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Canon Working on Next Generation of Cinema Camera

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Canon wants to create the Next generation of Cinema cameras. A recent patent surfaced over the web clearly shows that Canon wants to reduce the thickness of the cinema camera and make it more portable by reducing the pluggability of cables in the camera. More details below

Patent Details

Application JP20191A events  – 2019-12-12
Application filed by Canon Inc- 2019-12-12
Priority to JP20191A – 2020-03-26

Translated Patent

To provide a device that is able to prevent a cable from being caught and a connector from being separated while achieving a thickness reduction in a width direction of an apparatus body.SOLUTION: A device 101 has a device body having a front side, a rear side and a side face disposed between them. The side face has a plurality of inclined faces including a first inclined face and a second inclined face. Each of the plurality of inclined faces includes a first end and a second end. The first end of each of the plurality of inclined faces is located nearer to the rear side than the second end. The first end of each of the plurality of inclined faces is located nearer to an optical axis than the second end in a width direction. The plurality of inclined faces are located so as not to overlap one other as viewed from the width direction and arranged such that some of them overlap as viewed from an optical axis direction. A plurality of external connection terminals are provided on the first inclination face. The second inclination face is provided with one external connection terminal displaced in the width direction and in a height direction orthogonal to the optical axis from all the external connection terminals of the first inclination face.SELECTED DRAWING: Figure 2

the present invention reduces the pluggability of the cable with respect to the external connection terminal even when a plurality of external connection terminals are arranged on the side surface in the width direction of the device main body, while reducing the width of the apparatus main body such as an imaging device in the width direction. Provided is a technique for preventing a cable from being caught or a connector from being disconnected without the need for the same.

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Sony Registered A New Mirroless Camera with Single Card Slot

Sony registered a New Mirrorless Camera with a single card Slot and NP-FZ10 battery, the same battery which is being used by Sony Alpha a9 II, a9, a7R IV, a7R III, a7 III, and a6600 Cameras.

Sony A5 or Sony A6700 Coming Next?

From the initial set of specifications coming out from trusted Japanese sources, it’s very clear that the camera uses FF Mirrorless camera battery and uses a single card slot. Either it’s a Sony entry-level Fullframe Mirrorless camera Sony A5 with a single card slot OR a High-end Sony A6600 camera successor Sony A6700 OR Sony A7000 with extended battery capacity and single card slot.

We will update you soon as we get more information about upcoming cameras

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Canon EOS R5 Camera Shipment Delayed till November

According to the latest information coming through the rumor mills, Canon has delayed the shipment of the Canon EOS R5 camera till November 2020. It looks like Canon is working to FIX the overheating issue, and the expected shipment start date is Nov 2020.

know more about Canon EOS R5 heating issue

Although Canon officials are silent about the issue, we will update you soon as we get any new information about EOS R5.

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Canon G3X Mark II to get New Lens and Sensor

Wild rumors, According to the latest rumor surfaced over the web Canon is actively working on upgrading the G3X Mark II camera. No details about the core specs since the camera is still in the development stage, but as per rumors, we will have a brand new sensor, blazing fast AF, and improved zoom lens with 4K video and OIS up to 4.5 stops and Active IS mode.

When Canon G3X Mark II Camera Coming?

If everything goes on schedule, we may see the Canon G3X Mark II camera in the first half of 2021.

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Olympus E-M10 IV Images and Major Specification and Price Leaked

Finally, the press images of Olympus E-M10 Mark IV camera accidentally leaked Amazon.ca‘s website. Take a look at the major core specificifaction of the camera

Olympus E-M10 Mark IV Major Specification

  • 20 MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Always-on connection and background connection via Bluetooth & OI Share Smartphone app
  • Flip-down monitor and dedicated Selfie mode. Selfie mode automatically turns on when the monitor is flipped down.
  • In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization capable of 4.5 shutter speed steps of compensation.
  • 16 Art Filters (31 types). Includes new Instant Film for a nostalgic feel

 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV camera: $699, available in black and silver, shipping will start on September 25
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV + M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens kit: $799, available in black and silver, shipping will start on September 25
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS lens: $1499, will start shipping on September 8

The announcement is expected anytime soon.

