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Sony Alpha a5000 With Kit Lens - $299 ONLY

Sony A5000

A big price drop noticed on white edition of Sony Alpha a5000 With 16-50mm Kit Lens  and available at $299 Only. I can’t believe that Sony selling out A5000 which was announced with $600 price tag. At B&H store the camera is still available at $449

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Sony Affordable 85mm F1.8 Fullframe Mirrorless Lens Coming

Sony 8mm Lens

Sony is finally preparing to announce new affordable portrait lens for its A7 series camera. According to latest rumors surfaced over the web Sony 85mm F1.8 lens is expected to arrive in 2017 with an affordable price tag. The other lens expected to arrive in 2017 is 16-35 mm F2.8 made for Sony FE Mount cameras.

Tamron does offer SP 85mm f/1.8 Di USD Lens for FE Mount users. The lens is available at B&H Store for A7 Series camera.

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Red Helium - New Low Light KING at DXO Mark Lab

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Red epic Dragon and Helium become the first camera to cross 100 marks barrier in DXO mark lab test score. Till now the Sony A7R II camera was the undisputed winner of the DXO mark lab. But is it logical to test a $59K camera with $3K camera ? We don’t think so…

RED is the NEw King

The Red Helium camera features of 35.4 megapixel CMOS sensor and it can capture 8k @ 75 fps  and 8K RAW @ 60 frames. The Camera can also capture 120 FPS at 4K resolution. Take a look at the detailed specification of the camera

  • 35.4MP CMOS sensor
  • 75 fps 8K capture at 2.4:1 (8392 x 3456)
  • 60 fps RAW full 8K resolution
  • 120 fps at 4K resolution (240 fps at 2K)
  • 300 MB/second data readout
  • Captures in 16-bit RECODE RAW or Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD
  • Super 35-format sensor (29.90 mm x 15.77 mm)
  • Integrated dual-channel audio
  • Integrated REDLINK WiFi antenna
  • Upgrade path to WEAPON 8K VV (when available)

After the arrival of RED the Sony A7RII got slipped on third place in the table. But the red has established itself in the hearts of cinematographers.

But, is it fair to compare $29K or $59K camera with a $3K consumer camera? Share your thoughts with us. From our point of view DXO Mark should have a new category of PRO Cinema cameras and in that table they should stack up RED Dragon, Canon EOS C700 and Sony FS7 Mark II etc.

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Sony A77 III Coming in 2017

 

Sony A77 III

Sony A77 III Creative Image

Well this is a just update to a previous rumor we have received in the past to let you know that Sony A77 III is coming in 2017 for sure. The Stock pile of Sony A77 II camera at B&H store isn’t dried up for now but that doesn’t mean the Sony A77 III isn’t coming in 2017. According to the information provided by a tipster On December 11 2016 we have published article that A77 III will  feature feature built-in image stabilization and 4K video. You must also know that the Sony A77 III announcement was expected in 2016 but it was delayed due to the earthquake in Japan. So we may expect is announcement sometime in 2017.

We will update you soon as we get any new information.

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Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500

 

Panasonic GH5 vs A6500 image

Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500 – Specification comparison between the two flagship camera will tell you the exact difference of both.

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Sony A6500

Megapixel 20 megapixels 24.2 Megapixel
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine Bionz X
Low pass filter No Yes
Image stabilization 5-Axis 5-axis
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 225 points Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
ISO 100-25600 100-51200
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 60 sec 1/32000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 11fps
Video 4k @60fps 4K @ 30 fps
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In, Built-In + NFC
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Weight 725 g 453g

Sony A6500 camera features a APS-C CMOS sensor whereas the Panasonic GH5 features a 20 MP 43 sensor.

Sensor Comparison

The first difference between these two camera we notice is sensor size. The Sony A6500 camera features APS-C size sensor and hence bigger sensors are intend to capture more light and deliver better image quality. I do admire the wonderfulness of Panasonic GH5 core specification before the beginning of this article but at the same time if you are a still shooter you have to think twice before buying 4/3 sensor based camera instead of APS-C. Before we move to further discussion let’s take a deep look inside the sensor and other core specifications.

sensor-size-difference

The Sony A6500 camera sensor approx measurement in pink color and the Panasonic GH5 sensor is shown in yellow color.

ISO Difference

We can’t ignore the ISO difference of both the camera. The Sony A6500 camera features more ISO range (1 stop more than GH5) which will sure help you to get cleaner images in low-light environment. Not only that the 24 MP sensor will help you to drag out more details in your images compared to a file of 20MP created by GH5. Above all the one big and noticeable advantage Panasonic GH5 have is absence of low-pass filter.

Pixel Area

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As we know that the Sony features 24MP resolution but despite of that each sensor pixel area of Sony A6500 is 15.28µm2 Compared to the sensor pixel area of Panasonic GH5 which remains limited to 11.16µm2.

So the pixel area of Sony A6500 is more, we have bigger sensor and A6500 is also giving out options for more ISO range. Hence we recommend Sony A6500 i your prefer image quality

AF System

Panasonic GH5 main board

Panasonic GH5 Main Chip set Board

The Sony 6500 features 425 phase AF points and 169 contrast detection areas for precise focusing whereas the Panasonic GH5 features 225 focus areas. Now, if we compare only the Phase AF points of A6500 with GH5 then we have 200 more focus points in A6500. More AF points helps you to cover the entire frame of the screen and won’t let your subject go away from the tracking AF.

DFD AF System of Panasonic GH5

Now let’s see that type of AF system with camera uses the Sony 6500 camera uses hybrid autofocusing system where is the Panasonic GH5 uses contrast detect sensor and dedicated DFD AF system. The DFD system uses a dedicated piece of hardware that help to boost the auto focusing speed of a contrast detect sensor to a next level. The DFD AF system engine is a specially designed and developed by Panasonic engineers. And hence with the help of DFD AF the GH5 can track and AF even while shooting at 12 frames per second.

4D AF System in Sony A6500

4D system

Sony 6500 uses 4D autofocus in system. The 4D AF system enables to captures moving subjects even in 11fps. The 4D autofocusing system is world fastest among interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with APS-C image sensor, now what actually happens in 4D auto focusing system the camera calculates the subject Movement and predict the and pre-focus the subject next position in time resulting secure AF on subject.

If you look at the auto-focusing is speed of both the camera then according to the claims made by both companies the auto focusing speed of both the camera is as low as 0.05 second.

It is very interesting that a with a contrast detector sensor and DFD the GH5 will support AF in 12fps Burst frame rate whereas Sony A6500 is not behind GH5 and captures 11 FPS Burst with AF.

Video

I am not video guy but the basic difference I noticed between the Panasonic GH5 and Sony a6500 is that Panasonic GH5 and shoot 4K videos @ 60 frames per second where is the Sony 6500 remains limited to 4K Mode @ 30 frames per second.

The Panasonic GH5 offers a direct HDMI port for high-quality output at 4:2:2 10-bit in all settings for use with external monitors and recorders. The Panasonic also offers 2.5x slower in 4K (60 fps) and 7.5x slower in Full HD (180 fps).

Post Focus

Yes, The Panasonic GH5 Camera can focus later in Post Focus Mode. You can grab still images and later you can select your AF points like a light field camera. Sony A6500 doesn’t have Post AF Mode.

Other Features

That A6500 Doesn’t Have

The Panasonic GH5 features longer battery life (410 shots vs 350 shots), The GH5 also carry a dedicated Headphone port that A6500 isn’t have. The Panasonic GH5 also features 6K and 4K Photo modes, that means you can grab out continuous 8MP stills at a 60 or 30 fps shooting rate or 18MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate.

Features that Panasonic GH5 Doesn’t Have

Panasonic GH5 is missing NFC, whereas the Sony A6500 features NFC and ones you install the play memories APP in your smartphone all our images will get transferred in no time and you can fully control the A6500 with your smart device by using the APP. Physically the Sony A6500 is more compact, light weight and easy to handle.

Price

Sony A6500 ( $1398) is Affordable Compared to GH5 ($1997)

Verdict:

Panasonic GH5 is undoubtedly one of the best consumer cinema Mirrorless camera available right now. And not only video the GH5 also have very attractive specification for those who shoot still images, However Sony A6500 Camera features bigger sensor with more resolution and and better ISO range. The density of AF points is also more dense compared to GH5 and above all you save $600 if you buy A6500.

Our recommendation, if you are a still shooter the go with Sony A6500 camera and if you want best 4K mirrorless camera then your should pick Panasonic GH5.

Also see – Best Lenses for Sony A6500

Panasonic GH5 available at Amazon | B&H

Buy Sony A6500 from B&H Store | Amazon

Sony A99 II Shipping to Start From 29 Dec 2016

Sony A99 II with Nikon DLAt this moment I do have good contacts with 3 big retailers across USA and in a recent talk they said shipping of A99II will start from 29th Dec, 2016 and Nikon DL shipping will start from 1st week of January 2017 [as scheduled].

Buy Sony A99 II from Amazon | B&H

You can pre-order you camera today

Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 – Amazon | B&H

Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 – Amazon | B&H

Nikon DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 – Amazon | B&H

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Sony A7S III Coming with RGBW Sensor [Rumor]

Sony A7S III image

It’s a low rated rumor but according to new source of SAR website Sony A7S II successor will carry RGBW sensor. If we look at the test reports when we compare a RGB sensor with RGBW sensor, then we see increase in brightness in images by 32% in high-contrast situations and decrease color noise by 78% in low-light.

rgbw-image

1. Huawei P8 uses the RGBW Sensor

Till now only Huawei P8 uses the RGBW Sensor developed by Sony. The P8 is world first smartphone to feature a Dual camera module on the rear side of the camera and each module of the camera have a 13MP RGBW sensor inside it.

As you can see the P8 sensor is listed at sensor product page here.

2. What is RGBW Sensor

The RGB sensor carries extra white pixel inside it and due to that we see increase in brightness in images by 32% decrease color noise by 78% in low-light compared to a traditional CMOS Sensor. The Sony High sensor RGBW actually inspired from Kodak as you can see the Kodak press release published at dpreview at 2007.

3. Sony working on a Fullframe RGBW Sensor

It’s look logical that Sony may use RGBW sensor for its forthcoming High A7 series sensitivity camera. The overall sensitivity of the camera is expected to increase upto 84%. Which will be a very big Jump from its predecessor.

Also see – Sony Upcoming Cameras 2017

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