• January 25, 2017

Sony A6300 vs. A6500 comparison, what’s the difference?

In October 2016, Sony introduced the A6500, its new hybrid camera featuring an APS-C sensor. A direct descendant of the Sony A6300, this new device – which we have been able to test – offers some nice innovations such as a 24 Mpx APS-C sensor with 5 axis stabilization, a faster image processor, a tactile display, as well as other improvements. Are these improvements enough to outperform the A6300?

We tested the A6500 equipped with a 55mm f/1.8 lens. Here is what we found.

Sony A6500

An ergonomic design

Sony seems to have found the perfect mold in which to cast their line of A6XXX hybrids, and ever since the A6000, very little has changed. The newest model looks almost identical to the previous one and noticing any external differences requires paying close attention.

Spotting the differences

In the process of trying to spot the differences between these two models, you will notice that the customizable C1 button next to the shutter release button has now been split in two and the C1 and C2 buttons are now a little bit higher up, leaving more room around the shutter release. A C3 button is also available at the rear of the device: the button labeled with the trashcan icon (C3 is available while focusing). These three buttons are customizable as is the four-way navigation switch situated at the rear. The FN button still allows for the customization of secondary functions on several of the buttons. This feature is very handy for those photographers who enjoy tweaking their camera to perfection.

Sony A6500

Sony A6500

At the rear, can still be found the switch for selecting between AF/MF – AEL which allows for choosing between manual and automatic focusing or automatic exposure locking.

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  • December 24, 2016

Sony launches Cyber-shot HX350

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

The Sony Cyber-shot HX350 superzoom covers all scenes, from expansive landscapes to exotic wildlife and family portraits. It combines ease of use with a style inspired by SLR features. It fits comfortably in your hand and offers the performance of cameras much larger in a compact body and a lens fixed with endless creative possibilities.

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

It features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T * lens and a 50x optical zoom range – equivalent in 35mm to 24-1,200mm format. The digital zoom makes the maximum magnification of 100x.

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

The SteadyShot optical stabilization system reduces blur without when pictures are taken without a tripod, while Active Smart Mode keeps Full HD videos equally sharp and free of blur using Sony’s unique frame analysis technology.

The Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers effective 20.4 megapixel resolution and the camera also features the BIONZ X image processor. This makes it possible to get clear, low-noise images as well as impeccable Full HD video streams With the camera in hand and indoors.

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

The Cyber-shot HX350 is easy to use and full of serious capture options. It has a manual ring for evenly adjusting the zoom / focus, plus a very accessible mode dial and a customizable button to quickly change preferred settings. It also has full P / A / S / M controls and a 24p capture mode that offers sequences with a truly cinematic style.

When it comes to framing, the choice is the user. It’s possible to look through the high-contrast electronic viewfinder of the camera or switch to the 7.5 cm articulated LCD (type 3.0) with 921,000 resolution points.

Another extra is Motion Shot Video, which maps your golf swing as a series of superimposed images of a fraction of a second.

  • October 15, 2016

Sony RX100 V, the fastest compact in the world

It is clear that the wheel cannot stop spinning. We haven’t even finished digesting the new products presented at Photokina and manufacturers are back already with a new set of releases. Soon there won’t be any gaps in the calendar to avoid overlapping each other’s releases. Not content with just announcing the new and impressive Sony A6500, the Japanese giant renews its range of Cyber-Shot compacts with the new Sony RX100 V.

Sony RX100 V: speed above all

One of the biggest differences when using a compact camera compared to higher performance equipment, was the sluggishness of its AF system and shutter… until now. Sony announces its new Sony RX100 V as the fastest compact in the world. It is true that in recent years there have been many good steps in improving this critical part of compact cameras but the figures we handle according to official information released by Sony are certainly outstanding.

