nex 3

Sony Japan has announced that the NEX E-Mount 18-200mm lens (which is packaged with the Sony NEX-VG10) will be available in September 2010 for 99750 yen for other NEX-format cameras; however, US pricing should be in the neighborhood of $800-900 as a best guess.

No word yet on availability stateside, or official US pricing for that matter.  It’s a good sign that we’ll see the E-Mount 18-200mm lens on NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras soon though.

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Camera Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Sony NEX-3 / NEX-5 firmware version .02 – “3D Sweep Panorama function has been added; Improvement of ‘normal’ 2D Sweep Panorama shooting; Decreased power drain when the camera is switched off; Quicker start-up in low-light conditions.” [Sony website]

Panasonic ZS5 / ZS6 / ZR3 / TS2 firmware version 1.1 – “Optimization of Light amount for INON external flash(S-2000/D-2000/Z-240)” [Panasonic website]

Pansonic FP3 firmware version 1.1 – “Improved reaction speed of the touch operation. Improved speed of the image forwarding at the time of the reproduction.” [Panasonic website]

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The Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 are the next evolution in the Sony digital imaging world.  Leaning heavily on a mix of technologies from Sony’s Alpha and Cyber-shot lines the NEX-5 and NEX-3 appear to be one of the more true hybrid cameras among the various mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. [click to continue…]

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Sony Alpha Rumors has picked up several screenshots for the LCD of the new Alpha ultra-compact cameras.  Nothing super sexy is revealed in the screenshots; however, the cameras are expected to be officially announced on May 11.

Check out the new screenshots below. [click to continue…]

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