Sony officially launches the Alpha NEX-7 camera in the country

Mar 20, 12 Sony officially launches the Alpha NEX-7 camera in the country

Posted by in Imaging & Photography

We got to see the latest and baddest interchangeable lens camera from Sony, the Alpha NEX-7, earlier during Sony’s summer launch. It’s Popular Photography’s 2011 Camera of the Year. Sony’s NEX series is one of the popular choice if you’re looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera system. It has a DSLR-quality sensor which provides excellent image quality in almost any condition. I tried the NEX-C3 before and was impressed with the shots I was taking even in automatic mode. The only gripe I have with their NEX line, which is the same with other NEX users, is the lack of dedicated buttons and dials to operate the camera manually. Sony fixed that with the NEX-7, making it a pro-friendly compact camera with interchangeable lens. Before you have to fiddle with menus just to set the ISO or adjust the aperture that by the time you’re happy with your settings, you’ve probably missed the shot. With the NEX-7, there’s what they call the Tri-Navi control where you can easily select a setting and adjust it at the same time using just two fingers. Something that DSLR users are familiar with. The NEX-3 to NEX-5 would appeal casual shooters who don’t want to jump to the SLR world. However, the NEX-7 will certainly appeal to DSLR users who wants a secondary camera but in a more compact form yet still feels like operating a DSLR. The NEX-7 is way bulkier than its other siblings but it does come with a lot of features never seen from other NEX cameras. The more pronounced rubber grip feels sturdier and natural, there’s a built-in flash, the hot shoe accepts standard Alpha accessories instead of NEX proprietary ones, and there’s now an OLED electronic viewfinder. The same tiltable LCD is still present but unlike the NEX-5N, it is not touchscreen which should be alright. It’s also a 24.3 megapixel camera that can take stills up to 10 frames per second. It can also record 1080p Full HD videos. If...

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Sony Xperia S soon to hit the gray market, priced at P28,500

If you want to be one of the first owners of the first smartphone by Sony, the Sony Xperia S, prepare to shell out Php28,500. That’s the price set by Widget City, one of the popular online (gray market) gadget stores in the country. Pre-ordering is already available and they’re expecting the units to arrive next Friday. To those who were sleeping during the past few days, the Sony Xperia S was officially introduced early this week at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. It’s one of Sony’s top next-generation phones (NXT) that’s supposed to come our way next quarter so having it as early as next Friday would make you the coolest kid in your group for a while. This phone packs a 4.3″ Reality display with a really high for its size 1024 x 720 resolution. It’s powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, has a 12-megapixel Exmor R camera with f/2.4 and can do 1080p video recording. It still runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is just waiting for the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. It’s also PlayStation certified by the way which allows you to download games not available in the Android Market. We talked about the Sony Xperia S in detail in this post if you wish to know more about it. Related posts: Sony Xperia S, the first Sony smartphone First Impressions: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and neo coming this summer Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc...

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Sony showcases best cameras at the Photoworld Asia 2012

Want to try out the best cameras and Handycams Sony has to offer? Better head to their booth at the Photoworld Asia 2012. Held at the Glorietta Activity Center, Sony highlights some of its best products on digital imaging from Alpha, Cyber-shot and Handycam. Fun with the Cyber-shot Never before have innovation, style and the most advanced technologies come together at affordable price points and high quality results than with today’s line-up of several new Cyber-shot digital still camera models. Aside from the W series, which include models WX7 and W570, that feature some of Sony’s most affordable full-featured cameras to-date, the event also highlighted the reliable S series and H series both known for their superb high performance shooting capability and incredible imaging quality. The stylish line-up of Cyber-shot T-series cameras were also showcased. Leading the pack is TX55, the world’s slimmest fashion camera and TX10, Sony’s sleek and chic underwater camera that’s also dust proof, and both shock and temperature resistant. Aside from high-quality resolutions, all these models feature the Sweep Panorama mode which utilizes a CCD sensor to capture dramatic panoramic scenes. The Sweep Panorama mode allows the cameras to shoot images continuously to capture wide landscapes or tall buildings in one easy “press and sweep” motion and automatically stitch the images together to create one stunning panoramic photo. Handycams with built-in projector Boasting a fresh handycam feature – a built-in projector, the DCR-PJ5 is the first SD digital camcorder with such innovation giving users the chance to share captured memories anytime, anywhere. With the new “Projector Input” feature, users can also enjoy projecting contents from other compatible devices such as PlayStations, Walkmans, home theater systems, portable DVD players, mobile phones and and tablets. With Sony’s precision engineering and miniaturization technique, there’s now a chance to able to place a bright, high-contrast projector beneath the LCD panel without adding too much bulk to the camcorder itself. Despite its tiny size, if used in a dark environment, the built-in projector is powerful enough...

