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Sony launched ɑ99 II

Sony recently launched a new camera, a new A-Mount camera, the ɑ99 II. This is Sony’s new flagship A-Mount camera, successor to the highly acclaimed ɑ99. The Sony ɑ99 II camera comes up with some pretty good technical specifications and capabilities.

Let me share with you more information and details from the press release information below –

Press Release on 21st September 2016

Reaffirming its commitment to produce industry leading A-mount interchangeable lens cameras, Sony today launched a new flagship ɑ A-mount model, the a99 II. A successor to the highly acclaimed ɑ99, the new a99 II combines the best of Sony’s latest digital imaging innovations including a new Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with exclusive Sony A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology™ (TMT). The result is a supremely specified, professional level camera that will be particularly appealing to sports and wildlife photographers.

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Redefining Autofocus

The newly developed Phase Detection AF System is capable of ‘full-time AF’ and is the first implementation of 4D FOCUS in the full-frame ɑ series, bringing a supreme new level of AF performance to ɑ99 II users. The Hybrid Phase Detection AF System is enabled by combining a precision 79-point[1] dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points1 to produce a 79 hybrid cross AF point[2] array. These cross points deliver incredibly precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking of any moving objects right across the image, at high speed. In addition, as there is no moving mirror, TMT enables continuous AF operation and the finder image remains unaffected during any type of shooting, including live view and movie recording.

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Low light conditions present no problem to the ɑ99 II. The precision AF system will function properly down to EV-4[3] brightness levels where most other cameras struggle.

Data flow through the ɑ99 II has been redesigned to allow for high resolution and continuous shooting at high frame rates. A new front-end LSI works with the image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine, as well as a newly designed shutter unit, to enable continuous shooting at up to 12fps2 with AF/AE tracking[4], all whilst harnessing the sensor’s 42.4MP capabilities. The result is an ultra-fast camera that will deliver incredibly detailed shots, even with fast moving objects in challenging light conditions. Thanks to a large buffer and sophisticated data processing, these shots can be viewed immediately after shooting even when in high speed continuous shooting mode and if shots are being taken indoors under artificial lighting, flicker is automatically detected and the shutter is timed to minimise its effect on the end image[5].

Improvements to the EVF display algorithm now deliver continuous live-view shooting at up to 8 fps[6] with AF/AE tracking with minimal display lag so that the viewing experience is essentially no different from that of an optical viewfinder. Exposure, white balance and other camera settings are displayed in real time in the viewfinder and continuous live view shooting can be set in 3 stages to match a variety of subjects: 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps.

Pixel Power

The back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP[7] Exmor R CMOS sensor benefits from a gapless-on-chip design and allows for fast readout of large volumes of data as well as being extremely efficient in its light gathering ability. The net result is very high sensitivity with low noise, wide dynamic range and 42.4MP resolution across an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,400[8].The ɑ99 II has been designed without an optical low-pass filter to allow the finest natural details and textures to be captured with unprecedented depth and realism and the photographer can select compressed or uncompressed RAW files, as required. 

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5-axis SteadyShot™ INSIDE Image Stabilisation

Having proved to be incredibly popular in the ɑ7 II series of cameras, Sony has designed a new in-body 5 axis image stabilisation system for A-mount cameras which debuts for the first time in the ɑ99 II. In addition to movement in the pitch and yaw axes that tend to occur at longer focal lengths, this system effectively detects and compensates for shift blur that can occur on the X and Y axes when shooting close-up, and roll blur that is often apparent in still images and movies that are shot at night. Newly implemented precision gyro sensors are capable of precisely detecting even tiny camera movements that can cause blurring, providing a 4.5 step[9] shutter speed advantage that can help realise the full potential of the 42.4MP sensor, in both stills and movies. The effect of image stabilisation can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen during live view when the shutter button is half pressed or the Focus Magnifier functions are used. This allows framing and focus to be accurately checked via live view when shooting at telephoto focal lengths or macro distances.

Improved design and operability

The design of the new ɑ99 II has noticeably evolved compared to its predecessor, based upon feedback from professional users. The new model is 8 per cent smaller than the original ɑ99 and has a newly designed grip, magnesium alloy body, dual SD[10] card slot and other upgrades that improve both hold and operation. All major buttons and dials are provided with seals and the media jack cover and enclosure edges feature tongue and groove – the result is a body that is both dust and moisture resistant[11] and can be used in the toughest and most challenging shooting conditions.

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In addition to being designed for faster response, the new shutter unit is also more durable and has passed endurance tests in excess of 300,000 shutter operations[12]. The XGA OLED Tru-finder has a ZEISS® T* Coating and has a 4 element lens group that includes a double sided aspherical element whilst offering a powerful 0.78x magnification, delivering outstanding clarity from corner to corner. It also has a fluorine coating on the outer lens to prevent fingerprints, dust, water, oil and dirt from sticking, thus ensuring a clear view.

The silent Multi Controller introduced in the original ɑ99 has been improved so that in addition to allowing control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, AF area, AF mode and other settings, it now features a click-stop ON/OFF switch. When ON, the preferred setting for still image shooting, the control clicks, providing a tactile indication of the length of rotation. When OFF, the control turns smoothly and quietly, ideal for movie shooting. Location data acquisition has also been made possible via Bluetooth[13] connection to a compatible mobile device and it is now possible to select whether the storage location should just be on a tethered computer or also on camera for easy review without leaving the shooting position. Based upon feedback from a number of ɑ users, the menu structure of the ɑ99 II has also been updated to deliver a smoother navigational experience.

Movie Magic

The ɑ99 II enables internal 4K movie recording[14] featuring full pixel readout, without pixel binning[15], for ultimate high resolution video in the pro friendly XAVC S format. It is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K recording. A new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode[16] (S&Q) supports both slow motion and quick motion. Frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps (100 fps) can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x (50x) quick motion and 5x (4x) slow motion recording[17]. A number of features designed for a professional movie production workflow are included such as picture profiles, time code and HDMI clear output and the new ɑ99 II now also offers gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma are now included, making wide dynamic range shooting possible with blown highlights or blocked shadows making the ɑ99 II easily integratable into a fully professional movie production workflow.

The new ɑ99 II will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from November 2016.

[1] The number of usable AF points may depend on the lens and shooting mode.

[2] Hybrid Phase Detection AF active. The dedicated phase detection AF sensor or focal-plane phase detection AF sensor may be used independently in certain photographic situations.

[3] Central focus point.

