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Sony RX10 IV

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Sony has a new flagship model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV. The company says it features the world’s fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points and a whopper of a lens: 24-600 mm (equivalent) f/2.4-F4 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*.

The camera is equipped with a 1.0-inch, 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI. These key components all work together, says Sony, to maximize overall speed of operation and performance.

A first for the RX10 series, the new model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65 percent of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV employs High-density Tracking AF technology, previously available only in a select few of Sony’s alpha interchangeable lens cameras. This tech concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy.

Other AF improvements include an enhanced version of the Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter.  AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations.

The camera offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with buffer limit of up to 249 images. EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, suggests Sony. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The camera also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well.

Sony says the camera’s lens helps achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration, and Zeiss T* Coating to minimize flare and ghosting.

The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. When the feature is activated, it is equivalent to an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.

Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600 mm, the lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images, says Sony.

The new model offers 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system realizing about 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.

In 4K mode, the new camera utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. Users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode (100 Mbps), or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.

The new camera also has a variety of other pro calibre video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.

Super slow motion video recording is also available, with an extended duration of about 4 seconds (in quality priority mode) and 7 seconds (in shoot time priority). This feature gives users the ability to choose among 960 fps, 480 fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats.

The RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-inch tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation, and WhiteMagic technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions. Additionally, it is equipped with a high resolution, high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality, Sony suggests Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.

To enhance customization, “My Menu” functionality has been added, allowing up to 30 frequently used menu items to be custom registered. Menus are colour coded for easier recognition and navigation, and a new Movie Settings menu has been introduced to improve the overall video shooting experience.

The camera is also dust and moisture resistant, and Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible.

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera will ship in October for about $2,200.

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Sony full-frame lenses

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Sony has announced two new additions to its full-frame E-mount lens lineup, the FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM and the FE 12-24 mm f/4 G.

The 16-35 mm zoom is the first wide-angle G Master model, and features exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness, says the company, with an optical design that includes five aspherical elements, two of which are Sony’s original XA (extreme aspherical) elements that reduce aberration and deliver the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom and aperture range, it notes. The front XA element is the largest XA element ever produced, Sony claims. Additionally, two ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution, and Sony’s Nano AR coating suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity.

The lens features a near circular aperture shape at all settings, producing images with sharply focused subjects and beautifully defocused backgrounds or “bokeh.” It also has two DDSSMs (Direct Drive SSM) that compose a floating focusing system and ensure that AF acquisition is speedy and quiet.

The 16-35 mm lens is also dust and moisture resistant, has a fluorine coating on the front lens that helps to both prevent dust or grease marks and remove them easily if they do become a trouble.  There is also a customizable focus hold button and a hood release button.

The 12-24 mm lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, notes Sony. weighing in at approximately 20 oz.

The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element to minimize chromatic aberration throughout the entire image. The lens also includes Sony’s Nano AR coating.

The 12-24 mm lens includes a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch.  It is also dust and moisture resistant.

The Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM will ship this August and will be sold for about $3,000.

The FE 12-24 mm f/4 G will ship this July and sell for about $2,300.

Sony a9

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Okay sports and wildlife photographers, Sony has a camera you’ll want to look at. The new full-frame mirrorless camera, with what Sony claims is the world’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and 24.2-megapixel resolution, is said to deliver blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps for up to 241 RAW / 362 jpeg images.

The alpha 9 also offers silent, vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec; 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second; an Ethernet port for file transfer; Dual SD card slots; and extended battery life.

The camera also has 5-axis in-body image stabilization with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage.

Sony says the full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor enables data speed processing at up to 20x faster than previous Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The sensor is paired with a new, upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front end LSI that maximizes overall performance.

The 693 phase detection AF points cover approximately 93 percent of the frame, so the fasting moving subjects are reliably captured and tracked across the frame.

The a9 also features a vibration free, fully electronic, completely silent anti-distortion shutter with “absolutely no” mechanical mirror or shutter noise.

