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Sony

Just watch and see what you couldn't see with any other mirrorless camera yet!

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  • April 12, 2014 07:49, Andreas Zerndl said:

    this surely looks impressive, but as a travel photographer, I'd like to know more about it's capabilities for shooting in low light interiors, where no tripod or flash is allowed

  • April 12, 2014 00:00, madmax said:

    Crazy? This camera can´t shoot at native resolution Full HD. Then, at this crazy pricing, it is not the best camera for most videographers as only very few really need or want 4K resolution. It just has a superior sensibility for night shooting at...

  • April 11, 2014 19:47, Andre Joseph Stuart-John said:

    So SONY have make a 4K security camera ahahah

DxOmark (Click here) posted the full Sony A6000 sensor test and confirms once again that Sony is doing terrific sensors! Despite "loosing" some space for the phase detection pixels the A6000 still achieves to be on top of the DxO score along the NEX-7 and the best APS-C Nikon (also using Sony sensor). Too bad the new A7s doesn't feature the same ultra fast hybrid AF!

And the camera will ship tomorrow in USA too:

Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK. Silver A6000 at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK. Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore, Sony Canada, WexUK. Silver A6000 with lens at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK. Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

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  • April 11, 2014 21:35, viking79 said:

    Nice solid performer, slight improvement in 18% SNR across the range (probably more important than any differences in other factors).

  • April 10, 2014 14:50, madmax said:

    I erased my first comment. You are right.

  • April 10, 2014 08:15, tecnoworld said:

    If I'm not wrong, nex7 has slightly more dr just at base iso, while at higher iso a6000 takes the lead. At base, 13.1 or 13.4 is very similar.

Here are a couple of videos and news from the NABshow in Las Vegas. From a mirrorless point of view the most interesting news is the Sony A7s Full Frame 4K camera. Actually it's the first Full Frame 4K camera with true pixel readout (no pixel binning and line skipping).

Sony explained the camera cannot record 4K internally because of the too much power it would use because of the large FF sensor. And there would be heating issues too.

Interesting: The new A7s has also a new stainless steal mount. Wondering if that has been introduced also to fix the light leak issue on the mount...

First impression review at Imaging Resource. Sony Alpha 7s – Hands on Review by Den Lennie on Fstopacademy. A7s sites in different languages at Sony US, DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.

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  • April 09, 2014 11:12, Andrew said:

    If it's not stainless steel or plastic, the common alternative is brass. I'm not aware of carbon steel used in common modern lens mounts if at all.

  • April 09, 2014 10:28, Andrew said:

    Many cameras have stainless steel mounts. This is neither innovative or particularly special.

  • April 08, 2014 17:19, Andrew said:

    The concern with mounts is less with breaking and more with warping and smoothness. As you rightly point out, the stuff around it is more critical to its strength. Screws mainly. Stainless will warp more easily, but hopefully will make a smoother ...

Huge surprise on the Sony front. They will announce a new A7s Full Frame E-mount camera that can record 4K video to compete against the Panasonic GH4.

The announcement will take place in Las Vegas at 7pm on Sunday. Other specs are yet not known!

One more thing: it's a safe bet to say they will unveil new FE lenses too!
 

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  • April 05, 2014 21:55, Joe said:

    There is only E mount that takes both APS-C E mount lenses and full frame FE E mount lenses just like the Nikon full frame FX and DX lenses or Canon EF and EF-S lenses. The full frame VG900, A7 and A7r all have both full frame and APS-C modes. Do ...

  • April 05, 2014 14:58, tecnoworld said:

    According to dxo, a7r is quite a bit better than a7 in high iso and dr. So it's not always true that smaller pixels lead to worse performance iso wise.

  • April 05, 2014 08:17, srato said:

    At last! Bigger sensors mean more sensitivity.

Imagine a sensor that has no light loss on corners, no aberrations. A sensor designed to allow faster apertures without to sacrifice image quality. Such a sensor would have to be curved to allow all this. Well, this is no more science fiction. Sony officially unveiled their curved sensor tech! And suddenly the hopes are high Sony uses this kind of tech on future RX or Full Frame E-mount cameras. This is the Sony presentation published right before the start of the Technology Symposium (pdf file here):

We realized an ultimately advanced imaging system that comprises a curved, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor (BIS) and integrated lens which doubles the sensitivity at the edge of the image circle and increases the sensitivity at the center of the image circle by a factor of 1.4 with one-fifth lower dark current than that of a planar BIS. Because the lens field curvature aberration was overcome in principle by the curved sensor itself, the curved BIS enables higher system sensitivity through design of a brighter lens with a smaller F number than is possible with a planar BIS. At the same time, we controlled the tensile stress of the BIS chip to produce a curved shape that widens the energy band-gap to obtain a lower dark current. The curved CIS can be applied to an ultimately advanced imaging system that is validated by the evolution of the animal eye in Nature.

