First Look: Sony a6500 and a99 II cameras

2.7.2017 News

Sony rolled out a trio of new cameras in late 2016, including the RX100 V, the APS-C mirrorless a6500, and the full-frame a99 II. The latter two models were highlights of a recent press event in Austin, where a group of journalists gathered for some serious camera testing.Sony a6500It didn’t take long for Sony to update its flagship APS-C mirrorless model. Announced about eight months after the a6300, which is still on the market, the new a6500 camera features the same 24-megapixel sensor... Continue Reading >

First Look: Sony RX100 V steps up

10.24.2016 News

Now in its fifth generation, the 20.1 megapixel Sony RX100 V is a pocketable powerhouse. Like its predecessors, the RX100 V is compact, solidly constructed, and full of features. The camera is also outfitted with a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens.Built around a newly developed 1.0-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, the RX100 V also features an improved image processing system with a new front-end LSI chip and a Fast Hybrid AF system. While its specs are impressive (you can read... Continue Reading >

Get Better Video

May 2016 issue Tech

Blackmagic Video Assist DVR: Codecs, Color Sampling and CardsEver since the DSLR first started making waves as a serious, high-definition video capture device, there have been a number of sacrifices made for video capture on DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable-lens (MIL) cameras. Some of those sacrifices include lower quality video compression, lower quality color sampling and bit depth, no peaking or zebra stripes (explained later), and file conversion needed for editing. These sacrifices... Continue Reading >

Pro review: Low-light hero

February 2016 issue Tech

Sony Alpha A7S IIThe standout performance in the 12.2-megapixel Sony Alpha a7S II full-frame mirrorless camera—even in comparison to its a7 Mark II-series siblings—is in low light and high ISO capture. While its ISO 100 to 102,400 range (expandable to 50 and up to 409,600) is the same as the original a7S, the a7S II delivers expanded dynamic range and an estimated one-stop better performance with regard to image noise thanks to enhanced processing algorithms. The camera’s new 5-axis... Continue Reading >