Here we will discuss the Why Sony Mirrorless is Better than Sony SLT Technology. I will keep this article short to tell you the downside of the SLT technology used by Sony in its SLT series camera.
Now before we begin take a look at the image sensor below.
42.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor from Sony
The sensor you see above is the same sensor used inside the Sony A99 II and Sony A7R II camera. The sensor features 42 Megapixels of resolution and 399-point focal-plane AF system located on the image sensor.
Difference between SLT and Mirrorless
As you can see in the image the SLT technology uses a fixed translucent mirror inside that redirects some portion of light to the dedicated Phase AF sensor of the camera. Whereas the Mirrorless technology delivers 100% light to the sensor.
Which one is better: SLT or Mirrorless ?
Before speculating the percentage of light used by the mirror let’s see the sensor test score of both the camera carrying same sensor. The test Conducted by DXOMark Lab.
Sony A7R II outperformed Sony A99 II During Test
As you can see the low light ISO score of Sony A99 II camera is 2317 only whereas the low-light score of Sony A7R II camera is 3434. And not only low-light ISO the Dynamic range, Portrait and Overall score of the Sony A7R II camera is better than the Sony A99 II camera.
As you can see the result of same sensor inside two different camera body, which is completely different compared to each other. The fixed translucent mirror grabs out a good amount of light before reaching to the sensor and in-turn you get inferior image quality.
Sony A99 II is recommended when..
you want to shoot sports and birds on flight, the dedicated phase AF sensor works in-collaboration with 399-point on-chip focus system of Hybrid CMOS AF sensor.
Sony A99 II
Sony A7R II
12 FPS with continuous AF
5 FPS with continuous AF
You can see the Sony A99 II offers continuous AF drive of 12fps with fulltime AF tracking whereas the Sony A7R II remains limited to 5fps of continuous shooting speed with AF tracking.
Finally we may see the successor of Sony DSC R1 camera. According to least rumors coming from the new sources the upcoming camera name will be Sony RX5 and t will feature a APS-C size sensor and unfortunately it’s coming with a fixed lens and not a zoom lens as we have seen the previous version of R1 series camera.
Sony RX5 Specification
24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
The camera will feature same sensor as we have seen in the recently announced Sony A6500 camera. The sensor will be paired with a 23mm f/1.8 lens. And it will also have 5-axis built-in image stabilization. The Sony RX5 camera is also coming with XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF same as of RX1r.
Sony RX5 on 2017 CP+ show
The exact announcement date of the camera is not known yet, but it’s expected to arrive in CP+ show February 2017.
The camera is coming against to compete with the upcoming Fuji X100F camera, At the same time Canon is also expected to announce APS-C sensor based camera in near future.
Take with a grain of salt since its coming from a new source
Sony A6000 camera announced in Graphite color in Japan. Even after announcing the Sony A6300 and Sony A6500 the production of Sony A6000 isn’t stopped. It’s a clear strategy from Sony to continue to develop and offer products in lower cost to gain a full control over young generation market and cash-out the mirrorless craze.
Despite of being old product Sony A6000 still features excellent core specification compared to other mirrorless and DSLRs available in the market today. At a price of $548 with kit lens (Amazon.com and B&H). The camera features Hybrid CMOS 24 MP sensor with 179 Phase AF points 25 and ISO range upto 25600.
At the moment we can’t confirm that it’s a Japan specific announcement or the Graphite edition of the A6000 will become available to worldwide audience. The price will be around 60000 yen ($529.89).
Sony A9 rumor is not new and we are getting a lot of information from past few months related to the same. But the big problem is the name of upcoming high-end camera is still not confirmed and it may be also called Sony A7R Mark III.
Now let’s talk about the specification of the camera. Few weeks ago we got re-confirmation from Photographer Jeff Remas that the upcoming Sony flagship camera will have dual-card slots unlimited RAW burst. [link to the article]
As usual the price of the upcoming camera is expected to be above than the current Sony A7R II camera and it will have similar design as of current Sony A7R II camera.
Sony new big sensor compact camera is coming foe sure. Sony Registered a new compact camera with the code name “WW158299” at the Chinese Miit agency. According to rumors floating over the web Sony will going to announce new compact camera with fixed lens.
Sony RX1R II announced on Oct 14, 2015 So I don’t expect Sony will going to announce RX1R III anytime soon. The current Sony RX1R II camera using latest A7R II FF sensor that features 42MP resolution and 399 AF points.
We may see a APS-C sensor based compact camera announcement that will directly compete with to be announced Fuji X100F camera with a X-Pro2 sensor.
According to latest rumors coming the Sony A7III camera shipping will start from Q2 of 2017. That clearly indicates that Sony will announce the Sony A7 III camera on CP+ show at February or may be earlier. But I don’t think Sony will use the international event like CP+ show to announce its next Sony A7 series camera.
We have published earlier that not only Sony A7 III, approx 6 major Sony camera delayed due to due to recent earthquake in Japan. But after that Sony released Sony A99 II, and then Sony RX100 M5 and now its look like the next big announcement from Sony is Sony A7 III camera.
We will update you soon as we get any new information.
We got more conformation today related to the upcoming Sony flagship / A9 mirrorless camera (name is not confirmed yet). According to Professional Photographer Jeff Remas Sony upcoming flagship will have dual card slots and unlimited RAW burst..Take a look at the video below
The news is not new as we have told you few weeks ago the upcoming Sony A9 camera will have Dual Card Slots as well as unlimited RAW burst. take a look at the rumored specification again surfaced over the web few weeks ago.
Sony A9 Rumored Specification
70-80 Megapixel sensor
Improved Image Stabilization
They are going to sort out this buffer overflow issue
Better HDR whatever that means.
Dual XQD card slots [Confirmed]
unlimited burst mode till the card last / No buffer limitation.
Smaller than Canon 5D Mark III DSLR
As we have told you the Sony A9 will sit above the Sony A7 series camera and will feature splendiferous specification. The expected date of arrival of Sony A9 camera is Q4 of 2017.
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