If Sony is going to put this into a mass production camera...it will really put under pressure Canon and Nikon ;)

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  • April 08, 2014 11:09, Antoine Facultatif said:

    Interesting, but why since decade analog film camera manufacturer doesn't have done a curved film plane, that's a good question i think, may be i doesn't know all the cameras produced, like panoramic ones which needs that more...

  • April 03, 2014 09:55, ronin said:

    Doesn't sound like a reality. Sounds like it's still a dream.

  • April 03, 2014 06:52, RussellInCincinnati said:

    Well my reply to you was probably too negative. After all, you were simply describing non-image-quality reasons people buy DSLRs, you were not making some overall personal judgement that the Sony cameras are less useful.

    And of course it is...

Sony could once again lead the digital mirrorless camera industry in a new territory. SonyAlphaRumors reports that there is a 50% chance Sony will announce a sort of digital Mamiya 7 but likely with fixed lens within the next 5-6 months!

The sensor should be the one already in use by the new Hasselblad and Phase One cameras (50 MP Cmos). There is not other detail yet but it sounds quite amazing!

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  • April 06, 2014 12:06, Pedro said:

    44x33mm sensor is around x0.8 crop factor. So a fixed 45mm lens should give us a 35mm (35mm eq.). Probably a f/4.0 lens for size reasons, and we are ready to go shooting. :D

  • March 29, 2014 11:51, baze said:

    Yes, that was kind of my point but they must not be stubborn. As it stands, Sony will be in a great position to "brace" the existing DSLR tech from top and bottom while Olympus will be squeezed between phones and mid range DSLRs. Olympus relies he...

  • March 29, 2014 08:40, madmax said:

    Olympus was the first in making an efficient sensor dust cleaning system, first in going mirrorless (after Epson rangefinder), first in adopting 4/3 standard... Olympus is a very innovative company.

March 22, 2014

Sony A3500 images leaked!

The DSLR styled A3000 E-mount camera will get a replacement soon! What you see here are the first images of the A3500 and the specs have been leaked too:


 
System

Camera Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash

Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses

 
Image Sensor

Type APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm), "Exmor" APS HD CMOS sensor

Effective no. of Pixels Approx. 20.1 mega pixels

Total no. of Pixels Approx. 20.4 mega pixels

Anti-Dust System Charge protection coating on, Optical Filter

 
Recording System (Still Image)

Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Image Size (Aspect Ratio 3:2) L: 5456 x 3632(20M), M: 3872×2576(10M), S: 2736x1824(5M)

Image Size (Aspect Ratio 16:9) L: 5456x3064(17M), M: 3872x2176(8.4M), S:2736x1536(4.2M)

Image Quality Modes RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard

Picture Effects Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature

Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))

Dynamic Range Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step)

Color Space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS™ Color

 
Recording System (Movie)

Recording Format AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant, MP4

Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio Recording Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch

 
Recording Media

Memory Stick Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo

SD Memory Card SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card

 
Noise Reduction

Long exposure NR Available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.

High ISO NR Normal/Low

 
White Balance

Modes Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem , C.Filter , Custom

 
Focus System

Type Contrast-detection AF*1

Sensitivity Range EV0 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)

Focus Modes Autofocus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus)*2 , Manual Focus*2 

Autofocus Mode AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF

Focus Area Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot

Other Features Tracking Focus, Focus lock, Built-in AF illuminator (Distance: approx. 0.5-3.0m (with E 18-50mm F4-5.6 lens attached))

 
Exposure Control

Metering System Type 1200-zone evaluative metering

Sensitivity Range EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)

Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot

Exposure Modes iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection

Scene Selection Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night view, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur

Exposure Compensation Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)

Exposure Bracketing With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3frames

AE Lock AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)

ISO Sensitivity Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 3200), Movies:ISO100 to 3200 equivalent, AUTO(ISO100 to 3200 equivalent)

