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October 16, 2013

Sony Full Frame Nex is Here! A7, A7r, RX10 Officially Announced!

The Sony Full Frame Nex is finally here and called the A7 and A7r officially. Basically what we have here is two full frame e-Mount cameras based off the RX1 chassis and the best from the previous Nex camera designs. The viewfinder is now on the top in the middle and the camera body has weather sealing!

The rear lcd is ultra high res and articulates just like the Nex-6. Customization looks plentiful with a Fn button and two other customizable buttons. Audio in and out ports, a hdmi and usb port with a metal weather sealed door.

Small NP-FW50 battery unfortunately, but an optional vertical grip is also available and looks like a killer addition for studio or wedding work. This new full frame camera system really does looks like a viable upgrade investment to me at the moment!

Sony also announced the Cyber-shot RX10, and I will get to that after the full frame gear 😉

 

Sony A7 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera


Sony A7 Key Features:

  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus; 5 fps Burst Rate
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe
  • Direct Access Interface

The new Sony A7 looks like a blend of the RX1, Nex-7 and A900 to me, yet refined and optimized.

$1,698.00 (Body Only)

sony-a7-front-sensor$1,998.00 w/ FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

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Sony A7 Features Breakdown

Full Frame Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Sony a7 incorporates a full frame 35.8 x 23.9 sensor into the compact, lightweight form of an E-mount mirrorless camera providing the imaging prowess of full frame and the convenience and versatility of mirrorless.

24.3MP Exmor CMOS Sensor
With 24.3 effective megapixels, the Exmor CMOS sensor captures high-resolution, low-noise images with rich tonal gradation and low-light sensitivity. The normal ISO range on the a7 is 100-25600.

BIONZ X Image Processor
The new BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates the earliest processing stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations, and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.

Fast Hybrid Autofocus
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus combines speedy phase-detection AF with accurate contrast-detection AF, which has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm. Phase-detection AF with 117 densely placed phase-detection AF points swiftly moves the lens to bring the subject nearly into focus, then contrast-detection AF with wide AF coverage fine-tunes precise focusing.

Up to 5 fps Continuous Shooting
New faster, more accurate AF tracking, made possible by Fast Hybrid AF allows you to capture action shots and that ‘perfect’ moment with 5 fps continuous shooting in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting Mode. Differing from the a7R, the a7 provides a Hybrid Focus system that enables faster focusing and frame rates for photographers who favor performance speed.

Compatibility with Sony’s E-mount Lenses and New Full-Frame Lenses
Maintaining its lightweight form, the a7 is fully compatible with Sony’s present APS-C E-mount lens system and the new line of E-mount compact full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss and Sony’s premier G-series.

3.0″ Tilt LCD Monitor
The tiltable 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD Display offers a 1,229K-dot resolution and makes it easy to photograph from low or high angles, swinging up 84° and down 45°. WhiteMagic technology dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

2.4M-dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
With its 3-lens optical system the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings. You’ll enjoy rich tonal gradations and improved contrast. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle enable comfortable and stable eye-level composition.

Full HD Movie at 24p/60i/60p with Uncompressed HDMI Output
The a7 supports in-camera AVCHD codec frames rates in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web. Also, it is possible to capture Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the a7 also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) providing convenient transfer of images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control – a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone – connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.

Direct Access Interface
Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments without searching through dedicated menus. When shooting opportunities arise, you’ll be able to respond swiftly with just the right settings.

New Eye AF control
Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.

14-bit RAW Output
14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is outputted by the a7. This data preserves the rich detail generated by the image sensor during the 14-bit A/D conversion process. When developed with Sony’s Image Data Converter RAW development software, these images deliver particularly high quality photographic expression and rich gradation.

Wired Remote Control with Video Capture Control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your a7 from your computer using a USB cable. It has been updated to include video capture control.

Multi-Interface Shoe
The a7 features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories such as flash units, microphones, lights, and monitors thus increasing the potential of your photo and movie shooting.

Sony A7 Full Specifications

Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor
Lens Mount Sony E-mount Full Frame
Camera Type Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR camera
Sensor Imaging Sensor: Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 X 23.9mm)
Processor: BIONZ X image processor
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross: 24.7M pixels (approx.)
Effective Picture Resolution: 24.3M pixels (approx.)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type 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)
Color Space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS color
Still Image Mode RAW, RAW JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 24.3 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 35mm full frame: L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
APS-C: L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)
Still Image Size 3:2 35mm full frame: L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
APS-C: L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
Video Mode AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Resolution AVCHD AVCHD:
PS – 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
Video Resolution MP4 HD – 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA – 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately)/
Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Lens Mount: Sony E-mount Full Frame
Digital Zoom: Yes, approx. 4x
Direct Manual Focus: Yes
Exterior Finish: Black
EV Compensation: +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial:
+/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV step
Viewfinder Type: 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) color electronic viewfinder
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.5 m-1 (diopter)
Field of View: 100%
Magnification: Approx. 0.7x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (diopter)
LCD Type 3.0″ (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
Brightness Control Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather mode
Coverage 100%
Live View Continuous Live View
Real-time image adjustment display Yes (On/Off)
Histogram Yes (On/off)
Peaking Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid Display Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Focus System Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus Points 117 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
Focus Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Manual Focus Assist 35mm full frame: 7.2x, 14.4x
APS-C: 4.7x, 9.4x
Focus Features Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Focus lock, Eye-start AF (only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4
attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF micro adjustment, AF ON
AF Illuminator Yes (with built-in LED type)
Picture Effect(s) 13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Auto Exposure Lock Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu
Color Temperature 2500 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Exposure Compensation +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
ISO Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range),
AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400 equivalent)
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Noise Reduction Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/ Low/Off selectable
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
White Balance Mode Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous shooting: Max. 2.5fps,
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 5.0fps
Drive Mode Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash Bracketing With optional external flash: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV steps, 3/5 frames (1.0/2.0/3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Compensation With optional external flash: ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Coverage 16 mm (focal length printed on lens body)
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes With optional external flash: Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Flash Type Optional external flash
Convenience Features Self Timer
Red-Eye Reduction
Erase/Protect
Media/Battery
Media/Battery Indicator
Power Save Mode
Video Playback Options: Forward/Rewind (Movie)
Multiple Language Display
Advanced Features Face Detection: On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
Smile Shutter technology: Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization
Intelligent Auto
Superior Auto
Anti Motion Blur
Auto High Dynamic Range
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Shooting Tips
Sweep Panorama
Interface Headphone Jack
Microphone Input
Remote Commander via optional RM-VPR1
Accessory Shoe
PictBridge Compatible
A/V Remote Terminal via Multi Terminal interface
BRAVIA® Sync Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
DC IN via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
HD Output HDMI® Type D micro connector
NFC
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
Tripod Mount
USB 2.0
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 5 × 3-3/4 × 1-15/16″ (126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.) With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx. 1 lb. 0.7 oz. (474 g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 14.7 oz. (416 g)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Battery Capacity 1080 mAh
Number of Still Images Approx. 340 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Power Requirements One rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
 

Sony A7r – Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

The full frame A7r is the better model of the two and looks pretty much identical on the outside minus the badge. The inside of the camera is much different though having a much beefier chassis design and of course the 36mp next generation full frame sensor. The new sensor has special micro lenses on each pixel and they offset them in corners to make up for the short 18mm e-mount flange distance, and angle of light hitting the sensor. This is a really good idea and alternative to a curved sensor design which I though they might use. I’m not sure how this will effect using old school lenses.

