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Alienware announces new Area-51, shows Alpha at PAX Prime

09/01, 10:05am

Builder shows off revolutionary design for flagship computer, uses new Intel CPU

Alienware shocked the computer industry this week, when it announced the latest version of the flagship Area-51 computer. During the Intel panel on the future of PC gaming, General Manager Frank Azor unveiled the new computer on stage as one of the first gaming machines built with Intel's Haswell Extreme Edition processor and X99 chipset.

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Sony launches a5100 with 24.3MP sensor, rear touchscreen controls

08/18, 6:53am

Tiltable touch display, 179-point phase detection points in new Sony Alpha camera

Sony has unveiled another mirrorless camera in its Alpha range, one which it calls the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera. The α5100, effectively replacing the NEX-5T and arriving seven months after the α5000 received an update, has the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor as used by the α6000, though it exchanges the electronic viewfinder for other additions.

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Sony launches 24.3MP Alpha A77 II DSLR with 79-point autofocus

05/01, 2:55pm

Sensor inside updated Alpha A77 II 20 percent more sensitive than predecessor

Sony has launched another camera in its Alpha range, updating the Alpha A77 it released in 2011. The A77 II is a DSLR with a 24.3-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor, similar to the previous model but claimed to be 20 percent more sensitive, though this time Sony has improved the 19-point autofocus of the A77 to have 79 points, including 15 cross points in the center.

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Sony launches 12.2MP A7s full-frame camera with ISO 409,600 capability

04/07, 6:43am

New addition to Sony Alpha 7 range aimed at videographers

Sony has added another model to its Alpha 7 line of full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, one with an extremely high level of sensitivity. Where the A7 and A7r offer a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600, the A7s ranges between ISO 50 and an extended ISO 409,600, with the sensor said to optimize the dynamic range and minimize noise in dark scenes.

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Sony Australia lists a3500 on website before official unveiling

03/24, 11:03am

Sony a3500 retains specifications, appearance of a3000

Sony Australia has leaked the company's upcoming a3500, by putting the Alpha-range camera up for pre-order through its website. Photographs and specifications of the 20.1-megapixel interchangeable-lens camera are available to view, despite the lack of an official launch by the company, with the snapper having few in the way of improvements over its predecessor, the a3000.

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Sony a6000 claims to use world's fastest autofocus at 0.06 seconds

02/12, 6:51am

Phase-detection, contrast-detection AF help provide 11fps AF tracked shooting

One month after updating the α5000, Sony has launched another Alpha camera with what it claims uses the world's fastest autofocus in an interchangeable lens camera. The α6000 is able to focus on a subject in 0.06 seconds using Sony's Fast Hybrid AF system, consisting of a 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor working with a contrast-detection AF.

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Sony launches A7, A7R full-frame mirrorless cameras, E-mount lenses

10/16, 5:20am

Sony A7, A7R are first full-frame mirrorless cameras

Sony has launched it long rumored and eagerly anticipated Alpha 7 full-frame mirrorless camera. The new 24.3-megapixel camera is aimed at fans of the companys NEX camera line looking to step up into a full-frame camera as well as camera enthusiasts looking for a compact bodied, full-featured, full-frame device. In a surprise, the company has also revealed the Alpha 7R aimed at professionals that removes the low-pass filter and includes several additions including an upgraded 36.3-megapixel sensor.

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Sony rumored planning A7 full-frame mirrorless Alpha camera launch

10/13, 7:28pm

Low-resolution photo shows similar body to NEX-7

Sony could be releasing a new full frame mirrorless camera in its Alpha range later this week, according to a rumor. The A7, partly shown in a low-resolution image, appears to have a similar basic body as the NEX-7, though it appears to have a raised section for a more central and higher viewfinder, along with a raised hot shoe.

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Sony A7000 to have Z-shift sensor for improved lens compatibility

09/02, 9:07am

Sensor rumored to shift 18mm to accommodate Canon, Nikon lenses

Sony is close to launching a camera which will work with lenses from other camera mount systems, but still retains autofocus. The A7000, in the same product family as the recently-announced A3000, works as normal with E-mount lenses, but will apparently use a "Z-shift sensor" to help with focusing for indirectly-compatible lens assemblies.

