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Sony A55

Sony are offering cashback on almost their entire range of digital cameras, including Cyber-shot, NEX mirrorless compact cameras, and Sony Alpha Digital SLRs, as well as lenses and accessories! Details, and links below:

Cyber-shot:
HX100 30x optical zoom, GPS – £40 cashback Amazon UK
HX9 16x optical zoom, GPS – £40 cashback Amazon UK
HX7 10x optical zoom, GPS – £30 cashback Amazon UK
WX10 7x optical zoom – £30 cashback Amazon UK
WX7 5x optical zoom – £30 cashback Amazon UK

NEX Compact System:
NEXC3D Dual Lens – £30 cashback Amazon UK
NEXC3K Kit Lens – £30 cashback Amazon UK

Alpha Digital SLR:
SLTA55V 16mp Body – £50 cashback Amazon UK
SLTA55VY 16mp Twin Lens Kit – £50 cashback Amazon UK
SLTA35K 16mp – £30 cashback Amazon UK

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Sony NEX-5N BlackSony NEX-5N Review by ePHOTOzine – they NEX-5N is a 16 megapixel mirrorless camera from Sony, with an APS-C sized sensor, and quick 10fps shooting, with a 3inch touch screen on the back. Here’s what they had to say:

“This could be the best NEX and whilst a subtle update, it gives quicker performance in use (including an impressive 10fps shooting), better battery life, higher resolution, touch screen aids control and there are new lenses available, which will be especially good news to anyone who has already bought into the NEX system.”

Read more Sony NEX-5N Reviews: SteveHuffPhotos, WideOpenCamera.

Sony has announced four new Sony Alpha cameras, and four new lenses, the new cameras are the Sony Alpha A65, A77, and the Sony NEX-5N, and Sony NEX-7, the 5N features a 16.1 megapixel sensor, while the other three feature 24.3 megapixel sensors! The top of the range A77 features 12fps shooting, the A65 and 5N 10fps shooting.

Sony Alpha SLTs (Translucent Mirror Technology)
Sony Alpha A77, Announced, Preview (ISO shots, Video), Sample Photos.
Sony Alpha A65, Announced, Preview (ISO shots), Sample Photos.

New Alpha Mount Lens (Announcement)
16-50mm f/2.8

New Sony NEX Cameras
Sony NEX-7, Announced, Preview.
Sony NEX-5, AnnouncedFirst Impressions Review, Sample photos.

New NEX Lenses (Announcement)
Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8, Sample photos.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait lens, Sample Photos.
Sony 55-210mm OSS telephoto zoom, Sample Photos.

focus-on-imaging-2011 Simon Whitcomb
Focus on Imaging 2011 is over for another year, until 2012, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is over, so we thought we’d post up links to some of the most exciting products and news from Focus on Imaging:

HOT: Sony Alpha A700 / A77 DSLR Transparent Prototype @ephotozine
HOT: Fujifilm FinePix X100 Hands-On @ephotozine
HOT: Magneflash Splash Flash System Prototype @ephotozine
Nikon’s new Focus Stand and Cameras @ephotozine
New Samyang lenses for all systems including Micro Four Thirds @ephotozine
JVC Falconbrid Hands-On GC-PX1 300fps video, 60fps 10mp photos @ephotozine
New Epson Stylus Photo R3000 A3 Photo Printer @ephotozine
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Hands-On @ephotozine
Sony Cybershot HX100v and others Hands-On @ephotozine
Casio Exilim ZR100 (30fps @10mp) Hands-On Preview @ephotozine
Kodak Easyshare Max Z990 Hands-On Preview @ephotozine
Pentax Optio S1 (in Chrome!) Hands-On Preview @ephotozine

Photo roundups from the show: ephotozine, PhotographyBlog, 10 photos at PhotoRadar. Video roundup of Focus @dpnow.com – you may even spot me! 😉 Video of the Fujifilm FinePix X100 @BJP, Art by Simon Whitcomb.

