Sony Unveils The a6000: The World’s Fastest Autofocus System Is On A Mirrorless Camera

sony-alpha-a6000This is a testament to creating cutting-edge technology, then pouring into one very small body. The Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless lens camera features a 24.3 megapixel image sensor with BIONZ X processor, and what Sony calls “the world’s fastest autofocus system”, at just a mere 0.06 seconds.

Sony took great care with the 3-inch viewfinder as well, using an OLED panel for clarity, and in terms of physical controls, two customizeable buttons with access to 47 shortcuts, and a function button for easy control.

Per usual, a photographer wielding the a6000 will have access to full HD video recording at 60FPS, a pop-up flash, support for all Sony E-mount lenses and backwards compatibility with Sony’s older A-mount lenses,

The AF system really deos seem impressive on paper, because there are 179 focal points that the camera takes into account (yes, a hundred-and-seventy-nine). You can shoot images at 11 frames-per-second with continuous AF, with WiFi and NFC support for transferring images quickly and without the use of wires.

Availability for this speedster of a 12.1 ounce camera? In April 2014, in both black and silver finishes in a kit with a 16-50mm motorized zoom lens for $800, or body-only for $650.

Press release and additional press photos, after the break.

Titanfall Beta Sign-Ups Have Commenced

TF_Lagoon_Pilot_TitanWhat are you doing right now? Titanfall beta sign-ups for PC (requires an Origin account) or Xbox One have finally opened up. According to the Titanfall folks, decisions about who is coming into the closed beta will be “emailed directly by EA with instructions on how to access the game no later than 11:59 PM PST on Feb 17th”.

Sounds pretty straightforward, so get to it. Naturally, I’ve already signed up.

ViaTitanfall Beta Sign-Ups

Here’s The Xbox One Stereo Headset And Mic Adapter That Come Out In March

2-11-2014_xbox_headsetAhead of the Titanfall release, which is going to be a milestone for the Xbox One as a majorly anticipated game launch, comes Microsoft’s official communication gear. A $25 adapter for connecting any normal 3.5mm headset with muting and volume.

However, if you need a new headset period, Microsoft will also sell you the adapter and an official headset for $80; both communication peripherals launch in early March.


Flappy Bird Creator Pulled The App Because It Was (Too) Addictive


In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen states why “the game is gone forever” and that’s mainly because “it was an addictive product“. Put plain and simple, Flappy Bird is too much of an addictive nuisance for it be in in human hands, at least that’s what its creator thought, despite the fact that the game was pulling in a gracious $50,000 a day in ad revenue. Also, this kills the chance of there ever being a sequel, but fret not, because we’ll see more of Mr. Nguyen.

“After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident,” he explained. “And I have freedom to do what I want to do.”

Well then, this should be interesting.

Via: Forbes

The Redesigned PS Vita Will Launch In North America Come Spring Time

borderlands-2-new-vita-bundle_640For $199, individuals living in the united States or Canada will have the chance to buy the redesigned PS Vita — a slimmer, lighter model, with a copy of the game Borderlands 2 included. Changes made to the model specifically range from the touchscreen, now an OLED display in place of the original’s LCD.

The new Vita also weighs 60g less, with thickness down by around a fifth, and the touchpad on the back coming in a educed size.

Overall, Sony spends less on making the new Vita, but also gives the gamer holding it more to be comfortable with. If anyone bites however, the main challenge that Sony has; the PS Vita is anything but a popular device in a market saturated with smartphones, tablets, and rival Nintendo’s 3DS.

Via: Polygon

Nokia May Very Well Debut An Android Phone Later This Month

nokiaandroidAt least, that’s what sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal claim: an Android phone, heavily customize by Nokia will be announced later this month. Designed as a low-end handset, this as-of-yet unnamed and unconfirmed Nokia handset will feature the company’s software and services, along with those of Microsoft’s, stripping out Google’s entirely.

It’s a strange position to take with a company that it just recently purchased, but if Microsoft is really hell-bent on gaining more in the smartphone market, perhaps this is a worthwhile gamble?

Via: WSJ, Image credit: @evleaks

Sigma Decided To Put Awesome Image Sensors In Unusual Camera Bodies

Sigma dpQuattro frontSigma has announced their new dp Quattro line of cameras (three of them) Monday morning, with a premise on wider grips and and wider designs, so that the use of the camera is easier on the photographer, and the shot is more steadied.

Inside, exists a three-layer, color-rich Foveon X3 sensor that takes high resolution photos at 20 megapixels, with an optical viewfinder available for enthusiasts, and can work in tandem with the fixed lenses. Otherwise, these are purely cameras; fancy features such as WiFi, video, or any other technological enhancements are nowhere to be found.

The dp2 Quattro will come with a 30mm f/2.8 general purpose lens, while the dp1 and dp3 will respectively carry 19mm wide-angle and 50mm telephoto optics. There are no firm release dates or pricing available at the moment, but usually Sigma cameras are sold at the upper-end of the price spectrum for cameras, so have a wallet (or two) at the ready.


Nokia Lumia 1020 Review: Big Camera, Less Of Everything Else

DSC01502Editor’s Note: First off all, to our readers: yes, this review is a little late. We apologize; but you should (and will) read it, anyway.

For quite a while, the camera sensor on the Nokia Lumia 1020 was the talking point of the technology industry, and Nokia’s greatest achievement — really. To implement a 41 megapixel camera that could take some of the greatest shots on a smartphone is quite a feat. Slap Windows Phone, with much improvement, and you’re up to some sort of good.

Restrain it to just one carrier, and you’re asking for too much, and giving too little. AT&T’s 4G LTE network is one of the best things out there, but offering the same tech on more than just one carrier would have worked so much better for Nokia.