The new Z battery is said to deliver approximately 2.2x the capacity of W batteries.

One of the dual SD media card slots supports UHS-II cards.

The processing power of the camera’s components deliver faster AF/AE calculations while also reducing EVF display latency. The processor and front end LSI are also responsible for the larger continuous shooting buffer.

The camera’s AF system tracks complex, erratic motion with higher accuracy than ever before, with the ability to calculate AF/AE at up to 60 times per second, regardless of shutter release and frame capture. Further, when the shutter is released while shooting stills, the electronic viewfinder functions with absolutely no blackout, giving the user a seamless live view of their subject at all times.

The Fast Hybrid AF system – pairing the speed and tracking performance of phase detection AF with the precision of contrast AF – achieves approximately 25 percent faster performance when compared to the a7R II, claims Sony.

The a9 features an all-new, high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder delivering “extremely accurate, true-to-life detail reproduction.” The new Tru-Finder, with what Sony says is the highest resolution viewfinder ever for a Sony alpha camera, incorporates an optical design that includes a double-sided aspherical element, helping it to achieve 0.78x magnification and “outstanding” corner to corner sharpness. The EVF also utilizes a Zeiss T* coating to greatly reduce reflections, and has a fluorine coating on the outer lens that repels dirt.

This all adds up, according to Sony, to a luminance that is 2x higher than the XGA OLED Tru-Finder from the a7R II, creating a viewfinder image with a brightness level that is nearly identical to the actual scene being framed, says the company. The frame rate of the Tru-Finder is customizable, with options to set it for 60 fps or 120 fps to best match the action.

For those who thought the sync terminal was a thing of the past – tada! – there is a sync terminal as well, enabling external flash units and cables to be connected directly.

Sony notes the a9 has several new and updated focus functions that support faster, easier focusing in a variety of situations. The camera features a multi-selector joystick on the back of the camera, allowing shooters to easily shift focus point within the frame by pressing the multi-selector in any direction up, down, left or right when shooting in Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot focus area modes.  The new model also offers touch focusing on the rear LCD screen for easily selecting of and shifting focus towards a desired focus point or subject.

New for Sony E-mount cameras, the a9 includes the addition of separate drive mode and focus mode dials, plus a new “AF ON” button that can be pressed to activate autofocus directly when shooting still images or movies.

Additional new capabilities include the “AF Area Registration,” which allows frequently used focus area to be memorized and recalled via custom button assignments. There is also the ability to assign specific settings (exposure, shutter speed, drive mode, etc.) to a custom button. The camera can memorize and automatically recall the last focus point used in a vertical or horizontal orientation as well, instantly switching back to it when that specific orientation is used again.

For enhanced customization, a “My Menu” feature is available, allowing up to 30 menu items to be registered in a custom menu for instant recall when needed.

The a9 camera features an all-new Sony battery with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models.

The sensor is back-illuminated, allowing it to capture maximum light and produce outstanding, true-to-life image quality, says Sony. The sensor also enables an ISO range of 100 – 51200, expandable to 50 – 204800.

The a9 also supports uncompressed 14-bit RAW.

Video? Of course. 4K video? Absolutely. It offers 4K (3840 x 2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. When shooting in this format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Recording is also available in the Super 35 mm size.

Additionally, the camera can record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

There are a number of new accessories including grips and multiple battery adaptors.

The Sony alpha 9 will ship in May for about $6,000.

Sony 100-400 mm lens

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Sony has introduced a new E-mount lens, the FE 100-400 mm f/4.5–5.6 GM OSS. This full-frame lens offers what the company calls “incredibly fast, precise” autofocus capabilities, a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional and custom functions.

The company says the lens produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the lens’ zoom and focus ranges. The design features 22 lens elements configured in 16 different groups, including one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two ED glass elements, all of which minimize chromatic aberration. The lens also has Sony’s Nano AR coating to reduce unwanted reflections.

