JurijTurnsek: This gives me high hopes for the a7000 release, that won't be so price-prohibitive.
a7rII is full of new features ... but imagine the improvements to the already impressive a6000 AF!
ThePhilips: To make the AF in video really useful, they should start thinking about developing some cheap parafocal lenses.
Sony 28-135 is considered very cheap for a parfocal video zoom.
This gives me high hopes for the a7000 release, that won't be so price-prohibitive.
Looks good, but not much better (if at all) than Nikon D810. Meaning Sony a7r II should be just as good (probably a little better at high ISO) for a lower price and with a slew of other features.
Also, high ISO improvements bring improvements to medium ISO levels too. And if you don't shoot above 6400, you yourself have a limited photographic vision. Natural light exists with a reason.
Operator: At least dpreview is honest enough to mark the article as "Featured Story". Sony must pay a lot for this advertisement.
But, makes perfect sense - in the moment they lose money with the mirrorless cameras. Let's see if A7r II will be a success (personally don't think so) ...
"in the moment they lose money with the mirrorless cameras" - source?
pictureAngst: "Just the other night I was at a candle-lit dinner with my fiancée, a Nikon D810 and Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens, trying to shoot at f/2 to let in as much light as possible while allowing for some wiggle room with respect to AF accuracy. I was, in fact, struggling with AF accuracy, wondering if the optimal AF microadjustment value changes not only with temperature, but also as the color of the primary light source changes"
Rishi, I truly hope your fiancé shares your passion for photography.
I know if I started messing around with a big DSLR during a candlelit dinner with my wife, that camera would end up somewhere a lot darker than candlelit.
In the social media era, your significant other will wait patiently for you the get the perfect shot of an expensive/romantic outing to share as fast a possible. Good thing the Sony has Wi-Fi.
Users should be penalized somehow for using the "I own it" and "I had it" options before the official release date.
JurijTurnsek: The sad part here is that Canon probably already has a 4K version completed in the lab, along with a integrated EVF version, only to be released as incremental updates next year and the year after that.
Now, if you like to support businesses that take advantage of you like that and charge a pretty penny for the smallest updates, go right ahead. But you are just confirming their sales strategy and don't give them incentive to change.
The RX100 series was breaking new ground with each iteration while having no direct competition whatsoever.
Well, no. What I suggested is capitalism in it's purest form - vote with you wallets. No one said you should not spend your money, just spend it wisely and support those who provide you with the most bang for your buck.
paulfulper: Sony A7 needs desperately many lenses , why aren't Sigma , Tamron and Tokina jumping in this market ?Millions of Sony A7 are being sold all over the world but we have a small choice of lenses
DSLR flange distance designs can be adapted to many mounts, but there is only one full frame short flange distance mount: E mount. This makes the potential market a lot smaller and Sigma is a small company, that has to invest their R&D budget where they can make the most profit.
But even they have recognized that the FF E mount is something worth releasing lenses for.
The sad part here is that Canon probably already has a 4K version completed in the lab, along with a integrated EVF version, only to be released as incremental updates next year and the year after that.
zsedcft: This thing should have 2 card slots. Most professionals will not buy this if they can't have in-camera backups, it is not worth the risk of losing client photos or even once-in-a-lifetime shots.
I can't even consider this camera because of that one omission and it is annoying. I'm sure that it is cramped inside the A7rii body, but they need to find space for a second card.
I agree that this is not a great solution, but it is an option. In the next iteration, they could add a microSD card for backup of the main SD card (since space is at a premium in a small body).
Use Wi-Fi to copy the photos to your phone. I am not familiar with their app, but if it doesn't offer this capability, then they need to add it (continuous copying of JPEG and RAW files).
Just don't forget to bring plenty of batteries along.
pdqgp: $4,250 ? Seriously....I'm a HUGE photography nut but that price is just plain stupid.
By Leica pricing standards, this one is a steal.
JurijTurnsek: Why hasn't Sony produced a Sony Xperia RX phone like this one, except more polished, is beyond me. They have years of experience in 1" sensor compacts and Android phones, seems like a match made in heaven.
The Sony Xperia RX phone would be a prime lens smartphone, so its thickness should match the Panasonic.
Likewise, Panasonic one-upped Sony in the 1" bridge camera market, bringing 4K with the FZ1000. Sony's RX10 really took a beating from it and a replacement with 4K is way overdue. Panasonic should be commended for innovating across the board (future iterations can polish out the kinks)
Why hasn't Sony produced a Sony Xperia RX phone like this one, except more polished, is beyond me. They have years of experience in 1" sensor compacts and Android phones, seems like a match made in heaven.
Sony user here: kudos to Samsung for this incredible product. It's not what I need, but this is a great push for innovation in this stale field.
JurijTurnsek: XC10 has that 12 mp sensor going for it, since only 8 mp is used for video and that's exactly 4K.
But if you have the processing power, a downsampled full-sensor read 20+ mp sensor will produce a better image. Even (downsampled) Sony a7R can hold it's own against a7S for stills, but cannot compete in video, since it is not sampling the whole sensor.
To conclude, read the whole sensor, have a lot of mpx and downsample them. Also don't forget a constant aperture power-zoom lens, since you are targeting ENG use.
I was not applauding Canon, actually just the opposite.
I remember when Canon released their HG10 camcorder with only a 2mpx sensor that would bring you superior HD video due to larger pixels, but in reality it didn't bring much improvement at all. The same happened with 4mpx camera modules from HTC.
photo_rb: I don't think this idea of convergence is all that prophetic anymore. It was obvious 5 years ago but I think we will have to wait for 6K before it is practical.
Regarding this new Canon for drone use, it is a bit heavy considering the importance of every little bit of weight. What is even more important is if there is any weigh shift while remotely zooming. I haven't checked the specs so I don't know. But anything that can throw off the delicate gimbal balance is a no-no.
If camera makers want their devices to be drone-worthy, they should pay careful attention to connectivity, both video output and control adjustment. For example Sony's NEX cameras are ideally suited for UAV's because of their size but you have to convert the HDMI output to AV in order to transmit it to the operators screen. And firing the shutter or activating video is not a simple process.
Wifi is fine but will it work at the distances these drones can be from the operator?
AFAIK the lens has no power-zoom and remote zooming is out of question?
XC10 has that 12 mp sensor going for it, since only 8 mp is used for video and that's exactly 4K.