Fotodiox WonderBurst NEX Delivers Wireless Flash to NEX-3 and NEX-5 Series Cameras

Fotodiox Wonderburst NEX

Fotodiox has a new flash trigger system, the WonderBurst NEX, which features the unique NEX flash mount transmitter and a traditional hot shoe receiver. The wireless units feature 16 selectable channels and a 300′ range.

These are manual-only triggers and do not transmit TTL info and the manual flash sync speeds are limited to 1/160s. Still yet, it’s a very affordable system at only $40 for the transmitter and receiver package. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Firmware Friday: Leica D-Lux 5, S2, Nikon V1, J1, Ricoh GR Digital IV, Sigma SD1, Sony NEX-5, NEX-3, NEX-C3, NEX-VG10

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. [Read more...]

More Sony A77, NEX-7 and NEX-5N Leaks

Sony NEX-7 and NEX-5N

It looks like several of Sony’s new cameras have surfaced in leaked product images.

Above, you can see the Sony NEX-7, NEX-5N, A77 Battery Grip, Sony 16-50mm lens, Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens and NEX E-mount 55-210mm lens.

Sony is expected to launch the following cameras and lenses on or around August 24: [Read more...]

Sony NEX-C3 Photos Leak Out

It looks like Sony’s newest NEX camera has surfaced.  The new NEX-C3 follows last year’s release of the NEX-5 and NEX-3  is rumored to have a 16.2MP sensor and the ability to capture 720p HD video.  Accompanying the new mirrorless camera is a new Sony NEX flash (pictured below).

Both products are expected to be announced in May 2011.  Note that the NEX-5 and NEX-3 were announced on May 11, 2010 following several leaks of product photos in the days leading up to the official announcement.

More photos of the new NEX-C3 below. [Read more...]

Deal Alert: Sony NEX Camera + Lens = $150 Off

Right now if you buy a Sony NEX-3 or NEX-5 w/ 16mm kit lens, you can get $150 off the 18-55mm lens.  The deal is also good on the NEX-VG10 camcorder, which comes equipped with an 18-200mm lens – and you get to choose between the 16mm f/2.8 or 18-55mm lens for the $150 discount.

More details on the deal over at B&H Photo.

Sony Bringing Translucent Mirror to NEX-Format Cameras?

If a recent patent application from Sony is any indicator of coming products, it looks like we could see a translucent mirror in future NEX-format cameras.

The obvious benefit of using this design in future NEX cameras is the ability to use a phase-difference autofocus mechanism (as typically found in DSLRs) instead of the slower, less accurate contrast-detection method that so-called “mirrorless” cameras have used to date.

Sony has already forged this technology in current Alpha “DSLR” models – Sony A33 and A55.  The rapid live view and video autofocus in the A33 and A55 looks to be a hit among reviewers so far.

Essentially, this patent application presents the A55 in an NEX-5 body.  It’s actually a design that should have been pretty easy to see coming.  There’s nothing really new that’s not already in the A55 . . . Sony’s just taking out the parts that make it look like a DSLR and presenting it in a smaller package more akin to the NEX cameras we already know.  And, it could very well be an Alpha mount camera in a compact shell, which would mean native functionality with Alpha lenses.

While I found the AF speed and accuracy in the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 to be quite acceptable, taking it up a notch or two wouldn’t hurt at all.

What do you think about this design?  Would you be interested in an APS-C camera that is this compact and has DSLR-like AF speed?

[via PhotoRumors]

Firmware Friday: Sony NEX-3, NEX-5, Canon SX130, Rebel XS

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.

Canon Rebel XS / 1000D version 1.0.7 – “Fixes a rare phenomenon in which “Cannot create folder” is displayed on the camera’s LCD monitor, after which shooting is no longer possible with the SD card in your camera.” [Canon Website]

Canon SX130 IS version 1.0.1.0 – “Fixes a phenomenon in which the audio and video get recorded out of sync when shooting movies with the image quality set to high definition (1280×720 pixels).” [Canon Website]

Sony NEX-3 / Sony NEX-5 version 03 – “Autofocus is now supported when using the NEX-5/NEX-3 with 14 lenses from the full range of A-mount optics by Sony and Carl Zeiss that includes telephotos, primes and zooms. Aperture settings can be maintained during HD movie recording, and system menu operation has been streamlined alongside other usability improvements. Registered NEX-5/NEX-3 owners will be advised of the free update via email.” [Sony Website]