More Sony NEX-6 Images Leak Out

 

Sony NEX-6

At this point, the official announcement of Sony cameras this week will be a little unsurprising; however, it still looks to be a heck of a product lineup for Sony.

In the latest leak, we have more views of the Sony NEX-6, which we know as a 16MP mirrorless camera situated in Sony’s NEX lineup between the NEX-5R and the NEX-7.

We also get a little better look at the EVF placement and the ISO standard hot shoe atop the NEX-6.

As a refresher, the expected spec list is below. [Read more...]

Sony Alpha A99 Full Frame SLT Camera Image Leaks Out

Sony A99

The is purported to be an image of the Sony A99 that is expected to be launched next week just prior to Photokina 2012.  The A99 is rumored to feature a full frame 24.3MP CMOS image sensor and capture 1080/60p AVCHD video with a clean HDMI output.  Moreover, the A99 is expected to sport a 102-point AF system that is split between traditional phase-dectect AF points and pixel-level AF points built into the sensor.  See the complete Sony A99 specs.

[via SAR]

Sony NEX-VG30 Leak Shows Off New Power Zoom Lens

Sony NEX-VG30

Newly leaked images of the upcoming Sony NEX-VG30 show a camera that’s very similar to the current NEX-VG20 model.  However, the most notable difference is the inclusion of a new power zoom lens mounted on the compact APS-C camcorder.

Based on the size of this lens and the past kit lenses for this series, I would presume that this is an 18-200mm kit lens (probably with a f/3.5-5.6 aperture as well).  This could be the breakout features that turns the VG30 into a competent consumer camera.  In my opinion, the manual zoom lens on the prior models was the thing keeping these out of consumers’ hands. [Read more...]

Sony FS700 4K Firmware Update Coming Soon?

Sony FS700

When Sony launched the FS700 cinema camera, it teased that it was capable of shooting 4K footage and that such capabilities would be unlocked via a firmware update at some, undisclosed point in the future.

Well, that time may be upon us.  Speaking with a Sony insider at the recent IFA show, EOSHD reports that Sony is prepping to launch the 4K firmware upgrade for the FS700 within a few weeks.  Noting further:

I was told that by Sony insider (not a sales rep) there are two external recorders already on the market that will work with the camera in 4K mode by Aja and Sony. Sony have no plans to restrict 4K output to their own external recorder(s), and that is the first bit of good news…Encouragingly this 4K firmware update is ‘weeks away’ according to Sony, unless that strategy changes or any unforeseen consequences occur. I asked about pricing and I am told it will be similar to the S-LOG upgrade for the Sony F3 which currently retails for £500 + VAT at CVP in the UK. It is just a firmware update.

Given that the FS700 is an $8000 camera, a reasonable price for the 4K firmware upgrade could deliver a stunning 4K camera at a sub-$10k price point – something that no one has really done yet.  (Notwithstanding the lackluster JVC HMQ10.)

[via NoFilmSchool]

New Look at the Sony NEX-6

Sony NEX-6

Here’s yet another leaked image of the upcoming Sony NEX-6.  Note the electronic viewfinder that can be seen on the back left corner of the camera.  Some readers had asked about it in prior posts.

The Sony NEX-6 is due to be announced on September 12 as a mid-range mirrorless camera situated between the Sony NEX-5R and NEX-7 in the lineup.  As a refresher, the expected specifications are listed below. [Read more...]

Upcoming Sony NEX-5R to Use Phase Detect AF at Pixel Level

Sony NEX-5R Rumors

The Sony NEX line is already knocking it out of the park, so this news comes as icing on the cake.  SonyAlphaRumors.com has good word that the upcoming Sony NEX-5R (which will replace the NEX-5N) will sport a new 16MP CMOS sensor with phase detection AF sensors built as pixels directly on the sensor.

For those unfamiliar with the tech, phase detection AF is what’s used in all DSLRs; however, most mirrorless cameras to date have featured a contrast detection AF method.  The contrast AF system has gotten better in recent years – with Sony, Panasonic and Olympus doing a bang-up job of making it much faster in the latest models.  However, if you’ve used both a DSLR and a mirrorless camera, then you know that DSLRs just focus faster . . . and that’s due to phase detection AF.

The recently announced Canon EOS M features a phase detection AF method at the pixel level as well.  And, Canon even introduced the feature into the Canon Rebel T4i.  While the Rebel T4i certainly does a better job at AF than other traditional DSLRs, it still has a ways to go based on my early testing with the camera for full time AF during video.  Hopefully, the EOS M performs much better than the Rebel T4i’s AF.

But Sony is really sneaking up on Canon and Nikon.  Frankly, I think Sony is the manufacturer to beat at this point in the mirrorless market.  If the new NEX-5R steps up the game with an even better AF system than exists in current NEX models, then it’s going to be hard for others to really push past.