now covers most of the image area (this is a mixed blessing as Canon 7D owners quickly found out, having active AF points [...] . . . → Read More: Alpha 77 II announced

Alpha 3000 has NEX mount, 20 megapixel, APS-C

The long-rumoured Alpha 3000 was announced earlier in August but placed under a n embargo until August 27th. At the same time, the Press was given an insight into new smartphone related products (also widely rumoured) but again, not allowed to print anything officially. The A3000 is a DSLR-like body with an electronic 1.44MP viewfinder in [...] . . . → Read More: Alpha 3000 has NEX mount, 20 megapixel, APS-C

Cameradiner NEX VG-900E video review

Paul Genge, former Konica Minolta and Sony technical expert, presents a half hour from his new Cameradiner studio reviewing the full-frame HD video NEX E-mount camcorder, the VG-900E. . . . → Read More: Cameradiner NEX VG-900E video review

A divided path for Sony

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Most Japanese camera companies have divisions, groups, and teams right down to the very last individual product. Even a single lens design may have its own small team, from R&D and design down to final assembly. What we are seeing happen in Sony right now is the result of complex competition and collaboration between several [...] . . . → Read More: A divided path for Sony

NEX-VG900E full frame HD video – full info

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Sony introduces first 35mm full-frame Handycam®   NEX-VG900E interchangeable lens Full HD camcorder   24.3 effective megapixel Exmor full-frame CMOS sensor Compatible with full-frame A-mount lenses via supplied adaptor (also compatible with growing range of E-mount lenses) Full HD 50p/25p/24p progressive movie recording Extensive manual controls and ‘seesaw’ zoom lever Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone for high-quality stereo and 5.1ch sound High contrast XGA [...] . . . → Read More: NEX-VG900E full frame HD video – full info

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review

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The first thing that is likely to strike you about Sony’s one-inch sensor Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is size. It’s tiny, slightly smaller in body than the Nikon 1 series interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras using an identical size 2.7X factor, one-inch or 13.2 x 8.8mm sensor. This just a fraction over half the area of a standard APS-C [...] . . . → Read More: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review

hireacamera.com invest in Alpha and NEX gear!

The UK’s top camera and lens hire company, hireacamera.com, has invested in a whole new stock of Sony Alpha and NEX gear right up to the 500mm G – their A77s come with 16-50mm SSMs… here, Guy Thatcher explains their enthusiasm for Sony, filmed at the PhotoVision Roadshow in Edinburgh on Tuesday March 27th. It’s a [...] . . . → Read More: hireacamera.com invest in Alpha and NEX gear!

Amazon – possible SanDisk UHS-1 card bargain

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Yesterday we received two SanDisk 30MB/s 16GB SDHC cards from Amazon UK – £15.99 each, a couple of pounds more than regular Class 10 cards like the Transcends we normally use on all current Alpha and NEX models. You must have faster than 15MB/s for cameras such as the A55, A580 or NEX-5n not because [...] . . . → Read More: Amazon – possible SanDisk UHS-1 card bargain

Tamron 18-200mm VC for NEX

Tamron’s has announced a high-power zoom for Sony’s NEX-series – the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011). The image-stabilised lens has exactly the same nominal specifications as Sony’s own zoom. The angle of view is 27-300mm when converted to 35mm format. It weighs 460g, uses 62mm filters, and has VC (Vibration Compensation). The metallic lens barrel exterior is [...] . . . → Read More: Tamron 18-200mm VC for NEX

Canon kyboshes the competition – full cinema system

Canon has launched, out of the blue as far as we were concerned, a complete fully featured Cinema HD production system including full-frame digital video camcorder and EF-fit lenses designed to compete head-on with the top offerings from Zeiss/Arri and Red. The Cinema EOS system also competes with Sony right in the heart of Sony prime [...] . . . → Read More: Canon kyboshes the competition – full cinema system