Reports Describe Sony Camera with a 50+ MP Sensor

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II product images review (2 of 3)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

As if the 42.4MP full frame sensor in the Sony A7r Mk II wasn’t enough for you, Sony Alpha Rumors is stating that a brand new sensor may be on the way. Said camera is reported to have more megapixels and may even have the most of any 35mm full frame camera at its release.

In many ways, it makes a lot of sense–but I doubt that it will be a sensor comes to a mirrorless camera, at least initially.

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With Today’s Digital Cameras, ISO 6400 is the New ISO 1600

ISO 6400 on the Sony A7r Mk II

ISO 6400 on the Sony A7r Mk II

We have reached an absolutely incredible and groundbreaking moment in the history of photography.

Years ago back around 2007, Nikon did something that absolutely blew the mind of photographers and editors. For the first time ever in digital photography history, photographers were able to get clean RAW files beyond ISO 800. In fact, photographers back then generally didn’t have a big problem using the camera at 1600 or 3200 depending on the work that you did. Many photographers who were in the press and did daily shooting in photo pits were very happy with the results. Then one year later, they did it again with the D700–a 12MP DSLR with a full frame sensor that rendered incredible high ISO results.

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Sony Announces Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW for the A7r Mk II and A7s Mk II

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II product images review (3 of 3)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Now this; this is cool!

Today, Sony is announcing the addition of 14-Bit RAW still photo capture for not only the Sony A7s Mk II, but also for the Sony A7r Mk II. The update will be coming to the A7r Mk II via a firmware update. This news comes from Sony Alpha Rumors which took it from Alpha Universe.

So what’s the big difference? 12-bit RAW files can store up to 68 billion different shades of color while on the other hands, 14-bit RAW files can store up to 4 trillion shades. That means you’ll potentially get even more color versatility when you shoot; but it also means that you’ll get much more massive files that you’ll need to get extra storage for unless you have something like PhotoKeeper. Why do we say potentially? Because it all still counts on how you metered your image in the first place in addition to how you process the image. Most people won’t be able to tell the differences otherwise.

7 Extra Features Sony Cameras Can Do Through Apps

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (2 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

The general consensus is that Sony cameras are quickly gaining more and more popularity amongst many photographers. Out of the box, they’re quite capable–but many of you probably don’t know that there are loads of other features that the cameras can do, but are not immediately available. We’re not necessarily talking about firmware updates and improvements that come that way, but instead we’re emphasizing extra features.

For example, did you know that your Sony A7 can shoot in timelapse mode?

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Review: Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis (Sony FE)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 review product extras (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Portrait lenses: these two words can make a photographer’s heart melt when seen together. For years, Zeiss has dominated the portrait realm, though Sigma and Canon have had their share of lenses that sing. So when Zeiss released the first true portrait prime lens for the new Sony FE mount system, we knew that it had to be incredible. Indeed the Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis is a lens that can have that effect on you.

While this all sounds completely wonderful on paper, we needed to see if it really would make our jaws drop. Initially, we really thought it was something special. But did our love affair last? Or was this just another summer fling?

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Sony and Leica Have Killed the Mirror in the Digital Age

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With the Q and A7R Mk II landing on the front the page of every photo website and in the Facebook feed of nearly every photographer, the mirror is looking less necessary by the day. What was once a conduit to essentially allow photographers to see what they’re photographing is now a vestige, something that needs space and adds weight. Ask any photographer who’s used big rigs, they’ll say the weight is the biggest drag, and that they’re increasingly drawn to smaller cameras by the likes of Sony, Fuji, Olympus and the like. Companies can make smaller cameras by taking out the mirror, and the company who’s been working on it perhaps the hardest is Sony. Leica’s up there now, too, but for different reasons.

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First Impressions: Sony A7r Mk II

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The Sony A7r Mk II has been talked about now for a while on the rumor sites, but today the company is officially announcing the camera. The Sony A7r Mk II features a brand new 42.3 MP full frame sensor, can shoot up to ISO 102,400, and boasts 399 focal plane phase detection autofocus points that Sony states covers 49% of the imaging sensor. Beyond this, the company claims that the camera will have a much faster responsiveness rate: up to 3.5x faster which is up to 40%.

We had some hands on time with the camera during Sony’s press briefing.

Update; we’ve added in an autofocus test video, and a video with the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS

Update II: Now available for pre-order from B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.

Update III: Now including image samples

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Reports State a Sony A7r Mk II with Better Autofocus is Coming

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r first impressions (5 of 8)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 4.0

One of the biggest problems with the Sony A7r is the autofocus. In fact, when it comes to autofocusing this camera has to have been the most frustrating camera to work with (in terms of autofocus performance) in the past couple of years. But according to a new blog post on Sony Alpha Rumors, that’s changing.

According to the site, the Sony A7r Mk II will have the same 36MP full frame sensor and enjoy better high ISO performance due to a new processor. Additionally, the autofocus will be improved and there will be 5-axis image stabilization built in. The latter will help a lot with the slightest of camera shake providing the IS is used correctly.

If you hated the very loud shutter on the A7r, then you’ll be happy to know that the site is also claiming that a silent shutter mode is coming to the A7r Mk II. To be honest though, the loud shutter reminds me of a solid medium format camera and the loud thud that happens satisfies the nostalgia buff in me.

This all some great news if it’s true. Not many cameras make us write, “The A7r’s autofocus at times made me want to scream and beg for the bloody murder of kittens, corgis and baby bunnies to the Sony gods to ensure that it would focus.”

And at this rate, it looks like we can expect refreshes every two years.