Sony has today announced their new flagship mirrorless camera, the Sony A9 II. The rumours of a 36-megapixel sensor were wrong, although it still looks like a nice upgrade over the original Sony A9. While some of the specs look quite similar, Sony says many features have been upgraded to “meet the needs fo professionals”.
People have been waiting a long time for a high-end APS-C model from Sony, and there’s been a lot of talk about a mythical “A7000”. It looks like that camera might finally now be here, although it’s not called the A7000, it’s the Sony A6600.
Yes, Sony has announced a new APS-C mirrorless camera, but they’ve not just announced one. They’ve announced two. Alongside the A6600, there’s also a new Sony A6100, a replacement for the ageing A6000.
The whole 61-megapixel thing kinda stole the limelight when it came to the announcement of the new Sony A7R IV mirrorless camera. The camera still doesn’t ship for about six weeks, but YouTuber Jason Vong has managed to get his hands on one. In this video, he talks about his favourite 10 new features to come with the camera.
Sony’s live event has just come to a close and the earlier rumours were true. The Sony A7R IV is here. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of an A7S III, but still. The A7R IV comes with a 61-megapixel sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, 4K UHD video with 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), with what Sony claims is “medium format level” image quality.
I switched to Sony from Canon on December 31, 2014.
Since then, I’ve cranked through over 50,000 frames on my Sony cameras in the past 4+ years of shooting.
I upgraded to the A7 III in October 2018, following a brief stint where I considered a switch to Fujifilm or Olympus.
So now’s a good time to take a look back at the pluses — and minuses — of my switch to Sony from Canon.
Let’s start with something you need to hear if you are thinking of switching camera system:
The rule of thumb when shooting video is to use a shutter speed that’s double your frame rate. But there’s a simple “hack” that opens up so many creative possibilities. In this video from Advancing Your Photography, filmmaker Fletcher Murray shares a shutter speed trick you can pull off with Sony mirrorless cameras. It will let you get creative and add a new dimension to your videos.
Well, here’s an interesting one. How do you sell a lens that doesn’t actually exist yet? I don’t know, but somebody’s found a way, as there appears to be a brand new Sony 200-600G OSS f/5.6-6.3 FE lens up for sale on Yahoo Auctions Japan. Despite the fact that this lens isn’t even expected to be announced until next week, there are even photos of it in the listing.
Lomography has announced Petzval 55 mm f/1.7, a new lens that brings vintage and modern together. It was inspired by Joseph Petzval’s First Portrait Lens from 1840, and it’s compatible with modern Nikon Z, Sony E and Canon R full frame mirrorless cameras. It lets you control the aperture with the dual aperture system, which allows you to achieve all sorts of creative effects and control the bokeh to your liking.
Sony’s Xperia phones have been struggling. Of that, there is no doubt. With strong competition from the likes of Apple, Huawei, Samsung, LG and others, they’ve just not been able to keep up. Wccf Tech reports that while many believed that Sony would simply close or sell off their struggling smartphone division, they’re actually merging it into the Sony TV, audio and camera product lines.
Sony Senior General Manager, Kenji Tanaka, has confirmed in an interview with Imaging Resource that they are focusing on APS-C and that a new high end “enthusiast” model APS-C camera is coming.
Many have felt that Sony has kind of neglected small form factor APS-C bodies in favour of full frame. But it has, apparently, always been their plan to focus on APS-C once their full frame lineup was where they felt it needed to be. And with the Sony A9, A7III and A7RIII (and hopefully, soon an A7SIII) it is now where they want it to be.