dynaxx: Minor correction called for to the statement "the company shows its ambitions in the high end market, with the launch of the a7 series".
It was the announcement of the A900 in 2011 that signalled Sony's aspirations in the pro' market. Variously called a "pro" or "semi-pro'" camera it not only has FF IBIS and twin processors but also the option of uncompressed Raw files.
I am also total happy with my a900. Just love it and really like the RAW files from it. It's weird SONY even started going down the compressed RAW only route and it even created a stir when they began with making cRAW the only option.
So it's really understandable that many including myself won't by the newer cameras from a77 and up exactely because of this.
Christo256: I'm just amazed at some of the comments here saying this isn't an issue. To professionals who do take their cameras to the limits regarding dynamic range and exposure this is really important. This is different to the noisy shutter or shutter shake issue because this can be changed with firmware and it's what a lot of loyal money paying customers want! Since 2003 I have owned Nikon, Fuji, Canon and Phase One systems and this is the only time I have felt the need to get on a forum and make myself heard!! Great article, lets not get upset about the frustration aimed at Sony, people are acting like we are insulting one of their children!! Its a huge multi national electronics giant, it can defend itself....though I'd rather they just gave us uncompressed RAW!!
Whats the release without lens fiasco. My a900 has always been able to do that! Further more they released a new firmware later on to make the AF better. They also released new firmware several times for other cameras.
Paul Auclair: I don't know one way or the other if lossy RAW has had any detrimental effect on my A7ii images. I generally shoot RAW but I have not been inclined to search for evidence of image degradation. So, Yes, my opinion is worth a complete zilch0. However...what I do find extremely ODD and ever more growing is Sony's silence on the matter one way or the other.I've only read once (quite a while back) that a Sony exec stated that Sony is looking into it.14-12bit lossy RAW seems to be THE biggest 'knock" on Sony...I'd think Sony should take a very publicly loud and firm stance to dispel or acknowledge the issue at hand.
...i'm guessing sales are meeting expectations so 'what the heck...if it ain't broke don't fix fix it!!!(yet?)"
They haven't been silent. They clearly stated that they will look in to the problem. Luckily my old a900 have "real" RAW's and feels like a new camera after I switched from Adobe LR CC to Capture One.
Average User: Rishi's was a perfect test. I bought the D750 with the Sigma 35 1.4 specifically to take low light indoor shots of my new daughter with lots of black hair. I bought the a7r to get landscapes equal to the D810 in good light. Awesome but hard to get really good shots consistently with sometimes erratic focus and no ibis. Bought the a7rii to get a7r quality, consistently. My low light test: same shot, first with d750, next with A7rii w zeiss 1.8 55. The a7rii gets lowlight iq equal to D750 up to 3200 iso. Didn't test above that. Landscapes with better dynamic range and noticeably sharper than A7r's best. And good focus, nearly every shot, even at 200 mm hand held with the F4 70-200, OSS off. Better than D750 low light? Too close to call. But equal that camera, is exciting... Hoping someone will come up with a good full service Nikon to FE adapter so I can use my Nikon lenses.
Maybe it's not better than an D750 but it's nearly the double MP! That means you are having much less noise visible in prints or when you show photos on your 4K TV ;-)
AKH: I have been following Dpreview for around 15 years now and I don't like how it has changed over time. It is like the reviewers have become sort of fan-boys in their reviews. Just a few years ago the reviews were much more objective and balanced in my opinion.
Also I'd say that I never had any focusing issues with my D810 with fast primes down to f/1.4 and the new f/1.8 series from Nikon. Didn't even have to fine tune any of my lenses which was not the case with my previous camera the D800.
I think the only reason you have this opinion is that it's a SONY camera and not a Nikon camera they praise. But it could be that i am wrong.
They are not fanboys or does not sound like one. They speak about what a camera can do and the development and all the new exiting things that this Sony camera can do.
Giuseppe Fallica: The "essence" of the matter is only one: has this new Lumix GX8, changed "party", adopting the brand new IMX269 EXMOR SONY sensor? If the answer is affermative, this new GX series camera could be a really new camera and not a simple restyled GX item. At this point, it would be useful to know something more about this sensor.Is it really a sensor with a notable dynamic range increased and noise reduced? or are these just rumors? These are the questions. Everything else, are secondary issues.
Sony recently released a new 20MP 4/3 sensor so it's most likely a Sony seneor.
Lil g: How can the earth rotate when its flat?
You can see the earth is round even if you stand on a small hill top. The Bible mention it in Isiah 40:22 (Circle, Sphere) and in Job 26:7 that it's suspended upon nothing. Theese texts are written 1400 and 700 B.C.E before man could possible know what we do now that the earth is a kind of sphere free floating in the space and not kept up by some elephants and a turtle😉.
