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Sony are launching their new range (two models) of small, lightweight FULL FRAME cameras – right now! You can watch via this link. Updates as they happen.
I don’t say this lightly, but we see the words “game changer” used a lot in photographic circles… I’ve spent some time with the NEX range, I’ve used an RX1 to photograph a wedding and if I’m honest – the only person that could tell the difference from the other camera I was shooting with was me when I looked at the exif. The client was supremely happy and I was excited to be shooting with this solid little chunk of awesome. I said to myself “You know what… if this thing had an interchangeable lens, there wouldn’t be many reasons for me to be using all this “big stuff” ..and I’m certainly not saying rush out and pawn your dSLR gear… but well, these new cameras from Sony, they really could be “Game changers”
Time will tell!
UPDATE: The last update is a “hands on video over on SonyAlphaRumours”
UPDATE: Pricing a7 body only $1,699 USD, a7 w/ 28-70mm lens $1,999 USD and a7r body is $2,299
UPDATE: Grip takes two W series batteries, all control features available via grip.
UPDATE: 35mm f2.8 lens, 55mm f/1.8 (FE denotes full frame coverage) all E Mount Sony lenses will work.
UPDATE: Shipping in Aus from November (mid to late) pre-orders from Friday 18th October
UPDATE: 3 models, two bodies and one ‘kit’
UPDATE: A comparison size picture, lovely….
What we know so far…
There are two models, here are the basic spec of these two cameras..
A7r: – Lightest FF camera with interchangeable lens ever
36.4 MP – gapless lens design on sensor (no AA filter).
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.
New BIONZ X image processing engine.
14-bit RAW image.
ISO 100-25600 (with 50 ISO extension).
Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering.
4fps (Max. 1.5fps, Speed Priority Continuous shooting).
1/8000 to 30sec shutter.
TRILUMINOS™ Color technology (color space).
1080 HD uncompressed, 60p/24p and 60i frame-rates. AVCHD and MP4 codec.
2.4M dot OLED EVF.
25 points contrast AF – +/- 5EV compensation.
Tiltable 3.0” (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine™ LCD.
Multi-interface Shoe for flash.
PC control with remote video capture control.
Weight 465g (with battery and card)
Battery 1080 mAh for 340 shots (with LCD monitor always on!)
Weather sealed body.
And the lower spec model;
A7 (I do only list what’s different from the A7r): – 24 MP (has AA filter)
117 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
5fps (Max. 2.5fps, Speed Priority Continuous shooting)
As a bit of a side-note, but still very cool, Sony are also launching their new RX10 – a SuperZoom.
The new RX10! 24-200mm F2.8 in a magnesium body.