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Sony A7S III vs Canon EOS R5 - Best Mirrorless Camera for Video 2020 - 2021

Sony A7S III vs Canon EOS R5 – We have done specs comparison of the recently announced cameras. Let’s take a look

1. Sensor Comparison – Sony A7S III vs Canon EOS R5

If we look at the sensor of both cameras then it looks like they are made for a different purpose, The Sony A7S III uses 12MP BSI CMOS sensor chip which is, of course, 2X faster than of A7S II and now allow us to push the base ISO range up to 40. So, sensitivity wise the sensor will sure outperform the Canon EOS R5 45 MP sensor. But, due to the lower 12MP resolution, the Sony A7S III camera limited to a specific group of shooters.

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2. Video centered camera, still photographers may suffocate with 12MP resolution

The 12MP resolution will prevent many professional users to use the Sony A7S III as their primary still shooting machine. On the other side, with 45MP resolution and nearly 2X More Shooting speed, the Canon EOS R5 may become the first choice for wedding, event, and sports shooter.

Lens Mount Sony E Canon RF
Camera Format Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor) Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 12.9 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Actual: 47.1 Megapixel
Effective: 45.0 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 4240 x 2832 8192 x 5464
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 35.6 x 23.8 mm 36 x 24 mm
Image File Format JPEG, Raw, HEIF JPEG, Raw, HEIF
Bit Depth 14-Bit 14-Bit
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis

3. Sony A7S III – Best Low-light Shooting Mirrorless Camera of 2020?

As we all know Sony is the only FF sensor maker that creates FF BSI CMOS sensor commercially for FF sensor cameras. Canon EOS R6 with lowest 20MP resolution after A7S III uses a plain CMOS sensor and due to that the ISO performance of the camera is slightly better than Canon EOS R5, But, not as good as of Sony A7S III camera. One of the best things with the Sony A7S III camera is you can push your ISO from base ISO 40 to 204800. Sony A7S III undoubtedly best camera when you want to work with natural light aka low-light environment.

4. Sony A7S III forced limitations – Less Continuous shooting speed than 45MP EOS R5

Despite having a new 12MP sensor with 2X readout speed and a brand new image processor, the shooting speed of the camera is even lower than the Canon EOS R5 camera with 45MP massive resolution. It’s a clear indication that Sony wants to protect the sales of their upcoming flagship A9 series camera by limiting the speed of A7S III.

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 102400 (Extended: 40 to 409600) Auto, 100 to 51200 (Extended: 100 to 102400)
Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 Second
Bulb Mode
Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/8000 to 0.5 Seconds
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multiple, Spot Center-Weighted Average, Evaluative, Partial, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps) -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range -3 to 20 EV -3 to 20 EV
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 12.1 MP for up to 1000 Frames (Raw) / 1000 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 8 fps at 12.1 MP
Up to 6 fps at 12.1 MP
Up to 3 fps at 12.1 MP
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 12 fps at 45 MP for up to 180 Frames (Raw) / 350 Frames (JPEG)
Electronic Shutter
Up to 20 fps at 45 MP for up to 83 Frames (Raw) / 170 Frames (JPEG)
Interval Recording Yes Yes
Self-Timer 2/5/10-Second Delay 2/10-Second Delay

5. Sony A7S III vs Canon EOS R5  – Best Video Camera

As you can see the Canon EOS R5 camera is capable to deliver 8K resolution and you can record it internally at 4:2:2 10bit. But after 20 min of continuous use of 8K video mode, users may face the overheating issue.  The good news is for the first time, the Canon Mirrorless camera is using the Oversampling method while using the entire sensor resolution areas to create a 4K video file.

Sony, on the other hand, limited to 4k Video recording mode up to 60FPS, and as per Sony claims the camera doesn’t overheat even you use it for 1 hour of time. But as usual no 6K or 8K recording mode available in Sony due to the lower resolution sensor.

6. Sony A7S III is more Usable than Canon EOS R5 in real-world condition

If you are shooting long interviews and creating a short movie than it would be more feasible to use the Sony A7S III camera than of Canon EOS R5. At the same time, the Sony A7S III camera doesn’t have any recording limit and continuously records your videos till your card runs out.

