Sony Crank Up Digital Camera Offering
Sony’s flagship a7R II interchangeable lens camera is equipped with a 42.4 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, which Sony states is the world’s first back-illuminated 35 mm full-frame sensor, and also includes a 5-axis image stabilisation system, borrowed from Sony’s a7 II model, and can shoot and record 4K video in multiple formats.
Sony states the CMOS sensor is “the most advanced, versatile and highest resolution full-frame image sensor” that it has created, combining high-speed and high-resolution, with the a7R II shooting at an ISO range of 100 to 25600, expandable to 50 to 102400.
The 5-axis image stabilisation system corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, while the a7R II’s 4K recording capability provides for shooting of video in either Super 35 mm crop mode or full-frame mode.
Wi-Fi and NFC compatible, the a7R II, which features high-speed autofocus response up to 40 per cent faster than the original a7R, is additionally decked out with an upgraded XGA OLED Tru-Finder, delivering what Sony states is the highest viewfinder magnification available among digital still cameras of 0.78x.
Meanwhile, Sony’s latest additions to its Cyber-shot series, the RX100 IV and RX10 II, both feature a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip, which Sony states work together to enable more than a five times faster readout of image data than the previous models of the cameras.
Both the RX100 IV and RX10 II have the ability to record super slow-motion video at up to 40x slower than the standard rate. The RX100 IV features 16 fps shooting and the RX10 II 14 fps.
The 20.1 MP RX100 IV is decked out with a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm (35 mm equivalent) f1.8-f2.8 lens, while the20.2 MP RX10 II comes with a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200 mm (35 mm equivalent) f2.8 lens.
The RX100 IV and RX10 II both provide 4K recording, with the RX10 II capable of shooting 4K video for up to 29 minutes and the RX100 IV for up to about five minutes.
Both new models feature an XGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 2.35 million dots resolution, are equipped with an upgraded autofocus system, and are Wi-Fi and NFC compatible.
Sony, which has yet to announce Australian pricing for the new models, states the a7R II will be available in August, with the RX100 IV and RX10 II to be available in July and August, respectively.