The zoom also features a combination of double linear motor and a Direct Drive SSM actuator, which also ensures precise, quiet operation. The double motor system allows rapid focus lens drive acceleration, while high precision positioning control and a newly optimized AF algorithm ensure the subject is quickly found and focused on.

The lens weighs in at 1,395 grams / 49.3 ounces, making it among the lightest in its class.

The lens has a zoom torque adjustment ring allowing the user to adjust the level of torque in the ring to zoom faster or slower depending on their shooting style. There is also a focus hold button that can also be assigned to variety of functions including focus mode selection, AF area selection or the Eye AF lock feature.

The telephoto zoom lens is dust and moisture resistant as well1, and has fluorine coating on the front lens that makes it easier to remove dust or grease. There is also a removable tripod mount.

The zoom features built-in optical image stabilization, ensuring sharp images can be captured during handheld shooting. It also offers a minimum focusing range of 0.98 m / 3.22 ft, and a 9 bladed circular aperture design.

The 100-400 mm lens is compatible with both the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters.

The Sony FE 100-400 mm GM lens is scheduled to ship in July for about $3,399.

Sony 100 mm, 85 mm lenses

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Sony has introduced two new lenses for E-mount interchangeable lens cameras. They are the FE 100 mm f/2.81 STF GM OSS and FE 85 mm f/1.8 lenses.

sony-100The company says the 100 mm lens has been designed to produce “magnificent” bokeh while maintaining high resolution. The lens features a newly designed 11-bladed aperture and a unique optical apodization lens element. Similar to a neutral density filter that increases in density towards the edges, the apodization element creates beautiful transitions of in-focus to out-of-focus areas within an image, notes Sony, making for exceptionally soft, smooth bokeh. The design of the lens also ensures that vignetting is kept to an absolute minimum.

The lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF, and has a high-precision, quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system that ensures exceptionally fast and accurate AF performance. The lens also offers up to 0.25x close-up capabilities with a built-in macro switching ring, built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, a customizable focus hold button, AF/MF switch, and aperture ring. It is dust and moisture resistant as well.

sony-85The 85 mm lens is lightweight and can produce sharp portraits with soft background defocus. The lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system allows fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button that can be customized and assigned together with functions in the camera body (such as Eye AF). There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch as well, and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

The FE 100mm f/2.8 STF OSS GM lens will be available in March for about $2,050.

The FE 85 mm f/1.8 lens will also ship in March for about $800.

Zeiss Loxia 85 mm lens

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zeiss-85Photokina – Sony camera owners, this one’s for you. The newest member of the Zeiss Loxia family is a short telephoto lens called the Loxia 2.4/85. It supplements three focal lengths that are already available for this lens family, all specially designed for mirrorless full-frame cameras with E mount.

The 85 mm lens has been designed for digital sensors. Based on an optimized Zeiss Sonnar design, it has seven lens elements in seven groups. The lens has a minimum object distance of 0.80 meters and a manual focus ring with a rotation angle of 220 degrees. The large aperture combined with the high-quality optical design ensures an appealing bokeh.

The electronic interface transfers both lens data (EXIF) and focus movements, and activates the magnification function of the camera if desired.

With the De-Click function of the Loxia lenses, the optics company is also targeting videographers. The De-Click function allows users to mechanically deactivate the click stops on the aperture ring – a condition for silent and smooth adjustments of the aperture. A robust metal barrel, the filter diameter of M52 (which is identical across all focal lengths) and protection against penetration of dust and spray onto the lens mount complete the entire package. In addition, the external diameter, which is uniform across all Loxia lenses, simplifies film shoots.

Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 will be available in mid-December.

Sony alpha 6500

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sony-alpha-6500Sony has announced the alpha 6500 mirrorless, APS-C sensor camera.

The camera shares the same 4D FOCUS system as the 6300, which can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time. Also shared with the α6300 is 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over nearly the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera, says Sony. The new model can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking and up to 8 frames per second in a live-view shooting mode that makes it easy to track fast moving subjects.

