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Download Sony NEX-6 User Manual in PDF

Sony NEX-6 Parts Diagram
Here is the preliminary Sony NEX-6 user manual courtesy of the FCC filing. The NEX-6 has WiFi and had to go through FCC approval. The NEX-6 uses the NEX-5R's sensor, and the EVF of the NEX-7. It introduces hybrid autofocus (phase detect and contrast detect), the new mode dial, and multi-interface hot shoe to the NEX system. The camera also includes the ability to use PlayMemories apps which takes advantage of the WiFi interconnectability.

The NEX-6 Kit comes with the new 16-50mm Power Zoom lens - retractable and compact.

Sony NEX-6 Shooting Mode Functions
Click here to download the unofficial NEX-6 manual in pdf. This is subject to change without notice.

Sony NEX-6 with 10-18mm wide angle zoom lens
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New Sony DSC-RX1 Sample Shots

Sony DSC-RX1 Sample Images Slideshow from Sony Electronics
Sony RX1 with Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar Lens Sample Images from Sony
We posted the first Sony DSC-RX1 sample images two weeks ago and now Sony Electronics has published more samples from the full frame, fixed lens, compact wonder. The images seem to be jpegs straight from the DSC-RX1. They show very nice out of focus rendering, minimal artifacts at high iso, and great lens performance from the autofocus Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar lens.

Sony RX1 Bokeh
Sony RX1 at f/4 ISO 100
Sony RX1 ISO 6400 Sample
Pre order your Sony DSC-RX1 for a December 19, 2012 ship date.

Thanks Sony!

NEX 16-50mm 35mm 10-18mm Lenses

New Sony NEX Lenses with the Old
Photos by Alpha604
Here are the newly announced Sony NEX lenses with the 16mm pancake and the 24mm Zeiss ZA E. The three new lenses are all native E-mount, feature Optical Steady Shot (OSS), and come in black.

The smallest of the new lenses is the 16-50mm Power Zoom lens. The lens is very compact yet provides an equivalent fov of 24mm to 75mm. The retractable zoom lens has a very small filter thread of ø40.5mm, similar to Minolta CLE lenses.

The lens to the right of the 16-50 PZ is the 35mm f/1.8 lens. This lens provides an efov of 52.5mm - perfect for street photography. It has a filter diameter of ø49mm similar to the 50mm f/1.8 OSS and the 30mm macro - both are being discounted at the moment.

The last and the largest of the new NEX lenses is the 10-18mm wide angle zoom lens. The efov is 15mm to 27mm, perfect for close quarters shooting. The lens has a constant maximum aperture of f/4 and a large front element with a ø62mm filter thread. Th…

More DSC-RX1 Hands On with CameraDiner

Video by CameraDiner
CameraDiner was a Photokina 2012 and was lucky enough to get a hands on with the Sony DSC-RX1. The RX1 was not a functioning unit but it still gave a good impression. It felt heavier than was expected. The RX1 lens hood, thumb grip, and Zeiss optical viewfinder was also on hand for the demonstration.

Thanks CameraDiner!

Sony NEX-5N Images from Dinito1980

NEX-5N Images by Dinito1980
Here are some sample images from Dinito1980 of flickr. The images are created using the Sony NEX-5N and a Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. We love the colors from the Sony NEX sensor and Dinito1980 makes good use of that.

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro used for the images above.

See more of Dinito's work at DINITO1980's flickr Gallery.

Zeiss 12mm 32mm 50mm for NEX Cameras

32mm f/1.8 Zeiss Planar Autofocus Lens on the Sony NEX-7
Here is more good news from Photokina 2012. Zeiss will expand their line of E-mount autofocus lenses from 1 to 4 by summer of 2013. Here is what we know so far about the new Zeiss lenses:
Optimized for APS-C sensors and made in E-mount.Focal lenghts to be offered:12mm f/2.8 Distagon (18mm efov) ø67mm filter32mm f/1.8 Planar (48mm efov) ø52mm filter50mm f/2.8 macro (75mm efov)Zoom lenses are being considered.Autofocus with manual override.High quality and lightness are driving factors.Each lens will be comparable in price to the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 ZA E lens, around £1000.Made in Japan.
We were off by a few mms on the focal lengths when we posted about this a ten days ago. The prototype lenses will be on display at the Zeiss booth at Photokina.

