Review: Sony FE 20mm f/1.8G Lens

October 2020 issue Tech

Sony’s FE 20mm f/1.8 G is an ultrawide-angle full-frame lens made for Sony E-mount cameras. Relatively small and light, this prime lens has excellent optics and autofocus speed.© Courtesy SonyThe sample I evaluated was sharp from center to corners and exceptionally well corrected for both optical and geometric distortions. It was an excellent match for Sony’s current flagship camera, the 60-megapixel a7R IV. Even with erratically moving subjects at close range and large apertures,... Continue Reading >

Product Review: Sony a7R IV

July 2020 issue Tech

At the heart of Sony’s a7R IV flagship high-resolution camera is a full-frame 61-megapixel (effective resolution) sensor. Paired with high-quality lenses at base to moderate ISO settings, this compact mirrorless delivers the best overall image quality of any comparable camera that I’ve used so far. The autofocus system is fast and accurate, and the in-body five-axis sensor stabilization system works well. Sony has put a lot of work into fixing most of the handling problems that bothered me... Continue Reading >

Review: Sony RX100 VII compact camera

March 2020 issue Tech

The seventh iteration of Sony’s RX100 series is a capable carry-anywhere camera. It boasts an excellent built-in Zeiss zoom lens and surprisingly good high ISO performance for a 1-inch (diagonal) sensor camera. If it weren’t for some limitations that do not directly relate to image quality, it would be more than qualified for many professional assignments.© Courtesy SonyFor still photographers the best features of the camera include its size, long zoom lens, sensor quality, autofocus... Continue Reading >

Product highlight: Sony Alpha 7R IV

October 2019 issue Tech

The real story about the new Sony Alpha 7R IV is the amount of innovation that’s gone into it. To start, it has a 61-megapixel back-illuminated full-frame image sensor backed up by Sony’s latest Bionz X image processor. It can even deliver 10-frame-per-second full-frame shooting with full AF/AE tracking.The autofocus system combines 567 focal-plane phase-detection points and 425 contrast AF points for low light, where contrast detection works best. Tracking features include real-time Eye... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Speed and resolution are a winning combo in the Sony a7R III

12.20.2017 Tech

When I said that Sony made what could be one of the most exciting announcements in April 2017 when the company introduced the Sony a9. I had no idea that Sony would raise the bar for mirrorless cameras again as they did in November with the release of the Sony a7R III—a camera that blends features and performance of the a7R II and the a9. © COURTESY SONYI had the opportunity to spend time using the camera in New York City and in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona,... Continue Reading >

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 Tech

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 Tech

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 >