$2,298.00 (body Only)

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Sony A7r Key differences:

  • 36.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
 

Sony A7r Features Breakdown

Full Frame Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Sony a7R incorporates a full frame 35.9 x 24 mm sensor into the compact, lightweight form of the E-mount mirrorless cameras providing the imaging prowess of full frame and the convenience and versatility of mirrorless.

36.3MP Exmor CMOS Sensor with No Optical Low Pass Filter
The 36.3MP resolution and outstanding performance of the a7R are optimized by removing the optical low-pass filter. In combination with the new BIONZ X image processing engine this design increases resolution and enhances the reproduction of the finest details. In addition, the sensor includes a new gapless lens design that fills the space between neighboring pixels to significantly increase light collecting efficiency and realize high corner-to-corner image quality. Differing from the Sony a7, the a7R with its omitted low-pass filter, gapless lens design sensor and contrast-detection AF provides the utmost in high-resolution, finely detailed capture. With 36.3 effective megapixels, the Exmor CMOS sensor captures high-resolution, low-noise images with rich tonal gradation and low-light sensitivity. The normal ISO range on the a7 is 100-25600.

Gapless, On-chip Sensor Lenses
Sony optimized the design and positioning of the sensor’s on-chip lens (OCL) covering every pixel to significantly enhance light-gathering efficiency. A gapless on-chip lens design eliminates the gaps between the micro-lenses to collect more light. Moreover, each on-chip lens is optimally positioned depending on its location to accommodate the sharper angle of light entering the periphery, which is caused by larger sensor dimensions being teamed with the E-mount’s short flange-back distance.

BIONZ X Image Processor
The new BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates the earliest processing stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations, and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.

Fast Intelligent AF
The high-speed image processing engine and improved algorithms combine with optimized image sensor read-out speed to achieve high-speed AF despite the use of a full-frame sensor.

Compatibility with Sony’s E-mount Lenses and New Full-Frame Lenses
Maintaining its lightweight form, the a7 is fully compatible with Sony’s present APS-C E-mount lens system and the new line of E-mount compact full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss and Sony’s premier G-series.

3.0″ Tilt LCD Monitor
The tiltable 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD Display offers a 1,229K-dot resolution and makes it easy to photograph from low or high angles, swinging up 84° and down 45°. WhiteMagic technology dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
With its 3-lens optical system the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings. You’ll enjoy rich tonal gradations and improved contrast. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle enable comfortable and stable eye-level composition.

Full HD Movie at 24p/60i/60p with Uncompressed HDMI Output
The a7R supports in-camera AVCHD codec frames rates in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web. Also, it is possible to capture Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates.

Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the a7R also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) providing convenient transfer of images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control – a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone – connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.

Direct Access Interface
Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments without searching through dedicated menus. When shooting opportunities arise, you’ll be able to respond swiftly with just the right settings.

New Eye AF Control
Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.

14-Bit RAW Output
14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is outputted by the a7R. This data preserves the rich detail generated by the image sensor during the 14-bit A/D conversion process. When developed with Sony’s Image Data Converter RAW development software, these images deliver particularly high quality photographic expression and rich gradation.

Wired Remote Control with Video Capture Control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your a7R from your computer using a USB cable. It has been updated to include video capture control.

Multi-Interface Shoe
The a7R features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories such as flash units, microphones, lights, and monitors thus increasing the potential of your photo and movie shooting.

Sony A7r Full Specifications

Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor
Lens Mount Sony E-mount Full Frame
Camera Type Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR camera
Sensor Imaging Sensor: Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 X 24.0mm)
Processor: BIONZ X image processor
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross: 26.8M pixels (approx.)
Effective Picture Resolution: 36.4M pixels (approx.)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type 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)
Color Space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS color
Still Image Mode RAW, RAW JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 36.4 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 L: 7360 x 4144 (30M), M: 4800 x 2704 (13M), S: 3680 x 2072 (7.6M)
APS-C: L: 4800 x 3200 (15M), M: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M), S: 2400 x 1600 (3.8M)
Still Image Size 3:2 35mm full frame: L: 7360 x 4912 (36M), M: 4800 x 3200 (15M), S: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M)
APS-C: L: 4800 x 3200 (15M), M: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M), S: 2400 x 1600 (3.8M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
Video Mode AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Resolution AVCHD AVCHD:
PS – 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
Video Resolution MP4 HD – 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA – 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately)/
Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Lens Mount: Sony E-mount Full Frame
Digital Zoom: Yes, approx. 4x
Direct Manual Focus: Yes
Exterior Finish: Black
EV Compensation: +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial:
+/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV step
Viewfinder Type: 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) color electronic viewfinder
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.5 m-1 (diopter)
Field of View: 100%
Magnification: Approx. 0.7x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (diopter)
LCD Type 3.0″ (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
Brightness Control Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather mode
Coverage 100%
Live View Continuous Live View
Real-time image adjustment display Yes (On/Off)
Histogram Yes (On/off)
Peaking Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid Display Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Focus System Contrast-detection AF
Focus Points 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
Focus Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Manual Focus Assist 35mm full frame: 7.2x, 14.4x
APS-C: 4.7x, 9.4x
Focus Features Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Focus lock, Eye-start AF (only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4
attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF micro adjustment, AF ON
AF Illuminator Yes (with built-in LED type)
Picture Effect(s) 13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Auto Exposure Lock Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu
Color Temperature 2500-9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Exposure Compensation +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
ISO Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range),
AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400 equivalent)
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Noise Reduction Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/ Low/Off selectable
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
White Balance Mode Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous shooting: Max. 2.5fps,
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 5.0fps
Drive Mode Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash Bracketing With optional external flash: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV steps, 3/5 frames (1.0/2.0/3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Compensation With optional external flash: ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Coverage 16 mm (focal length printed on lens body)
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes With optional external flash: Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Flash Type Optional external flash
Convenience Features Self Timer
Red-Eye Reduction
Erase/Protect
Media/Battery
Media/Battery Indicator
Power Save Mode
Video Playback Options: Forward/Rewind (Movie)
Multiple Language Display
Advanced Features Face Detection: On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
Smile Shutter technology: Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization
Intelligent Auto
Superior Auto
Anti Motion Blur
Auto High Dynamic Range
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Shooting Tips
Sweep Panorama
Interface Headphone Jack
Microphone Input
Remote Commander via optional RM-VPR1
Accessory Shoe
PictBridge Compatible
A/V Remote Terminal via Multi Terminal interface
BRAVIA® Sync Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
DC IN via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
HD Output HDMI® Type D micro connector
NFC
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
Tripod Mount
USB 2.0
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 5 × 3-3/4 × 1-15/16″ (126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.) With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx. 1 lb. 0.7 oz. (474 g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 14.7 oz. (416 g)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Battery Capacity 1080 mAh
Number of Still Images Approx. 340 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Power Requirements One rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
 

Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

I loved the way the Olympus OM-D E-M1 looked when it was first announced not that long ago, and the specs are literally to die for! The smaller micro-four thirds sensor was the only downside for me personal and I wished Sony would come out with the same thing, but APS-C or full frame. Well the A7 and A7r are pretty much exactly that.