[4] The supported focus area will depend on the shooting mode and lens used. Furthermore, when “Continuous Shooting: Hi+” is selected, focus will be fixed at the first frame shot when Hybrid Phase Detection AF is active at aperture settings of F9 or higher, or when Hybrid Phase Detection AF is not active at aperture settings of F4 or higher

[5] When Anti-flicker Shoot. is ON. Flicker detection at 100 Hz or 120 Hz only. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Does not function during bulb exposure or movie recording

[6] Continuous shooting mode set to ‘Hi’

[7] Approximate effective megapixels

[8] Still images only

[9] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. SAL135F18Z lens. Long exposure NR off.

[10] One slot can hold an SD card or a Memory Stick.

[11] Not guaranteed to be 100 per cent dust and moisture proof.

[12] Electronic front curtain shutter activated.

[13] Requires pairing with compatible mobile devices running the PlayMemories Mobile app. Supported devices are Android smartphones running Android 5.0 or later and compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 or later. iPhone/iPad: iPhone 4S or later/iPad 3rd generation or later.

[14] SDHC/SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required for movie recording in XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps recording.

[15] In Super 35mm recording mode.

[16] Sound cannot be recorded. SDHC/SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required.

[17] In NTSC (PAL) system.

 * Information and pictures courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications *

Sony Introduces New α6300 Camera

Sony recently introduced the Alpha 6300 camera, the latest addition to their award winning line-up of mirrorless camera. I had experiences with the Sony Alpha 6000 series before, with a review of the Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless camera in 2014. The Alpha 6000 series were pretty impressive with its number of AF points and hybrid AF system and it can be seen here in the Alpha 6300. If the opportunity arises, I would do a review of the Sony Alpha 6300 and share my views and opinions on my photography site.

Let me share with you more information and photos on the Sony Alpha 6300 camera from the press release information –  

Sony introduced the latest addition to their award winning line-up of mirrorless cameras, the α6300. The camera boasts an unrivalled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time1. Additionally, the α6300 has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera2, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

The impressive new mirrorless model also has the ability to support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-Finder™ or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.

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The versatile α6300 camera is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP[1] APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200[2].

The new α6300 can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.

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Unrivalled AF Performance

Sony’s new α6300 camera builds upon the acclaimed 4D FOCUS performance of the α6000 model, utilising a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF and allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds1. The camera’s High-density Tracking AF technology positions 425 phase detection AF points over nearly the entire field of view, allowing it to accurately focus throughout a wide area – even on small, fast objects that other cameras would fail to recognise.

In addition to the extensive AF coverage, the α6300 debuts a new high-density tracking AF technology that significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. This new technology can quickly activate a large number of AF points surrounding a subject – approximately 7.5 times more density than the α6000 – and intelligently adjust them in accordance with the subject’s motion. This is a particularly powerful feature when used with high-speed 11 fps continuous shooting or the new 8 fps continuous live-view mode, which provides 100% accurate framing for fast moving subjects on the LCD screen or viewfinder.

A6300 Burst

Of note is the fact that the camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, enhanced tracking and focus accuracy are all available on the α6300 when using A-mount lenses[3] with a mount adaptor like the Sony LA-EA3. This is a first for Sony E-mount interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor, as the only other cameras to feature this capability are the full-frame α7R II and α7 II models.

Other enhancements to the α6300 include silent shooting functionality, the ability to use AF in focus magnifier mode, expanded flexible spot AF, Eye AF in AF-C mode and more.

Powerful 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor

In order to maximise efficiency and overall camera performance, the α6300 features a new 24.2 MP sensor that is an ideal match for its BIONZ X image processing engine.

The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure, which improves light collection efficiency and significantly accelerates readout speed. The BIONZ X processor features an upgraded image processing algorithm designed to maximise the sensor’s overall capabilities. Together, the two key components work together to produce images with low noise and exceptional resolution in sensitivity settings up to ISO 512003, in particular in the mid-to-high sensitivity range.

Ultimate 4K Resolution and Other Professional Video Capabilities

In another first for non-full-frame Sony interchangeable lens cameras, the new α6300 offers internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format. When shooting in 4K, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information – approximately 2.4x[1] (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality footage with exceptional detail and depth.

The camera utilises the XAVC S codec[2] during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps7 during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats. Additionally, the camera will focus approximately twice as fast as its predecessor during movie shooting thanks to its new and improved AF system. AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity are also adjustable for expanded creativity.

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Other professional calibre video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps[3], another first for α interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors. This mode allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD[4] (24p or 30p) resolution with AF tracking. The new α6300 also offers S-Log gamma recording[1] for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider colour space. Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production.

Also included on the new camera is a microphone line input that accepts external microphones and also supports XLR input with Sony’s XLR adapter kit, as well as Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies. The new model has enhanced Zebra functionality for greater exposure control. Picture profile settings are available, as well as Time Code / User Bit and much more.

Enhanced Operability and Ergonomics

The α6300 camera is equipped with a high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 2.4 million dots that offers exceptional corner-to-corner visibility. There is also a new mode available for the viewfinder that allows display of images at 120 fps, ensuring that action is displayed smoothly with very few afterimages, making subject tracking through the Tru-Finder™ easier than ever.

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Aesthetically, the new α6300 camera features an extremely solid feel in hand thanks to its robust, magnesium alloy design. It can be customised to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with 9 customisable buttons that one of 64 different functions can be assigned to. The camera adds a digital level gauge as well as upgraded dust and moisture resistance[2], a reinforced lens mount structure and a new shutter release button and mode dial with improved operability and grip.

The new α6300 camera is Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera. It also supports QR code for easy connection to non-NFC smart phones.

The α6300 with SELP1650 lens will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from March 2016.

[1] S-Log2 and S-Log3 are based on processing pictures.

[2] This camera is designed for optimal dust and moisture resistance, but is not waterproof or splashproof. For FE lens only.

[1] 1.6x in 30p setting.

[2] An SDHC/SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording.

[3] UHS Class 3 memory card is required for recording at 100Mbps.

[4] Number of pixels required for Full HD movie recording is read out from the image sensor.

[1] Approximate effective MPs.

[2] Expandable up to ISO 51200 for stills and up to ISO 25600 for movies.

[3] A-mount lenses with SSM or SAM only. Users can choose phase-detection AF or contrast-detection AF in AF System menu.