Recording Modes H.265/XAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [50 to 280 Mb/s]
H.265/XAVC HS 4:2:0 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [30 to 200 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [240 to 600 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [89 to 222 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [100 to 280 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [50 Mb/s]
H.264/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [60 to 200 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [16 to 100 Mb/s]
Raw 12-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [2600 Mb/s]
H.265 4:2:2 10-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [680 to 1300 Mb/s]
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [680 to 1300 Mb/s]
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [170 to 1880 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [170 to 1880 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [28 to 230 Mb/s]
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [470 to 1300 Mb/s]
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [470 to 1300 Mb/s]
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [120 to 1880 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [120 to 1880 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [12 to 180 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes Raw 16-Bit
4.2K (4264 x 2408) up to 59.94p
4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i
4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i
4:2:2 10-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 59.94p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 59.94p
Recording Limit Unlimited Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video Encoding NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Audio File Format AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo) AAC, Linear PCM
Live Streaming Yes

7. Autofocus – Sony A7S III vs Canon EOS R5

Canon has now upgraded its DPAF system and now the camera quickly tracks animal eyes and even bird eye while shooting videos or still. The AF system is also very fast and accurate. The Canon EOS R5 supports you even when you are using the 20FPS continuous shooting speed. More or less both of them are camera makers makes the world best AF system, you be not disappointed from any of the two camera.

Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S) Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 759
Contrast Detection: 425
Phase Detection: 1053
Autofocus Sensitivity -6 to +20 EV -6 to +20 EV

8. Sony A7S III features a better viewfinder

Sony A7S III us using a higher resolution viewfinder with a more magnification ratio than of Canon EOS R5. And, Canon EOS R5 features a better display unit system than of A7S III.

Viewfinder Type Electronic (OLED) Electronic (OLED)
Viewfinder Size 0.64″ 0.5″
Viewfinder Resolution 9,437,184 Dot 5,760,000 Dot
Viewfinder Eye Point 25 mm 23 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.9x Approx. 0.76x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 -4 to +2
Monitor Size 3″ 3.2″
Monitor Resolution 1,440,000 Dot 2,100,000 Dot
Monitor Type Articulating Touchscreen LCD Free-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD

Physical

Battery 1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh (Approx. 600 Shots) 1 x LP-E6NH Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.07 x 3.81 x 2.74″ / 128.9 x 96.9 x 69.7 mm 5.43 x 3.84 x 3.46″ / 138 x 97.5 x 88 mm
Weight 1.35 lb / 614 g (Body Only) 1.62 lb / 738 g (Body with Battery and Memory)

9. Conclusion:

For still shooters, EOS R5 is the best option and Video A7S III is more user friendly.

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Sony A7S III Camera Announced - Press Release, Detailed Specification and More...

Sony finally announced the long-rumored Sony A7S III camera, the camera features a redesigned 12MP BSI CMOS Sensor. The camera also features the latest generation of the BionZ XR image processor. The camera features no overheating issue even when used for 1 hour at 4k 60p as claimed by the camera maker.

Sony A7S III camera features a native ISO range of 80-102400, which can expand to 40-409600. So, specifically for low-light video work, the camera will work like a charm. Sony claims that the sensor is brand new and features 2X readout speed compared to the older gen. of the Sony A7S II sensor which in turn reduces the rolling shutter effect of the sensor.

Sony A7S III Major Features

  • 12MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • Bionz XR processor
  • On-sensor phase detection
  • 759-Point Fast Hybrid AF
  • ISO 80-102,400 (expandable to 40-409,600)
  • 9.44M dot EVF with 0.91x magnification
  • 4K video at up to 120p, 60p for ‘at least an hour’
  • 16-bit Raw video output at up to 60p
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 internal capture (in codecs including H.265 and All-I H.264)
  • Fully articulating LCD
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization with Steady shot active mode
  • Twin card slots that each accept either SD or CFexpress Type A

Finally, Sony added a Var-angle display screen to its Fullframe cameras after introducing it in Sony ZV1 camera.The menu system has been refined and is easier to navigate. The camera has a full-size HDMI port along with headphones and mic sockets, dual-band Wi-Fi, and support for USB Power Delivery. It has twin dual-format memory card slots, both of which can handle an SD or CFexpress Type A card.

The a7S III will be available in late September for $3499.