The camera can shoot at these high speeds for up to 307 frames thanks to its expanded buffer, which, along with the fast response speeds, are all achieved with the support of a new front-end LSI chip that has been added to the camera. This new LSI also serves to enhance both still and video image quality.

Additionally, the 6500 features Sony’s in-camera 5-axis optical image stabilization, making it the first Sony APS-C sensor camera to offer all of the benefits of advanced in-body stabilization, which include a shutter speed advantage of approximately 5 steps. It also offers touchscreen AF capabilities for focus point selection and adjustment.

The camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, focusing tracking and accuracy are also available when using non-native A-mount lenses with Sony’s LA-EA3 mount adaptor. Additionally, it includes silent shooting, Eye AF in AF-C mode, AF in focus magnifier modes, Expand Flexible Spot AF, and more.

Through a total revision of the internal design of the camera, this newly developed stabilization system fits entirely within a body that is nearly the same size as the 6300. The shake compensation provided by the system works with a variety of lenses, including E-mount lenses without OSS (Optical SteadyShot) stabilization and A-mount lenses when used with a compatible mount adapter. When an E-mount lens with OSS is mounted, pitch and yaw are compensated in the lens and horizontal, vertical and roll axes are compensated in the camera body, resulting in 5-axis stabilization.

Also, with a simple half press of the shutter button, the effect of the image stabilization can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen, allowing framing and focus to be accurately checked and continually monitored.  This is available even when a lens is attached that does not have built-in shake compensation.

The 6500 comes with touch screen functionality, allowing users to lock focus on a subject simply by touching it on the screen.

The camera features touchpad functionality. When utilizing the viewfinder for framing and shooting, the LCD screen can be used as a touch pad. Simply drag a finger across the screen to shift the focus point from one area to another.

The 6500 features an APS-C sized 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processor and the newly developed front-end LSI to maximize processing power and achieve a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200.

The image sensor employs a thin wiring layer and large photodiode substrate that maximizes light collection efficiency, plus copper wiring in its structure for outstanding read-out speed. The BIONZ X image processor and newly developed front-end LSI ensure superior image and video quality with low noise even when using higher ISO settings, in particular those at high sensitivity values. The LSI is also responsible for the expanded buffer depth for continuous shooting.

The alpha 6500 becomes the latest Sony interchangeable lens camera to offer internal 4K movie recording, as it can shoot 4K (3840 x 2160p) video in the Super 35mm format on the full width of the image sensor. When shooting in this format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information – approximately 2.4x (20-megapixel equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.

Additionally, the 6500 will focus exceptionally fast during movie shooting thanks to its Fast Hybrid AF system, offers touch focusing  for professionally smooth focus shifts, while also offering adjustable AF transition speed and AF tracking sensitivity.  The camera supports the XAVC S codec during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of up to 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during Full HD shooting.

Other professional calibre video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD (24p) resolution with AF tracking.

New on the 6500 is the incorporation of a ‘Slow and Quick’ (S&Q) mode that supports both slow motion and quick motion. In this mode, frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x quick motion and 5x slow motion recording. Footage shot in this mode can be previewed after shooting without the need for PC-based post processing.

The camera also offers S-Log gamma recording for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider colour space. Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production.

Shooters also now have the ability to select, extract and save still images from movie footage directly on the camera. Approximately 8-megapixel images and 2-megapixel images can be pulled from 4K modes and Full HD modes, respectively.

The new camera has a refined design, maintaining the mobility of the 6000 series while adapting much of the usability of Sony’s alpha 7 II series. The new model features the same high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder as the 6300, offering exceptional corner-to-corner visibility.

New hardware features on the 6500 include a magnesium alloy body and a high-durability shutter with a tested life span of approximately 200,000 release cycles. It also has several design features that are borrowed from the 7 II series, including a robust lens mount, a recessed grip to improve handling, a larger release button and 10 total custom buttons including. It also has an improved operation feel for its mode and control dials and rear face buttons, as well as a softer eyepiece cup for more comfortable usage.