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications*

Sony launched Ultra-Sensitive α7S II

Sony recently announced their new full frame mirrorless camera to their cameras line, the Ultra-Sensitive α7S II. Let me share with you, my readers on the information, details and videos of the Sony Alpha 7S Mark II from their press release information below ~

Sony today announced the latest addition to its award-winning series of compact, full-frame α7 cameras with the introduction of the α7S II. Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range and 5-axis image stabilisation for greater shooting control, the α7S II delivers stunning image quality for photographers who shoot in the most challenging light conditions. Be it the brightest of mornings or darkest of nights, the α7S II enables new levels of photographic expression at whatever shutter speed you wish to deploy. The α7S II also incorporates a host of pro-style movie functions including the ability to shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in full-frame format, making it an extremely appealing proposition for photographers and videographers alike.

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α7S II with SEL35F14Z

The α7S II delivers an awe-inspiring sensitivity range of ISO 50-4096001, thanks to the combination of its 35mm full-frame 12.2 megapixel[1] image sensor and BIONZ X™ image processing engine. The sensor optimises the dynamic range across the entire ISO range and broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimises noise in dark scenes meaning that it delivers impressive results even in the most extreme conditions. The upgraded image processing algorithm of BIONZ X™ maximises the sensor’s capabilities and improves depiction throughout the full sensitivity range with particular emphasis on the mid-to-high range. This means that the resulting stills and movies demonstrate extra-fine detail with minimal noise.

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Video Master

The α7S II can record 4K[2] movies internally in the XAVC S format[3] meaning that content is wonderfully detailed. Because information from all pixels is utilised without line skipping or pixel binning, the camera can maximise the expanded power of the full-frame image sensor and produce 4K movies with higher image clarity and negligible moiré. Full pixel readout without pixel binning is also employed when shooting Full HD[4] movies, which means that it collects information from approximately five times as many pixels that are required to generate Full HD[5] and condenses the information to produce extremely high quality movies.

A first for the α7 series, the α7S II can record 120fps at 100Mbps[6] with full pixel readout without pixel binning in full frame format which can be edited into wonderful 4x/5x slow motion footage[7] in Full HD. The α7S II also has the ability to shoot 4x/5x slow motion footage internally which can be immediately reviewed on the camera screen.

Video functionality has been further enhanced with new profiles: S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. These new profiles deliver wide dynamic range and colour correction is easier to perform. The α7S ll even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log3 gamma setting. The camera also supports S-Gamut/S-Log2 which is very popular among cinematographers and videographers. Gamma Display Assist is a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies and the Zebra function has been improved for even greater control.

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5-Axis Image Stabilisation

The new α7S II is equipped with the innovative 5-axis image stabilisation system that is proving extremely popular in the α7 II and α7R II cameras. The system corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) which has the greatest impact on image quality and tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects night shooting or video recording.

Autofocus Accuracy

The autofocus system on the α7S II has been upgraded and now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy.[8] The power of the image sensor means that the absence of noise in images generated, enables the Fast Intelligent AF to detect contrast more easily and react speedily even in low-light situations (as low as EV-4), when it’s even tough to check with the naked eye. When shooting video, the AF performance is twice as fast as the predecessor model.[9]

Electronic Viewfinder

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ in the α7S II has been upgraded and offers the world’s highest viewfinder magnification[10] of 0.78x (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view) and shows clear images across the entire display area. The use of ZEISS T* Coating ensures sharp reduction of reflections on the viewfinder and unlike an optical viewfinder, the OLED Tru-Finder™ can be used to instantly show how exposure compensation, white balance and other selected settings are affecting the displayed image.

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Uncompressed RAW Format

The new α7S II will come with user selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture, giving photo and video enthusiasts the choice of RAW processing types that will further elevate the performance of the camera. This new feature will also be added via firmware update to additional α cameras, starting from the recently introduced α7R II full-frame mirrorless model.

User Upgrades

A number of enhancements have been made to the look and feel of the α7S II to make it more user friendly, reliable and intuitive. Its magnesium-alloy body is both light and highly robust and the grip and shutter buttons have been re-designed so that the camera feels more natural in the hand. For situations when you just want to blend into the background, silent shooting mode can be activated for 5fps continuous shooting[11] and reliability has been enhanced with reduced-vibration shutter movement[12]. The lens mount has been further reinforced to ensure greater resilience, particularly when attaching third party lenses and users can now charge the camera via a USB power supply whilst the camera is in operation, thus extending battery life. For greater comfort and safety, Sony is also launching the LCS-EBF; a new premium leather body case for the α7S II which is also compatible with the α7R II and α7 II.

The α7S II is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android™ and iOS™ platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a range of fun creative capabilities to the camera. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.

Fronting the 4K Revolution

Leading the 4K revolution, the new α7S II joins Sony’s existing range of 4K-capable cameras that caters to every needs of its customers when it comes to shooting in 4K. The 4K Handycam® FDR-AXP35 is ideal for capturing beautiful memories of your family in professional-quality, while the Action Cam FDR-X1000VR lets you record videos in 4K from your point-of-view perspective with a variety of mounting options and waterproof housings. The same advanced 4K recording technology can even be found in some of Sony’s most advanced, versatile Cyber-shot™ cameras – the compact RX100 IV and high-zoom RX10 II, suitable for both artistic shots and nature photography respectively. The α7R II, another recent addition to the award-winning series of compact, full-frame α7 cameras, is also optimised for recording in 4K in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode – bringing videos to greater heights.

Price and Availability

The new α7S II full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera will be available in Singapore at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and selected Sony authorised dealers at a recommended retail price of S$4,299 (body only).

[1] Approximate effective megapixels.

[2] QFHD: 3840 x 2160. Internal recording and HDMI output, both at 4K resolution, are available in full-frame.

[3] SDXC memory card higher than Class 10 is required for movie recording in XAVC S format.

[4] In 24p/30p.

[5] 1920 x 1080.

[6] UHS Class 3 memory card is required for recording at 100Mbps.

[7] 30p (25p) or 24p.

[8] Compared to α7S.

[9] Compared to the α7S, when shooting Full HD movies.

[10] Amongst digital cameras. The viewfinder magnification is approx. 0.78x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1). As of date of press release, based on Sony research.

[11] Speed Priority Continuous mode. Focus and exposure settings fixed at first shot.

[12] 500,000-cycle durability. According to Sony internal testing, with the electronic front curtain shutter activated.

