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.
When buying a new lens, a common dilemma is whether to go for a native or a third-party lens. The third-party lenses are usually much cheaper, but how good are they? In this video, Jay P Morgan and Kenneth Merrill compare two standard E-mount zoom lenses for full frame Sony cameras: an $879 Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD and a $2,198 Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM. How do they compare in terms of sharpness, image quality, and autofocus for both photo and video? Check out the video below for more details.
Released in September 2017, the original Sony RX0 was a very impressive camera. It offered 4K 4:2:2 video via HDMI, timecode sync for multiple camera setups, could capture 1080p bursts at up to an insane 1,000 frames per second with a 1″ sensor, and it came in a super rugged water, shock and crushproof body.
The new RX0 II ups the game with a new 15.3MP 1″ stacked CMOS sensor, internal 4K recording with stabilisation, shutter speeds up to 1/32000 sec, 16 frames per second stills shooting, microphone socket and that 1,000 frames per second thing? Yeah, it can do that at 4K now.
Along with today’s release of the Sony A9 firmware v5.0, Sony as also released a pair of mobile apps. Sony Imaging Edge Mobile now replaces the somewhat terrible PlayMemories app, and there’s a new Transfer & Tagging add-on for it which enables continuous FTP transfers in the background (for the Sony A9) which they claim doesn’t affect continuous camera use.
Announced in January, the first of two new firmware updates for the Sony A9 is now available. Sony A9 firmware v5.0 adds real-time Eye AF as well as specific eye preference detection, better low light autofocus performance, increased AF accuracy, and a whole host of other new and updated features.
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.
To use the Nikon Z7 camera with my Sony system, I needed to make a mount adaptor to attach Sony E Mount (NEX) optics on Nikon Z as none are currently available on the market. “If it is not there, why not to make one myself” is my motto. Since I’ve already made so many lenses to use on Sony A7R, to remake them for Nikon Z mount is too much work.
Last October, when Leica manager Stephan Schulz was badmouthing Sony’s E Mount, and how it simply couldn’t handle faster lenses due to its small stature, Sony come back not long after they said that they could absolutely do f/1.0 lenses. They just don’t think it’s worth the hassle and that the demand simply isn’t there.
Well, they seem to have taken things a little further now. With Nikon’s claim of theoretical f/0.65 lenses, Sony claims that they could produce f/0.63 lenses. And they have diagrams to prove it!
Sony is famous for high-quality mirrorless cameras. Expectedly, many users have wondered: why hasn’t Sony still offered a smartphone with a killer camera? Well, there certainly are some reasons for that and the company has finally revealed them. Its plans for phone cameras turned out to be shortsighted – but it appears that this is going to change.
It’s long been thought that when shooting raw, we can basically just ignore the in-camera processing settings. They’re only used if you’re shooting jpg or video, anyway, right? At least, that’s what everybody’s thought for years. Because for the most part it’s been true.
It turns out, though, that on Sony cameras, certain picture profiles do actually change the data that’s saved into your raw files. And in this video, Gerald Undone proves it.