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Sony launches 20.1MP Alpha A3000 with interchangeable lenses

08/27, 11:09am

Entry-level camera boasts E-mount, simplified interface compared to DSLRs

At the same time as introducing the NEX-5T, Sony has launched an entry-level interchangeable lens camera with the general appearance and features usually associated with a DSLR. The Sony Alpha A3000 uses the same lens mount as Sony's E-mount cameras, giving the flexibility and choice offered by a DSLR, but with a simplified interface for inexperienced photographers.

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Sony NEX-3N makes pre-release appearance

02/07, 6:55am

Sony NEX-3N leaked ahead of official launch

The Sony NEX-3N has made an unofficial early appearance thanks to a Sony Alpha Rumors anonymous source. The site has proven reliable in the past, leaking what would be the NEX-3N predecessor, the NEX-F3 , around a month before it was officially released. Although the site isnt completely sure when it will debut, it suggests that it could make an appearance at the same event that Sony is expected to unveil its PlayStation 4 console on February 20.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Alpha with upgraded hardware hits Japan

10/13, 4:48pm

Hardware upgrade seems to match Galaxy Note II

A new version of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been announced in Japan. Appearing on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, the Galaxy S III Alpha is an improved version of the original, sporting hardware remarkably similar to that of the Galaxy Note II. A new color is also carried over from the Galaxy Note II, however the stylus does not.

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Sony A99, first translucent lens camera with full-frame

08/28, 8:21am

Sony A99 to push the technology envelope forward

The forthcoming Sony Alpha 99 is expected to be Sonys first full-frame sensor camera that also utilizes the companys single-lens translucent system, according to specs obtained by Sony Alpha Rumors. The new Alpha flagship camera will sport a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor with an ISO range of 100-25,600. Additional key features include a 1/8000 maximum shutter speed, 14-bit RAW capability, 10fps continuous shooting and 102-point auto-focus system powered by a new Sony Bionz imaging engine.

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Images suggest Nokia working on four Windows Phone handsets

05/25, 11:00am

Nokia Alpha, Pure Phi, Phi, PureLambda handsets coming soon?

New images of a Nokia Lumia 800 handset running on wpbench revealed a list of Greek names for what we can only assume are codenames for upcoming Windows Phone-powered Nokia handsets. Shared by the My Nokia Blog, the images came from a user running the Windows Phone 7 benchmark on his Lumia 800. The names include Nokia PureLambda, Nokia Phi, Nokia Pure Phi and Nokia Alpha.

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Sony adds Alpha SLT-A37 plus new telephoto zoom lens

05/17, 6:26am

Sony launches Alpha SLT-A37 with translucent lens

In more new Alpha camera news from Sony, the company has added the Alpha SLT-A37 to its line-up, which is also joined by a new telephoto lens. The camera uses Sonys proprietary translucent mirror technology to deliver faster shooting, non-stop phase detection auto-focus and continuous live image preview even when shooting in 1080p video. To help keep action shots focused, it uses a precision 3-cross 15-point autofocus system.

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Google Wave officially dead as Google prepares to shut down

04/30, 5:00pm

Google Wave finally gets shutdown after weak adoption

As promised, Google has pulled the plug on its Google Wave online communications service. It launched in 2009 but never got off the ground, and development on the project stopped back in mid-2010. Support continued, however, due to the open-source nature of the undertaking.

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Sony Alpha A37, more NEX-F3 leak out early

04/28, 11:25pm

Sony A37 and NEX-F3 explored in more detail

An earlier NEX-F3 leak was joined later on Saturday by two more giving large clues as to imminent plans. Yang Canggih has leaked the previously unseen Alpha A37, an entry counterpart to the A57. It now has a tilting screen like the NEX series, and has a more ergonomic grip than the A35.

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Sony A99 to sport industry-leading 102-point autofocus?