See below for a more clear cut comparison view of these two awesome and very similar built cameras. Comparison images tool used courtesy of camerasize.com

Click images for a higher res view!

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Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sony A7 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1

 

Sony A7 VS Nex-6

Sony Nex-6 vs Sony A7r

Sony Nex-6 vs Sony A7r

 

New Sony Full Frame E-Mount Lenses

Here are the new FE-Mount lenses (Full frame E-Mount)

G Lens 70-200mm F4 OSS Telephoto Zoom Lens (model SEL70200G)              The new premium 70-200mm G Lens covers a generous zoom range of 70-200mm and is an ideal choice for travel photography and long-range shooting.  The innovative optical design of the new zoom reflects its G Lens pedigree.  Two ED glass elements are combined with three aspherical elements for high resolution and contrast throughout the entire zoom range, minimizing distortion and color aberration.  Like the new Carl Zeiss prime lenses, the 70-200mm G model has a circular aperture that enables smooth, professional quality background defocus, and maintains a constant F4 maximum aperture for plenty of brightness at all zoom settings.  It also features Optical SteadyShot to cut the effects of camera shake while shooting.FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens – SEL2870

Bundled with the a7 in this kit is the new FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount lens. This wide-to-portrait zoom incorporates three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element into its design to minimize chromatic aberrations and enhance overall image clarity. An optical SteadyShot image stabilization system has also been added to minimize the appearance of camera shake to suit working in dim lighting and with low shutter speeds. Its minimum focus distance is 11.8″.

Sony A7 w/ 28-70mm lens $1998 @ BHPhoto (Click Here) | Amazon (Click Here)

 

FE Vario-Tessar T* 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens – SEL2470F4Z

The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is a wide-angle to portrait-length zoom lens that features a constant f/4 maximum aperture to support consistent performance in regard to exposure settings and focus placement throughout the zoom range. Five aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element help to reduce aberrations and distortions while contributing to notable image sharpness and clarity. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity.

sel2470zThis lens also integrates Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to lessen the appearance of camera shake when working in low-light conditions or with longer focal lengths. Additionally, a dust- and moisture-resistant construction ensures this lens’ use in tough environmental conditions.

  • The mid-range zoom 24-70mm lens covers wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives and features a constant f/4 maximum aperture for consistent performance throughout the zoom range.
  • Five aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element help minimize aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range while contributing to high overall clarity.
  • Tessar concept enables the lens design to be compact while maintaining high image quality and sharpness.
  • Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating lessens lens flare and ghosting for contrast-rich imagery with sustained color neutrality.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake to better suit working with longer shutter speeds and telephoto focal lengths.
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design enables ensured performance when working in inclement environmental conditions.
  • Circular diaphragm enables a smooth out-of-focus quality that is well-suited to shallow depth of field imagery.

Sony 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Lens – $1,198 @ BHPhoto (Click Here) | Amazon (Click Here)

 

FE 70-200mm F4 OSS Telephoto Zoom Lens – SEL70200G

 The new premium 70-200mm G Lens covers a generous zoom range of 70-200mm and is an ideal choice for travel photography and long-range shooting.

The innovative optical design of the new zoom reflects its G Lens pedigree.  Two ED glass elements are combined with three aspherical elements for high resolution and contrast throughout the entire zoom range, minimizing distortion and color aberration.

Like the new Carl Zeiss prime lenses, the 70-200mm G model has a circular aperture that enables smooth, professional quality background defocus, and maintains a constant F4 maximum aperture for plenty of brightness at all zoom settings.  It also features Optical SteadyShot to cut the effects of camera shake while shooting.

*Pricing and availability for the new G Lens 70-200mm F4 OSS Telephoto zoom is still TBD.

FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Lens – SEL35F28Z

sel35f8zThe Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is a prime, wide-angle lens that features a fast, bright f/2.8 maximum aperture to support enhanced low-light performance and greater control over focus for shallow depth of field and selective focus imagery. Three double-sided aspherical elements, totaling six aspherical surfaces, work to minimize spherical aberrations and contribute to notable image sharpness. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity.

An internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens size during focusing and aids in faster, more responsive performance. Additionally, a dust- and moisture-resistant construction ensures this lens’ use in tough environmental conditions.

  • This prime wide-angle lens features a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture to benefit working in low-light conditions and for greater control over the plane of focus.
  • Three double-sided aspherical elements, for a total of six aspherical surfaces, help to reduce spherical aberrations while also contributing to high image sharpness and clarity.
  • Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating lessens lens flare and ghosting for contrast-rich imagery with sustained color neutrality.
  • An internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens length during focusing for greater consistency and faster performance.
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design enables ensured performance when working in inclement environmental conditions.
  • Nine-blade circular diaphragm enables a smooth out-of-focus quality that is well-suited to shallow depth of field imagery.

Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Lens –$798  @ BHPhoto (Click Here) | Amazon (Click Here)

 

FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Lens – SEL55F18Z

sel55f18zThe Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens is a prime, normal focal length lens featuring a very fast and bright f/1.8 maximum aperture to support working in dimly-lit conditions and for greater control over focus for shallow depth of field imagery. The sophisticated Sonnar optical design enables high resolution and sharpness with optimized low-light shooting capabilities. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity. Additionally, a dust- and moisture-resistant construction ensures this lens’ use in tough environmental conditions.

  • This prime normal-length lens features a bright f/1.8 maximum aperture to benefit working in low-light conditions and for greater control over the plane of focus.
  • Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating lessens lens flare and ghosting for contrast-rich imagery with sustained color neutrality.
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design enables ensured performance when working in inclement environmental conditions.
  • Nine-blade circular diaphragm enables a smooth out-of-focus quality that is well-suited to shallow depth of field imagery.

Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Lens – $998 @ BHPhoto (Click Here) | Amazon.com (Click Here)

 

Sony A7 and A7R Key Accessories

Sony came out with a few key accessories for the A7 and A7r including the Vertical battery Grip, LAEA3 and LAEA4 lens adapters!

Vertical battery Grip – VGC1EM

This black Vertical Battery Grip from Sony allows for long-term, comfortable shooting in the vertical orientation with your Alpha a7 or a7R digital camera. It accepts 1-2 NP-FW50 batteries, which are available separately, to extend and possibly even double your shooting time. The grip uses a battery with lower power first, then automatically switches to the one with greater power when the first runs out. Remaining battery power is displayed as a percentage on your camera’s LCD monitor. Additionally, batteries can be replaced without turning off the camera.

Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7 or a7R Digital Camera

The grip offers an extra shutter button, located at the low position, and other controls placed appropriately for easy, comfortable access. A strap hole allows you to attach the optional STP-GB1AM Grip Belt. The buttons, dials, battery cover and connecting terminal on the grip are securely sealed for dust and moisture protection.

