Sony news: A6xxx launch delayed, A7rII firmware update, phase detection patent.

I have three short Sony news to report today:

1) One source reports the Sony A6xxx launch got again(!) delayed til early 2016. The reason seems to be the unexpected huge amount of A7rII preorders that Sony has to fulfill. Capacity has to be used to produce more units. Also because Sony has a higher win margin on those kind of cameras. Plus sensor production is already at 100% so even there they have to limit the production of new camera sensors.

2) The A7rII firmware got updated. But still no 14Bit RAW yet. More at SonyAlphaRumors.

3) Sony is working to improve their phase detection autofocus. A new patent has been spotted by Egami that can double the current autofocus speed! More at Imaging Rsource.

Weird Samsung rumor: Ready to drop the camera business?

The Korean Journal “NewsTomato” reports that Samsung will quit their digital camera business. Apparently the management decided in July to stop all development.

UPDATE: Samsung officially said: “Withdrawing from the camera business is not true and there is no official plan to stop production of cameras and lenses“. Source: Imaging Resource.

 

Sony Europe launches Gold Box deals through Amazon!

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European E-mount camera owners will be very happy to read this! Today and for a very limited quantity you got the chance to buy seven E-mount lenses as a Gold Box deal on Amazon Germany. Just check those links at that specific hour and you wills ee how much Sony discounts them:
FE 35mm at 14:00 (Click here),
E-mount 16-50mm at 14:00 (Click here),
FE 55mm at 16:00 (Click here),
FE 28-70mm at 16:00 (Click here),
E-mount 16mm at 18:00 (Click here),
FE 24-70mm at 18:00 (Click here),
FE 16-35mm at 18:00 (Click here).