03/26, 10:55am

Sony A99 said to get 102-point cross-point AF

The upcoming Sony Alpha 99 (A99) may sport with a 102-point cross-point autofocus system, Sony Alpha Rumors learned from trusted sources. Prototypes of the Single-Lens Translucent (SLT) camera are reportedly equipped with the feature, which offers nearly twice as many autofocus points as some flagship DSLRs from competitors. The Nikon D800 has 51 points, for example, while Canon's EOS 5D Mark III has 61. Sony's own A77 camera has 19 cross points.

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Sony unwraps Alpha A57 with 12FPS focused shooting

03/13, 12:00am

Sony Alpha A57 ups entry level cameras

Sony unveiled a new entry level Alpha early Tuesday in the just leaked A57. It shoots at a typical 16 megapixels, but with an uncharacteristically fast mode, Continuous Advance Priority AE. By locking the aperture at f3.5 or smaller, it can capture 12 frames per second at 8.4 megapixels, even with autofocus and autoexposure.

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Sony Alpha A57 leaks, may arrive this week

03/12, 12:40pm

Sony Alpha A57 image, specs leaked ahead of debut

The first image of Sony's Alpha A57 camera has been shared online by Gdgt. Very similar to the A65, the shooter is due for an official release early tomorrow morning in the UK, or midnight Tuesday in Eastern time. Its leaked specs include a 16-megapixel Exmor HD sensor and 10FPS shooting, or 12FPS in a tele-zoom mode.

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Sony vows new full-frame Alpha, adds 500mm lens and roadmap

02/08, 11:30pm

Sony makes ambitious plans at CP Plus 2012

Sony took its time at the CP+ camera show to outline much of its future Alpha and NEX roster. The company promised a full-frame Alpha camera to replace its long-in-tooth A900. No details were given to DPReview or others at the show, although Sony's frequent sensor partnership with Nikon could point to a camera based on the D800's 36.3-megapixel sensor.

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Apple posts Mac OS X 10.7.3 with new languages, RAW

02/01, 4:40pm

Apple takes Mac OS X 10.7.3 live

Apple on Wednesday afternoon posted Mac OS X 10.7.3 (release notes). The Lion upgrade adds several languages, including Catalan for Spaniards as well as Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian. RAW photo compatibility has expanded to several new cameras, including the Nikon J1 and V1, Olympus' current PEN cameras, and current Sony Alpha and NEX cameras, such as the NEX-5N.

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Sony resumes making Alpha, NEX cameras after Thai floods

11/15, 9:05pm

Production moved to separate facilities

Sony has reportedly resumed production operations for its Alpha and NEX cameras that were being manufactured in areas affected by the recent record-breaking floods in Thailand. To bring the operations back up to speed, the company is said to have moved production from the inundated Ayuthaya site to a plant located further south in Chonburi.

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Sony NEX-5N triggers clicking sounds during video

09/16, 3:30pm

Noise renders audio useless for videos

Last month, Sony introduced the NEX-5N, an update to its 16-megapixel NEX-5 digital camera with interchangeable lenses. One of its benchmark features was its 1080p60 recording capabilities. Unfortunately, there is evidently a problem with Sony's implementation, and the camera makes a clicking noise that disturbs the audio while recording videos.

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Sony plans full-frame Alpha camera

08/25, 1:50pm

Sketchy on any real details

Sony has confirmed that it still intends to offer a full-frame camera in its Alpha cameras. The company tipped its hand to the BJP at a recent news conference in Athens when it unveiled the crop-frame, translucent mirror Alpha A65 and A77. The company declined to provide any further details.

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Sony Alpha A77, A65 shoot up to 12FPS

08/24, 2:50am

Sony A77 and A65 focus on speed

Not content with its NEX updates, Sony has also updated the Alpha range to bring its translucent mirror technology to the top of the range. The 24.3-megapixel A77 and A65 both draw on the sensor from the NEX-7 but, with a mirror and phase detection autofocus, can shoot at rates usually reserved for full-frame cameras. By not having to wait for the mirror to clear, the A65 and A77 shoot at 10 frames and 12 frames per second respectively, even with full-time autofocus.

