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Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera

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I guess it’s time to publish another field test review of the Alpha 7R despite rarely having used the camera in anger, or in any state other than anger. It arrived in late November and caught me at a time when I was not going anywhere or doing anything, nothing was happening and the weather [...] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera

Sony’s Alpha 99 – mastery wrapped in dilemma

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The launch of and initial reaction to Sony’s Alpha 99 has been spoiled, for many, by the overpricing of the camera generally and to a greater degree in some key markets. The promise of the SLT design, and Sony’s move away from flapping mirrors and optical prisms with their associated collimation and alignment, was one [...] . . . → Read More: Sony’s Alpha 99 – mastery wrapped in dilemma

Sony Alpha 99 full press release

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Sony introduces full-frame α99   A-mount flagship 35mm full-frame camera debuts Dual AF System and pro-style video features Flagship camera with Translucent Mirror Technology and newly developed 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor World’s first full-frame camera1 with Dual AF System with 19 sensors (including 11 cross sensors) + 102 AF point system (focal plane) and a new [...] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 99 full press release

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

Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full information

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Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX1 from Sony is world’s first1 compact camera with 35mm full-frame 24.3 effective megapixel sensor   Full-frame imaging from a compact camera that’s drastically smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR Exmor™ CMOS sensor with approximately 24.3 effective megapixels for flawless, detail-packed photos and Full HD video Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F2 prime lens; with Macro mode [...] . . . → Read More: Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full information

Sony aims for the sky – RX1?

According to Sonyalpharumours, on Wednesday Sony will not only announce the Alpha 99 full frame SLT, but will reveal a compact bodied full frame fixed lens model with the same 24 megapixel sensor, called the RX1 and taking the concept of the RX100 zoom ‘one inch’ format model to a new height (photo – from [...] . . . → Read More: Sony aims for the sky – RX1?

Should NEX go full frame?

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Sonyalpharumours has posted a firm rumour that there will be a full-frame NEX. Anyone who understands the design of camera bodies, and the geometry of optical projection, has known from the start that this was possible given the design of the E-mount. Those who have made uninformed comments (all over web forums!) to the effect that [...] . . . → Read More: Should NEX go full frame?

Crop or cram? Pixel density versus the big view…

The Alpha 900 offers an unrivalled view through its 100% prism finder. The extra brightness, as well as the size and clarity, make most subjects far easier to photograph well. For some users, however, the full frame camera brings a disadvantage in terms of reach and resolution. You need lenses 50% longer (and thus twice [...] . . . → Read More: Crop or cram? Pixel density versus the big view…

Alpha 900 – finder and frames

It’s not going to be long before we see the Alpha 900, and some cameras are known to be out there on trial in the hands of Sony staff and pre-release testers. I am not one, so rest assured, this is not a leak! What can you expect from the Alpha 900’s full-frame prism finder? (Note: [...] . . . → Read More: Alpha 900 – finder and frames

Nikon D3X 24.4 megapixel sensor leak

USERS of the Nikon D3 downloading the latest firmware update have found information strings referring to the D3X and listing the file sizes the forthcoming camera will produce. The sizes match the pixel count of the Sony full-frame CMOS sensor due to be used in the ‘Alpha 900′ Sony full-frame body. . . . → Read More: Nikon D3X 24.4 megapixel sensor leak