Here is the interview with Carl Zeiss' Dr. Pollman with respect to the new Zeiss lenses for Sony NEX cameras.

Video from Zeiss booth at Photokina 2012

Leica M - Target of the NEX System

The new Leica M

This is the new Leica M camera and this is where the NEX system should be headed. The Leica M has technologies proven in NEX cameras such as focus peaking, detachable and tiltable electronic viewfinder, accepting other lenses via adapters, and a movie mode. The Leica M adds the following to the NEX system: a full frame sensor, rangefinder focusing system, a weather proof body, and a GPS accessory. The Leica M will be around $7000, around 6x the cost of the Sony NEX-7. Kudos to Leica.

Voigtlander 21mm Ultron NEX Friendly?

Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron

Here is a new Leica M mount lens from Voigtlander. It is a fast f/1.8, 21mm wide angle lens. This translates to 30mm (effective FOV) for the Sony NEX sensor. The big question is, will it play well with the APS-C sensor? We are hoping that it does and give us a fast, wide angle lens similar to the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 ZA E. The manual focus and aperture, Leica M mount, Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron will cost £1149. It is almost twice the weight of the Zeiss 24mm.

21mm f/1.8 Ultron Specs from Voigtlander Germany:
Due to its large diameter elements, you can shoot with available light even in severe light condition, and also shallow depth of field and super wide angle, this mix of features offers you a chance to emphasize main things with great bokeh.
Any kind of aberration is corrected properly by the construction of 13 elements 11 groups with Aspherical element.13 elements in 11 groups with Aspherical lens
Full Metal Barrel with high stiffness and durability

RX1 35mm Sonnar Lens MTF Chart

Sony RX1 35mm Zeiss Sonnar Autoocus Lens
Sony RX1 35mm Sonnar Lens MTF Chart
at f/2 and f/8; 10 and 30 lp/mm

Here is the calculated MTF Chart for the 35mm f/2 Sonnar lens on the Sony DSC-RX1. We will try go give a quick explanation of the RX1 MTF charts above. The red lines show how well contrast will be reproduced by the lens. The green lines show sharpness or resolving power of the lens. The higher on the chart the better. The horizontal axis represents the point from the center of the lens. This tells us the corner performance of the lens.

The Sony's RX1 35mm Zeiss Sonnar lens as described in the press release:
Complementing the full-frame sensor is a fast, bright Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens with a fixed focal length of 35mm – a versatile choice for portraits, street photography and everyday shooting. Recordable dynamic range is reduced at sensitivity levels below ISO100. Full-frame Image Sensor APS-C Image Sensor3 Derived from the German word “Sonne” (“sun”), the Sonnar name…

Sony NEX-7 Sweep Panoramas by Keijo K.

Panorama Photos by Keijo Karvonen

Here are some beautiful panoramas from Keijo Karvonen. Keijo used his Sony NEX-7 in sweep panorama mode to create these expansive images, no stitching necessary. The NEX-7 can produce up to a 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) file, which equates to a 41.4" by 6.1" print at 300 dpi. The Sony 18-200mm OSS lens was mostly used and a few were with a Canon 35mm tilt / shift lens in FD mount.

NEX-7 Panoramas of Namibia and BotswanaHere is Keijo's full panorama gallery.

Here is the Sony NEX-7 with the 18-200mm OSS lens attached. This provides an equivalent field of view of 27mm to 300mm on the APS-C sensor.