 
LCD

LCD Monitor Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT

Total no. of Dots 230,400 dots

Brightness Control Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode

 
Display

Histogram Yes

Real-time Image Adjustment On/Off

 
Other Features

Face Detection Up to 8 faces detectable automatically

Smile Shutter Selectable from 3 steps

MF Assist Yes

Shooting Tips Yes

Help Guide Yes

 
Shutter

Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Shutter Speeds Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4(1/3 steps), up to 1/30 in AUTO mode

Flash Sync. Speed 1/160 sec.*3

 
Viewfinder

Type 0.5cm (0.2type) electronic viewfinder(color)

Field of View 100%

Magnification Approx. 0.70x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m

Eye Relief Approx. 21mm from the eyepiece, 15mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m

Diopter Control -4m to +3.5m

 
Drive

Shooting Modes Single Shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.)(with 10 sec delay 3 exposures), Bracketing

Self-Timer 10/2 sec delay selectable, 10 sec delay 3 exposures

Continuous Shooting (Approx.) Continuous mode:max. 2.5 fps*5, Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps*5

No. of Frame Recordable (Approx.) Fine: 6 frames*5 *6, Standard: 6 frames*5*6, RAW&JPG: 4 frames *5 *6

 
Playback

Single Yes (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning)

6/12-frame Index View Yes

Enlarged Display Mode L: 15.1x, M: 10.7x, S: 7.6x, Panorama (Standard): 19x, Panorama (Wide): 29x

Image Orientation On/Off selectable

Slideshow Yes

 
Interface

PC Interface Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0): Mass-storage, MTP

Compatible OS (USB Connection) Windows Vista*7  SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X (v10.6-v10.9)

 
Audio

Microphone Built-in stereo microphone

Speaker Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7

 
Flash

Type Built-in flash

Guide No. 4 (in meters at ISO 100)

Flash Coverage 16mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)

Control Pre-flash TTL

Flash Compensation +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)

Flash Modes Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Hi-speed sync.*4 

Red-eye Reduction On/Off selectable

Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec.

 
Print

Compatible Standards Exif Prin, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

 
Power

Battery One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50

Battery Performance Still Image: (Approx. 470 images(Viewfinder), Approx. 480 images(LCD screen)(CIPA standard))*8

Movies(actual recording): (Approx. 90 minutes(Viewfinder), Approx 90 minutes(LCD screen) (CIPA standard) )*9 *10, Movies(continuous recording): (Approx. 160 minutes(Viewfinder), Approx 160 minutes(LCD screen)(CIPA standard))*9 *11

External Power AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)

 
Size

Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 128 x 90.9 x 84.5 mm

Weight (Body Only) Approx. 353 g

Weight (With Battery & Memory Stick PRO Duo) Approx. 411 g

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
*1 When using phase-detection AF, limited lenses will be compatible initially. Expansion is planned by body firmware update.
*2 Only with lens sold separately
*3 With compatible Sony external flash
*4 With compatible external flash
*5 Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used
*6 Continuous drive (Hi) in Drive mode
*7 Starter Edition is not supported.
*8 The LCD screen is turned on, shot once every 30 seconds, operate zoom alternately between W and T ends, flash strobe once every two times, turn power off and on once every ten times.
*9 Continuous movie recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications).
*10 Indication recording time, which is defined by repeating the cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom , stand-by and power off.
*11 The total movie recording time. When the limit of the continuous movie recording time (29 minutes) is reached, let the camera continue movie recording by pressing the MOVIE button again. No other operation such as zoom are performed.

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  • March 24, 2014 14:16, redherring said:

    the GH3 does really look great but most importantly the balance with the long lenses are better and not awkward. practicality trumps ill-advised superficiality any day. I'm not sure where the erratic idea of a mirrorless should only be exclusively...

  • March 24, 2014 07:55, iudex said:

    I wonder whether somebody noticed the lens: it seems Sony considers the 18-55/3,5-5,6 kit lens too fast and decided to make another kit lens, but slower and with shorter tele-end: 18-50/4-5,6. I don´t really get the point of making such a lens; So...

  • March 24, 2014 07:29, bousozoku said:

    I happen to like the dSLR-like shape (such as my Panasonic GH3) when using longer lenses. Not everyone uses compact lenses, so not all camera bodies are going to be well-balanced for such use.

    I also like the Panasonic GM1, which is more ti...