And here comes the new Sony 43MP 8K APS-C sensor. Who is going to use it?

The very reliable Sony sensor source Luke Driftwood shared his latest leak. It’s a new Sony 43MP 8K APS-C sensor made for consumer cameras. This isn’t meant to be a professional video oriented sensor. Still the specs are impressive with 8K 12bit and stacked DRAM.

The big question here is: Who is going to use this sensor? Fuji on the X-H2, Nikon on a Z70 or Sony on the A7000?

Tamron says they will launch three new lenses for mirrorless in 2020

Within their new financial report Tamron discloses the launch of additional three lenses for mirrorless camera in 2020. I have near ZERO doubt those lenses are for the Sony FE system. Tamron also disclosed some other interesting marketing info:

Market Situation:

  • Digital SLR cameras decreased by 20% from the previous year. Digital SLR down by 41% whereas, Mirrorless up by 4%from the previous year.
  • Interchangeable lenses decreased by 12% from the previous year:APS-C down by 23% from the previous year; Full-Size down by 6%from the previous year.
  • DSC decreased by 18% from the previous year.

Tamron Situation:

  • With the strong sales of mirrorless models, the total sales of own-brand models kept the same level, with only 3% decrease, compare to the previous year; whereas, the market shrank more.
  • The operating income sharply increased from the previous year due to the higher gross profit margin from the newly launched own-brand models, together with the lower SGA expenses.

Goal:

  • Without the assumption of market growth,profitability improvement is the highest priority.(Higher gross profit margin of own-brand with lower business operation costs.)
  • The sales and profits are expected to decline due to the continued decline of the markets, Operating profits margin is expected to keep high level.
  • With newly launched mirrorless models, the sales of own-brand models is expected to increase the sales compare to the previous year.

Oh no! Sigma officially said Full Frame Foveon is not coming this year :(

Damn it! This was probably the most exciting camera of the year but Sigma just announced they have to totally scrap what they have done so far and restart completely the development. This is very sad news and I guess we will not see any Foveon camera for the next 2-3 years :(

Here is the Press text:

Development status of the full-frame Foveon sensor camera

Dear Customers,

Thank you for being a valued customer.

At Photokina in September 2018, SIGMA announced the development of an L-mount mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame Foveon sensor. Then, at CP+2019, we shared our plan to release the camera in 2020 and have worked diligently on the development to meet our commitment.

As a result of careful and rigorous testing based on the latest development information, however, it has become clear that the launch of such a camera would be infeasible within this year. Still at this point, we cannot say for certain when the full-frame Foveon X3 sensor will be put into mass production.

In light of current development progress, we are not in a position to offer any specific release plan at present. We have therefore decided that we should start over the project with a clean slate, putting the production plan for this new camera back to the drawing board and going back to the development of sensor technologies.

Since the earlier announcements, your excitement with the launch of a “full-frame Foveon” has been a tremendous source of inspiration and encouragement for us. Everyone involved in the project has pulled out all the stops to make it a reality. I would like to express my deepest apologies for failing to meet your expectations and having to share this disappointing news.

I would like to emphasize that Foveon sensors are in a class of their own and that they are part of the identity of SIGMA cameras that embodies our ideals and philosophies. We are determined to continue dedicating ourselves to technology development to bring better image sensors to life.

I would like to once again express my sincerest gratitude to our valued customers for the strong support you have offered to us. On behalf of all SIGMA employees, I commit myself to you that we continue striving to live up to your expectation and prove that we are worthy of your trust.

I truly appreciate your patience and understanding.

Warmest regards,

Kazuto Yamaki
Chief Executive Officer
SIGMA Corporation

via Dpreview

Canon EOS-R5 rumors solidify while I still have hard time believing it records 8K video (maybe it’s just a “burst” mode?)

CanonRumors now updated the rumor and is confident the camera will be named “R5” (and not “RS” as rumored by the same site before):

  • Named the Canon EOS R5
  • 45mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS
    • 5 stops with IBIS alone
    • 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization
  • 12fps mechanical, 20fps electronic
  • Scroll wheel added to the back
  • No touch bar
  • Liveview/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
  • Larger capacity battery, but looks like the LP-E6
  • 8K @ 30fps RAW
  • 4K @ 120fps
  • 4K @ 60fps
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi
  • New battery, but the same shape and compatibility as the EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Announcement ahead of CP+ next month
  • Launching in July 2020 (I’m assuming this means ship date)

I still share what I heard that this camera dos not record 8K video and does not record 4k120fps. So this means we now have two options: Either one of us is wrong or maybe this 830fps and 4k120fps means something else…for example this will not work in normal FF mode but somehow in a very crippled supercrop mode or low quality mode. Or maybe something a la Panasonic 6k burst mode. Which would explain why my source said it has no 8k video!

Game Set and Match for Fuji on February 26: In the APS-C world the X-T4 will be the ultimate king

On February 26 Fuji will launch the new X-T4. And the specs rumored by Fujirumors make it clear that Fuji is definitely without real competition in the APS-C world. Sony, Canon and Nikon aren’t serious empowering their APS-C line.

Now I wonder what would have happened if Fuji would have made a FF system camera instead of the GF “small” medium format system…that was a missed chance?