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Sony Xperia S, the first Sony smartphone

If the 4.6-inch Sony Xperia Ion won’t be made available outside AT&T, consumers will have to make do with the new Sony Xperia S, which is not bad at all. It’s basically the 4.3-inch version of the Sony Xperia Ion. The Sony Xperia S is officially the first Sony smartphone, it belongs to the Xperia NXT Series which is basically the next-generation smartphone from Sony. The Xperia NXT refers to an iconic and instantly recognizable design that will be replicated across all handsets belonging to the Xperia NXT series. In the case of the Xperia S, it’s the transparent element at the base that provides illumination effects and integrates the antenna components. So what’s hot with the Sony Xperia S? Well first of all, the 4.3-inch display has a best-in-class 1280×720 HD screen resolution. Top that with Sony’s HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and you’re in for quite a treat whether your viewing HD videos on it or playing games with it. Then it also sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB RAM to make sure apps and games will run smoothly and that it will be ready for the Ice Cream Sandwich update which will come soon afterwards. In the meantime, you’ll have to contented with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For internal storage, you can play with 1 to 1.5GB space although you can slap in a 32GB microSD to expand it. Finally, it also has a 12-megapixel camera that Sony claims can take a photo in just 1.5 seconds coming from standby mode. The camera also features Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor with an aperture that can go as low as f/2.4 for good indoor shots without the need of its flash. It can also record Full HD 1080p videos and take panoramic shots with its 3D Sweep Panorama function. For music, it has the Sony xLOUD engine audio filter technology for loud yet deep and clear bass. Sony said that the Xperia S will be available to consumers globally in...

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Grab your Sony Walkman W262 with adidas gear for Php4,799

Can’t think of a gift you can give your runner friend? How about giving him the gift of music when running? The Sony Walkman W262 is a wearable, water-resistant music player. It is compact and won’t be a uncomfortable when running and comes with a 2GB worth of storage. It offers just a 3-minute quick charge which will net you 8-hours of music playback. I’m sure you won’t be running for 8 hours. Anyway for the holiday season, you can get the Sony Walkman W262 for Php4,799 and it will come with adidas gear: a waist pouch, backpack and sports bottle. This promo is available in all Sony Centres nationwide. Of course, you can still opt to get the Walkman W262 by itself for Php3,499. Related posts: Sony’s latest Walkmans for the holiday...

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Sony to finally take over Sony Ericsson

Well this news is not really surprising. After 10 years, Sony finally decided to take control of Sony Ericsson’s mobile handset business thereby unifying all their consumer electronics product. They already created the Tablet S and the integration of the smartphone venture from Sony Ericsson will offer more opportunities for them and the consumers. Ericsson confirmed today that Sony bought out their 50% ownership for a whopping €1.05 billion. The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology. “This acquisition makes sense for Sony and Ericsson, and it will make the difference for consumers, who want to connect with content wherever they are, whenever they want. With a vibrant smartphone business and by gaining access to important strategic IP, notably a broad cross-license agreement, our four-screen strategy is in place. We can more rapidly and more widely offer consumers smartphones, laptops, tablets and televisions that seamlessly connect with one another and open up new worlds of online entertainment. This includes Sony’s own acclaimed network services, like the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Sony’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Meanwhile, Ericsson will continue to focus its efforts in telecommunication and network technology as they’ve been doing ever since. You won’t see the brand at the forefront of consumer products but they will be powered by Ericsson in some way or another. “Ten years ago when we formed the joint venture, thereby combining Sony’s consumer products knowledge with Ericsson’s telecommunication technology expertise, it was a perfect match to drive the development of feature phones. Today we take an equally logical step as Sony acquires our stake in Sony Ericsson and makes it a part of its broad range of consumer devices. We will now enhance our focus on enabling connectivity for all devices, using our R&D and industry leading patent portfolio to realize a truly connected...

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Sony’s latest Walkmans for the holiday season

I’m sure there’s still quite a lot of Walkman fans out there being the first recognizable brand that gave us a portable device to enjoy music. Sony’s back again with their latest Walkman lineup in time for the holidays. We’re giving you the necessary info to get you past the cryptic naming that they use. Sony NWZ-W262 The Sony Walkman W262 is a wearable music player that I’ve seen used by runners whenever I cover race events. This one’s the newer model which hey made more compact and lighter so it won’t look odd or uncomfortable when you wear it. They also replaced the metal screws with plastic so it won’t rust whenever you wash it. Yep, this is water-resistant and washable. It comes with a 2GB capacity and you can transfer music from your iTunes library or any folder via drag and drop. It can deliver up to 8 hours of music playback and has a Quick Charge function that can give you an hour’s worth of music with a mere 3-minute charge. If you don’t want any cord from a music player dangling on the side of your face while working out or running, the Walkman W262 maybe just the right device for you. SRP is Php3,499. Sony NWZ-E460 The Walkman E460 looks like the previous-generation iPod nano but with a more funky design in five vibrant colors. It has a 2-inch QVGA LCD screen (not touchscreen) that also displays video and photos. This one comes supplied with the new EX headphones and Sony’s exclusive Clear Audio Technologies – Clear Stereo, Clear Bass Audio Technologies and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine – which restores the clarity and depth of digitally compressed music.   The NWZ-E460 series also comes with SensMe – a feature which keeps your music in tune with your mood by automatically categorizing your music tracks into different channels. It also has a Karaoke and synchronized lyrics display that allows users to load .lrc files for songs and set the lyrics...