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1. Sony A7S III Press Release

Highly Anticipated Sony Alpha 7S III Combines Supreme Imaging Performance with Classic “S” Series Sensitivity

New Alpha 7S III Empowers Creators with 4K 120P[i] Video, 10-bit 4:2:2 Recording, 15+ Stop Dynamic Range[ii], Improved AF Performance and More

  • Newly developed BIONZ XR™ image processing engine with eight times more processing power[iii] and a brand new 12.1-megapixel (, effective) back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, significantly reduced rolling shutter effect[iv]
  • Ultra-high sensitivity with ISO range expandable from 40 – 409,600[v]and improved image quality by approximately 1 stop noise reduction[iv] in the middle and high sensitivity ranges
  • Video recording capabilities include 4K 120p[i], 10 bit 4:2:2 color depth, All-Intra recording, XAVC HS format with H.265 codec and more
  • 15+ stop dynamic range for movies[ii]
  • 4K 60p 16-bit RAW video HDMI output for the first time in the Alpha™ series
  • Fast Hybrid AF system with 759 point phase-detection[vi] AF sensors covering 92% of image sensor
  • Enhanced Real-time Eye AF for movie recording[vii] and still image recording
  • New heat dissipating mechanism and dual slot relay recording enables over one-hour long 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 movie shooting[viii]  
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization supports handheld movie shooting, with added Active Mode [ix] to support especially difficult handheld movie shooting
  • World’s brightest[x] and largest[x] new 0.64-type 9.44 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Side Opening variable angle LCD screen enhances shooting flexibility
  • Completely redesigned menu system with touch screen interface and touch operation
  • High-speed continuous still image shooting at up to 10fps[xi] for more than 1,000 consecutive uncompressed RAW images[xii] with full AF / AE tracking
  • Dual CFexpress Type A card slots that enable high speed data processing while keeping the compact size

SAN DIEGO – July 28, 2020 –Today, Sony Electronics Inc. announced the long-awaited addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7S full-frame mirrorless camera series⁠ — the Alpha 7S III (model ILCE-7SM3).

Featuring a brand new 12.1MP (approx., effective) back-illuminated full-frame image sensor with ultra-high sensitivity and 15+ stop wide dynamic range[ii], a host of impressive video recording capabilities including 4K 120p[i] and 10-bit 4:2:2 color depth, a new heat dissipating mechanism, dual slot relay recording enabling over one-hour of 4K 60p movie shooting[viii], a new autofocus system, and touch screen interface and side flip LCD screen, the new Alpha 7S III will become the ultimate creative tool for video professionals and all types of hybrid still/video shooters.

“The Alpha 7S III is the ultimate representation of Sony’s passion to solve our customers’ pain points,”, said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “We are always listening to our customers’ feedback, pushing hard to deliver innovation that goes far beyond their expectations. There is no better example than this new camera. Combining classic S series sensitivity with a feature set, performance level and user experience that is simply unmatched in the market today — at any price level — the Alpha 7S III opens up a new world of possibilities for today’s creators.”

The system architecture for the new Alpha 7S III has been completely redesigned to deliver exceptional video and still shooting performance. The new 35mm full-frame 12.1MP (approx., effective) back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor reduces rolling shutter by up to three times[iv] and utilizes a variety of advanced light-gathering techniques to ensure high-sensitivity with low noise, allowing users to shoot in low-light situations without needing large-scale lighting setups. In addition to improved image quality, this new image sensor includes a focal plane phase-detection AF system for the first time in an S-series camera.

To compliment the new sensor, the Alpha 7S III also includes a new BIONZ XR™ image processing engine that provides up to eight times more processing power[iii], minimizes processing latency, and enables many of the hallmark still and imaging features of the camera. The new system also includes the world’s brightest[x] and largest[x] 9.44 million-dot (approx.) OLED electronic eye-level viewfinder and is the world’s first camera[x] with dual CFexpress Type A card slots, enabling high-speed data transfer in a compact size.