Ed Ingold: 300 grams is more than half a pound, and yes, that makes a difference to my back. If one lens isn't enough, then each lens for the A7 is about half the weight of it's DSLR equivalent. My Nikon kit with one D3 body, three f/2.8 zooms and an AFS 300/4 (plus stuff) weighs a little over 30 pounds including the backpack. My Sony7ii kit, eight lenses plus a Leica M9 body weighs just under 18 pounds. It also fits nicely under an airline seat, whereas the Nikon kit fits only in the overhead. If I get a second A7 body, the lens count will go down to five.
You forget the FE lenses are only f/4
vladimir vanek: shut up and take my money!
I will Too. Would love around 20000 $.
Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults. Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating. I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.
Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.
I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.
I only experienced overheating oroblems when using data before using the camera or using the camera for about 5 minutes.
As a side note I just upgraded my S5 to Lollipop and experienced that the battery didn't last as long as before even though google claimed so. Anyway I reset my phone and started from scratch and now it works.
AksCT: how is Z3 camera compared Galaxy Note4?
Galaxy S5 is so much better than the Z2 and since the Z3 according to this review is same lousy quality it's the same regarding the Z3 and S5.
I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults. Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating. I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.
Mark H B Findlay: Hmm puzzling. How do they do it? What kind of saw would cut a lens neatly in 2? And then the question why? Squillions of quids worth ruined... and it won't actually tell you how good the pics are that these things help you take. Or how good the sandwich tasted, for that matter.
They probably use a diamond band saw common in the glass and semiconductor industry.
The viewfinder hump reminds me of my Sony a900. So I actually like the design.
Rooru S: At least Pentax is showing something. Meanwhile, we can guess Sony has completely abandoned Fullframe A-mount research and development.
Yeah. I am also starting getting tired of Sony's a-mount policy. It would be nice with 2 slt FF models.
But to be honest. Pentax has shown nothing until now whereas Sony have had 3 FF a-mount cameras We must also remember that the a99 is "only" around 2 years old and that there are 3 updated lenses for a-mount on the way.
I think us a-mount users are waiting and a bit worried because Sony spits e-mount camera's and lenses out at the moment.
While we wait my trusty a900 serves me just fine. Actually I just love that camera ;-)
Maybe you should mention that this app only works on a Nexus device since ie. Samsung hasn't implemented the API.
So my Galaxy S5 with the Lollipop update can't shoot RAW even though it's running Lollipop.
Come on Samsung!!
TheEulerID: It's simply untrue that FF focal lengths aren't useful on APS-C. Firstly, the so called "classic" focal lengths are semi-arbitrary anyway. OK, a standard lens might approximate to a human field of view, but mostly it's a bit arbitrary. After all, who uses zooms only at what are recognised as "classic" prime focal lengths.
A 50mm lens still makes a decent portrait lens on an APS-C for instance. I you want a slight flatter perspective on the face, stand back a little and crop. (Perspective is defined only by camera/subject distance).
A 35mm prime provides for a useful WA on APS-C. A 70-200mm f2.8 works very well on an APS-C in my experience.
Yes, might want some special APS-C lenses (especially at the wide end), but only 2 of my 9 lenses are APS-C specific. Those APS-C lenses are still useful on FF when you want something more compact to carry as you can always work in crop mode.
+1 I started with KonicaMinolta and aps-c and ended with Sony FF. I am glad I had full frame lenses so I didn't have to buy any lenses when I bought the a900. We are some people who have to think about the costs too!!!
Tom Goodman: An opinion piece that could only appear on a site devoted to the myth that the camera makes the picture.
You could boil this down to one sentence: the best camera you have is the one that took the picture you wanted to take.
Completely true. I have made Great shots with my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Serious Sam: It wouldn’t be a Sony thread if people are not complaining about the lens line up.
In my opinion it is likely there is not enough finance resource to develop a new FF body and high quality optics hence they leave the job to Zeiss. Then there is the challenge of keeping the lens small. People already complain the size of the F4 70-200, imagine that lens at 2.8
One would argue that the others are doing it ok.
Lets start with Fuji, they have been making lens for 80 year so optics is not a problem for them, they just have to work out the sensor. Which is X-trans and its working out quite well for them.
Then there is M43. Well they have two and a half company work on this system. Panasonic, Olympus and the half is Leica. Therefore the system evolution is much easier. Just look at the two 2.8 zoom from Panasonic...remarkable engineering.
Actually the Sony a-mount 70-200 f/2.8 G SSM is not much bigger than the E-mount 70-200 f/4 G. The only real difference is the weight!
I think you need to review the Alpha 77 II before you make any photos with this camera!