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Sony launches love.Christmas 3-day Consumer Treat

Spreading the love this coming Christmas is Sony Philippines as it announces its love.Christmas campaign that will feature a 3-day Consumer Treat event from October 21-23 at the Megatent Events, Ortigas. Entrance is free by the way. Everyone is in for a surprise as Sony pushes you to further spread the love in their 3Day Consumer Treat where you can also see the latest gadgets Sony has to offer this Yuletide season. love.Entertainment as the Like Performing Finalists & Sony Music Artists serenade you with their latest hits.  Get a chance to take home a Sony gadget by simply enjoying the interactive displays and joining the fun games. There will be performances from Sony Music Artists such as Letter Day Story, Eevee, Ajka, Kaligta, Soundvent, Kilos Itchyworms, Pupil and Sheng Belmonte, love.Best deals and  take advantage of the up to 70% discount offerings, exclusive bundles, pick-a-prize items plus exciting daily & grand raffles which will definitely drum up the thrill this Holiday season. Check out the love.Christmas site for the schedule of events and raffle draws. Related posts: Winners of Sony Vaio M contest Sony still no. 1 when it comes to camcorders Sony shows off PSP 2, calls it NGP Sony halts PSP Go production Sony Ericsson Launches First Android Smartphone with Walkman™ Feature PlayStation Vita won’t make it by Christmas says...

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Sony Cyber-shot TX55, world’s slimmest stylish camera

I don’t know if “slimness” is a factor for you when buying digital cameras but I understand it would be for mobile phones, laptops or tablets. Being slim on a camera is not a bad thing if you’re gunning for portability and that’s what the new Sony Cyber-shot TX55 is all about, thin without compromising feature and performance. This new Cyber-shot is just 12.2mm slim but it can still do 5x optical zoom and also packs a lot of high-end features for a point-and-shoot. It has a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and Sony’s new ‘By Pixel Super Resolution’ which boosts zoom range to 10x without quality loss at the image sensor’s maximum resolution. It’s like digital zooming without loss of quality. Not unusual for most Cyber-shots is the sweep panorama and the TX55 can also do a 3D panorama or a 3D still. It also allows you to shoot Full HD AVCHD videos and view it on its super-size 8.3cm / 3.3″ Xtra Fine OLED wide touchscreen. Enabling its incredible slimness, the TX55 is the first Cyber-shot camera that includes a slot to accept Memory Stick Micro (M2) and microSD/SDHC flash memory cards. Aside from the usual scene modes, the TX55 is packed with new Picture Effects which you can select while taking your shot (not post-processing) like HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Partial Color, Pop Color and Soft High-key. flash memory cards. The Partial color is kinda neat as it isolates the color you choose (red, blue, yellow, green) and it will automatically turn everything else into black and white. If you want the slimmest and stylish yet very capable digital camera for Christmas, you should give the Cyber-shot TX55 a long look. It should be available in stores this week for Php21,999 in black, silver, purple and pink. Sony Cyber-shot TX55 Specs: 16.2 Megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor 26mm wide-angle zoom 3.3” inch Xtra Fine OLED wide touch-screen 5x optical zoom and up to 10x with Pixel Super...

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The Sony Tablet S in the flesh

Sep 29, 11 The Sony Tablet S in the flesh

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets

I was able to briefly play with Sony’s upcoming Android tablet simply named Tablet S courtesy of a certain guy from Manila Bulletin. Yeah you’ve probably know him. The same guy who I believe was the first to own an iPhone 4 in the country. Well anyway, you just have to love Sony for taking the risk and designing things differently but beautifully at that. In a smartphone world full of iPhone clones, they came up with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Tablets are boring design-wise but yet Sony made their Tablet S standout with a folded magazine look. First thing I noticed with the Sony Tablet S aside from the distinctive shape was the clarity of the screen. This one’s not a 10-incher, in fact its screen is a tiny bit smaller than the iPad 2 at 9.4-inch but with a higher pixel density with its 1280 x 800 resolution. It also has Sony’s TruBlack panel which attributes to its sharp and clear display. It’s comparable to the BlackBerry PlayBook’s exceptional display. The volume and power buttons are cleverly placed on the fold on the side which makes lowers the possibility of accidentally hitting them. On the left is the 3.5mm audio jack and the microUSB port and a full SD card slot with a rubber covering which is a bit tricky to pull out. The SD card slot is only for media exchange so you can’t watch videos from it unless you copy it first to the tablet. Underneath the bottom left is the weird-looking charging port. Not your typical 9-pin or 30-pin connector. The back has a glossy textured surface along with the 5 megapixel rear camera. Don’t mind the velcro strips on the rear, that’s part of the folio accessory. Nothing much to say with the performance. With an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, speed is comparable to other 10-inch Androids running the same processor. Sony slightly modified the UI and some of its built-in icons and included some cute animations...

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