The Sony a7r IV Has a 61MP Full Frame Sensor (And There’s More)

The new Sony a7r IV is probably going to make you drool. 

Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo presented some of the company’s latest products for the Digital Imaging Division. Amongst those products is the new Sony a7r IV that includes features like a new 61MP full-frame sensor at heart. It has a whole lot of great features for professional photographers. At $3,500 it’s going to include things like upgraded weather sealing, wireless tethering capabilities, a ton of autofocus points, and much more.

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Panasonic Announces Development of the Panasonic GH5

At Photokina 2016, Panasonic announced the development of the successor to their GH4: they’re calling it the Panasonic GH5. This camera is being targeted at the highest end of professionals that need to shoot stills and video. It makes sense as they also believe that 8k video will be a bigger standard in the year 2020–when the next Olympics are. 8K video is around 33MP according to Panasonic.

They’re claiming that it will have the best image quality of an GH product plus there will be improvements in 4K photo and the video. It will boast an 18MP sensor, 4k 60p video, 10-bit 4:2:2 video, and 6k 30p video.  The new sensor is said to be very good at high dynamic range.

It will enter the market in the first half of 2017. Plus they’re coming out with 8-18mm f2.8-4, 12-60mm f2.8-4 and 50-200mm f2.8-4 lenses. We’ve got no other details so far. But more images from the press conference are after the jump.

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DxOMark Confirms the Red Epic Dragon Sensor Outperforms the Nikon D800E

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Red has been teasing the photography and videography world for along while before the release of their new Epic camera sporting the Dragon sensor. Right from the beginning there was word that this new sensor would be revolutionary in terms of image quality, especially concerning dynamic range. And indeed, when first footage taken with the Red Dragon surfaced, we were stunned by the quality it delivered. It seemed as though Red hadn’t promised too much.

Now that the latest-generation modular cinema camera is nearing availability, everybody wants to know how it really performs. Lucky for us, the people over at DxOMark had the chance to play with a prototype unit and put it throught their regular testing procedures–with amazing results. Usually, DxOMark only tests still cameras, so for testing the Red Dragon’s performance, they had to extract stills from the 6K raw footage the Red Dragon records.

What they then found when they analyzed the resulting images is nothing short of spectacular. DSLR fanboys hold your breath, because what comes now might totally shatter your beliefs. The Red Epic Dragon’s sensor scored an overall 101 points in DxOMark’s test, the highest score any camera tested by DxOMark has ever achieved. But it’s getting even better. In both dynamic range and color depth, the Dragon sensor managed to outperform the both the Nikon D800 and D800E, while in color depth it even managed to outperform top-level medium format models from Phase One.

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First Frames From RED’s New Dragon Sensor Are Well…a Dragon

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It’s not photography related per se but it does have a lot to do with the future of imaging. NoFilmSchool has a great writeup on the most recent release of the new Dragon Sensor by RED. Some of the basic specs and numbers are that the sensor is capable of 6k resolution, which is 10x the amount of pixels than 1080p and less than half the noise of the Mysterium-X. When looking at the sensor in 16:9 format the sensor has more pixels than a Canon 5D Mk III at 6144×3160. I’m quite impressed with the few frames that are available and the level of detail is incredible.

If you would like to see the images at full resolution without sharpening, head over to RED’s forum and peep the images which are full compressed unsharpened JPGs here. It hasn’t been that long since the birth of RED, but they have been producing some incredible tech. The future is now.