Sony revolutionise the consumer camcorder – E Mount camcorder due late 2010

Is this the reason why Sony’s NEX line doesn’t yet feature 24p and manual control in video mode?

Sony’s plan to keep alive consumer camcorders has kicked into action today with the announcement of an E-Mount camcorder. A press release just hit out of the blue. They kept this incredibly quiet.

The mock-up shown is not like the pro sized AF100 from Panasonic, more like a prosumer camcorder. The E mount camcorder will use the same sensor from the NEX5 but with the handling and feature-set of a prosumer camcorder.

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Sony NEX-5 release date announced for May 11th, no 24p!!

UPDATE: The rumours were right! Now expect the NEX7 for September’s Photokina.

Sony’s much anticipated mirrorless HDSLR is released in a few days. What do we know?

It will be available in Hong Kong and Japan from May 11th and a limited stock global release that same day.

Whilst an attempt at a global release is good, unfortunately 24p is missing from the spec sheet. Stop reading now?

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New Panasonic lens adapter in development

Every wondered how the Sony Alpha series delivers a live view image from a very small sensor in the viewfinder housing without cropping, mimicking the field of view of the main CMOS, while enabling super fast phase detect AF at the same time? (Deep breath). Well, it seems Panasonic did wonder this, and plan to bring such innovations to a range of lenses previously not fully compatible with mirror-less bodies.

The adapter features electronics, a mirror system and phase detect AF chip. This allows auto-focus as well as full frame focal lengths with standard DSLR lenses on the Lumix G range.

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HOT! Panasonic AG AF100 Micro 4/3rds interchangable lens pro camcorder – release date, late 2010 plus Sony prototype at NAB!

Amazingly the rumours were right once again, and somebody from NAB leaked the AF100 to 43rumors a day before the press release was due.

The implications here are enormous.

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