Sony RX100: the first full review

Sony RX100 Review

This morning Sony announced its ‘game-changing’ compact camera, the RX100, which has created quite a buzz with its 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor, full manual control and fast f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss 3.6x optical zoom lens with an equivalent focal length of 28mm-100mm. Our testing team was one of the first to get their hands on Sony’s new premium compact camera and spent the long weekend here in the UK testing out its impressive spec list.

Our team has posted the first full, scientific Sony RX100 review over on our sister site, TechRadar. So go there for all your RX100 sample photos, noise charts and more. If you want some of the review highlights and the verdict… well, find out inside what our experts thought.

Sony unveils NEX-F3, Alpha 37 entry-level cameras

Sony Alpha 37 announced

Sony has added two new entry-level cameras to its range, officially announcing the Sony NEX-F3 compact system camera and the Sony Alpha 37 DSLT camera.

Both new Sony cameras feature a 16.1-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor, as well as the Alpha 77’s third-generation Bionz processor, which enables the NEX-F3 to deliver a sensitivity range between ISO 200 and 16,000 and the A37 a range of ISO 100 to ISO 16,000.

American photographer named Sony World Photography Awards 2012 winner

Sony World Photography Awards 2012: Mitch Dobrowner

American photographer Mitch Dobrowner has won the L’Iris d’Or title at last night’s Sony World Photography Awards 2012 ceremony.

The ceremony’s top award gives Dobrowner the title of 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year as well as $25,000 cash and a slew of Sony camera gear.

DO or Di? Your lens markings explained

DO or Di? All your lens markings explained

Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.

Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.

Sony World Photography Awards 2012: youth, open category winners revealed

Sony World Photography Awards 2012: open, youth winners revealed

Winners in the Youth and Open categories of the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 have been announced.

The World Photography Organisation announced the winners this morning who will be formally announced at the annual Sony World Photography Awards ceremony and gala dinner on 26 April at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane.

The Open Competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 is for anyone with an interest in photography and photographers are judged on a single image. The winners in this category are… you’ll have to click to find out!

Sony: Nikon D800 ‘pushes the boundaries’

New Nikon cameras to be shown at Focus on Imaging 2012

A spokesperson for Sony UK has said that the newly released Nikon D800, which features a 36 million pixel full-frame sensor, isn’t a competitor for its own Sony Alpha 900, and that the D800 ‘pushes the boundaries.’

Introduced in February, the Nikon D800 is the world’s highest resolution full-frame camera, and sees Nikon firmly targeting studio and medium format photographers.

Sony A57 DSLT camera revealed

Sony A57 DSLT camera revealed

Sony has unveiled a new camera to sit in its line up of translucent mirror technology range of cameras, the a57 which offers 12fps shooting, full HD video capture and new creative options.

According to Sony, the Alpha 57 has been priced to appeal to a wide range of DSLR users, sharing many of the premium features found on the enthusiast level a65 – though the price has not been announced.

The a57 features a 16.1 million pixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which is teamed with the latest generation BIONZ image processing engine which has been designed for low noise stills and full HD video.

Sony to focus on DSLTs, full-frame camera

Sony to concentrate on developing translucent mirror cameras

Sony will eschew traditional DSLRs and concentrate on developing its DSLT cameras, the company has revealed.

Speaking to our sister website TechRadar, Paul Genge from Sony UK said, “We have no SLRs in our line-up today, and our intention is to develop the SLT technology and make that a real stand-out in the market.”

He also reiterated that Sony’s president made a statement during the IFA consumer electronics show that the company is going to be looking at full frame as the next introduction for for its SLT line of cameras.

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 shortlist revealed

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 shortlist announced

The World Photography Organisation has revealed its shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.

Billed by organisers as the “global photographic event of the year,” the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 competition has recorded more than 112,000 entries from 171 countries, with the shortlisted images depicting a range of stories of extraordinary lives from around the world.

Sony NEX-7 review

Sony NEX-7

Experienced photographers will love the NEX-7’s quick access to manual controls and customisable function buttons, as well as the rich, detailed images provided by the Exmor CMOS sensor. Read our full review…