whyamihere: As much as the a7 series interests me, here's what's holding me back:
The lens mount: Sigma's president put it best when he mentioned in recent interviews that a full-frame sensor needs something bigger than E-Mount, which was designed for APS-C. Essentially, Sony is fighting physics in an effort to crank out workable lens designs, especially zooms (which are all f4 or 3.5-5.6, at this point).
Battery life: This is more of an issue with mirrorless, in general, but the a7 series is among the worst. Not having to buy different batteries is nice and all, but when it works to the detriment of functionality, it's not a good thing.
That noisy shutter: The quietest mechanical shutter on any a7 is louder than the loudest DSLR or mirrorless I've ever used, and the electronic shutter is only a work around if you don't shoot objects in motion with wider apertures.
Sony has moved mirrorless forward with the a7, but they've also kneecapped themselves with silly design/engineering decisions.
Did you have a look at Loxia lenses? Zeiss has never had a problem and you can still attach legacy rangefinder glass which are pretty small. Yes, battery life is an issue but 500 shots per battery is not bad and with vertical grip you can go upto 1000 shots. But i get your point. And Sigma don't have resources and those are just excuses. Have a look at a7s, it has stealth mode with a very quiet shutter, i suppose a7 II has adopted that.
Franka T.L.: Yeah ... so 60 frames for 12FPS , but what on JPEG , what about RAW or RAW+JPEG, how fast is the streaming and how big really is the buffer. Shouldn't it be obvious .. the speed limit is not govern by who's the fastest, but by the one whose slowest ... :(
26frames in RAW, not bad at all
Random Asian Guy: A lot of my photos are from low light situations, So this camera interests me quite a bit.
But I'm surprised it can only manage 5 fps for stills with only 12 megapixels.
Half a stop not in the real world, the sensor's sensitivity compensates for that, hence the increased noise. And the IBIS worked well upto 3-4 stops without causing any blur. I have taken images with shutter speed 1/4 hand held without any blur.
Smokymtnhiker: It can't record 4K internally so it requires additional equipment? That's a joke, right?
Because of its small size the camera cannot record internally. Don't compare it to smaller sensor cameras like GoPro and GH4 and 1DC which has a larger body. a7c if it has to carry this form factor can only afford to record externally. So many people are technically impaired. The a99 II will do internal recording, and probably the next generation of a7c might also if their engineers find a solution which i hope they would.
Lab D: The difference in low light between the 36mp D800E and current 16 and 12 MP full frame cameras is slight because according to DxO when you down size and image DR goes up and noise goes down. This is why the D800E gains 1 EV in DR when downsized in their tests. My bet is the real reason for the low res sensor is HEAT. This is also the reason this 4K camera can't shoot 4K unless you buy extra stuff.
The advantage of 12MP is there is full sensor readout of 8MP in 16:9 ratio. No pixel is wasted so, no line skipping pixel averaging and hence tack sharpness, clean quality with no moire alias or other artefacts. For the above reasons the D800's video is soft and it's clean HDMI marketing is just a gimmick and has no use at all.
DT200: So the D600 is better at virtually everything. Better raw files (by dxo scores), better jpegs, better focusing accuracy, better low light focusing, better focus tracking, faster operation, faster fps, better grip, a real ovf, no vf delay, and almost anything you can think of except size... but once you put one of those $1000 lenses on the a7 or use an adapter the size thing almost disappears. As for legacy lenses the d600 wins there in many ways too because it can auto focus hundreds and hundreds of them by many different manufacturers.
D600 is a dreadful camera, most boring camera to use. You don't have a good control over the camera like most Nikons, whereas with Sony cameras you can do the same job faster and more efficiently and has so many features the D600 can only dream of.
Are these reviewers having a laugh? Why would you buy such a camera if you are going to re edit the jpeg files and save them again? Thats how you judge a camera of this class? Baffling
"The processor Sony seems to work with very efficient algorithms, superb control of noise and minimal loss of detail, much better than Nikon in this respect, increasing the sense of sharpness and overall contrast." - Photomagazine
Gordon Laing: “…the out-of-camera JPEGs from the A7 looked superior to the 5D3, at lower sensitivities anyway. In the 20-24 Megapixel class, I’d say the A7 is an excellent performer.”
Imaging Resource is even more emphatic: “Sony seems to have finally gotten a handle on their in-camera JPEG processing, to the extent that they now lead the field, in our estimation.”
Peter 111: Overall score A99: 84%D800E: 84%D800: 82%5D3: 82%
"It stands out as the only full frame camera to offer in-body stabilization, an EVF and articulated rear screen." WYSIWYG EVF, throwing away the Hoodman now. Sold my D800 and got an A99, loving it :)
Like you have used the class leading OLED EVFs, talking about contrast and colors, thats what we Sony shooters need, to preview how the final image is going to look! You take 3 shots adjusting exposure and WB, we get it done in a single shot! SLT and EVF saves time! Hey, we are little advanced!
chlamchowder: Firstly, comparing percentage points is a terrible way of reading reviews. You should go down the pros and cons of each camera, and pick the one that fits your needs best. Secondly, regarding all the comments about the D600 being a crippled piece of junk: I respectfully disagree. The D600's AF system is FAR from being bad. In fact, I'm willing to bet that it outclasses the a99 by quite a bit, and not just by covering more area (it's been incredible in my experience with fast sports action). The D600 also has better battery life, an optical finder (better for fast action), and slightly better image quality. Oh, and it can do contrast-detect AF for tack sharp focus anywhere in the frame.Of course, the a99 has its advantages, but I think it's completely wrong to paint the D600 as a primitive and crippled camera. Really, I'm tempted to think that people bashing the D600's AF just don't know how to use it.
