Sony at Photokina: NEX firmware on the way, advanced DSLR details

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Sony Europe announced at a press conference this afternoon at Photokina that a forthcoming NEX firmware upgrade will provide AF capability with some alpha lenses. Sony also released more details about the advanced DSLR teased earlier this year.

Mr. Toru Katsumodo, Senior General Manager in Sony’s Imaging division, announced to a packed room today plans to release a firmware upgrade for Sony NEX cameras. Addressing complaints about lack of auto focus use with alpha lenses via adapter and the cumbersome settings menus, Mr. Katsumodo said we can expect the upgrade to do the following:

  • Allow use of auto focus with use of a-mount adapter and SAM or SSM alpha lenses
  • Provide the option to customize soft keys with shortcuts to settings such ISO and white balance

A firmware upgrade will also be issued for the NEX-VG10, similarly allowing for the use of AF with alpha lenses.

Advanced DSLR gets translucent mirror
Also reported by Mr. Katsumodo is that the advanced model DSLR we were promised at PMA this year will use translucent mirror technology. Like the a55 and a33, this model will utilize full-time phase-detect AF with an electronic viewfinder for extremely fast focus and shooting performance. Other details revealed about the camera are that it will use a CMOS sensor and offer full HD video recording in AVCHD.

Development notice
Sony also promises a total of 10 E-mount lenses for the NEX system by 2012. By the end of 2011, Sony hopes to have introduced the following:

  • A Zeiss wide angle fixed focal length
  • Telephoto zoom
  • Macro
  • Portrait

And by 2012 Sony plans to introduce these lenses:

  • Wide angle zoom
  • Sony G standard zoom
  • Mid-range telephoto

Sony confirmed that it is considering working with outside partners to develop E-mount adapters and lenses for the NEX system. A new NEX flash is under development as well.

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