Our brand new Nikon Z7 full frame mirrorless camera arrived at the office this week, and we immediately got down to business. Four years ago, Sony fired the first shot of this battle with the A7 and continued to release one iteration after another, each improving on the last, and did so completely unanswered by the competition until August 23rd of this year when Nikon announced the Z7 and the Z6. Based on the popularity of our last teardown where we took the A7R III all the way down to its sensor, we’ve decided to provide model-by-model coverage of the full-frame mirrorless wars by showing you what’s under the hood.
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Since making is debut in July of 2019, the Sigma fp has gained notoriety as a very capable camera among its mixed reviews. The decidedly lowercase ‘fp’ is Sigma’s first full-frame sensor. The fp was released the same year that all other major camera manufacturers that aren’t Sony were releasing their first or second full-frame mirrorless cameras, and in typical Sigma fashion, the fp stood out from the crowd.
It’s certainly doing its part now to popularize the sensor-in-box style form factor that makes so much sense for video shooters. This design also makes it a great candidate for conversion to Infrared!
2020 is just around the corner, and if there is one thing we can be sure of, it’s that Sony probably isn’t going to be slowing down. While every iteration of the different A7 and a6000 camera lines launch with significant improvements over their predecessors, the most recent A7R took leaps and bounds in both capability and design progress.
We’re at 61 megapixels on a full-frame now. The A7R IV brought us here, past the D850, the 5Ds, and even Fuji’s GFX 50 cameras. With that, it brings a 10fps continuous drive rate and all the top-notch AF and video capability we’ve come to expect from Sony. The body itself is just a little different on the outside. The grip is definitely a little beefier than before.
We really didn’t know what to expect going into this. Panasonic hasn’t even made an APS-C body before, nevermind a full-frame flagship mirrorless camera. Though, it seems they realized the S1 series needed to make a splash if its release was going to trail behind Canon and Nikon’s first foray into professional-grade mirrorless cameras because the Panasonic S1R is massive.
This body is titanic compared to its competitors: the A7R III, Z7, and EOS R. Panasonic has decisively abandoned the notion that photographers want mirrorless cameras because of their reduced size and weight. The Panasonic S1R weighs in at 1.98 pounds. That’s about half a pound heavier than the Z7, or less than an ounce shy of the medium format Fuji GFX 50S! This camera is a beast!
There are two things common to many photographers. We’d like to be able to shoot infrared – because why not? It’s a lot of fun – and we probably have an old DSLR or mirrorless camera or six laying around somewhere just gathering dust. Photographer Davin Lavikka fell into those categories, so he decided to do something about
While there are many conversion services out there around hte world now, Davin decided to convert his old Sony A7R into a full spectrum camera all by himself. If you want to follow Davin’s lead and try the same, you do so at your own risk!