Sony RX100 V

New hybrid AF system

For the first time a camera from the RX series carries a fast hybrid AF system. It combines phase detection and contrast systems and achieves, thanks to its 315 AF points in its sensor (the highest AF points count in a sensor in a compact in the world), the greatest speed of AF achieved to date in a compact: 0.05 seconds (under equipment test conditions). The 315 AF points cover 65% of the frame which allows excellent tracking of moving objects, making this camera stand out in areas so far banned for compacts, such as sports or wildlife photography.

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  • October 15, 2016

The Sony A6500 is out, with features never seen on a compact camera

Never before have we seen a compact camera capable of technology and features of such a high level as the Sony A6500 which was officially launched today unannounced. 4K video, 5-axis stabilization, new image processor and a incredibly fast focus system. All of this in a surprising and extremely small camera.

Sony A6500

Earlier this year Sony introduced the A6300, a camera that arrived as part of the A6000 family, improving on the latter, though not simply as a successor, but as a different higher level camera. In the same vein comes the Sony A6500. A better camera than the Sony A6300 capable of getting better results, with very similar design. In fact, it seems that the objective of the Japanese company was to integrate better technologies into a camera with the same size and concept.

Sony A6500

Sony A6500 comes with a handful of features that make it impossible for us to remain indifferent. Its design is similar, it’s a camera with electronic viewfinder and E-mount, but the new features included are striking.

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  • October 12, 2016

The Sony A5100 has been discontinued, is the Sony A5200 coming?

It was bound to happen. The Sony A5200, or the Sony A5300, depending on what the name will be, was going to arrive this year, 2016. There were rumors, but Sony hadn’t threatened to launch a camera of this sort. Now, however, the Sony A5100 has been discontinued, which clearly indicates that a successor will arrive very soon.

Sony A5100, discontinued

The Sony A5100 is a great option for users who are looking for a good camera, small, capable shooting in RAW, and with a folding screen. All of this with the option of utilizing any lens with an E mount from Sony and other brands. Without a doubt, the Sony A5100 is a unique camera. That is why its reveal is highly anticipated, now more than ever, since we waited for it a few months ago, and it still hasn’t arrived. The problems at the factories where Sony makes their sensors have delayed the launches of several of the company’s cameras. They have only presented a Sony A99 II in Photokina 2016. And it wasn’t the camera we expected, so there should be more launches before this year (2016) ends. Of of them would be this Sony A5200.

Sony A5200, the new compact camera with interchangeable lenses.

A mirror-less camera doesn’t have to be compact. That is the case of the Sony A7 for example. However, if there is a camera that can truly claim to be compact, it’s the 5000 series from Sony. Specifically, the one that’s about to arrive would be the Sony A5300, or the Sony A5200, depending on the final name of the camera. This last name would be the logic one according to the numbering, but A5300 would also make a lot of sense if we consider that the camera will be very similar to the Sony A6300, which also skipped several numberings. Either way, if we have to bet on a name, I would say it will be called Sony A5200. The arrival of the A6300 didn’t cause the discontinuation of the A6000, but this will occur with the last version.

A5200

Anyhow, it seems that this new camera from Sony will stand out for having some features similar to the Sony A6300, like the same sensor and same processor. Thus, we will see an APS-C 24-megapixel sensor. The camera will probably also stand out for introducing 4K recording, a key feature for competing with some models Panasonic launched this year. All of that without forgetting something that’s unique to this camera, its 180 degree foldable screen which will allow us to record or photograph ourselves. All of this without forgetting about an improvement on the focus, which, while it won’t be as good as the focus on the A6300, the fastest and most precise of its class, it will be an improvement over the A5100.

Its launch though, is still unknown. We are expecting a lot more cameras from Sony this year, from the renovation of the A7 series, as well as the arrival of the new A9s, and this A5200. We’ll see when they decide to present one, or all of these developments.

  • September 12, 2016

Sony A9 and Sony A9 R, these are their possible technical specs

There is a mystery behind the cameras that Sony could present at the Photokina 2016. The japanese company is very quiet, and that’s because a storm is coming, and it may just be the perfect storm. Its name, Sony A9. And it would not come alone, it would arrive accompanied by the Sony A9 R. That alone says it all, but these are the technical features rumored about the two new cameras of the company.