$298

A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter – LAEA3

A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter - laea3

A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter – laea3

The black A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter from Sony enables you to attach any A-mount lens to an Alpha E-mount full-frame digital camera body. It supports Auto Exposure (AE) and features an aperture mechanism. The adapter is also configured with a detachable tripod mount for supporting large, heavy lenses. Additionally, the ALC-B55 camera body cap and a rear lens cap are supplied.

$198

A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter – LAEA4

A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter - laea4

A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter – laea4

The black A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter from Sony enables you to attach virtually any A-mount lens to an Alpha E-mount full-frame digital camera body. Teleconverters and Minolta XI lenses are not compatible. The adapter features a built-in AF motor, aperture-drive mechanism and Translucent Mirror Technology to enable full-time, continuous, TTL phase-detection autofocus. AF is supported with all A-mount lenses except STF models, and auto exposure will be enabled with all compatible lenses.

Translucent Mirror Technology effectively directs light to both the imaging and focus sensors simultaneously, enabling AF to work seamlessly even during video recording and continuous shooting. For video, aperture is fixed at the maximum f/stop of the lens or at f/3.5, whichever is lower.

The adapter is configured with a tripod mount for supporting large, heavy lenses. An ALC-B55 camera body cap, ALC-R1EM rear lens cap and carrying pouch are supplied.

$348

 

Sony A7 and A7R Field Test

Check out this awesome field test by Chris Niccolls via TheCameraStoreTV

Published on Oct 15, 2013

We’ve been hoping for someone besides Leica to make a full frame, interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, and Sony has finally produced the cameras we’ve been waiting for! In this episode The Camera Store TV’s Chris Niccolls checks out the new Sony A7 and A7R, full frame mirrorless cameras with killer specs for the price. See if they live up to the huge promise they offer.



 

More A7 and A7r Hands-0n Reports

Courtesy of Imaging-resource, we have a hands-on report by Dave Etchells, and some additional technical info by Mike Tomkins:

A few parts I found very interesting, but Click Here for the full report.

It also includes the Lock-On Autofocus function first seen in the Sony A58, which tracks your subject as it passes between focus points, or strays outside of the focus point coverage area. (It’s the first time this tech has been included by Sony in a camera without phase detection.)

The Sony A7 still sports the company’s mirrorless E-mount, but it now accepts new Sony FE full-frame lenses. Five Sony FE lenses debut alongside the camera, and Sony tells us it aims to have 10 FE lenses by the end of next year, and 15 lenses by the end of 2015. Of the currently-announced lenses, two are primes, and three are stabilized zooms.
Although it doesn’t provide a count for the number of seals, Sony describes the A7’s magnesium-alloy body as both dust and moisture-resistant.
The HDMI port is interesting, too, though. According to Sony, it’s the first to automatically detect 4K displays, and provide a 4K ultra high-def video output when one is detected. The HDMI port is also unusual in that it can be used at the same time as the camera’s LCD monitor.
 

Luminous-Landscape also has a hands-on report which is excellent and makes me want the new A7 even more! (Click Here)

 

Brian Smith Pictures has a excellent field test using the A7r(Click Here) – Many awesome sample photos worth checking out!

 

Blog-Sina has some A7 sample photos and the battery grip mounted. (Click Here)

 

ePhotozine Sony A7r Hands-On Review (Click Here)

 

Sony RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital CameraThe Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera is a compact, point-and-shoot camera that features a large 20.2MP, 1″, Exmor R, CMOS sensor. Updating from the successful RX1 and RX100 digital cameras, the RX10 houses the new BIONZ X image processor.

The built-in, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, 8.3x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-200mm, covering abroad range of focal lengths to provide versatile, multi-functional shooting from one zoom lens.

A constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 is effective in low light and provides shallow depth of field focus control. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is also available to help minimize the effects of camera shake when working in dimly-lit conditions and with greater zoom magnifications. The lens also features 7 aspherical elements to minimize aberrations and distortion and Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, which helps to reduce surface reflections, lens flare, and ghosting in order to produce imagery that is rich in contrast and clarity.

rx10-9A new Direct Drive, Supersonic Wave Motor (SSM) provides fast and smooth autofocus action while Eye AF enables precise eye-detection focusing with confirmation that a subject’s eye is in focus even if their head is partially turned. Flexible Spot areas allow precise focus placement, and Lock-on AF keeps focus locked on a moving subject, even if that subject leaves the frame momentarily. Seamless close-up shooting is also supported, which no longer requires the need to switch to a dedicated macro mode, for focusing on subjects as close as 11.8″.

The RX10 also features a large 3.0″, 1228K-dot, Xtra Fine LCD monitor with a tilting design to better serve working from high and low angles. WhiteMagic technology is incorporated into the display to increase the effective brightness of the screen. Also, the XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder integrates four aspherical elements for sharp eye-level composition. An automatic eye-sensor recognizes when an eye is at the viewfinder and illuminates the EVF while turning off the LCD.

rx10Full HD 1080 video is supported in both 60i/p and 24p frame rates and in both AVCHD format and MP4. A built-in stereo microphone and an external mic jack are provided as is a headphone jack from audio monitoring. Professional features such as full manual exposure control and uncompressed off-camera recording are also supported.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Connectivity) allow for easy wireless connections to smartphones and tablets in order to transfer images for sharing as well as to use your smartphone as a remote control via the free Sony PlayMemories app.

The compact magnesium alloy body of the RX-10 is moisture and dust resistant and offers a built-in pop-up flash, the Sony Multi-Interface shoe for connecting flashes, microphones, lights, monitors, and other accessories.  A selectable click or click-less manual control ring on the lens lets you adjust numerous camera settings without taking your eye from the image and customizable buttons provides fast access to the camera settings that you need most.

~$1,298.00

More RX10 Photos

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Sony RX10 Features Breakdown

20.2MP 1″ Exmor R CMOS Sensor
The large, 20.2 megapixel, 1″ Exmor R, CMOS sensor features backside-illuminated technology to enhance its low-light capabilities to an expanded ISO 12800 while still retaining vivid clarity. Using Sony’s Column A/D Conversion, images are rendered with impressive image quality and smooth gradations between tones and colors due to the marked reduction in apparent noise.

New BIONZ X Image Processor
Also benefitting the image quality, as well as overall camera performance, is the new BIONZ X image processor. It faithfully reproduces details and rich tones with lower image noise than was previously possible. Performance speed is also impressive including full-resolution continuous shooting up to 10 fps, high-speed auto focusing and Full HD 1080i/p video recording. Still images can be recorded in JPEG or RAW file formats or both simultaneously.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 8.3x Optical Zoom Lens
The built-in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-200mm, covering wide-angle to full telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. The fast constant f/2.8 maximum aperture enables enhanced low-light capabilities as well as greater control over focus placement for selective focus imagery. The lens also features 7 aspheric elements for reduced aberrations and a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to help minimize lens flare and ghosting in order to produce imagery with rich contrast and clarity.

Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
Built-in wireless connectivity enables the RX10 to instantly transfer imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing with social networking sites, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible Android mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. This technology when used with the free Sony PlayMemories Mobile app also provides the ability to use Smart Remote Control, which provides for remote shutter release that is controlled by a smart device.

