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First Look: Sony RX10 IV


9.20.2017 Tech

Long zoom cameras have taken a back seat to DSLRs and mirrorless models. But that may very well change with the 20-megapixel Sony RX10 IV, which offers incredibly fast autofocus, high speed, 24-frames-per-second (fps) continuous capture, 24-600mm lens, and 4K video.Journalists gathered in New York City for a Sony press event in September. Prior to the announcement, I’d hoped for updates to the a7 series cameras and was initially disappointed that it was “only” the fourth iteration of... Continue Reading >

First look: Sony a9 camera


8.25.2017 Tech

There's been no lack of hype and excitement over the Sony Alpha 9 mirrorless camera. Though the a9's 20 frames per second (fps) capture specification initially makes it seem like a $4,500 one-trick pony for sports and wildlife photographers, after using for two weeks I’m convinced it will find a welcome home with portrait, wedding, child, and pet photographers as well as photojournalists.I tested the a9 along with the latest Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenses.... Continue Reading >

First look: Sony a9 camera


4.28.2017 News

In April, Sony made what could be the most exciting announcement of 2017: its a9 camera. I was able to spend a day shooting with this powerhouse of a 24-megapixel full-frame camera—long enough to form some initial opinions.Some of the most notable features of the a9 include 20-frames-per-second silent continuous shooting at full resolution with excellent AF and tracking, no electronic viewfinder (EVF) blackout, improved battery life, and a compact body with a few physical improvements over... Continue Reading >

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 >
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