Well, it was bound to happen, wasn’t it? Nikon has been slacking on the mirrorless front and Nikkei now reports that they are projected to take 3rd place behind Sony in camera sales for this fiscal year. In a year where Nikon is set to record their first loss, at around $92 million (way down from their initial projections of $110 million profit), this isn’t good news for the company.
Sony has announced that they’ve established a new “Sony AI” organisation, with offices in Japan, Europe and the USA. Its goal is to advance the research and development of AI. They see AI playing a vital role in the future, particularly when it comes to imaging & sensing, robotics and entertainment.
Their purpose, Sony says is to “Fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology” and that AI will play a big part in that. Sony AI will drive the R&D of AI through “multiple world-class flagship projects”, and they’ll be looking into the ethics of AI technology, too.
Sony Japan has issued a service advisory for their 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master series lens. From what I can make out of the Google-translated advisory, the camera appears to lock up when an affected lens is attached, and the screen no longer displays properly.
Judging by the range of serial numbers targeted by the advisory, there are potentially around 22,500 lenses affected – assuming they’ve produced the lenses without any breaks in the number sequence. But, Sony will fix it for free.
Some two weeks ago, Sony announced a firmware update for the RX10 IV which would add real-time Animal Eye AF. We didn’t know the release date back then, but now it’s officially out. Sony RX10 IV can now have the Animal Eye AF in their camera and nail focus when photographing their four-legged friends.
Sony seems to have taken a bit of a back seat to Samsung lately when it comes to smartphone sensors. With many of them utilising Samsung’s 64-megapixel ISOCELL sensor. Attempting to not be outdone, Sony has been teasing their next-generation IMX686 quad Bayer sensor in a new video which includes some sample photos shot using the new sensor
Released in 2017, Sony’s RX10 IV has become a pretty popular all-in-one camera. It features a built-in Zeiss 24-600mm equivalent field of view lens with an f/2.4-4 aperture and a 20.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that lets you shoot stills at up to 24 frames per second. Now, that two-year-old camera is seeing something of an upgrade.
A post on the Sony Japan website states that real-time Eye Autofocus support for animals is coming to the RX10 IV. It’ll only be available for stills, and not video, but it’s on the way in an upcoming firmware update.
It’s unlikely that Sony shooters are going to go out and buy Mamiya 645 lenses, but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility for Mamiya 645 shooters to pick up a Sony for when they want to carry something a little lighter. Occasionally, though, they may want to use their 645 lenses on that little Sony body, so Kipon has answered the call.
They’ve announced two new adapters which offer full electronic aperture control via your Sony body. The M645-S/E E adapter is for Mamiya brand 645 lenses and M645-S/E ES adapter is for Phase One/Schneider brand 645 lenses to let you mount them to Sony E mount bodies.
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”.
Nokishita likes to keep an eye on camera registrations, and they’ve got a list that they update fairly regularly as they spot new ones, and old ones become known. Their current list includes registration numbers from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Leica for cameras that have been registered with various bodies around the world but not yet identified or officially acknowledged.
A new image has been published by Sony Alpha Rumors, which they say is a leaked shot of the Sony A9 II. An image had previously been leaked earlier this month, and the new one appears to match up with the details that we can see.
They also report that journalists, YouTubers and bloggers have been invited to a camera launch the same weekend as PhotoPlus Expo in New York next month. It may not actually be exhibited at the show itself, though. Sony’s name is still notably absent from the PPE exhibitors list.