They're both good cameras. Stop nitpicking on little review points.
D600's AF is not that bad, but it isn't just fast and good enough as the a99! I've been told, they get more keepers from a99 than D600 who have tested both cameras side by side! And you can't compare a99 with entry level FF
Scott Nicol: Nice review of a great little upgrade - although as an a55 user, I would really miss the GPS function.
One question - does this camera overcome the studio light problem (i.e. if you try and use it under studio strobes, the viewfinder is too dark to see unless you find a work around (i.e. find a way to pop up the flash to compensate for the lack off light until the strobes fire)?
In the menu, turn setting effect to off
mbot: 60i video at 24 mbps, yawn...Talk about a budget camera, going by the specs neither of these two new Sony's are worthy of any consideration, but at least a total amateur can have a top-notch 16 megapixel sensor at a great price. Currently the Sony a57 is in my sights, but the 16 megapixel sensor in the Pentax K01 outperforms the Sony sensor. The Pentax has lower noise, and that's what is important to me, all other things being equal. Also the Pentax has manual level audio control in the video features but the Sony does not, that is a big difference to anyone shooting video.
Don't forget the upcoming Nikon D5200 will be something to be reckoned with, Nikon isn't going to take all this commotion lying down, and the Nikon 24 megapixel sensor outperforms both the 16 and 24 megapixel Sony sensor in terms of lower noise in RAW files.For those who are wondering, the viewfinder in the Sony a57 is big and and clear, none of that tunnel vision like a lot of other midrange SLR's, more pro-like.
When someone produces a sensor, and you take it and all you have to do is only tweak, then easily you can get most of the sensor than the ones who produce it! And speaking on Pentax's noise performance, they apply NR even to RAW files :/
Sam147: Epic fail! Reckon they ll use the 24MP A77 sensor? no way, the A77's sensor is very big compared to D3100's sensor, wonder how terrible the noise performance is going to be! If A77 cant shoot higher than 1600, then the D3200 can shoot good pictures only till iso 800-1000!
Not the same thing you're smoking thats why you dont get my point! Im not talking about ISO limits, but the noise performance!
Epic fail! Reckon they ll use the 24MP A77 sensor? no way, the A77's sensor is very big compared to D3100's sensor, wonder how terrible the noise performance is going to be! If A77 cant shoot higher than 1600, then the D3200 can shoot good pictures only till iso 800-1000!
oluv: I wonder if this new Ipad wil finally be able to display my photos in full resolution. So far all my images are automatically scaled down to 2-3mp without the ability to zoom in to 100%. The only app that really allowed 100% view was iFile, but it was very slow and is only available if you have a jailbreak!
Dont know what makes you to come here to advocate and promote android?
olyflyer: Nice display, but I will not be interested in Apple products until they do not implement SD card slots and standard interfaces. Proprietary interface is a dinosaur without user benefit, it is just a money maker for Apple and I am not interested in their products until they open up.
Im really sorry if i was rude! Think i lost my composure when i couldnt put up with this endless nagging!
This is ludicrous and retarded at best! I dont know why SD cards matter so much to you? If they do implement SD card then you ll retort to ask for bluetooth file sharing? What if it had SD card slot and nothing else? It is just a medium of storing things, so get over yourself please! What matters is what it has not how it has! And to disregard its interface speaks volumes of your taste and ignorance!
Yanko Kitanov: It is weird that DPReview, as pros, consider the lack of the SLT technology in a Pro level camera strange. The technology clearly shows it's limitations over the "ultimate possible IQ" and a Pro level FF DSLR is a camera where one expects more IQ biased aproach, than a purely inovation based aproach. The lack of SLT technology at this level doesn't affect the investment in any possible way - most sales are at lower level anyway.
and its only minor light loss , and no one sees it a problem when it enhances the AF! The benefit outweighs the loss!
Sdaniella: Hopefully Sony's FF A9XX will finally have Exposure Simulations Live Preview
to keep up with other that already available on all Canon EOS LV dSLRs, and Nikon D3/D3x/D3s/D4... and low-to-mid level alphas, SLT's and part-time on NEX's... it was missing on A900, and the A850 totally lacked LV whatsoever.
hopefully, Sony won't skip on it, like Nikon skipped on their D800/D800E...
Lol, maybe it is her favorite feature or she has difficulties in predicting optimal exposure settings without preview! You cant dismiss the fact its a handy feature to have, especially when you shoot action, and thankfully the OLED EVF has it, along with focus magnification, histogram, WB, digital level gauge etc! When will people stop picking out on others and give others their own space! Everyone is different and have their own preferences
IcyVeins: Actually, SonyAlphaRumors (which has a stellar track record) has said Sony will be releasing three full frames cameras within the next year; the first one will have a 24mp sensor, another will have a 36mp sensor, and the third will be a "hybrid mount" camera that takes both a-mount and e-mount lenses (probably a NEX).
True, one is 24MP, second one is 36MP and the 4rd model will be a hybrid camera which will accept A and E mount lenses! And a full frame NEX is on the cards too! Exciting times ahead!
tkpenalty: no SLT is good. It means less degradation of IQ. Seems sony is now trying to become a serious player.
I wonder if they'll chuck a canon and ruthlessly replace canons with sonys at events like F1...?
and the good thing is i twill cost just only half the price of 1Dx and D4