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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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For once the Megapixel madness is over thanks to the new Sony A7s. And this allows you to shoot that kind of crazy low light stuff like the "candle-light" video you see here on top! Amazing!

Also Photoblog.hk posted two new videos: A Frame rate speed test (youtube video here) and an Autofocus test (youtube video here).

Sony A7s preorder in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s EU pages: Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.

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  • June 11, 2014 07:55, tecnoworld said:

    Hahahaha, thx for the negative, my personal stalker :) you know, just 'great' ppl have personal stalkers like you! You're giving me greatness, thx.

  • June 10, 2014 19:30, tecnoworld said:

    Stanley Kubrick would have liked this camera :)

  • June 10, 2014 18:55, Dummy00001 said:

    > is black rectangle really the Holy Grail of [...] videography?

    I gather the answer to that is the same as to why videographers are so interested in shallow DOF: the budget.

    Shallow DOF allows to save money on backdrops.

    High...

This isn't a joke!

You can buy the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 and you will get the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 for free! Here are the links:

Fuji X-mount double Touit lens deal at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony E-mount double Touit lens deal at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Cool!

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  • June 02, 2014 00:41, madmax said:

    The fact is Zeiss lenses are way overpriced. Touit lenses at a half and Otus lenses at a third of the price and we are talking.

I bet you didn't see coming this: Fuji partnering with Sony to create a digital medium format mirrorless and fixed lens camera!

The Fuji branded and Sony sensor powered camera will be launched this Summer (likely in August). It could look close to the current to the Fuji GF670 film camera. It could also uses Fuji X-PRO 1 hybrid viewfinder tech. Quite a big news! Wondering if there is a market for such a camera...

 

via Fujirumors.

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  • June 09, 2014 11:55, MHH said:


    We have had a mirrorless medium format for some time - the Alpa Tc etc, interchangeable highest quality lens, optional optical viewfinder and used particularly by landscape photographers. Digital or film back up to 200mb on four shot, or 80mb ...

  • June 05, 2014 02:14, FJ_ said:

    Fixed Lens is just a non starter, especially on something that costs more than $2.5K.

    I just throw my hands up in the air when a new format/lens mount is released and they do not even offer the basics in lens coverage ie. 28, 35, 50/55 (in 3...

  • May 22, 2014 23:17, RAW JAW said:

    This is why I learned and decided a long time ago not to invest in Sony gear due to their required OEM commitments such as to Nikon and now Fuji.

    One example is Sony required one to use their proprietary flash units as a means of giving spac...