Sony A9, perfect balance in high-end

The Sony A9 will be a new camera in the Sony family, a camera that comes to hold a superior position to the Sony A7, while retaining the balance between a fast camera and a good resolution. It seems that its sensor will be a completely improved Full Frame compared to the previous Sony A7, and among its features are the following:

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  • April 11, 2016

The rumor mill already talks of a Sony A7R III between 70 and 80 megapixels

Rumors don’t understand terms of renewal nor even less patience. Not even ten months ago the Sony A7R II was announced -fulfilling its first year on the market in June – and the speculations regarding its would – be future successor have already begun. Although without a definite date for the hypothetical Sony A7R III¸ there are already those who dare with pools on the resolution of the third generations and put the figure between 70 and 80 megapixels.

One Idea, apparently, comes from company sources in Japan to which Sony Alpha Rumors gives a remarkable credibility. Besides the significant leap in resolution, the improvements in the integrated 5 axes mechanical stabilizer are also on the list of alleged improvements to that model.

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  • November 30, 2015

Sony A7 vs A7ii, what’s the difference?

Late last month, Sony silently launched the latest full-frame mirrorless camera A7II. I can’t help but admire how well Sony kept this innovation confidential before its release. Sony is perhaps one of the few companies that could afford to launch a new model of a full-frame camera at a yearly rate. Actually, it’s no wonder that the A7 series has been selling so well. Their integral market performance since their release is surpassing Sony’s expectations. The latest A7II may have caused some confusion for those planning on purchasing one– Sony α7II and Sony α7, which model is better?

Before that, we all regarded the three models of A7, A7R, and A7S with different positioning as the three brothers of the full-frame SLR cameras in the Sony A7 series. However, the latest A7II is the brother with the closest kinship to A7. Even so, between these two brothers, which one should we choose? This is a question we need to ponder. Since the A7II was just launched, currently its single body price is $1698. The A7 has been marketed for more than a year and features a higher performance price ratio, but its current price on Amazon is only $1298. With that price difference of $400, we can almost buy another Sony A6000. So what justifies this gap of $400?

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  • September 18, 2015

Sony presents its full frame mirrorless camera α7S II, allowing optimum shots in low light

Sony today introduced its new model of full frame mirrorless camera α7S II, highlighting the benefits of it such as to capture photographic images and video recording in low light conditions. Another point to consider is that this new model will also allow the internal recording of 4K video under XAVC S codec, given that in the previous model, users needed to have an additional external recorder to shoot these video clips. In addition, continuing the theme of the video, the bit rate reaches 100 Mbps, and there’s no use of pixel binning technique by which neighboring pixels are used to reduce the amount of noise made in an image, resulting in a loss of quality.

Sony α7S II

The α7S II has a better X BIONZ processing algorithm that allows it to maximize the sensor’s performance, maintaining a 12.2 MP quality, offering a better representation across the range of ISO sensitivity, which ranges from 50 to 409.600, especially in the medium-high range offering some high detail images with minimal noise. It also has five-axis stabilizer, as well as the A7 II model, launched during last November.

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  • July 17, 2015

Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV comparison, what’s the different?

Sony is the “go-to” brand for cameras. If you are out on the market for a high-performance, budgeted, portable compact camera, the RX 100 series fits the bill. It garnered attention for the large sensor it packs in a small housing. And, it just gets better with every installment.

RX100 IV

The recently unveiled Sony RX 100 IV brings in a significant performance boost making it hard to choose between it and the RX100 III. Here we compare the two models for their features so that photographers can make the best pick.

Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV comparison

The Design

Sony hasn’t changed anything in the looks department. The design of the RX 100 IV is identical to its predecessors RX100 III. It has a compact size and sleek lines with a manual control ring around the lens. We cannot give the smooth matte finish a miss. The only difference is that it is heavier by 8 grams.

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