Professional Video Workflow Solutions

The Alpha 7S III offers in-camera 4K recording up to 120 frames per secondi, 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 color sampling, producing stunning video recording. The new camera offers a more flexible and efficient post-production workflow with a variety of advanced movie recording modes such as All-Intra[xiii] and MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 coding (XAVC HS™)[xiv]. The Alpha 7S III makes it easy to integrate video recordings with other professional camcorders by providing three color gamut settings S-Gamut, S-Gamut3, and S-Gamut3.Cine, allowing users to easily match footage shot on the Alpha 7S III with footage shot on the professional camcorders simplifying multi-camera post-production workflow. In addition to S-Log3 gamma curves, the Alpha 7S III supports an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile with minimum post-production. The Alpha 7S III also allows up to 4K 60p 16-bit RAW output[xv] to an external recorder via HDMI Type-A[xvi] connector, offering additional post-production flexibility.

Improved Image Quality

The new CMOS image sensor and BIONZ XR™ image processing engine in the Alpha 7S III delivers legendary S-series sensitivity with significantly enhanced color reproduction and texture renderings for improved overall image quality. The base ISO has been lowered to 80, resulting in a normal range of 80-102,400 (expandable to 80-409,600 for video and 40-409,600 for stills) to provide more flexible ISO plus wide dynamic range with low noise at all settings. It offers improved image quality by approximately 1 stop of noise reduction[iv] in the middle and high sensitivity ranges.

The colors and textures of foliage, human skin, and more are ideally and consistently reproduced without dependence on light sources. Gradation rendering has also been refined for better looking skin tones and highlight roll-off in portraits. It also improves AWB (Auto White Balance) performance with a new “Visible light + IR Sensor” that helps to achieve more precise white balance under artificial lighting, including fluorescent and LED lights.

Versatile Operability

Advanced Autofocus Performance for Hybrid use

For the first time in an Alpha 7S series camera, the Alpha 7S III offers Fast Hybrid AF by combining phase-detection and contrast-detection AF, giving it the ability to track subjects over a wide area with outstanding speed, precision and smoothness, even when using a narrow depth of field. Fine focus expression is possible with Sony’s E-mount lenses.

For environments with a lot of movement, Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF are available to maintain constant focus on the intended subject. Sony’s advanced Real-time Eye AF improves detection performance by 30% over the previous system[iii], thanks to the new image processing engine. It ensures accurate, reliable detection, even when the subject’s face looks away. Real-time Tracking is initiated simply by touching the subject on the screen. Real-time Eye AF is automatically initiated when an eye is detected.

Flexible Autofocus Settings for Movie Shooting

Based on customer feedback, the camera includes several AF features for professional users including AF Transition Speed in seven settings, to easily create rack-focus transitions, and five AF Subject Shift Sensitivity settings, which allows the user to customize how easily AF will switch or stay with the locked-on subject. Touch Tracking allows user to not only initiate Real-time Tracking, but also compose and shoot while using a gimbal or while shooting solo. It’s now possible to Touch Focus during manual focus mode on the LCD screen or remotely from the Imaging Edge Mobile application[xvii].

New Heat-dissipating Structure

The Alpha 7S III’s design has been updated to ensure effective heat dissipation and minimizes overheating — even during extended continuous recording sessions at 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 video lasting an hour or more[viii]. A newly developed unique heat dissipating structure keeps the image sensor and image processing engine temperatures within their normal operating ranges, preventing overheating while maintaining compact body dimensions. The new heat-dissipating structure requires no fan or cabinet vents allowing Alpha 7S III to maintain dust and moisture resistance[xviii].

Movie Assist Functions

For video on-the-go, the Alpha 7S III is the first Alpha series camera to include Active Modeix with 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization to support especially difficult handheld movie shooting. It is also the first Alpha series E-mount body to feature a side-opening vari-angle rear screen, perfect for gimbal-mounted shots, complicated angles, handheld operation and more. The screen rotates sideways, up and down, and features a 3.0 type 1.44 million-dot (approx.) touch panel LCD monitor, for optimal visibility even in bright outdoor environments.

In addition, the Alpha 7S III provides a selection of new Creative Look with 10 presets that can be used for both photo and video shoots, making it easy to create interesting moods right in the camera to be used as is or customized by the user.

A digital audio interface has been added to the camera’s Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe for clearer audio recordings from a compatible Sony external microphone. Used with Sony’s XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit, the Alpha 7S III provides 4-channel 24-bit digital audio recording capability in an Alpha series camera for the first time. Like other MI shoe accessories, no cables or batteries are required, providing unrestrained freedom for Alpha system moviemaking.