Specification Sheet

Lens mount E-mount
Image sensor 35mm full frame (35.6×23.8mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 12.2 megapixels
Recording     format Still JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3,MPF Baseline compliant),
RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movies XAVC S 4K/XAVC S HD /AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compliant/MP4
Movie functions Picture Profile Picture Profile (OFF/1-9, Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU700 (800%), S-Log2, S-Log3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode (Movie, Still, Cinema, Pro, ITU709 Matrix, White & Black, S-Gamut, S-Gamut3.Cine, S-Gamut3), Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy Reset)
Other High Frame Rate Shooting, Gamma Display Assist, Zebra, Time Code/User Bit, Rec Control, Auto Slow Shutter, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting, NTSC/PAL Selector
Clean HDMI output 3840×2160 (30p(25p)/24p) / 1920×1080 ( 60p (50p) / 60i (50i) / 24p)
YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/RGB 8bit
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant), microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card
Focus system Type Fast Intelligent AF (Contrast-detection AF)
Focus point 169 points
Sensitivity range EV -4~20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure control Metering type 1200 zone-equivalent metering
Sensitivity Range Still images:ISO100-102400 (ISO50 / 64 / 80 / 128000 / 160000 / 204800 / 256000 / 320000 / 409600 expandable), AUTO (ISO100-409600: selectable lower limit and upper limit), Multi Frame NR (expandable up to ISO 409600), Movies: ISO100-102400 equivalent (ISO128000 / 160000 / 204800 / 256000 / 320000 / 409600 expandable), AUTO (ISO100-409600 equivalent: selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Shutter Shutter speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies:1/8000 to 1/4 sec
Silent shooting Yes (On / Off)
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes (On / Off)
SteadyShot™

INSIDE (image stabilisation)

Type Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications
Compensation effect 4.5 steps (Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/Yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
Drive Continuous shooting speed[1] Continuous shooting:Max. approx. 2.5fps, Speed priority Continuous shooting:Max. approx. 5fps
No. of recordable frames (approx.) during continuous shooting13 Speed Priority Continuous shooting RAW (Uncompressed): 24 frames

Continuous mode: RAW (Uncompressed) 29 frames

 

Speed Priority Continuous shooting RAW (Uncompressed) & JPG: 24 frames

Continuous mode: RAW (Uncompressed) & JPG: 28 frames

Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED Tru-Finder™)
Total number of dots 2,359,296 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.78x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 diopter)
LCD screen Type 7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots 1,228,800 dots
Adjustable angle Up approx. 107 degrees, down approx. 41 degrees
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Interface Multi interface shoe, HDMI micro connector (Type-D),
Microphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack),
Headphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)14
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Weight Approx. 627g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)

Approx. 584g (body only)

Dimensions

(W x H x D, CIPA compliant)

Approx. 126.9 × 95.7 × 60.3mm
Operating temperature 0-40°C

[1] Configuration method/Access method: WPS or manually/infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)

* Information and videos courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications *

Sony Launches “α7 Through My Eyes” Influencer Campaign

Sony recently launched the Alpha 7 through my eyes influencer campaign on 18th May 2015. Through the eyes of five prominent photographers in Singapore, we can see their photographs and read about their experiences using the Sony Alpha 7 series camera from Sony.

I knew three of the talented photographers on a personal basis, Bryan, Chester and Edward, while for Darren and Kelvin, they are both very well established photographers in their respective fields of photography in Singapore.

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Here are the biography and details of the five prominent photographers

α7 series professionals:

Bryan Van Der Beek (Commercial & Editorial Photographer)

Bryan van der Beek is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer based in Singapore. A former Executive Photojournalist with The Straits Times, Bryan’s photographs are known for their artistic sensibilities, and they have been published in international publications such as Time, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

Blog: http://www.bryanv.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bryanvphotography
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BryanVDB
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bryanvanderbeek/

Chester Chen (Landscape Photographer)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chester Chen has lived and worked in Toronto, San Francisco and London. He now resides in Singapore with his wife and son. He shoots professionally at corporate events and is a founding member of Landscape Hunters Asia, a group of landscape and architecture photographers dedicated to sharing ideas.

Blog: http://jamcansing.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chester.chen?fref=photo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamcansing
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamcansing/

 

Darren Soh (Architectural and Landscape Photographer)

Darren Soh is an award-winning photographer, most recently known for his win at the 2013 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award. A full time independent photographer, Darren has an interest in architectural and landscape photography. His works have been nominated at international photography awards, such as the Commonwealth Photographic Awards and the Prix de la Photographie in Paris.

Blog: http://www.darrensoh.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darrensohphotographer
Instagram: https://instagram.com/darrensohphoto/

 

Edward Tian (Landscape & Cityscape Photographer)

A freelance photographer and automotive consultant, Edward Tian’s skills find strength in landscape and cityscape photography. His unique approach has landed him the first prize for the Marina Bay Singapore 2013 Countdown Photography Competition and 2014 CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition. Alongside Chester, Edward is also a founding member of Landscape Hunters Asia.

Blog: http://edwardtian.prosite.com/390417/gallery
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adios

 

Kelvin Koh (Wedding Photographer)

Kelvin Koh is the founder of Lightedpixels Photography and specialises in wedding, family, and personal portraits. Credited for popularising wedding photography in Singapore, Kelvin’s studio is widely sought after for his wedding destination shoots. Kelvin also conducts photography workshops and seminars on a regular basis, and is embarking on a regional workshop tour having just completed his first workshop in Tokyo.

Blog: http://thelightedpixelsblog.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lightedpixels
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lightedpixelsphotography/

For more information about the Sony “α7 Through My Eyes” campaign, visit www.sony.com.sg/ilc-professionals

* Information and Photo Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and Waggener Edstrom Communications *

Sony A5100 – World’s Smallest Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony today, on the 18th August 2014, announced the latest addition to their Sony Alpha camera family line up, the Sony Alpha 5100. It is very close in design and technical specifications to the Sony Alpha 6000 that was launched earlier in 2014. Let me share with you about the Sony Alpha 5100, the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera!

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Fitting snugly in your hand, the α5100 is the world’s smallest interchangeable-lens digital camera that boasts a big APS-C sensor plus a built-in flash and Wi-Fi. Despite its svelte dimensions, it’s every inch the serious choice for anyone who’s moving up from their smartphone’s camera or point-and-shoot compact snapper.

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Nothing gets past the blazing Fast Hybrid AF system of the α5100, the same that can be found in the α6000, with 179 phase detection points that freeze rapid action, frame after crisply-focused frame. Even fast-paced targets – like blistering penalty shots or lively pets – are tracked faithfully for blur-free results. Grabbing the moment is easier still with Touch Focus and Touch Shutter. Just touch your subject anywhere on the crisp, bright LCD screen to adjust the focus and fire the shutter for pin-sharp shots at your fingertips.

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Sony’s latest-generation Exmor™ CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels guarantees flawless detail and textures. As big as the APS-C sensor in larger DSLR cameras, it’s teamed with the same powerful BIONZ X image processor featured in the acclaimed α7 Series. You’ll see the difference with fabulous refinement and low-light sensitivity[1], whether you’re shooting stills or movies.