Full HD 1080p Video Recording with Stereo Sound
Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in multiple frames rates, including 60p, 60i, and 24p. When recording in Full HD, the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 codec is used for highly detailed image quality that translates well to editing and sharing on HDTVs. Recording in the Internet-friendly MP4 format is also supported in 1440 x 1080 and 640 x 480 sizes at 30 fps. Manual exposure control is available in video mode. Sound is recorded during filming using the built-in stereo microphone, or additionally, an external microphone can be used in conjunction with the multi interface shoe. A headphone jack allows you to monitor sound directly from the camera and a built-in HDMI output terminal provides direct connection to your HDTV, computer, or external recorder for real-time uncompressed video recording.

High-Resolution LCD Monitor
For live view monitoring, image playback and review, and menu navigation, a 3.0″ 1228K-dot LCD monitor is integrated into the camera body and features a tilting design to promote easier use from high and low angles. The screen can tilt approximately 84° up and 45° down, giving a wide range of viewing angles. The LCD also employs WhiteMagic technology, which enhances the brightness of the display for easier use in bright conditions. Real-time image adjustment can be seen on the monitor and Grid Display and Peaking can be customized for better image control.

XGA OLED Viewfinder
See spectacular clarity, contrast, and detail in every scene, regardless of conditions, on the built-in, bright, high-resolution OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder. Four dual-sided aspherical lenses provide a big, 33º view angle and maintain excellent edge-to-edge visibility of the electronic viewfinder. An eye-sensor on the viewfinder senses when your eye is at the finder and illuminates it while simultaneously turning off the LCD monitor.

Smooth High Speed Autofocus
Aided by the rapid throughput of the BIONZ X image processor, auto focusing on the RX10 is fast and accurate. The Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonic Wave AF Motor) provides fast and smooth autofocus action, and Flexible Spot frames enable versatility and precision when choosing your focus spots.

Precise Autofocus Tracking and New Eye EF Function
Lock-on Autofocus precisely focuses on moving subjects by continuously adjusting target frame size based on its recognition of subject characteristics. Even when a subject goes out of frame temporarily, tracking resumes at the moment that it is recaptured after re-entering the frame. Advanced Eye Detection technology creates Eye AF Function which detects and focuses on the subject’s eye even if the head is turned slightly.

Close-up Focusing
Close-up shooting is seamless and no switching to macro mode is needed. The minimum focus distance for the RX10 is a constant 11″.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization works to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in low-light conditions or with greater zoom magnifications. The system can counter the effects of both vertical and horizontal movements, and, furthermore, Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that balances both clockwise and counter-clockwise movements while recording videos.

Diffraction-Reducing Technology
This maintains outstanding clarity by applying aperture-appropriate filter processing to suppress and compensate for diffraction – a phenomenon that can otherwise limit photographic resolution and cause points of light to appear blurred, especially in images that have been shot using a small aperture (large f-number) setting.

Detail Reproduction Technology
By minimizing digital artifacts that tend to overemphasize hard outlines and rough edges when pictures are reproduced, detail reproduction technology makes images noticeably more natural-looking in detail, texture, and dimension.

Area-specific Noise Reduction
Noise reduction, even in images shot in low light, is individually adjusted based on imaging pattern variations for superior clarity and finer details.

Built-In Flash and Multi-Interface Shoe
A convenient pop-up flash with several flash modes is provided but the RX10 features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories such as flash units and microphones, thus increasing the potential of your photo and movie shooting.

Selectable Click/Click-Less Manual Control Ring
The manual ring gives you direct control of certain settings, zooming, and focusing, according to the focus mode in use. In addition, before turning the aperture ring to set f-stop, you can turn Aperture Click Switch on for clicked aperture adjustment or off for a quiet, smooth feel when setting the aperture. A display panel on top lets you see key settings without moving the camera as you look through the viewfinder.

Multi-Compatibility Memory Slot
The one memory card slot on the RX10 is compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro Mark 2, SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC memory cards.

Rugged Design
Magnesium alloy top and front casings make the RX10 light, solid, and robust enough for long, rigorous use by advanced photographers and videographers. The camera’s dust and moisture resistant design even allows shooting in rugged outdoor environments.

Advanced Interface and Customizable Buttons
A new, improved graphical user interface makes access to frequently used functions easier, just press the Fn button to display a list of them. In addition, seven control buttons can be customized to adjust up to 40 function types for faster, personalized access to camera controls

TRILUMINOS and 4K Compatibility
The RX10 supports Sony TRILUMINOS Color for exceptionally rich, natural colors when viewing images on a TRILUMINOS display. Also, photos can be viewed on a 4K television via HDMI or wireless output.