NEX-7 with 18-200mm OSS Lens from maa1

Sony RX-1 Sample Images from Sony Japan

RX1 Settings: Aperture Priority, ISO=100, 1/25S Shutter Speed, f/5.6 Aperture, +0.7EV Exposure Compensation
Here are some sample images from the Sony DSC-RX1. The images are from Sony Japan. Click on each image to get the full 4000x6000 pixel file.

RX1 Settings: Aperture Prioirty, ISO=100, 3.2S Shutter Speed, f/2.8 Aperture

RX1 Settings: Aperture Prioirty, ISO=100, 2S Shutter Speed, f/5.6 Aperture

Unknown Settings on Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1 with Optical Viewfinder

Three New Sony E-mount Lenses

Three New E-Mount Lenses AnnouncedHere are three new Sony E-mount lenses for your NEX-3 to NEX-7 Cameras. All provide automated function on your Alpha NEX Cameras. This fulfills the Sony NEX lens roadmap for 2012. Three new Sony lenses are scheduled for next year, a medium magnification zoom, a medium telephoto prime lens, and a pancake prime lens. *As Bilou pointed out below, a fourth lens is coming later this year, a high performance "G" standard zoom.

NEX-6 with 10-18mm f/4 OSS LensThis would be a great travel lens where tight streets require a wide angle lens. The 10-18mm focal length converts to 15mm-27mm EFOV on the APS-C sensor. The wide angle zoom SEL1818 can be pre ordered for $849 with a delivery by mid November.
The SEL-1018 super wide-angle zoom lens is perfect for taking photos of sweeping landscapes and producing striking images with emphasized perspective. If you're seeking a wider minimum focal length than offered by standard wide-angle zoom lenses, t…

Sony NEX-6 Hands On Video Specs and Images

Sony NEX-6 Hands On Video

NEX-6 with new 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

Here is a quick preview of the Sony NEX-6. The camera combines features of the flagship NEX-7 and the new NEX-5R.Built-in EVF 2.4 MP OLED - industry best.16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor.New Mode Dial to select shooting modes.WiFi enabled with connectivity to PlayMemories AppsISO Hot ShoeBuilt-in pop up flash$1000 for NEX-6 kit with new 16-50mm Power Zoom lens$850 for NEX-6 Body OnlyDelivery will be mid-November.

NEX-6 with the NEX-7's Electronic Viewfinder

Sony NEX-6 with Standard ISO Hot Show and new Shooting Mode Dial

Sony NEX-6 Specifications
FeaturesNEX-6TypeDigital compact system camera with interchangeable lensesLens CompatibilityE-mount lens system. Can also use A-mount lenses with optional adaptor (continuous AF supported with LA-EA2)Image SensorAPS-C type (23.5 x15.6 mm) Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 effective megapixelsProcessorBIONZ™ image processorISO Sensitivity RangeISO 100 – 25600 (still images)

Sony RX1 Hands On Video and Specs

Sony targeted the smallest package which can house a full-frame 24x36mm sensor and the result is the Sony DSC-RX1.
Features 24x36mm Full Frame SensorFixed Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar Autofocus LensAperture Ring Macro ModeThreaded Cable Release50-102400 ISOMulti-interface ISO hot shoeElectronic or Optical ViewfinderAVCHD 1080p / 24p-60i-60pMic InputPlayMemories Lite Edition SoftwarePre order now for $2800 for a December delivery.

Sony DSC-RX1 with Zeiss 35mm Viewfinder and Thumb grip

Sony DSC-RX1 Sample Video
Size Comparison RX100 vs RX1 vs NEX-7
Sony DSC-RX1 with tilting FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder
Rear View of the Sony RX1

Sony DSC-RX1 Specifications
ModelDSC-RX1Image Sensor35mm full-frame (35.8mm × 23.9mm) Exmor CMOS Sensor, aspect ratio 3:2(Effective resolution) Approx. 24.3 megapixels(Gross resolution) Approx. 24.7 megapixelsLensCarl Zeiss Sonnar T*, 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical elements including AA lens); maximum aperture F2; focal length = 35mm (Still Image 3:2)ZoomClear Image Zoo…