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Sony intros 24-megapixel NEX-7, fast NEX-5N to serve pros

08/24, 2:10am

Sony NEX-7 and NEX-5N official

Sony matched Nikon on Wednesday by adding its own batch of cameras with a much stronger focus on professionals. The NEX line now has its first truly professional camera in the NEX-7. It has both the highest resolution of any mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, at 24.3 megapixels, but adds serious manual control with twin control dials, a wheel, and three customizable buttons.

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Sony Alpha A77 shots leak ahead of launch

08/22, 8:30am

Sony Alpha A77 set for August 24 launch

The forthcoming Sony Alpha A77 DSLR has its press shots leaked ahead of its formal launch expected to be on Wednesday August 24. Although not yet released, the camera has already been nominated for an award for its unique design which includes a translucent mirror for quicker autofocus. Its CMOS sensor and double Bionz processor also enable it to shoot at a rapid 10 frames per second.

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Leaked commercial shows off Sony's Alpha A77

08/12, 11:40am

YouTube ad arrives ahead of offical unveiling

Sony's upcoming A77 DSLR has surfaced in a commercial posted on YouTube. It is unclear if the segment fabricated, a genuine leak, or an official teaser released ahead of the camera's formal unveiling. The short video shows the A77 half buried in sand on a beach. The operator then picks up the magnesium-body camera, brushes off sand and takes a snapshot of the water.

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Sonys unreleased Alpha A77 already nominated for award

08/10, 8:00am

Sony's Alpha A77 already in line for an award

Sonys forthcoming Alpha A77 has already been nominated for an award ahead of its launch. A nomination page from this months Good Design Expo (since pulled) has shown the A77 in the running to win an award for its innovative technologies. The camera incorporates a magnesium allow body, a 24 megapixel EXMOR CMOS sensor and a translucent mirror for quicker autofocus.

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Sony's Alpha A77 and A65, NEX-5N and NEX-7 specs leak

08/05, 5:25pm

Launch expected this month

Specs of four new Sony cameras have leaked online, the APS-C A77 and A65, and NEX-5N and NEX-7 digital SLRs. The A77 and A65 will use a 24.3-megapixel Exmor HD CMOS sensor and a 19-point autofocus sensor. The A77 will feature a moisture- and dust-proof case, which the A65 lacks. The NEX-7 and NEX-5N will both be capable of 1920x1080, AVCHD 2.0 (28Mbit/s) video recording. The NEX-7 will also have the 24.3-megapixel Exmor HD sensor, but the NEX-5N will use the same 16.1 MP Exmor sensor as the Sony NEX-C3.

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Sony may show NEX-5N and NEX-7, Alpha A77 on August 24

08/02, 5:05pm

Sony NEX-7 and A77 may get August 24 intro

Sony is planning one large, multi-product launch to cover its pro- and semi-pro cameras on August 24, a scoop may have uncovered Tuesday. The highlight would be the Alpha A77, its frequently leaked 24-megapixel high-end DSLR. New to Sony Alpha Rumors' claims, however, was the addition of an A65 that would shoot at the same resolution as the A77 but at a slower frame rate to lower the price.

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Review: Sony NEX-C3

07/31, 10:15pm

Our review of Sony's NEX-C3 mirrorless camera

Sony was a relative latecomer to mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, but when it arrived with the NEX line, it shot back with very small designs which were barely larger than compact cameras, although they sometimes controlled like it, too. The NEX-C3 is a second generation and brings a new 16.2-megapixel sensor, overall better performance, and an even smaller design. We'll examine in our review of the NEX-C3 if it's worth trading up from a point-and-shoot or as an alternative to rivals from Olympus and Panasonic.