Sony RX10 Specs

Lens Compatibility Fixed lens
Imaging Sensor Exmor R 1.0″ CMOS sensor (13.2 X 8.8mm) (3:2 aspect ratio)
Processor BIONZ X image processor
Pixel Gross 20.9M pixels (approx.)
Effective Picture Resolution 20.2M pixels (approx.)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Media Type Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card (UHS-I), SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I), microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB, xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS color
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 20.2 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 L:17M (5472 x 3080) / M: 7.5M (3648 x 2056) / S: 4.2M (2720 x 1528)
Still Image Size 1:1 L: 13M (3648x 3648) / M: 6.5M (2544 x 2544) / S: 3.7M (1920 x 1920)
Still Image Size 3:2 L: 20M (5472 x 3648) / M: 10M (3888 x 2592) / S: 5.0M (2736 x 1824)
Still Image Size 4:3 L: 18M (4864 x 3648) / M: 10M (3648 x 2736) / S: 5.0M (2592 x 1944) / VGA
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal wide (12416 x 1856 / 5536 x 2160), Horizontal standard (8192 x 1856 / 3872 x 2160)
Video Format AVCHD Ver. 2.0 / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode AVCHD:
28M PS (1920 x 1080, 60p)
24M FX (1920 x 1080, 60i)
17M FH (1920 x 1080, 60i)
24M FX (1920 x 1080, 24p)
17M FH (1920 x 1080, 24p)
MP4:
12M (1440 x 1080, 30 fps)
3M VGA (640 x 480, 30 fps)
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately)/ Built-in monaural speaker
Still Image Size(Photo Mode) JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format)
Lens Type Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T, 14 elements in 11 groups (including 7 aspheric elements)
Aperture F2.8 constant
Optical Zoom 8.3x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Digital Zoom 20M approx. 33x/10M approx.46x/5M approx.66x/VGA approx. 125x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) [Still Image 3:2] f = 24-200mm [Still Image 16:9] f = 25-213mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 26-220mm
[Still Image 1:1] f = 31-259mm
[Movie 16:9] f = 26-212mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 29-315mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
[Movie 4:3] f = 31-259mm
(SteadyShot Standard), f = 35-386mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
Aperture Blade Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
Clear Image Zoom 16.6x (including Optical Zoom)
LCD Type 3.0″ (7.5cm) (4:3) / 1,228,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD / Tiltable (up approx. 84 deg., down approx. 43 deg.)
Angle Adjustment Tilt angle: Up: Approx. 84 degrees; Down: Approx. 43 degrees
Brightness Control Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode
Coverage 100% Field of View
Live View Continuous Live View
Real-time image adjustment display Yes (On/Off)
Histogram Yes (On/off)
Peaking Yes
Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off
Color: White/Red/Yellow
Grid Display Yes (Rule of Thirds, 4×6 Square, Diagonal 4×6 Square Grids, Off)
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Focus System Contrast-detect AF
Focus Points 25 points
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus Area Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
Exposure Settings [Still]
Program Auto (Program shift available), Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall)1, MR2
[Movie]
Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual
Exposure)
[Panorama]
Scene Selection, AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto)
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Anti Motion Blur, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto / Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto exposure difference, Exposure difference level (1.0 – 6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Auto Exposure Lock Yes (AE Lock button). Can be disabled from menu
ISO [Still Image] Auto (ISO 125 – 12800, selectable with upper / lower limit) (Expandable to ISO 80 / 100)
Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 125 – 25600), 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600
[Movie] Auto (ISO 125 – 6400 equivalent)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black White, Sepia, Style Box(Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps)
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor (Warm White) / Fluor (Cool White) / Fluor (Day White) / Fluor (Daylight) / Flash / C. Temp., Filter / Custom
Color Temperature 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
Exposure Bracketing 3 continuous or single shots in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps
Picture Effect(s) [Still Image]
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High- key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
[Movie]
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.), Self-portrait One-person, Self-portrait Two-person, Bracketing
Continuous Shooting Speed Approx. 10 fps
Self-timer 10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots)
Shutter Speeds Program Auto (1 – 1/32005) / Aperture Priority (8 – 1/32005) / Shutter Priority (30 – 1/32005) / Manual Exposure (Bulb, 30 – 1/32004) / iAuto (4 – 1/32005)
Flash Type Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Flash Mode: Auto / Fill-flash / Slow Sync / Rear Sync / Off
Flash Compensation ±2.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 EV steps)
Flash Coverage ISO Auto: 3′ 3-3/16″ to 33′ 5″ (1.0m to 10.2m)
ISO 12800: Up to 66′ 11″ (Up to 20.4m)
Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
Flash Bracketing ±2.0 EV
Media/Battery Indicator Yes
View Index Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning,
4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2
sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still),
Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
Face Detection On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
Smile Shutter technology Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization [Still Image]
Optical
[Movie]
Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) Yes (eight faces max)
Memory Card Slot Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media – SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Wi-Fi Yes
HD Output HDMI (Type D micro)
USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
Microphone Input Yes, via MI Shoe + Optional ECM-XYST1M or ECM-CG50
Accessory Shoe Multi Interface Shoe
Tripod Mount Yes, 1/4″ (20 thread count)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.7V)
Battery Capacity 1080 mAh
Number of Still Images Approx. 420 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Power Consumption (in Operation) Approx. 1.5W
Supplied Software Supplied Software: PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4
Operating System Compatibility 1 Image Data Converter 4.0:
Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (Pentium 4 or faster)
Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
PlayMemories Home:
Operating System Compatibility 2 Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (Pentium III 800 MHz or faster; for playing/editing HD movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH))
Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
Dimensions 5.12 x 3.5 x 4.12″ / 13.00 x 8.89 x 10.46 cm
Weight With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx. 1 lb. 12.7oz / 0.81 kg
1 lb. 10.6oz / 0.75 kg
 

Closing Remarks:

Anybody want to buy my Sony Nex-6? 🙂 Seriously, I really want one of these full frame A7 cameras, but can’t decide on which one. The higher resolution would be good for everything except sports very often. The focus speed is very import when it comes to capturing photos of moving kids and dogs for example. The new Eye AF feature looks awesome for when your really close to your subject and using a fast lens like f/1.8 for example. The face recognition does an excellent job currently, but having the eye is clearly better. Even if it leaves the frame it will remember and track from one focus point to another. The issue is speed though, because contrast AF is significantly slower than the hybrid AF, so this really matters to me.

Thanks,

Jay

 

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36 Comments


  1. LBier

    Excellent Video. This certainly answers all my questions…for now :-).


  2. john

    Anyone one want to buy my NIkon DSLR gear ? 🙂 Seriously I think it is time to sell it with all my Nikon glass. Never use it anyway as I have been hooked on system cameras for awhile.
    Also time to sell my NEX7 and 5n –
    A7/R look nice and I am so happy not to see the old NEX menu system 🙂
    I guess there is no touch LCD – really would have been nice – like touch to focus and shoot. The other thing is loud shutter – So I will still keep my GX7 which has a totally quiet shutter option.
    Price on A7 with kit lens is not as bad as I expected and would have been awesome if it had no AA filter.


    • Jay

      Hi John and thanks for the comments 😉

      I agree the price on the A7 is totally reasonable and less expensive than I anticipate. So affordable in fact it makes the RX1 seam crazy to me? The Low pass filter was needed I think for the video to me good at the 4k resolution. Otherwise it would not be their I believe. The touch lcd would be nice I agree, but the pro menu and weather sealing totally makes up for that in my opinion. The loud shutter I don’t see as an issue, but to some it is important I understand. Myself, it’s not a factor at all.

      I’m getting the 24mp A7 with kit lens to review first, and I may just keep it!

      Best,
      Jay


  3. Mark Zetzmann

    I currently use a Mark iii and a NEX 6 and have found myself using the NEX more often because of the size. The specs of the A7 Models are great but no built in flash makes me hesitate buying one.

    I cannot tell you who many times I have missed the built in flash on the Mark iii and use the flash on the NEX 6.

    I understand why Sony did not include a built in flash but I do not see me carrying around an external flash.


    • LBier

      Hello Mark: Fellow Nex 6 owner here. What Lenses are you using with your NEX 6? Which Lens on your NEX do you think gets you to the closest to your Mark III experience ?


    • Jay

      Hi Mark,

      The built in flash is a nice feature, but no Pro would ever use one for a quality shot. A snapshot, yes of course. This camera is made for the Pro, not snapshot photography. I believe that is the theory with the 5d Mark II and III not having one and so on. I guess it saves a little money on the camera design as well.

      Jay


      • Mark

        Jay, I understand why Sony did not include it but I am looking for the best camera in the smallest space. Give me a choice like a NEX 6. On the the mark iii, it is so big it is not as much an issue.

        If I brought the A7 to a party at night I would have to lug a flash along while a non issue with the NEX 6.


      • Jay

        Mark,

        The Nex-6 is not a pro grade camera, but point taken. It would be nice if it had a built in flash for convenience 😉

        Jay


  4. David

    I have a NEX 5 n with 16mm and 18-55 lenses. I want one of these full-frames real bad! Would my old lenses be worth keeping if I switch to a full- frame?


    • Jay

      Hi David,

      Not really worth keeping in my opinion, but they would work on the new full frame cameras in crop factor mode. S, better than nothing if you go for the body only purchase. If you have the 55-210mm I would keep that for a lightweight telephoto zoom with the crop factor advantage for additional effective zoom range.

      Which model you have in mind, the 24mp A7 or 36mp A7r??

      Thanks,
      Jay


      • David

        Since I do lots of landscapes, I lean toward the R with its greater resolution. Some problems with that, though:

        The R body plus 24-70 lens (my preference over the prime lenses) is $4500, while the 7 with 28-70 kit lens is $2000

        24-70 lens for the R not available until February, I heard

        No idea when wide angle comparable to current 10-18 lens may come out

        Even the regular 7 is a way better camera than I am a photographer. (I pretty much use my NEX5n as a point and shoot, and just use the software that came with it for editing. I don’t even have Photoshop.)

