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Firmware updates for RX10, RX100mkIII

From Sonyalpharumours (with the links all very neatly arranged, probably from Sony’s own sources) details of firmware updates for the RX10 and the RX100 MkIII. Surprise at our end about the RX100 update, since the camera has only been on the market a short while, and the internal batteries used to maintain the date (etc) [...] . . . → Read More: Firmware updates for RX10, RX100mkIII

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

Mixed up market – specced up compacts, dumbed down DSLRs

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Canon has pulled off another change in the direction of DSLR development with the EOS 650D, but in the process seem to have accepted a blurring of the boundaries between consumer cameras and enthusiast gear. Sony has finally bowed to pressure and put raw image processing back into a compact, using a larger than normal [...] . . . → Read More: Mixed up market – specced up compacts, dumbed down DSLRs

Sony ‘HowTo’ videos – a different level

Paul Genge of Sony UK noted my criticism of the Sony corporate videos. Well, what Sony were not publicizing so well was that Paul has been making some rather homespun but far more valuable and interesting videos – in fact, going beyond the usual remit of Sony staff to do stuff almost off the cuff. I [...] . . . → Read More: Sony ‘HowTo’ videos – a different level

Sony – please add gain control to A77 sound

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When I had the Canon 60D and 600D cameras for the usual brief period of magazine review loan, one of the things I could have tested more thoroughly was the excellent implementation of sound input gain control. Since it worked, and worked really well, I had no need to. Any system with auto gain, in [...] . . . → Read More: Sony – please add gain control to A77 sound

Sony DEV-5 and DEV-3 digital HD filming binoculars

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An invitation to a Sony event on August 15th seemed perfectly timed for the announcement of the Alpha 77 and 65, NEX-7 and NEX-5n. In fact, those cameras were launched in Greece on August 24th – and Photoclubalpha, as a very minor player in this business, was not on the guest list. Nor could we [...] . . . → Read More: Sony DEV-5 and DEV-3 digital HD filming binoculars

NEX shoots the ‘Flight of the Angel’ – HD1080 YouTube

The shape of the NEX-5 and the availability of 180° (fisheye) and 99° (ultrawide) converters for the 16mm pancake lens persuaded us that with a suitable harness or secure housing, we would get permission to make a unique high definition film on the famous Volo dell’Angelo, one of the most dramatic zipwire experiences in Europe. . . . → Read More: NEX shoots the ‘Flight of the Angel’ – HD1080 YouTube

Supermoon on A55

One-minute sequence of the Moon and clouds at its closest point and largest size, shot using the A55 with 500mm Minolta AF reflex lens and 2X Teleplus converter. . . . → Read More: Supermoon on A55

Sony 5″ video monitor for DSLRs

For some time, I have been using a 7″ Lilliput external monitor for my Alpha and other HDMI output cameras. This is fairly bulky, with its external battery pack, and is mounted on a flash bracket holding it to the side of the camera. The main use of the monitor is for interview-style filming with [...] . . . → Read More: Sony 5″ video monitor for DSLRs

Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland

This video was made on December 23rd using the Alpha 55 (AVCHD recording) hand held, with SS enabled, and the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm zoom. This video has been uploaded in full 1080p HD and can be viewed at high resolution if you have a fast enough connection. The soundtrack is a classical guitar piece I [...] . . . → Read More: Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland