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Sony New Lens Patent for RX100 Series Camera?


Sony New lens patent surfaced over the web that shows a ultra-bright lens patent for 1″ inch sensor camera, this lens can be used in upcoming RX100 M3 camera, .

Patent Details below

  • Sony patents
    • 5-group zoom of positive and negative positive positive and negative
    • JP 2014-66944
      • I include a macro mode
      • The fifth group and the fourth group is independently driven in the optical axis direction, and switches to macro mode
      • Inner focus
      • Usually when the third group and the fourth group is used as a focus group macro time
    • JP 2014-66945
      • Rear focus
      • Focus group of fifth group and the fourth group
    • JP 2014-66946
      • Inner focus
      • Vibration control


Thanks Cosmin for the alert

Sony A7s Low-Light Test Video


The Sony A7s FIRST low-light test video surfaced over the web, the Video shows the true sensitivity power of the recently announced A7s Fullframe mirrorless camera, please see it full screen in Full HD mode…

Camera price will be also rumored to be quite high (double than current A7 camera), read more about Sony A7s camera here.

Sony A7s announced - Price, Press Release and Sample Videos


The long rumored Sony A7s finally announced today, the camera features ultra-low light sensitivity sensor with ISO range of 50-409,600, the resolution of Full frame  sensor is 12 megapixel.

New sensor technology: The Sony A7s uses completely new sensor technology, the full-frame sensor uses newly developed on-chip gapless lens design, it incorporates small lenses between neighboring pixels in order to increase light-capturing capability and promote greater image quality

The Sony A7s has contrast based AF system with 25 contrast based AF points, it doesn’t have phase AF system aka AF pixels within the sensor.

THE 4K: Sony A7s support 4K video recording via a external recorder, but itself it can record Full HD videos @ 60fps and HD @ 120fps, thanks to the Bionz X processor the A7s does full pixel read-out while recording video, without pixel binning, so you get ultra sharp video footage without any false color artifacts.


WiFi and NFC: The class leading low-light performance camera supports remote shooting and wireless image transfer, you can control your camera via a smartphone / tablet.

Design: The Sony A7s design is same as Sony A7 and A7R

Sony A7 Price: TBA see

Press Release:

SAN DIEGO, April 6, 2014 – Joining the acclaimed α7 and α7R family of the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens cameras1, Sony’s new α7S model puts extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K video quality into the hands of professional photographers and videographers.

The innovative α7S camera features a newly developed, 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 4096002 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.

The new model is also the world’s first camera to utilize the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition, and does this without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels.  This allows 4K video shooters to utilize all of the artistic and creative benefits provided by the unique sensor.

“The α7S gives Sony the most complete, versatile lineup of full-frame cameras in market today,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics.  “Between the α99, VG900, RX1, α7, α7R and now α7S models, we have completely revolutionized what it means to be a ‘full-frame’ camera, bringing a new level of quality and portability to enthusiast photographers and videographers.”

Wide ISO Sensitivity (ISO 50 – 409,6002) and Impressive Dynamic Range

Sony, the world’s largest manufacturer of image sensors, has developed a unique 12.2 MP sensor with extraordinary sensitivity that allows the α7S camera to collect dramatically more light than traditional cameras and to produce beautifully detailed, low-noise images in even the darkest environments.

The camera also features a newly developed on-sensor technology that allows it to optimize the dynamic range throughout the entirety of the ISO50 – 409,600 sensitivity range.  This on-sensor technology also broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimizes noise in dark scenes, allowing the camera to deliver impressive results in these extreme conditions where other cameras (and image sensors) typically struggle.

World’s First Full-Frame Camera with Full Pixel Read-out3 (without pixel binning) during Movie Shooting

With the new α7S camera, the high-speed read out of the 35mm full-frame image sensor combined with the high-speed processing of the BIONZ X processor enables significant improvements in video quality.

These powerful components allow the camera to process data from all of the sensor’s pixels and output stunning HD and 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160 pixels) video3 while utilizing the full-width of the sensor.  In addition to the benefits for low-light shooting, the read out of all pixels frees the video from aliasing, moiré and false color artifacts (as opposed to pixel binning) to achieve the highest quality video.

Additional Pro-Quality Video Functions

In video mode, the α7S can output 4K video4 at QFHD (3840×2160) to an optional external 3rd party 4K recorder, and can record full HD (1920×1080) at frame rates of 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p directly to a compatible memory card.   Video modes can be changed from full-frame to APS-C (super 35mm equivalent) if desired, and in this crop mode, the camera can support high frame rate 120fps shooting at standard HD resolution (1280 x 720p), creating a 5x slow-motion effect.