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Leaked images show Sony Alpha A77 camera

07/20, 8:00pm

Press renderings corroborate earlier rumors

Sony's upcoming Alpha A77 DSLR has allegedly surfaced yet again, with several press renderings appearing on the Dyxum forums. The successor to the A700 is shown with a battery grip, which was confirmed early this year in an official teaser at the CP+ expo. The redesigned housing also appears to offer a new OLED panel that mounts via two-axis swivel.

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Sony Alpha A65, A77 spied for the first time

06/22, 11:15am

New 24 megapixel cameras will debut late 2011

Photos of Sony's new APS-C cameras, the A77 and A65, have leaked online. Sources for sonyalpharumors also indicated that the launch date for the cameras has been pushed back due to production issues stemming from the twin tsunami and Fukushima disasters in March. The leaker said the A77 will have a magnesium alloy body, a new 24 megapixel sensor, a new double Bionz processor, and a 3 million dot OLED viewfinder. It also has an improved autofocus with 11 cross AF points, and is capable of shooting more than 10 frames per second or full HD video.

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Sony cancels Alpha A850, A290 and A390

06/10, 12:25am

Sony axes several DSLRs after less than one year

On the heals of Sonys new NEX-C3 and Alpha 35 camera launches, comes news that it has cancelled the Alpha A850, A290 and A390. The full-frame Alpha 850 DSLR is due to be phased out this summer. The Alpha 290 and 390 DSLRs have already had their production ceased. This comes less than one year since the respective lines were launched.

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Sony unveils tiny NEX-C3, Alpha A35 mirrorless cameras

06/08, 1:00am

Sony NEX-C3 and Alpha A35 made official

Sony after a long run-up upgraded the bases of both its NEX and Alpha camera lines. The NEX-C3 is cast as the smallest camera to have both an APS-C sized sensor and interchangeable lenses with an even smaller frame than the NEX-3. Despite the size shrink, it should be easier to use for newcomers: a Photo Creativity mode, much like Canon's Creative Auto, puts concepts like aperture or white balance into simpler terms without sacrificing the full PASM controls or programmable shortcuts.

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Firefox 6 now in alpha, sports privacy features, more HTML5

05/27, 7:30pm

Developer tools and enhanced add-on manager too

Mozilla's development cycle dictates that three generations of its popular web browser Firefox must be in an active cycle. Thus, Firefox 4 is the current mainstream release (currently at 4.0.1), Firefox 5 has recently entered beta, and that means that Firefox 6, known as Aurora, has just begun its development cycle, now offering a rough alpha release for testing and feedback.

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Sony Alpha A850 bows out

05/26, 8:40am

Could Sony be exiting the high-end DSLR market?

Sony has likely discontinued its flagship Alpha A850 SLR camera. B&H Photo has posted a notice alongside the camera that "this item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available." The A850 is also no longer for sale on the SonyStyle site.

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Sony NEX-C3, Alpha A35 rumored for June 3

05/17, 7:50pm

Leak paired with renderings

Sony is reportedly set to introduce a range of new photography gear early next month, including the NEX-C3 and Alpha A35 cameras, a 30mm macro lens, and a NEX flash. Leaked information posted on Photo Rumors suggests the A35 DSLR will integrate a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, with an ISO range up to 12800, while a new tele-zoom high speed shooting mode offers continuous autofocus. The camera is also said to offer 7fps shooting, 15 AF points, built-in HDR processing, and 1080p video recording.

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Sony intros external flash for Alpha cameras

05/02, 6:10pm

Flash offers Quick Shift Bounce system

Sony has introduced an external flash unit, the HVL-F43AM, and several other accessories designed for the company's range of Alpha DSLRs. The flash accessory features GN43 output at 105mm/100 ISO and a "quick shift bounce" system, which enables users to maintain the flash head position while quickly switching between horizontal and vertical orientation. Wireless controls provide further options for managing light ratios across three separate units without additional equipment.

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Sony Alpha A35 seen as launch gets near

04/24, 11:55am

Sony Alpha A35 spotted in advance

The same source that uncovered the NEX-C3 has also given out proof of a suspected sequel to the Alpha A33. The simply titled A35 is superficially a straightforward sequel to the translucent-mirror DSLR with a similar body. Photo Rumors couldn't obtain many details of the camera itself but did confirm an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens.