Sony Alpha A55 DSLR
Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha A55 Digital SLR – it features a 16.2MP High Resolution sensor, Translucent Mirror f/Fast Focus, 921K Dot 3″ Tiltable LCD screen with live view, 3x 18-55mm kit Lens (Equiv to 27-82.5mm), Built-In GPS, Full HD 1080/60i Video, 3D Sweep Panorama Mode, Quick AF for Full HD Movie Capture, 10 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting, Up to ISO 12800 Sensitivity, anti-shake sensor. Should be available in October, and you can pre-order it from B&H.

“The newly developed Variable Angle Tilt LCD monitor mounting system is also the first on an α series camera to utilize a tilt-and-swivel mechanism. Offering 180° of vertical movement and 270° of horizontal movement, it enables you to comfortably shoot from a wide range of positions and angles. Usable for both vertical-format and horizontal-format framing, it also offers auto-rotation of screen content to ensure correct orientation at all times.”

Sony Alpha A33 DSLR
Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha A33 Digital SLR – it features a 14.2MP High Resolution sensor, Translucent Mirror f/Fast Focus, 921K Dot 3″ Tiltable LCD screen with live view, 3x 18-55mm kit Lens (Equiv to 27-82.5mm), Full HD 1080/60i Video, 3D Sweep Panorama Mode, Quick AF for Full HD Movie Capture, 7 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting, Up to ISO 12800 Sensitivity, Beautiful Low-Light Photos Possible, anti-shake sensor, it should be available 4th September 2010, also available for pre-order from B&H.

“Introducing the Sony α55 and α33 – two revolutionary new ultra-compact interchangeable-lens digital cameras that are reshaping the imaging landscape of the future. Featuring a game-changing advance called Translucent Mirror Technology, they offer the lightning-quick speed and precision you need to ‘focus between the moments’. And they do it on a full-time basis, whether you’re shooting high-resolution still photos or Full HD movies. The Sony α55 and α33. Now, at last, the ultimate in interchangeable lens digital camera speed and performance can be yours.”

Sony Alpha A580 DSLR
(24/Aug/2010) Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha A580 – a “traditional” Digital SLR with optical viewfinder, 18-55mm kit lens, built in steadyshot / anti-shake sensor, Full HD video recording, 16 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, 7fps shooting, 3 inch 921k pixel screen, HDR auto, dust reduction, and ISO upto 12800. The Sony Alpha A580 is available for £649 with kit lens.

The similar Sony Alpha A560, available from limited sources (Jessops?, the US), is a 14.2 megapixel version of the same camera:

Sony Alpha A560 DSLR


Sony has announced the new NEX-3 and NEX-5 as part of the new ilc e-series – both cameras feature a 14.2 megapixel Exmore APS CMOS sensor, new “E-Mount” interchangeable lenses, 7fps shooting, World’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera (NEX-5), 1080i HD movie recording (NEX-5) with stereo sound (720p on the NEX-3), fast and silent autofocus, Intuitive new interface with Help Guide and Shooting Tips, E-mount lens system compatible with Alpha DSLR lenses (with optional Mount Adaptor), Sweep Panorama with 3D capability, 3″ swivel screen, and ISO200-12800. They will be available in black, silver and red (NEX-3), and the NEX-5 features a Magnesium body. Flash is an optional extra. The NEX-5 will cost £550-£600, while the NEX-3 will cost £450-£500, both with 18-55mm kit lens (Source: AP).

“Joining the α (Alpha) family, the NEX-5 and NEX-3 team DSLR-quality imaging with the convenience of interchangeable lenses in a sleek new design that slips easily into a jacket pocket or bag. In contrast with conventional DSLR models, the ‘mirrorless’ construction shrinks the thickness of both cameras to just 24.2mm (NEX-5 excluding grip and mount) and 25.4mm (NEX-3, excluding grip and mount) at their slimmest point. As a luxurious extra refinement, the NEX-5 features a tough yet light-weight magnesium body, making it the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera.”