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Video recording is stunning, capitalising on the sensitivity and detail of the α5100 for smooth, cinematic results. Support for the increasingly popular pro-focused XAVC S[2] format at 50 Mbps ensures spectacular Full HD footage with fabulous sound to match. Just like still shooting, Fast Hybrid AF assures pin-sharp focus that tracks your subject, plus the extra convenience of Touch Focus.

It might be the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera, but the α5100 packs in plenty of thoughtful touches to make everyday shots simple. Flip the large 3-inch LCD screen 180° and hold the ergonomically-styled camera body comfortably at arm’s length. Frame yourself with the conveniently positioned zoom lever: then release the shutter for great selfies. In-camera soft-skin effect enhances skin tone, producing even better looking selfies.

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Sharing photos and movie clips (MP4) with phones, tablets and TVs is easy, too. NFC allows one-touch transfer and Wi-Fi Direct allows easy wireless transfer to compatible Android and iOS devices. One-touch linkage also activates Smart Remote Control, letting you frame shots and fire the camera shutter right from your smartphone or tablet’s screen.

PlayMemories Camera Apps™from Sony expand the possibilities of the α5100 further still. Download a growing range of free and paid-for apps that include handy utilities, fun effects and impressive creative tools for serious photographers.

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New accessories include the style-matching LCS-EBD body case – available in three colour variations – and the compact, easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote that’s great for shake-free tripod-mounted selfies. The light, easy to use α5100 interchangeable lens camera from Sony will be available to pre-order from 20 August to 2 September 2014 at www.sony.com.sg/a5100preorder. It will be available in Singapore from 4 September 2014 onwards.

 Technical Specifications of the Sony Alpha 5100

Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
Image sensor APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm),Exmor CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Recording format Still JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movie XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Focus system type  Fast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus point 179 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Sensitivity range EV-1 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure control Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-25600 (1/3 EV step),

AUTO (ISO 100-25600, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Movies: ISO 100-12800 equivalent (1/3 EV step) / AUTO (ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Shutter Shutter speed Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb,

Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4(1/3 steps)

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes
Drive Speed (approx., max.)[3] Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 6 fps, Lo: max. 3 fps
No. of frame recordable(approx.)[4] JPEG Fine L: 56 frames, JPEG Standard L: 75 frames, RAW: 23 frames, RAW&JPG: 22 frames
LCD Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT electrostatic touch screen
Number of dots (total) 921,600 dots
Adjustable angle Up by approx. 180 degrees
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Interface HDMI micro connector (Type-D), Multi / Micro USB Terminal
Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)
NFC NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes6
Flash Built-in / Guide No.4 (in meters at ISO 100, Flash coverage16mm)
Battery One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Weight With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included: Approx. 283g,   Body only: Approx. 224g
Dimensions W x H x D (excluding protrusions) approx. 109.6 (W) x 62.8 (H) x 35.7 (D) mm
Operating temperature 0 – 40 degrees C

[1] Up to ISO25600

[2] An SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording.

[3] Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used

[4] Continuous drive (Hi) in Drive mode. Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used

6Requires a valid Sony Entertainment Network account. Apps availability varies by region. Some apps require a fee.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

Sony Announces A77 II

Sony introduces the new Sony Alpha 77 II, a new A-mount camera with the world’s highest phase-detection AF point count. 

Building on the heritage of Sony’s much-loved original 77 and 700, the 77 II gives advanced amateurs a string of exciting enhancements in a tough, weather-resistant body that’s up to any challenge. Image quality is boosted while sensitivity is increased by approximately 20% compared to the 77 for flawless, exquisitely-detailed stills and Full HD video, even in low light. Non-stop continuous burst shooting stamina is enhanced and there is a clutch of pro-friendly new video functions for movie makers. Best of all, the 77 II rips up the rule book with an advanced phase detection autofocus system. With approximately 2x wider coverage area than the previous 77 model, it outpaces the AF capabilities of many professional cameras.

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New-generation 79 point phase detection AF system

For the first time ever, the 77 II features no less than 79 autofocus detection points, including 15 cross points within most frequently-used central area of the sensor. This aids super-accurate focusing, even with horizontally-striped subjects that confuse many other cameras.

There’s also a dedicated F2.8 AF point placed horizontally in the centre of the sensor. This centrally-mounted sensor supports apertures up to F2.8, ensuring maximum AF precision when using large-aperture lenses. The AF system also performs well in low light, accurately locking onto subjects in scenes with illumination levels as low as EV-2 (ISO100), where even the human eye can struggle to discern fine detail.

Vast amounts of metering data from all 79 focus points are processed by a brand new AF algorithm that’s been fine-tuned in extensive field tests. This predicts the subject’s next movement, combining AF metering data together with data on the subject’s position. AF precision is further improved when Lock-on AF is used, recognising the subject from its colour as well as its position in the frame.

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Whether you’re framing through the viewfinder or on screen in Live View mode, Sony’s unique Translucent Mirror Technology maintains razor-sharp tracking focus on your subject, whether you’re capturing stills or Full HD movies. This powerful new system is less likely to be distracted by other objects – like a rogue balloon moving across your shot at a football match. It performs brilliantly in low-light conditions, capturing crisply-focused images of moving subjects on moonlit nights.

There’s a suite of sophisticated new AF functions that make the most of the new 79-point system. Expanded Flexible Spot mode maintains focus even if the selected AF point loses track of the subject, activating eight surrounding AF points that recognize the subject. In combination with AF-C AF mode, this dramatically increases performance with moving subject.

Lock-on AF mode lets users select one of four AF area modes (Wide, Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot). Once its target is acquired, the camera keeps tracking as long as the shutter button remains half-pressed. As the subject moves or framing changes, the camera automatically selects the most appropriate AF point from the 79 available. When subject movement is too fast for the new Expanded Flexible Spot mode alone, it’s combined with Lock-on AF for class-leading tracking performance.

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For even greater control, the degree of subject-tracking duration can be fine-tuned in five steps (when shooting still images in AF-C mode). With subjects whose movement is predictable, a low setting reduces the risk of the camera focusing on another object suddenly entering the area around the subject. High settings deliver more responsive focusing – ideal when you’re rapidly shooting different subjects at different distances, such as wildlife. AF Tracking Duration can also be selected between High, Medium and Low during Full HD movie shooting.

Other new features include an Eye AF function that precisely detects and focuses on the subject’s eyes when photographing people. AF Range Control allows AF to be limited to a specified range, with five AF Tracking Duration settings to optimally match the subject’s motion. There’s a Balanced Emphasis mode that complements the release and focus priority modes by providing the ideal balance between focus and release timing. Users can manually select the most appropriate mode to shoot the situation and their precise creative objectives.