        All that said, however, I want to get the best photos I can and I am fortunate to have the time and money (I’m semi-retired) to get good equipment (and Photoshop) and learn how to use it.


      • David

        Oops. A7R body plus FE 24-70 lens totals $3500, not $4500. Still a big difference, though.


      • Jay

        Hi David and thanks for the comments 😉 The full frame A7R will yield you better quality images than the Nex-7 for sure. If you want to get the most out of the camera its totally up to you, and it sounds like to your up for it to me. You will need to learn how to process raw files and create hdr photographs in order to get the most out of the camera these days. All of the images you see on the web today have pretty heavy processing compared to what comes off the camera. I post raw sample photos all the time for my reviews and when you see a fully edited HDR image it’s a night and day difference! Photoshop is an excellent program and I highly recommend investing the time and energy required to learn it. I have a ton of tutorial videos that will get you going on my youtube channel (Click Here), but I would also consider some books if you like to read, or signing up for something like lynda.com for example. I did for a few months years ago and watched everything I wanted to learn and then canceled. Please let me know if you have any questions.

        Jay


  5. I own the Sony NEX 7 and several lenses. I have the Sony 10-18, the Zeiss 24 and a Zeiss 18-80 A mount that I use with the LA_EA2 Adapter. Will I be happy with the performance of my NEX 7 lenses on the new full frame bodies or will the crop be frustrating? Will my A Lens also have a crop factor? I assume it will. Please advise. I’m trying to decide if I need to sell everything or can I keep my old body as a backup and use my old lenses on the new bodies. Thanks.


    • Jay

      Hi Steve,

      All your E-Mount lenses will work on the new A7 and A7r according to what I’ve read. It will perform pretty much the same exact way as your nex-7 does, but the resolution will vary depending on which model. Full frame coverage is a huge difference, so once you use a full frame lens, I suspect you will not be using your crop factor lenses as much. The 10-18mm wide angle lens would be nice to have regardless of the crop factor. The A-Mount 16-80mm Zeiss lens you have is also a crop factor lens unfortunately. I would not get rid of any lenses until you have an adequate replacement for the new camera.

      I hope that helps,
      Jay


  6. I want to buy it sooooo bad.
    I will keep my nex6 for the time being hoping sony to release a new ff a mount slr new year.


    • Jay

      Hi Abdul,

      I’m chomping at the bit myself 🙂 The 36mp A7r is only $500 more than the A7 I keep telling myself over and over…

      Full frame A-Mount mirrorless supposedly in early 2014. 5-axis IBIS and the most advanced mirrorless technology to date supposedly. I wonder about the AF speed and how Sony will keep the A99 performance with no mirror at all. I’m sure it can be done with new technology, but as good as huge PDAF sensors and a mirror? Not sure….

      Thanks for the comments!

      Jay

      Jay


  7. tom

    Thanks for the information . I am not a Pro or even close but the A7 appeals to me .I have a Nex6 but only a couple of lenses .The A7R might be too much capability for me I think 🙂 but the thoughts of a full frame that’s is affordable ..wow …


  8. flavioross

    I really like my NEX 6 but man, these cameras looks amazing!! I think I’m going to get the a7 and the 35mm. Or maybe the 55mm which is closer which is closer to my fav SEL35. But the a7r is soo tempting too…..

    Man, Im lost 😀


    • Jay

      Thanks for the comments Flavio and I totally agree how amazing these look. I’m not sure which model I want either, so I will review both then decide 🙂 The A7 first with the kit lens, then the A7r with whatever other lenses are available. I think once I see how fast the af performance is on the A7 vs A7r, I will know what camera is for me! I want sharp shots of Layla and if the AF is slow on the A7r, it’s not worth the extra mp for me personally. I love shooting landscapes, but fast moving people, dogs, motor sports, and stuff like that is also needed.

      Jay


  9. Noovuss

    Hi Jay,
    I love my nex 6, but this new camera looks like a dream.
    My question to you is: What would be my manual focus legacy lens choices that would be full frame and affordable. I would like a lens good enough to take advantage of the full frame for landscape photography.
    Thanks for a great website and all your hard work.
    Mike


  10. shamael

    I was somewhat more clever, I never invested in any Sony APS-C lenses for the NEX-7 system, used all Minolta glass with the EA1 adapter in MF. I just got a 16/2.8 some day for the reason that they sold the lens in Hong Kong for 110$ on E-Bay.

    Now, if I see that A7 series, it remembers me Nikon’s V2 ugly duckling everyone commented so hatefully. but anyway, the price is ok and Sony has put the feet on the ground in that matter, except the 7R which is fair overpriced. but here we understand that delivering less technology for a higher pixel count and keeping the same price for both cameras had made the 24 mpix stay in the shelves, since pixel race has become a religion.

    I will opt for the 24 mpix, I like the higher ISO skills, then, the 24 mpix picture is that big, even too big for me. A good 12 mpix had made the job. Now, all I need is 35 mm, Voigtlaender 1.2 Nokton is the ultimate, then a 21/1.8 from the same brand, and I am served.

    If the RX1 was now going to drop in price, down under the 2000$ line, I would even consider that one. Silent operation, small size, and all the qualities it has, make it for me all I need anyway.

    So, let’s wait till December and find it in the local Sony stores once it comes out. I will first get a visual impression of the camera and then decide. 36 mpix is out of question, I do not need that picture size anyway.
    The 24 mpix has very attractive features and the technology taken over from the A99 is right in place here.

    I had a look on the RX10, but here, the misstake to use the 1 inch sensor instead of the good 20 mpix APS-C, makes this camera hell a lot too expensive at my view, specially of you consider the NEX-3 to sell at a just a bit more than the third of it’s price with the kit lens. Might have good skill and lens, but just too expensive, sorry Sony.

    It makes me laugh when you write to all to get rid of their lenses Jay, I think that this will be a pain in the butt. Or, you will sell now all the NEX APS-C at dumping prices. With those cameras Sony has brought now, you will get a NEX-7 soon for 500$ with the kit lens and all others for just nuts. Unless you sell at that price, you will sit on it for a long time. I will keep the NEX-7 and buy a 20mm pancake, it makes it perfect a pocket camera, a quality the A7 will never match anyway.

    Take care Jay

    Lou


    • Noovuss

      I would have bought the RX-10 in a heartbeat if it had been a APS-C, but not the way it is.
      I’ll get a A-7 with some good manual lenses and keep my nex-6 for now.


      • Jay

        Noovus,

        I hear ya about the APS-C on the RX10, but the lens would be much larger, or have slower aperture. The smaller 1inch sensor is what makes that lens possible in such a relative small form factor. Like the HX300 for example, but with significantly better IQ and less zoom. That 1″ sensor pumps out killer image quality, and the update makes it better in low light. Clearly not for everybody, but that Zeiss lens is bound to produce some amazing images. I can’t wait to review it honestly 😉

        Thanks for the comments,
        Jay


    • Jay

      Hi Lou and thanks for taking the time to share so much of your set-up, plans, and advice 😉

      Lots of people went down the full manual road, but a lot of folks want the auto focus also. Versatility is the key to the Nex system 😉 I have a few manual lenses for fun, but for kids and family fun AF is much faster for obvious reasons.