Read Sony E-Series NEX Reviews: Imaging-Resource, Digital Photography School, Previews: DPReview

Sony Alpha A230

In 2004 DPNow reported that Zenit were due to release a $299 Digital SLR – the specification was basic – but the idea was good. Six years later and a number of Digital SLRs are now available for £299 – including the Sony Alpha A230 with kit lens – which is available for £299 from Amazon UK – (or £269 from Argos on special offer). The Sony A230 has a greatly improved specification, and features a 10 megapixel sensor, 2.7″ screen, on screen help guide, ISO3200, SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, 2.5fps shooting, D-Range Optimizer, Sony Memory Stick slot, plus SD / SDHC card support. * (Almost) US Prices start around $399 for a new DSLR.

Read Sony Alpha A230 DSLR Reviews: Pocket-Lint, Trusted Reviews, Photography BLOG, Buy N Shoot

Sony Alpha A450

Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha A450 – a new Digital SLR – it features a 14.2 megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor, Up to 7 fps continuous shooting, 2.7″ screen, Manual Focus Check Live View, Auto HDR, 1,050 shot battery stamina (CIPA measurement), SteadyShot INSIDE (anti-shake sensor), ISO12800, take Sony Memory Sticks, and SD cards, and should be available in February

“The newest addition to the Sony α family of DSLR cameras teams flawless imaging with generous creative options and is ideal for consumers new to DSLR photography who want the best possible image quality.

Powerful yet easy to use, the DSLR-A450 is a perfect all-rounder when you’re ready to take your passion for great pictures to the next level. Ideal for active shooters, it’s at home in any shooting situation, from relaxed portraits to fast-moving sports action.

Inside the α450 is a high-resolution 14.2 (approx.) effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor. It’s teamed with the powerful BIONZ processor to deliver highly detailed, ultra-low noise images. Sensitivity extends right up to ISO 12800, allowing you to capture beautifully natural handheld images in low light without flash.”

Press release continues below.

With a generous 95% field of view, the bright optical viewfinder makes framing and composition a pleasure. As an extra refinement, Manual Focus Check Live View previews clear, bright full-resolution images on the 6.7cm (2.7”) Clear Photo LCD screen. With selectable 7x/14x on-screen image enlargement it’s ideal for confirming pin-sharp focus with portraits, still life, macro and architectural scenes.

The powerful BIONZ image processor enables high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps (maximum – approx. figure). In Speed Priority mode (with AF and AE set at start of burst) this increases to an amazing 7 fps (maximum – actual speed depends on shooting conditions and media card). More than enough to catch sports and fast-moving action with ease.

Creative options are enhanced with Auto HDR mode that accommodates bright highlights and dark shadow details in a single frame. Two successive frames shot handheld at different exposure values are merged automatically by the camera. The result is a detail-packed High Dynamic Range image – with no need for a PC image editor and specialist skills. In addition to fully automatic operation, the exposure difference between frames can be manually set up to 3EV, in 0.5EV increments.

Featured right across the DSLR line-up by Sony, SteadyShot INSIDE™ offers up to 4 steps of anti-shake correction with the full range of 30 α lenses and two teleconvertors, as well as compatible A-mount optics by Konica-Minolta.

The α450 also offers the most impressive shooting stamina of any DSLR camera by Sony to date. The high-capacity battery allows up to 1,050 shots between charges* – plenty for a busy weekend’s sightseeing.

Slots for Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC memory cards (sold separately) are offered to suit users’ personal shooting preferences.

Connect the α450 to any HD Ready TV for a breathtaking big-screen view of your photos. PhotoTV HD optimises still image reproduction on compatible BRAVIA™ models, while BRAVIA™ Sync allows control of slideshow and other camera playback functions using your TV remote.

Supplied software includes Image Data Converter SR; Image Data Lightbox SR; and PMB (Picture Motion Browser) for easy image management. The α450 is also compatible with the wide range of high-quality DSLR accessories by Sony, including flashes, carry cases, batteries and chargers, GPS and more.

The DSLR-A450 digital SLR camera by Sony is available from the beginning of February 2010.