Shoot a continuous burst of 60 full-resolution frames at up to 12 fps

Continuous shooting stamina outpaces many professional cameras, too. The 77 II can capture a non-stop burst of up to 60 full-resolution JPEG images at a maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 12 frames per second (in Continuous Advance Priority AE mode).

24.3 megapixel Exmor™ CMOS image sensor with improved sensitivity

A showcase for Sony’s world-leading expertise in imaging sensing technology, the 24.3 megapixel Exmor™ CMOS image sensor features the same gapless on-chip lens structure as used in the acclaimed 7R and 6000. Thanks to an array of latest-generation imaging innovations, it now offers 20% greater sensitivity than its predecessor that offers the same pixel count. Together with flawless image detail, low-noise performance is assured across a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600.

The high-resolution sensor is partnered by the same evolved BIONZ X image processor featured in the 7 and 7R. Around three times faster than Sony’s previous BIONZ engine and optimised for the 77 II, it employs detail reproduction, diffraction-reducing and area-specific noise reduction technologies that contribute to amazing image definition, rich colours and textures with stills and Full HD video.

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See things your way with OLED Tru-Finder and 3-way tilting LCD

Framing and focusing is a pleasure through the clear, bright XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with 2,356K dot resolution. With three times higher[1] contrast and resolving power, it faithfully displays exactly what’s in the final image, letting you accurately judge the effects of adjusting focus, exposure and other settings before firing the shutter. A wide viewing angle and high eye-point are complemented by a newly-expanded choice of brightness settings, plus colour temperature adjustment for even more comfortable, accurate composition.

As featured on the full-frame 99, the 77 II also features a detail-packed 3.0-type (7.5 cm) Xtra Fine LCD that moves three ways for near-limitless creative flexibility. Easily shoot from high or low angles, in portrait or landscape orientation, handheld or with a tripod. In addition, the 77 II is equipped with WhiteMagic technology which significantly improves screen visibility, even outdoors in direct sunshine.

You’re always in control with expanded custom functions

Evolved from the original 77, separate control dials in front of the grip and behind it allow intuitive, fumble-free adjustment of camera settings without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Lavish customisation options now allow a total of 51 functions to be assigned to 11 buttons.

Up to three frequently used groups of shooting mode and other settings can be stored in memory and recalled easily via the mode dial. In addition, an exposure mode dial lock function has been inherited from the 99 to prevent accidental mode changes.

Tough enough for serious enthusiasts

The tough, light magnesium alloy body of the 77 II is engineered to withstand the demands of serious enthusiasts in search of that perfect shot. Positive, comfortable handling is enhanced by the large, contoured grip. Dust- and moisture-resistant seals around main buttons and controls are complemented by double-layered protection around all openings including media slot and terminals. In addition, the camera’s durable shutter unit is rated for 150,000 activations.

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Pro-style movie shooting with continuous AF

The 77 II can record Full HD 60p and 24p movies using the AVCHD 2.0 format. As with still shooting, Translucent Mirror Technology enables full-time phase-detection AF, ensuring accurate focus tracking with fast-moving subjects while you’re capturing video.

A number of advanced features appeal directly to serious moviemakers, including three-level AF tracking sensitivity adjustment, a pro-style Zebra function and audio level metering. There’s also the addition of a clean HDMI output that allows viewing on an external monitor and recording without compression to an external storage device.

One-touch wireless connection and smartphone remote control

On-board Wi-Fi allows one-touch connection for easy shot sharing with your Xperia™, NFC-compatible Android smartphones, tablets and VAIO. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera to your mobile phone enabling you to fire the shutter from a distance.

Lenses and accessories

Covering focal lengths from wide angle to telephoto, a family of 32 A-mount lenses offers an extensive choice of creative tools for visual expression.

The line-up includes glassware to fulfil just about every artistic need, from high-performance G Lens™ and ZEISS® models that deliver world-class quality to the unique Sony STF (Smooth Trans Focus) lens that produces extraordinarily smooth background bokeh. Premium G Lens models feature precision aspherical lenses, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass, an advanced Nano AR Coating and other advanced Sony optical technologies that contribute to high resolution while also enabling beautiful bokeh effects.

ZEISS® lenses are jointly developed by Sony and ZEISS, a name that is well known to discerning photographers worldwide, making full use innovative and ground-breaking optical technologies. Superb contrast and high resolution that extend right to the edge of the frame are highly famous hallmarks of the ZEISS brand.

The optional VG-C77AM grip enhances camera operability by offering remarkable holding and operational ease during vertical shooting.

Library app

Sony has also today released a new “ Library” application for tablets which includes two types of content. “ Lens catalog” showcases the entire line up of α lenses and provides key information and specifications about which lenses are best suited to different types of photography. The bi-annual “ Magazine” showcases the boundless fun of photography. The new Library is available for download on Google Play and the iOS App Store from today.

The 77 II A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera from Sony will be available at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from June 2014.

Specifications Sheet

Key Features ILCA-77M2
Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Image Sensor Type APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), “Exmor” CMOS sensor with primary colour filters offering approx. 24.3 effective megapixels
No. of pixels (effective) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Processor BIONZ X™ image processor
Image Quality Modes RAW / RAW & JPEG / JPEG Extra fine / JPEG Fine / JPEG Standard
Focus system Type TTL Phase-detection AF
Focus point 79 points (15 points cross type) with centre F2.8 sensor*
Sensitivity range EV -2 to 18 (at ISO100 equivalent)
Focus area Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot/Expanded Flexible Spot/Lock-On AF(Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot/Expanded Flexible Spot)
AF mode Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A), Direct Manual Focus selectable
Drive Speed (approx., max.) Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 frames per second
Continuous shooting Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second
Continuous shooting Lo: Maximum 3 frames per second
No. of frame recordable* (approx.) [Continuous Advance Priority AE mode] Extra fine: 53 images/Fine: 60 images/Standard: 64 images/RAW & JPEG: 25 images/RAW: 26 images
[Continuous shooting] Extra fine: 56 images/Fine: 75 images/Standard: 93
images/RAW & JPEG: 26 images/RAW: 28 images
ISO Sensitivity Range Still Image: ISO100 – 25600 (1/3 EV step), (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range.)

