Someone 1.00 releases Sony Alpha A55 hack tool – donate now for further test camera bodies and NEX hack

Please note: Download and install at own risk

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It’s real. Sony A55 owners rejoice, for Someone 1.00’s first hack is now available and can be downloaded from the EOSHD forum. The patcher app is able to overcome the A55 firmware encryption and is the basis for adding bitrate patches and new menu options later on. The NEX 5 patcher I also believe is coming later.

Now Someone 1.00 is looking for A55 testers (view relevant thread here) to test new features and find their way as a team with the firmware, plus donations for NEX 3, NEX 5N and A77 bodies for testing and opening up for analysis. The firmware will need to be dumped and decrypted, for that he needs the actual camera hardware in his hands and more than one body. So the more people who can donate, the better!

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Sony abandon optical viewfinder

Sony will eliminate the optical viewfinder on all future DSLRs.

Sony Spain let slip in a presentation that the Japanese electronics giant plans to release all future Alpha DSLRs with the SLT translucent mirror technology found on the A33 and A55. No more optical viewfinders and traditional mirror-box DSLRs from Sony. In fact the name ‘DSLR’ will be consigned to history and replaced with Alpha SLT.

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New Sony Alpha HD A33 and A55 cameras to get phase-detect AF in video mode

UPDATE: The Sony A55 has now been announced and a review is out. It is very disappointing in terms of the video mode

EOSHD has been made aware of an innovative step in DSLR video by Sony.

Read more on the Sony Pellix HDSLRs here

UPDATE. Specs are now revealed:
1) A55 16MP 10FPS EVF-1.44M 1.1X magnification 95% AVCHD full HD
2) A33 14MP 7FPS EVF-1.44M 1.1X magnification 95% AVCHD full HD

According to new information obtained by Sony Alpha Rumors and given to EOSHD for analysis before publication, the new Sony Alpha HD cameras coming in September 2010 will have a light beam-splitting technology allowing phase detect AF at the same time as mirrorless live view and video recording.

Sony have always been innovative when it comes to live view, with the small-sensor-in-viewfinder technique on the previous Alphas.

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