According to a recent report, Samsung Electronics is planning to increase its production capacity of image sensors. The company has set out to become number one business in image sensor market. And in this race, they reportedly plan to beat Sony and take the throne.
One of the things that’s put a lot of people off making the switch to mirrorless is a lack of lenses. The lack of lenses isn’t much of a surprise. How can new system like Sony’s E Mount or Micro Four Thirds really compete with the decades old Nikon and Canon systems where every lens has been made and revised half a dozen times or more?
That’ll change a little for Sony users with Sigma’s new E Mount lenses, but there are other options. Lens mounts are available for both Sony and Micro Four Thirds systems that allow you to utilise Nikon and Canon lenses on those systems. In this video, Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store TV walks us through the range and capabilities of current adapters in 2018.
The new Sony A7III has finally been announced, and the first impressions are mainly positive. Photographer Manny Ortiz compares the Sony A7III with the A7RIII, which was announced a couple of months earlier. If you are wondering why you should choose the A7III over the A7RIII or the other way around, Manny gives you a couple of reasons for both options. Hopefully, these will help you make the final decision.
Last year I scored a really amazing gig. I had a two-week shoot for a tour company in the Canadian Rockies creating promotional content for their boutique medical conference. One of the best things about that gig was the chance to shoot some stunning sites out in the Banff National Park.
I wanted to try out my skills at nightscapes in some of the most stunning parts of the world to shoot them. The challenge though was that I had to be shooting the whole day from about 7am till 10pm or 11pm most nights.Then I would get back to my hotel room and have to back up cards, charge batteries and get everything ready for the next day. Needless to say, I didn’t have that much energy left to stay up all night shooting the stars most nights. But I wasn’t going to be deterred by a little thing like no energy! Instead, I tried to shoot out of the window of my hotel room.
This of course lead to some technical challenges and, if I do say so myself, some McGyver-like solutions.
At MWC 2018, Sony introduced new technology that could have even smartphone cameras “see in the dark.” Their dual camera prototype will be integrated into future Sony Xperia phones, enabling ISO of 51,200 for photos and 12,800 for video.
As if Sigma hadn’t given us enough today. With new 70mm f/2.8 Macro and 105mm f/1.4 Art series lenses, we were already pretty excited. But Sigma also have an extra gift for Sony shooters. Both of the two new lenses today, as well as nine of their popular Art series full frame lenses are being released with a native Sony E-Mount.
A native Sony mount offers advantages over simply using the Canon mount version with the Sigma MC-11 adapter. Such as compatibility with Sony’s continuous (AF-C) and high speed autofocus. And you’ll likely see some Eye-AF improvements, too. Very handy if you’ve been eyeing up that new Sony A7III.
It’s finally here, the camera that many Sony shooters have been waiting for. The update to the gateway camera that convinced many to switch over to Sony’s system. Today, Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha A7III. With 4K video, dual card slots, 693 autofocus points, and 10fps continuous shooting, it’s a nice little boost over the previous generation Sony A7II – a camera which is now heavily discounted, by the way.
Looking like a cut-down Sony A9, the A7III also has pretty ridiculous battery life – for a mirrorless camera, at least. Boasting 710 shots on a full charge it beats everything else out there in mirrorlessland, and is stepping into DSLR territory. It also has an increased ISO range of 100-51200, expandable ISO50-204800 with 5-axis in-body stabilisation, effective up to 5 stops.
Rolling shutter has been the bane of DSLR and mirrorless video shooters since the beginning. In fact, for users of just about any camera with a CMOS sensor. This is all down to how CMOS sensors traditionally work, scanning the scene line by line. Each line is captured at a slightly different point in time, so as you pan, it appears that subjects are leaning or wobbling. Hence it’s become affectionately known as the “jello effect”.
That may be all set to change, though, thanks to a new breakthrough from Sony who has developed an entirely new CMOS sensor with a global shutter function. Announced last week at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Fracisco, the new sensor features a pixel-parallel analogue to digital converter. This means that it can read the data from all of the pixels simultaneously.
First mentioned nearly a year ago in May 2017, the Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS seems to have been spotted in use during the Winter Olympics in South Korea. An image posted to Instagram by Photoofthelife. Now for the bad news. Not surprisingly, it’s going to be as large as one would expect a 400mm f/2.8 lens for DSLRs to be, and it’s going to cost at least $10,000.
Sony shooters, if you use a Mac, there’s a rather concerning issue regarding the Sony firmware update application. First highlighted by software expert Lloyd Chambers back in October 2017, Sony’s updater essentially forces you to give it root access to your system. This could potentially pose your entire system and data it contains at risk.
I’m not 100% sure on how big a deal this one is yet. From a security standpoint, it’s absolutely huge. But from a more real-world impact perspective, it possibly isn’t going to be a huge issue. In theory, root access means the software could do anything it likes to your computer. Install keyloggers or malware, for example. Not that Sony would do that, but who’s to say that somebody won’t compromise their software?