On the software front, there is a new overall user interface, which allows for a much smoother process for searching and adjusting menu settings, as well two new metering modes – Highlight, where exposure metering is focused on the brightest area of the frame, and Entire Screen Avg, which maintains an average metering for the entire image.

The camera is Wi-Fi, QR and NFC compatible and fully compatible with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile applications available for Android and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s PlayMemories Camera Apps. The 6500 also offers location data acquisition via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile device and an updated menu structure to deliver a smoother navigational experience.

The Sony alpha 6500 camera will ship in November for about $1,750.

Sony RX100 V

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sony-rx100-vSony has announced a new flagship model in the Cyber-shot RX100 series of compact cameras, the RX100 V. It is equipped with a Fast Hybrid AF system with the world’s fastest AF acquisition at 0.05 seconds, according to Sony, and world’s highest number of AF points on sensor with 315 points covering approximately 65 percent of the frame. The camera can also shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps – the world’s fastest for a compact camera1 – at full 20.1-megapixel (approx. effective) resolution with AF/AE tracking for up to 150 continuous shots.

The RX100 V is equipped with a newly developed 1.0-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a DRAM chip, a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm (equivalent) f/1.8 – 2.8 lens and an enhanced image processing system with a new front-end LSI chip that maximizes processing speed, expands the memory buffer and optimizes image quality, in particular at high ISO settings. The camera also features 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, as well as super slow motion recording at up to 960 fps with extended recording time.

Viewfinder blackout between shots has been minimized in the high-speed shooting mode, which greatly improves  photographers’ ability to follow fast action and capture the decisive moment. Silent shooting is also available in these high-speed modes as well.

AF-A mode allows the camera to automatically switch between continuous and single-shot AF modes.  Users can also manually select if they’d like the continuous AF and phase detection AF areas to be displayed live on screen while they are framing a shot.

The RX100 V also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second) that minimizes the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. This fast shutter speed also allows  the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels up to EV 199. Shooting at wide aperture with the fast shutter speed allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.

Users can select the initial magnification ratio when shooting in a mode with Focus Magnifier, and can select between “focus point” and “centre of display” for the location of Focus Magnifier.

With Fast Hybrid AF, the focal plane phase detection AF sensor ensures accurate focusing and tracking performance, even for the severe focusing requirements of 4K movie shooting. AF drive speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted via the menu system.

In 4K mode, the camera utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4K video are captured with minimal moire and ‘jaggies.’ These high-quality results are achieved through use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during full HD shooting.

Additional professional calibre video features include Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, and 120p HD Full HD mode. Users also have the ability to manually select a frame from a recorded movie and save it as a still image file of approximately 8-megapixels during 4K shooting or 2-megapixels during HD shooting.

The RX100 V is able to record super-slow motion video at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, and can do this for about twice as long as the previous model.

Prior to shooting, users will have the ability to choose among 960 fps, 480 fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats to optimize the recording to fit the speed of the moving subject, with the option to use the movie record button as a ‘start trigger’ to begin recording once button is pressed or ‘end trigger’ to record footage up until the button is pressed.

The new camera maintains the pocket-sized design of the RX100 family and is equipped with a high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The EVF conveniently retracts in and out of the camera body based on user preference, and features optics with Zeiss T* Coating.

The camera is also Wi-Fi and NFC compatible and can access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications.

Another convenient addition is the ability for users to freely set the leading three characters of saved file names for easier sorting and organization.

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V compact camera is scheduled for October availability for about $1,250.

Sony alpha 99 II

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sony-alpha-99-iiPhotokina – Sony has introduced its new flagship A-mount camera, the alpha 99 II.

The camera combines the best of many of the latest digital imaging innovations including a new Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with exclusive Sony A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology. The result is a camera that will be appealing to a variety of professional and enthusiast photographers.