      I am also opting for the 24mp A7 model for the faster AF specifically.

      I also decided that getting the metabones adapter like Chris did in the review above, makes sense for me considering I have so much L canon glass. The 17-40mm f/4 L in particular is worth keeping for top quality wide angle full frame coverage. Again the versatility of the Sony systems is amazing and people are going to flock to this new camera big time I believe.

      The silent shutter on the RX1 is nice, but it’s slow max shutter makes it harder to use in the bright as a compromise. 1/8000sec is much better for the faster lenses and although the shutter is clearly loud I will take the lower price tag. I silent 1/8000sec shutter would have raised the price a fair amount I believe.

      I agree the RX10 seems a bit to expensive, but the lens is amazing don’t forget and the build quality is supposed to be great. We shall see for sure though.

      I’m telling everybody to get rid of their lenses Lou. I’m just offering the best advice that I can offer for any given question and situation. Please remember, I’m not some super genius that knows everything, but just trying to offer my honest opinion.

      If your going to full frame and have no interest in keeping your old crop factor camera, you don’t think people will prefer a full frame lens over a crop factor lens? I don’t think the Nex-7 is going to drop to $500 for some time. The high end crop factor cameras like the Nex-7 and Nex-6 will hold value for some time in my opinion. Clearly there will be an initial mass selling, but once that clears up it will be business as usual. Only Pro’s and serious enthusiasts will want the full frame camera do to the price tag.

      Have a god day, gatta run,
      Jay


      • Shamael

        I will keep my Nex-7 and will even get a 4/3 system beside of it, I think seriously about a Gx7. The main problem is DOF, and here, there is not every situation where I want people to see parts of my shot in blurred. I need shots, like tourism events, and some nature shots, in full sharpness form front to rear. I am a specialist in mushrooms, for example, and documenting what I find in the woods, needs optimal sharpness in depth, I can not use a shot where a plane of 5 mm are in the clear and one can’t see the rest.

        This FF folly we assist to is totally off subject, since it is not proven with anything that a FF sensor makes a better picture, he makes a different picture, that’s all. For sure, we do not compare here things lower than the 1″ sensor, despite some do a good job for normal urban use.

        The use of different sensor sizes is a must when you are into many different subjects, and different photo styles as well. I am sure that many will regret the in depth sharpness when they use FF. Wit half frame you can take a super fast lens and get a good DOF use as well, but you can not do this with a FF where in depth sharpness in close range is impossible.

        Now, you said that a NEX-7 for 500$ will not be for tomorrow. I am not that sure, be happy if it happens, you can buy one for cheap. The reason is that Sony has filed a new patent for the NEX5 to be marketed with the FF sensor. We are thus on the eve of a new experience and will see, at least I hope so, a parallel consumer camera development by Sony in FF and Apsc, and in the same bodies. Now, lets wait the A7 clone to appear in APSC with the 20 mpix chip, that would be a great camera to buy as well. And, as I know Sony, they are able to do that.

        I miss the presentation of Nikon’s new DF cuckoo egg on you site, for sure it is a Sony site, but showing that mistake on a picture will not harm your reputation, hehehe. It is in some way a sour cherry wrapped with sweet cream, or what you would call “a donkey in a 2750$ suit”. It looks great, period, to comment something more about it would be wasting time.


      • Jay

        Hi Shamael,

        I really appreciate your comments on the full frame folly as your calling it 😉

        Your really bringing it home to “the gear doesn’t matter” argument it sounds like Shamael. And you are correct in a lot of ways, but the image quality is better on a full frame sensor. The DXOMark sensor scores proves this with hard data. Better dynamic range, better noise control, better color bit-depth, ect.. Of course this doesn’t mean better photographer behind the wheel…

        Depth of field is another discussion and you have a great point there. The depth of field is much narrower on a full frame sensor camera and it is much harder if not impossible to get the frame sharp from front to back in certain situations. You could focus stack! The smaller sensors inferior depth of filed control has an advantage in this particular situation. It’s only because the sensor is much smaller though. Not because it’s better or worse. Although the DXOMark test results do say the smaller sensors are not as good generally. The newer M4/3rds sensors are awesome though, no question. The new Olympus E-M1 looks killer if your a Micro 4/3 fan!

        If your using a wide angle lens and your not at the minimum focus distance, it’s pretty easy to get a sharp frame front to back. Only when you get on top of something is this a real issue, and to be honest, it’s and issue with APS-C sized sensors to. It really depends on what focal length, minimum focus distance, how far the background is from the focus point, ect..

        I saw the Nex5 patent, but don’t think it will happen honestly, although it very well might..

        I still don’t see the Nex-7 going for $500 any time soon, but who knows 😉

        I miss the presentation of Nikon’s new DF cuckoo egg on you site, for sure it is a Sony site, but showing that mistake on a picture will not harm your reputation, hehehe.

        Yeah, the New Nikon DF was cool to look at for about 5 seconds. Being the same FX mount I knew the camera was going to be thick like a Nikon DSLR. At first glance it almost looks like a new mirrorless concept, but it’s not. I guess Nikon is trying to provide something smaller for there current full frame users to keep them from jumping ship to Sony? You know, keeping them calmer during the Sony FF storm perhaps?

        Jay


  11. Shamael

    I forgot a few words about RX10. Yes, it is a good built camera, but do not forget that bridge style cameras target tourists and newbies, and for that category, the camera is too expensive. Do not forget that you get any ILS system for the same price, and this includes GX7 as well. If you can produce and sell an ILS like the NEX3n for 495$ with a zoom lens included, this camera pricing is definitely too high. Even NEX5T with the EVF will be less expensive or close to it. The common mortal who never shot a photo knows nuts about Zeiss, and if you show him on a screen pictures shot by 50 cameras, he barely sees the difference. I have seen many picture samples shot with it and, yes, they are good pictures, but for the price you pay, you can get better with ease. A 750$ APSC pocketable beats its IQ without any problems, and see the pricing of some of the PEN systems. But, we know Sony and the thousand new things they brought and which disappeared over night. It reminds me the fantastic bridge they had with the 10 mpix APSC chip, they brought it on the market even before Nikon used the chip in the D200. That was a heck of a camera, and it disappeared as fast as it came, what is a pity, it was correctly priced at that time. On the end, I will not buy it, so it will not cause me any problem ether.


    • Jay

      Shamael,

      Well, the RX10 is targeted to Documentary Film Makers specifically. That is a Nitch and Sony knows it. Supposedly the video capabilities are amazing and the lens aperture ring has a notch less option for killer depth transitions. It’s targeted for people that know what it is, not for those also looking at the HX300 bridge camera for example. Completely different target market according to Sony and what I’ve read. This is a Pro quality Bridge camera with extra powerful HD video capabilities.

      I agree the price is still on the higher than ideal side. IQ will prove to be amazing though I suspect and just reserved a unit for myself to review shortly 😉 The AF performance is what I’m most curious about, but I have no doubt Sony’s facial recognition technology and other advanced features will help it work fast and accurate. How fast is the question?

      Jay



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