The α7S camera is also equipped with S-Log2 gamma.  Common to Sony’s range of professional video cameras, S-Log2 expands the dynamic range by up to 1300% to minimize clipped highlights and loss of detail in shadows.  Additionally, for the first time ever in a Sony α camera, the α7S adopts the workflow-friendly XAVC S recording format in addition to AVCHD and MP4 codecs.  XAVC S format allows for full HD recording at a data rate of 50 mbps with lower compression for improved video quality.

Other specialist video functions on the new camera include a picture profile that can adjust settings like gamma, black, level and color adjustment, and can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot.  It also has Full HD and 4K base band HDMI® output, time code/user bit for easier editing, synchronous recording feature with compatible devices,  various marker and zebra displays on both the LCD screen and viewfinder and can dual record XAVC S as well as MP4 (1280×720 @30p).

The camera also has a Multi-terminal interface shoe that is compatible with Sony’s XLR Adaptor Microphone Kits (XLR-K1M plus a new model under development), allowing the use of professional microphone systems.

Low-light Shooting Advantages

The high ISO sensitivity range of the α7S camera is extremely effective for still image shooting, especially in low-light conditions, where the camera can shoot at high shutter speeds while keeping noise as low as possible.  This is particularly useful for shooting indoor, dimly lit sporting events or other situations where most cameras typically struggle.

The camera is also equipped with the same high-precision Fast Intelligent AF system as the α7R camera, with drastically improved low-light AF sensitivity that can go as low as  -4EV.

Expanding α Mount System and New Power Zoom Lens for Movie Shooting

Directly compatible with the growing family of E-mount lenses, the α7S camera can also be used with A-mount and others lens systems with optional adapters.  Sony’s complete α lens system now includes 54 total lenses for both A and E mounts, including several premium offerings from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses.

As a whole, Sony’s E-mount lens system is particularly well-suited for video shooting, with a variety of models containing “movie-friendly” features like smooth focusing, powered zoom control, and silent iris/aperture control.   Building on this, Sony has announced development of a brand new, full-frame power zoom 28-135mm F4 lens E-mount lens that is an ideal match for the powerful movie capabilities of the α7S model.

Pricing and availability of the α7S full-frame interchangeable lens camera will be announced at a future date.  To learn more about the product in the meantime, please visit www.store.sony.com, and follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest α camera news.

Sony A7s Full Specification

  • Lens mount: Alpha E-mount
  • Image sensor: 12.2MP 35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ X image processor,
  • 14 bit RAW output
  • Autofocus: 25 point Contrast-detection AF
  • Exposure control metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • ISO sensitivity range: ISO 100-102400 (50-409600 expandable)
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds
  • 1.3cm XGA 2,359,296 dots OLED EVF
  • 7.5cm 921,600 dots LCD screen
  • Recording format: XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
  • Video compression: XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Image size (pixels): XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50Mbps)
  • Clean HDMI output signal: 3840 × 2160(30p/24p) / 1920 × 1080(60p/60i/24p)
  • Media formats: Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
  • Connectivity: IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Dimensions: 5 x 3 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.(126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm)
  • Weight: 446g or 15.7 oz (body only)

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Sony A7s Leaked Specification

Sony A7s Major Specification surfaced over the web, thew upcoming Sony camera will feature 12 Megapixel high sensitivity sensor and 4K video recording, the camera will also features Hybrid AF system that will combine phase+contrast based AF system. The rumored date of Sony A7s announcement is April 6, place – Las Vegas, Time – 2PM.

Sony A7s will not just a upgrade over A7 camera, but it’s a new breed of FF camera with high-end core specification, stay with us we will update you soon as we get any new information.

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Sony A7s Coming Very Soon

Sony A7s Camera may be announced on this Sunday (April 6), according to rumors Sony A7s will not replace Sony A7 OR A7R camera…  we don’t know a bit about specification or price but we will update you soon as we get any new information.

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Sony Compact Medium Format Camera Coming


More details about Sony to be announced Medium format camera are coming, the MF camera will feature same body design as RX series camera with a fixed Carl Zeiss lens as we have already seen in Sony RX1 and Sony RX1 R series compact mirrorless camera, the camera will be very portable (perfect for professional travel photographers) and will also have very competitive price tag.

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Sony to Announce Medium Format Camera

Yes it’s true that Sony will announce a new medium format camera soon, according to the recent rumors surfaced over the web Sony is working on a new type of medium format camera that will feature the same sensor used in the recently announced Hasselblad H5D-50C Medium format camera.

According the the source Sony upcoming Medium Format camera is completely different form its competitors, so we may see a new Sony RX series compact camera with fixed Zeiss lens and medium format sensor.

Also take a look at history – Sony and Nikon Listed as Medium/Large Format Exhibitor at PhotoPlus Expo

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