The 99 II is Sony’s first full-frame camera to feature the 4D Focus system. The Hybrid Phase Detection AF system is enabled by combining a precision 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points – to produce a 79 hybrid cross AF point array. This enables precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking of any high-speed moving objects across the frame. In addition Translucent Mirror Technology, with no moving mirror, ensures steady, continuous AF operation and live image preview during both still image and video shooting.  The precision AF system also performs exceptionally in low-light conditions, as it will function properly in brightness levels as low as EV -45 and in dark locations where most other cameras struggle.

The camera has been designed to allow for high resolution, continuous shooting at high frame rates. The camera features a new front-end LSI that works with the image sensor, BIONZ X image processing engine and a newly designed shutter unit to enable continuous shooting at speeds of up to 12 fps with AF/AE tracking. Thanks to a large buffer, these shots can be viewed immediately after shooting, even when in high-speed continuous shooting mode. Additionally, if these high-speed shots are being taken indoors under artificial lighting, the camera can automatically detect flicker and time the shutter accordingly to minimize its effect on the resulting images.

The 99 II also has the ability to deliver continuous live shooting at up to 8 fps with AF/AE tracking and minimal display lag thanks to overall improvements in the EVF algorithm. This offers photographers a shooting experience that closely mimics that of an optical viewfinder, while still offering all of the benefits of an electronic viewfinder including a live preview of exposure, white balance and several other camera settings. This continuous live view shooting can be set in stages to match a variety of subjects: 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps.

The back-illuminated full-frame 42.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor in the new model features a gapless-on-chip design that allows for fast readout of large volumes of data and maximizes light gathering ability. The net result is very high sensitivity with low noise, wide dynamic range and 42.4-megapixel resolution across an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,40010.

The new camera has also been designed without an optical low-pass filter. Both compressed and uncompressed RAW files are readily available based on user preferences.

Sony has designed a new in-body 5-axis image stabilization system for A-mount cameras that debuts for the first time in the 99 II. This system effectively detects and compensates for movement in all axes (X and Y, pitch and yaw, and camera roll).

The new stabilization system provides a shutter speed advantage of 4.5 steps. Also, with a simple half press of the shutter button, the effect of this the image stabilization can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen, allowing framing and focus to be accurately checked and continually monitored.

Based upon feedback from pro users, the design of new camera has noticeably evolved compared to its predecessor. The new model is 8 percent smaller than the original alpha 99 and features a newly designed grip, magnesium alloy body, dual SD card slots, and dust and moisture resistance.

The 99 II also features a new shutter unit that has an estimated life of more than 300,000 operations, as well as an XGA OLED Tru-finder with a ZEISS T* Coating that offers a powerful 0.78x magnification and delivers outstanding clarify from corner to corner. The viewfinder also has a fluorine coating on the outer lens to prevent fingerprints, dust, water, oil and dirt from sticking.

The silent Multi Controller introduced in the original alpha 99 has been improved as well, as it now offers a click-stop on/off switch in addition to allowing control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, AF area, AF mode and other settings. The 99 II also offers location data acquisition via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile device and an updated menu structure to deliver a smoother navigational experience.

For the first time in a Sony A-mount camera, the 99 II has the ability to record 4K video internally with full pixel readout and no pixel binning through usage of the XAVC S format. The camera is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K recording, and utilizing the full width of the large, full-frame image sensor in doing so. It also offers a new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode (S&Q) that supports both slow motion and quick motion. In this mode, frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x quick motion and 5x slow motion recording.

Other pro movie production workflow features include picture profiles, time code and clean HDMI output as well as gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma are both included as well.

The Sony alpha 99 II camera will be available beginning in November for $4,000.

Sony 50 mm macro

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sony 50Sony has introduced a full-frame lens for its E-mount camera system, the FE 50 mm f/2.8 Macro lens, featuring 1:1 macro capability, focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter, and focus-hold button.

The lens offers a 6.3 inch minimum focusing distance and weighs 8.4 oz.

The lens features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion ) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens delivers less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood, says the company. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

The Sony FE 50 mm f/2.8 Macro will be available in September for about $650.