AUTO: ISO 100-25600, selectable lower limit and upper limit

Movie: ISO100 – 12800 equivalent (1/3 EV step)

AUTO ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit

HD movie record Recording format: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4

Video compression: AVCHD:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

MP4:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Electronic Viewfinder XGA OLED, 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (2,359,296 dots effective resolution), with 100% frame coverage, five display modes and grid line display modes.
LCD Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT with WhiteMagic technology. Tilt angle: 150 degrees upward and 180 degrees downward. Rotation angle: 180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
Anti-dust System Charge protection coating on image sensor and image sensor shift mechanism
Exposure Modes AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto) / Scene Selection / Sweep Panorama / Continuous Advance Priority AE / Movie (P/A/S/M) / Programmed AE / Aperture priority / Shutter-speed priority / Manual / Memory recall (MR1/2/3)
Exposure Metering System 1200-zone evaluative metering
Shutter Speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec/Bulb;

Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)

Exposure Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 2/3EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV increments, 3 /5frames
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo / Memory Stick XC-HG Duo / SD memory card / SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant) / SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 142.6 mm × 104.2 mm × 80.9 mm
Weight Approx. 647g (body only)

Approx. 726g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)

* Actual number of AF points used depends on lens and shooting mode.

[1]Compared to 77

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

A short photography experience with Sony Alpha 6000

The Sony Alpha 6000 was recently announced in the earlier part of the year and it is an interesting camera packed with pretty powerful features inside the camera. The Sony Alpha 6000 is touted as the fastest interchangeable lens camera with an autofocus of 0.06s.

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I was given the opportunity to have a feel and try out the Sony Alpha 6000 on a Wednesday evening, courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, titled “Challenge yourself to take a great shot with the A6000 from Sony”. While it was a short 2 hours playing experience with the Sony Alpha 6000, I took quite a number of photographs during the short 2 hours experience with the Sony Alpha 6000.

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I will be sharing my thoughts and experiences with the Sony Alpha 6000 from my short and fun 2 hours hands-on session. Here are my personal thoughts, views and experiences with the Sony Alpha 6000 –

  • The Sony Alpha 6000 hybrid autofocus is fast and impressive for a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
  • Tested Sony Alpha 6000 with their 11fps capability on a bartender juggling his mixer and alcohol bottle.
  • Nice Titanium colour giving it a retro feel.
  • Clear and bright electronic viewfinder that is sensitive and changes quickly when changing from LCD view to OLED Tru-Finder view.
  • NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • 179 phase detection AF points.
  • Not heavy and compact in size.
  • Nice grip at the side.
  • Play Memories Camera Apps – interesting to see the various applications available such as Star Trail, Time-lapse. Some of the applications are free and I hope to explore more in the future if the opportunity allows.
  • Intuitively placed mode and control dials on top and side of the camera, giving it a DSLR control feel.
  • The Black and White of the Creative Style is nice and fun to use. The photographers can switch to it and use it for street photography.
  • The Sony Alpha 6000 auto crop some of my photographs that I shot to produce an additional portrait photograph, some were hits while some were misses.

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The Sony Alpha 6000 is now available in Singapore at all Sony stores, Sony Centres and selected authorized dealers at the following prices:

– ILCE-6000 (Body only) SGD $849 (Black only)

– ILCE-6000L (Body + SELP1650 Lens) SGD $1,099 (Black & Titanium)

I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for organising the Sony Alpha 6000 photography experience.


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Sony’s Alpha 7S Full Frame Camera – New World of Imaging Expression

Sony recently announced the Sony Alpha 7S to their family of Sony A7 and A7R. The innovative 7S camera features a newly developed, 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm full frame Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 409,600[1] with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise. The new model is also the world’s first camera to utilise the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition, and does this without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels. This allows 4K video shooters to utilise all of the artistic and creative benefits provided by the unique sensor.

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Wide ISO Sensitivity (ISO 50 409,600)2 and Impressive Dynamic Range

Sony, the world’s largest manufacturer of image sensors[2], has developed a unique 12.2 MP sensor with extraordinary sensitivity that allows the 7S camera to collect dramatically more light than traditional cameras and to produce beautifully detailed, low-noise images in even the darkest environments.

The camera also features a newly developed on-sensor technology that allows it to optimise the dynamic range throughout the entirety of the ISO 50 – 409,600 sensitivity range. And this on-sensor technology also broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments while also minimising noise in dark scenes, allowing the camera to deliver impressive results in these extreme conditions where other cameras (and image sensors) typically struggle.

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World’s First Full-Frame Camera with Full Pixel Read-out[3] (without pixel binning) during Movie Shooting

With the new 7S camera, the high-speed read out of the 35mm full-frame image sensor combined with the high-speed processing of the BIONZ X processor enables significant improvements in video quality.

These powerful components allow the camera to process data from all of the sensor’s pixels and output stunning HD and 4K (QFHD 3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video4 while utilising the full-width of the sensor. In addition to the benefits for low-light shooting, the read out of all pixels frees the video from aliasing, moiré and false color artifacts (as opposed to pixel binning) to achieve the highest quality video.

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Additional Pro-Quality Video Functions

In video mode, the 7S can output 4K video[4] at QFHD (3,840 x 2,160)[5] to an optional external 4K compatible recorder, and can record full HD (1,920 x 1,080) at frame rates of 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p directly to a compatible memory card. Video modes can be changed from full-frame to APS-C (super 35mm equivalent) if desired, and in this crop mode, the camera can support high frame rate 120fps shooting at standard HD resolution (1,280 x 720p), creating a 5x slow-motion effect.

The 7S camera is also equipped with S-Log2 gamma. Common to Sony’s range of professional video cameras, S-Log2 expands the dynamic range by up to 1,300% to minimise clipped highlights and loss of detail in shadows. Additionally, for the first time ever in a Sony  camera, the 7S adopts the workflow-friendly XAVC S recording format in addition to AVCHD and MP4 codecs. XAVC S format allows for full HD recording at a data rate of 50 mbps with lower compression for improved video quality.

Other specialist video functions on the new camera include a picture profile that can adjust settings like gamma, black, level and color adjustment, and can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot. It also has Full HD and 4K base band HDMI® output, time code/user bit for easier editing, synchronous recording feature with compatible devices, various marker and zebra displays on both the LCD screen and viewfinder and can dual record XAVC S as well as MP4 (1,280 x 720 @ 30p).

The camera also has a Multi-terminal interface shoe that is compatible with Sony’s XLR Adaptor Microphone Kits (XLR-K1M plus a new model under development), allowing the use of professional microphone systems.

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Low-light Shooting Advantages

The high ISO sensitivity range of the 7S camera is extremely effective for still image shooting, especially in low-light conditions, where the camera can shoot at high shutter speeds while keeping noise as low as possible. This is particularly useful for shooting indoor, dimly lit sporting events or other situations where most cameras typically struggle

The camera is also equipped with the same high-precision Fast Intelligent AF system as the 7R camera, with drastically improved low-light AF sensitivity that can go as low as -4EV.