Additional movie assist functions include a redesigned monitor display with a bold, clearly visible red frame that makes it clear when recording is in progress even when mounted on a rig or gimbal, custom zoom settings, adjustable white balance while recording, display rotation, interval recording, still extraction from movies and more.

Outstanding Still Image Photography

The Alpha 7S III includes a fast Hybrid AF system with 759 phase-detection AF points covering 92% of the image sensor. The camera can also achieve high AF precision to accurately and reliably focus in light down to EV-6[xix], where subjects are difficult to see clearly even with the naked eye. Users can continuously shoot more than 1,000 uncompressed RAW[xii] images at up to 10fps, or up to 8fps in live view mode, with either the mechanical or electronic shutter.

The Alpha 7S III also includes the world’s first[x] 9.44 million-dot (approx.), 0.64 type Quad-XGA electronic viewfinder with a high-definition OLED display and refined. The Alpha 7S III viewfinder offers a 0.90x viewfinder magnification[xx], 41° diagonal field of view, 25mm high eyepoint for clear, low-distortion corner to corner viewing. It is also dust, fog and moisture resistant[xviii], extremely responsive, and has switchable modes for different subject types. Every aspect of the Alpha 7S III viewfinder has been designed and refined for a professional workflow.

For the first time in one of Sony’s digital cameras, the Alpha 7S III includes HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) allowing for smooth 10-bit gradations and advanced compression technology to maintain image quality while significantly reducing file size and saving storage space. HEIF stills shot in this mode can be played back on a compatible Sony HDR (HLG) TV via a direct HDMI Type-A connection from the Alpha 7S III, delivering true-to-life dynamic range[xxi].

Versatile Design Made for the Pros

CFexpress Type A for High-speed Data Transfer

In another world’s firstx, the Alpha 7S III features two CFexpress Type A compatible media slots which also support UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC cards, enabling high write-and-read speeds while keeping the camera body compact in size. CFexpress Type A cards are ideally suited to high-speed continuous RAW still image shooting as well as 4K 120pi movie recording at high bit rates[xxii], providing next-generation write speeds that can quickly clear the buffers of cameras that generate high volumes of still image and movie data. High-speed data transfer to a PC is possible at about 1.7 times faster[xxiii] than that of SD card. The dual slots can be set to relay mode for extended continuous recording of even the highest bit rate data as well as simultaneous recording and sort by format type recording.

Revised Menu System with Enhanced Touch Screen

The Alpha 7S III also features a revised menu structure for easier navigation and touch-responsive menu operation for faster, more intuitive control. For creators who shoot both stills and movies, separate settings can now be stored for stills and movie shooting for quick transition between the two.

High Reliability Gives Creators New Freedom

Professional users need more than just refined features and performance. They also need the reliability and durability demanded of any professional tool. The Alpha 7S III features a redesigned grip for greater comfort and a secure hold, an improved dust removal feature, plus dust and moisture resistance[xviii] that maximizes reliability in challenging environments. It includes a durable, reliable HDMI Type-A connector, and is the first Alpha series camera to support USB PD (Power Delivery), allowing higher power to be supplied from an external source so that users can continue to record for extended periods with minimal internal battery usage.

Advanced Connectivity for Professional Working Environments

The Alpha 7S III has been designed and configured to support photo and video journalists and sports shooters who need to deliver stills or movies as quickly as possible with several advanced connectivity options. The camera supports 5GHz[xxiv]/2.4GHz wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11ac) and offers MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) to improve communication quality by using multiple antennas, doubling in speed when compared to the Alpha7R IV. It also carries new USB tethering support[xxv]. When connected to a 5G (5th generation technology standard for cellular networks) compatible device via USB cable, it is possible to use 5G network for fast and stable FTP file transfer[xxvi]. USB to high-speed wired LAN connectivity[xxvii] also offers stable and fast FTP transfer for both movies and stills. A USB Type-C™ connector that supports fast SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2) data transfer is provided, enabling high-speed PC Remote (tethered) data transfer available for smooth handling of large image files.

Pricing and Availability

The new Alpha 7S III Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will be available in September 2020 for approximately $3,499.99 USD and $4,799.99 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

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