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August 18, 2014

The Sony A5100 has landed!

Preorders: A5100 specs and price at Amazon (Click here).
Press release: Dpreview, Photoscala (German), ThePhoBlographer,
First impressions and previews: First impression at Dpreview. Hands-on at Dpreview.

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  • August 18, 2014 19:49, DtEW said:

    You mean like that beginner's-only, green Auto mode only, Canon 1D X? *rolleyes*

    There are certain advantages to NOT having that mode dial that beginners who fixate on aspiring to the look of a "serious" camera wouldn't understand... like be...

  • August 18, 2014 14:35, Jón Ingólfur Hermannsson said:

    Nice sensor and good specs - and the decent 16-50mm - but NO Mode Dial - you have to pay a lot more :)
    It took awhile for the NEX to finally get a Mode Dial in the NEX6 - so the A5100 is mean for beginners only or users that never change f...

Sony is going to create quite a buzz at Photokina and therefore they decided to split the product announcements to make it easy for you and the press to learn more about the new stuff.

The first camera to be announced is the A5100 which is coming on August 19 already. These are the  images and specs are on courtesy of Digicameinfo:

- 24,3 MP APS-C sensor
- Full HD, XAVC-S, AVCHD and MP4 video recording
- Max bit rate is 50MPs in XAVC-S
- Hybrid AF (same as A6000) with 179 AF points (25 of them are contrast AF points)
- 3 inch and 920.000 dot Touch LCD. 180 degree tiltable
- 1/4000-30 sec shutter. 1/60 syncro. Electronic front curtain shutter
- ISO 10--25,600
- Built.in Flash
- Wifi NFC
- APP support
- 6fps
- SD card
- The battery is the NP-FW50. 400 shoots autonomy
- The size is 109.6mm x 62.8mm x35.7mm
- 224 g Weight (body only)

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  • August 19, 2014 03:01, pew pew said:

    bs, the nex3 nex 5 never had evf in order to make it much smaller then the bigger nex 6,7 a6000 etc., plus your accusation of sony removing features is also complete bs, this little camera packs more features then any canikon middle range dslr.

  • August 18, 2014 13:01, viking79 said:

    Typical of Sony is they add one must have feature (focus), and take away something nice like the EVF and remove ability to use external EVF and display which could flip downwards for easier overhead shooting.

  • August 18, 2014 00:02, tecnoworld said:

    The integrated evf, which is quite important for many.

Well, sometimes companies help us out doing our rumor work by un(?)intentionally leak out information in unexpected places:

Olympus latest financial report discloses the release time of the next three pro zoom (see picture on top).

Sony is showing the A5100 picture on an official Honk Kong press site. The camera will be announced n August 19 and feature the same A6000 sensor.

The heavy Sony stuff (Full Frame RX and maybe E-mount) will be announced right before Photokina!

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  • August 13, 2014 14:12, tecnoworld said:

    Sony will thus have the best aps-c sensor on both evf and evf-less camera, good and smart move!

    Any news about a nex7 'true' replacement?

These are the full specs of the upcoming new ultracompact, ultrafast and first curved sensor camera! It will feature a 2/3 inch curved sensor and use a damn compact 20mm f/1.2 lens.

The new sensor has the same signal to noise ration of a Canon 5DmarkIII. Quite amazing!

via CNbeta.
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  • July 23, 2014 19:24, Simen1 said:

    If we trust the 6,67mm diagonal and 7,83mm focal length then equivalent focal length would be about 50mm and equivalent aperture (in terms of both DOF and total light gathering) would be about f/7,7.

  • July 23, 2014 17:12, viking79 said:

    Appears to be a cell phone camera (based on rumor on DPReview Connect), if true it will probably be my next cell phone :)

  • July 22, 2014 06:08, Martin said:

    The curved sensor has significantimpact on the field of view. As already said, if placed behind (or, should I say, around) a lens of short flange distance, a curved sensor is equivalent to a much wider planar projection. Hence, the usual equivalen...

That image doesn't look exciting at all but it's precious because it's actually the first photo taken with a Sony curved sensor!

It has been shared by Sony to Nikkei.jp. NIkkei reports the sensor are production ready and while the sensor has plenty of advantages (no vignetting, allows faster and compact lens design and so on) it has also one huge issue. Sony said it's very difficult to design zoom lenses for it.

Sony is rumored to launch such a sensor with the next RX1 fixed lens successor!

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  • July 19, 2014 21:57, Sunshine Sun Kyong Kim said:

    In my opinion, that sensor will totally rule the entire camera sensor especially mirrorless camera. Why? Base on the informations...
    1. That sensor will allow the camera to have better corner image quality like medium format camera trying to do...

  • July 08, 2014 16:10, Dmitry Anisimov said:

    you're inventing/citing urban legends...
    just making lens telecentric lessens vignetting but nor removes it neither required to.
    vignetting might be removed completely, but because very few applications need it, it's not implemented

  • July 06, 2014 23:18, Dummy00001 said:

    I think, they would have more potential in mobile cameras. Theoretically, it should be easier to make a "curved" sensor of smaller size. With larger size, it would be much harder to maintain the consistent curve from sensor to sensor. But the way ...

We saw it only as a sketch on Sony patents before. But now we have it in real! This is the new Sony curved sensor and it comes in two variations: Full Frame (43mm) and for Mobile Phones and Tablets (11mm).

The Full Frame sensor is likely to find his way in the new RX2 because this is also what Sony patent were showing us: a FF curved sensor used along a 35mm f/1.8 lens.

As far as we know Sony is the only company offering such a sensor and Sony also said at the 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits event that they developed a special production technique to produce it in mass.

At the end what matters is that: With such sensors corners become 2x more sensitive and have a lot less of issues. And lenses can be designed in a more compact way.

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  • June 16, 2014 21:38, Pb said:

    .... did you even bother to read the article? or just quick or bash it?

    if its going to be implemented in the RX2 it would be paired with a fixed lens camera

  • June 16, 2014 07:55, DonTom said:

    So.....Sony will make a new set of lenses for it, and stop development of their other systems, as usual.

  • June 15, 2014 12:13, mFTGUYS said:

    I wonder if this type of sensor will be used for high end fixed lens cameras ,where the lens can be specifically designed to take advantage of the sensor curvature which will give better corner to corner results and enhanced res...

This is a world first: The new Sony RX100M3 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). Grab it...or wait for the LX8 with 4K? :)

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