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Expanding  Mount System and New Power Zoom Lens for Movie Shooting

Directly compatible with the growing family of E-mount lenses, the 7S camera can also be used with A-mount and others lens systems with optional adapters. Sony’s complete  lens system now includes 54 total lenses for both A and E mounts, including several premium offerings from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses.

As a whole, Sony’s E-mount lens system is particularly well-suited for video shooting, with a variety of models containing “movie-friendly” features like smooth focusing, powered zoom control, and silent iris/aperture control. Building on this, Sony has announced development of a brand new, full-frame power zoom 28-135mm F4 lens E-mount lens that is an ideal match for the powerful movie capabilities of the 7S model.

Pricing and availability of the 7S full-frame interchangeable lens camera will be announced at a future date. To learn more about the product in the meantime, please visit www.store.sony.com, and follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest  camera news.

Specifications Sheet

General
Lens mount    E-mount
Image sensor
Type 35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 12.2 megapixels
Recording system (still images)
Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
RAW output 14 bit
Recording system (movies)
Recording format XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video compression XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio recording format XAVC S: LPCM, 2ch
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Image size (pixels) XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50Mbps)
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
Movie functions Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), Time Code/User Bit, Picture Profile, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Rec Control, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting
Picture Profile Yes (Off / PP1-PP7) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Colour Mode, Colour Level, Colour Phase, Colour Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Clean HDMI output
Output signal 3840 × 2160(30p/24p) / 1920 × 1080(60p/60i/24p)

YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/ RGB 8bit

Media
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Focus system
Type Contrast-detection AF
Focus point 25 points
Sensitivity range EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure control
Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-102400, Movies: ISO 200-102400 equivalent (both expandable to 409600,for still: expandable down to 50)
Viewfinder
Type XGA OLED, 1.3cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
Total no. of dots 2,359,296 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
LCD screen
Type 7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots 921,600 dots
Adjustable angle Up approx. 90 degrees, down approx. 45 degrees
Other features
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Interface
Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)*1
Playback of still images and movies on smartphones, PCs and TVs
NFC™ Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
HD output HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
Shutter
Type Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes, On/Off
Power
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Still images Approx. 320 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 380 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
Movies Actual*2: Approx. 55 min with viewfinder, approx. 60 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
Continuous*3: Approx. 90 min with viewfinder, approx. 90 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
External power AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)
Weight
Body only Approx. 446g
Dimensions
W x H x D (excluding protrusions) Approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm
Operating temperature
Range 0-40°C
Specifications and features are based on information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

*1 Configuration method/Access method: WPS or manually/infrastructure mode. When Connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)

*2 Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom, stand-by and power off.

*3 Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Pressing the MOVIE button. No other operations such as zoom are performed.


[1] Standard ISO range: Still 100 – 102,400, Movie 200 – 102,400; Expandable ISO range: Still 50 – 409,600, Movie 200 – 409,600

[2] No.1 image sensor manufacturer for digital camera and video recorders. Based on Sony research – April 2012 to March 2013 (50% market share)

[3] When used in 4K(24p/30p), HD(24p/30p) movie setting

[4] Video baseband output

[5] In video mode, Full HD video (24p/30p) output also can be upconverted to 4K(24p/30p)

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

Sony Introduces Alpha 6000

Sony Electronics recently announced new digital imaging products at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2014 and one of them was the Sony cid:image004.jpg@01CBAE9C.0564E2A06000 and I would like to share with all my readers here the latest news and information for the Sony Alpha 6000.

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The speedy new ILCE-6000 from Sony boasts the quickest AF performance of any interchangeable lens digital camera, snapping subjects into sharp focus in just 0.06 seconds. From spontaneous smiles to towering tennis serves, you’ll capture those fleeting moments that other cameras miss. And thanks to the 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, every frame is crammed with rich detail and texture. Boosting Sony’s mirrorless line-up, the ILCE-6000 comes in two iconic designs, black and titanium, sure to inspire jealous glances from other photographers. For users who have been thinking about taking advantage of size and weight advantages of a mirrorless camera but don’t want to sacrifice super-quick autofocus, the ILCE-6000 now renders that conversation moot.

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Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus speed of the ILCE-6000 is powered by Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF system. A 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent combination delivers the world’s fastest1 AF performance of any interchangeable lens camera, plus continuous shooting at a blazing 11fps with highly accurate autofocus tracking. Nothing gets past the ILCE-6000 – even fast-moving subjects like athletes and acrobatic pets – and the Fast Hybrid AF system is also available in movie mode.  There are plenty more premium features packed into the camera’s compact, purposeful body. Composing scenes is a pleasure through the new clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder™ which consists of four double aspherical lenses. Preview the effects of adjusting focus, exposure and other settings: what you see is exactly what you get.

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Intuitively-placed mode and control dials on top of the camera allow effortless adjustment of shooting settings while you’re focused on the scene in front of you. A total of 7 customisable buttons – including two dedicated custom buttons – give swift access to any one of 43 assignable functions to satisfy any photo enthusiast. And for extra flexibility in any situation, there’s a built-in flash to brighten up portraits or gloomy indoor shots.  It’s easy to share shots on your mobile: on-board Wi-Fi allows one-touch connection with your Xperia™, NFC-compatible Android smartphones, tablets and VAIO. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera to fire the shutter from a distance and view photos on your mobile.

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The ILCE-6000 interchangeable lens digital camera from Sony will be available in Singapore at all Sony stores and selected authorised dealers from the second quarter of 2014.

* Information, Details and Photographs Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

Specifications Sheet

Model ILCE-6000
Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
Image sensor Type APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm) “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Record

system (still image)

Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Record system (movie) Recording format AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant/ MP4
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Focus system Type Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus points 179 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Exposure control Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-25600 equivalent (1/3 EV step),

AUTO (ISO 100-25600, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Movies: ISO 100-12800 equivalent (1/3 EV step) / AUTO (ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Viewfinder Type 1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
Number of dots 1,440,000 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.07x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.70x) with 50mm lens at infinity -1m-1)
LCD screen Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) type TFT, WhiteMagic
No. of dots 921,600 dots
Adjustable angle Up by approx. 90 degrees, Down by approx. 45 degrees
Wi-Fi View on smartphone Yes
Send to computer Yes
View on TV Yes
NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,

One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)

PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) Approx. 120.0mm x 66.9mm x 45.1mm
Weight Approx. 285g (body only)

Approx. 344g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)