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.
So, there’s still no news from Sony about the mythical A7S III, but they are working on 8K sensors for smaller cameras. In this case, though, it’s not full-frame, or even APS-C, but Micro Four Thirds. They have just released the spec sheet for a new IMX492 47-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor that offers 17:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. And it offers them in 8K resolution at up to 30 frames per second.
The Atomos name keeps popping up all over the place lately. They’re teaming up with a lot of different camera brands to try to give filmmakers the tools and features to best create what they want to create. We stopped by the Atomos stand at IBC 2019 to have a chat with their Founder & CEO, Jeromy Young about some of those collaborations, as well as some news on Atomos’ own products, including a free firmware update for the Shogun 7 which doubles its brightness from 1,500 nits to 3,000 nits.
Here is some interesting news for the weekend. Sony Alpha Rumors just posted a leaked photo of the upcoming Sony a9II. While leaked photos are sometimes real and sometimes “shopped”, SAR is usually a reliable source. The good news: The camera will be announced in October and displayed at the PhotoPlus show in New York. We will be there to provide real-time coverage.
It’s hardly a secret that Olympus was struggling a few years ago. After former Olympus president Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, along with several others were arrested as part of a major scandal, they needed some substantial help to get back on their feet. Part of that came in the form Sony buying an 11.5% stake in Olympus for 50 billion yen ($47m at today’s rate) in 2012-13.
Sony previously sold off some of those shares, bringing back almost all of their initial investment while still allowing them to keep 5% of Olympus. Now, Sony is selling its remaining stake in Olympus, back to Olympus.
It looks like Sony might finally be getting ready to announce an A7S III. Or, possibly an A9 II. Nokishita posted up a list of camera models and their respective internal code numbers for a whole bunch of different camera manufacturers. In amongst them was “WW942051”, which doesn’t match up to any existing known Sony mirrorless camera.
According to Sony Alpha Rumours, their sources have confirmed that this new model, WW942015, is going to be a full-frame camera. A new “BIG ONE” camera, and it will have the same WiFi capabilities as the recently announced Sony A7R IV. Beyond that, nothing else has been released.
Nitecore has announced its “World’s First Smart Battery” for Sony, the Nitecore NFZ100. It’s a drop-in replacement for the Sony NP-FZ100 used in the Sony A7 III, A7R III, A7R IV and A9 mirrorless cameras. At least, it is if Sony doesn’t make 3rd party batteries impossibly impractical to use again.
As a “Smart” device, the new Nitecore Smart Battery talks to an app on your phone; Nitecore NNERGY. The app will be available for both iOS and Android and lets you monitor the battery health and other details wirelessly. Obviously, it needs power to do this, and I’m not sure a battery that drains itself is necessarily a great idea.
When Sony announced the A7R IV last month, many were expecting it to be the long-overdue A7S III or the “Baby A9” high-end APS-C body that’s been rumoured for a long time. Neither of those things happened, but according to Sony Alpha Rumors, at least one of them will before the end of this month.
They say that they’ve received information from trusted sources confirming that Sony will announce a pair of new APS-C E Mount cameras at the end of this month. The A6500 is apparently going end-of-life, and so a replacement, naturally, would be on the way.