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Sony NEX-C3 camera pictured, early specs on NEX-7 out

04/22, 2:55pm

Sony NEX-C3 shows up, NEX-7 due in September

The upcoming Sony NEX-C3 camera has now been spotted thanks to SonyAlphaRumors. It reportedly shares the same 16.2-megapixel sensor as the Alpha A55 and the ability to record HD video. The camera has been delayed due to the recent natural disaster in Japan, and a new ship date isn't yet known.

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Sony A33 digital camera officially discontinued

04/01, 3:35pm

Sony Japan discontinues A33 digital camera

Sony Japan announced that the Alpha A33 introduced in August is now discontinued. The camera had a relatively short seven-month lifespan, and it's expected to be replaced very soon. The A33 shoots 14.2-megapixel images at up to 7FPS.

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Sony Store LA opens April 1 with Apple cues, unique demos

03/31, 10:50pm

Sony Store LA opens with Apple influence

Sony said this week it would launch its first US store based on its new store template. Now just called the Sony Store, the shop in the Century City Mall in Los Angeles has a "new concept" with Apple-like bright, widely spaced areas instead of the dark spaces from Sony Style locations. The strategy includes a Premium Services area that duplicates the Genius Bar's technical help, though it goes beyond by offering in-home installs.

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Olympus leaks hint single-shot HDR, translucent mirrors

03/04, 1:30pm

Olympus DSLRs may get single-shot HDR and more

Olympus is working to significantly improve the quality of its E-series DSLRs and possibly its Micro Four Thirds cameras based on slips from sources. It would add a single-shot high dynamic range function that would put more details in highlights and shots, the 4/3Rumors tipsters said. With the exception of a few newer DSLRs, many create HDR by compositing multiple shots and rule out action shots or many handheld situations.

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Sony to bring translucent mirrors to all Alpha DSLRs

02/25, 12:40pm

Sony to equip Alpha DSLRs with fixed mirrors

Sony announced at a yearly expo in Spain that it will put translucent mirrors in its Alpha-branded DSLR cameras, Quesabesde reported on Thursday. All models will get the fixed mirror, including entry-level shooters. This should simplify the mechanism, as the mirrors will no longer move.

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Sony teases Alpha A77, extra details at CP+ show

02/09, 10:55am

Sony previews Alpha A77 again at CP expo

Sony in the absence of major new cameras for the CP+ expo provided a new teaser for its future Alpha A700 sequel. The camera, shown in a transparent body to prove it's a real design, is now known to shoot 1080p video. The design was already known to have a translucent mirror which, combined with a CMOS sensor, will let it autofocus extremely quickly.

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Nikon D400, Sony A77 cams may get 25-megapixel crop sensor

01/10, 11:35pm

Nikon and Sony may use 25MP APS-C sensor

Both Sony's future Alpha camera and by extension the rumored Nikon D400 could use a dramatically improved crop frame sensor whose resolution would enter medium format territory. Sony DSLR trainer Michael Bubolo said he had heard "rumors" the APS-C sensor on the Sony camerawould jump to 25 megapixels. While this detail wasn't as definite, Bubolo told Amateur Photographer it was certain the camera would use a new sensor, as its ISO light sensitivity would range into the "hundreds of thousands," a category previously occupied only by high-end, full frame cameras like the Nikon D3s and Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.

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Sony patent hints NEX-sized camera with translucent mirror

12/24, 4:15pm

Sony NEX may get translucent mirror

Sony may bring the translucent mirror technology from the Alpha A33 and A55 to a more compact camera that might sit between the current Alpha and NEX lines. A recent US patent filing has shown a camera with the technology, which allows faster focusing in a mirrored camera, but without an optical viewfinder like a normal Alpha camera. The mirror could even have a dynamic reflectivity that lets in more or less light to trigger the autofocus sensor in low light conditions where it might otherwise not get a lock.

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