Showing posts with label Viewfinder. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Viewfinder. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Getting the Shot Sony A7r II vs 5d Mark III

Bokeh Battle 85mm Zeiss Otus vs Sony G Master


The video above from DigitalRev TV shows the advantage of electronic viewfinders found on Sony cameras. The evf betters optical viewfinders by providing a more accurate way to manual focus lenses. The Sony A7r II provides a magnified view for focusing. It also has focus peaking which highlights portions of the image that are in the focus zone. So getting the shot with the Otus is a much easier task with an EVF.

Another advantage shown is that Zeiss only provides autofocus lenses for Sony - the Batis line. The A7r II had no problems locking focus with the 85mm G Master. Canon and Nikon shooters can only use the Otus and Milvus line, which Sony shooters have access to as well.

sony a7rii canon 5dsr 85mm master otus bokeh

Which do you prefer?




Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sony DSC-RX100 II with Viewfinder Announced

sony rx100 electronic viewfinder

Sony RX100 II with Accessory Tilting Viewfinder


The Sony DSC-RX100 II is an upgrade to the very popular RX100. The RX100 II gets more NEX like with an add on viewfinder and tilting rear lcd. Sony addressed the main complaints about the RX100 and added more features:

  • Enhances the hugely popular RX100 with improved picture quality and convenient new features
  • New 20.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R 1.0-type CMOS sensor boosts sensitivity for better low-light images
  • Wi-Fi and easy One-touch smartphone connection with NFC
  • Add accessories with Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal
  • 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD tilts up or down
  • Full HD 24p/25p movie for rich, cinematic video footage
  • TRILUMINOS™ Colour for richer, more natural colours

The Sony DSC-RX100 II will be available next month with an MSRP of $750.

Sony DSC-RX100 II Specifications

Key specifications
Model
RX100 II
Image Sensor
1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with back illumination technology
(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.2 megapixels
(Gross resolution) Approx. 20.9 megapixels
Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens); F1.8 (Wide) - 4.9 (Tele); focal length = 10.4-37.1mm; 35mm effective focal length (Still Image 3:2) = 28-100mm
Zoom range
Optical: 3.6x; Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
Screen
7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 84° / down 45° (approx.)
Image stabilisation
(Still image) Optical SteadyShot
(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode with electronic compensation (anti-rolling)
Focus modes
Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus area
Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
Sensitivity (still image)
Auto (ISO160-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 160/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800 (Expandable to ISO 100/125)
Multi Frame NR: Auto(ISO160-25600),200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
NB: ISO25600 is achieved by using overlay burst shooting
Continuous shooting
Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.10 fps
Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)
Shooting modes
Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep shooting
Picture Effect modes
Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Other Shooting functions
Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Dual Rec, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Framing, Photo Creativity, Shooting Tips
Movie record
AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 50p/60p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p)
MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 25p/30p) / 3M VGA (640x480 25p/30p) *NTSC formats selectable as Setup menu option
Battery life
(Still Image) Approx. 350 / Approx. 175 min. (CIPA standard)
(Movie) Approx. 80 min.( AVCHD, MP4, shooting in factory preset mode)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3mm (CIPA compliant)
Accessory terminals
Multi Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe
Weight
Approx. 254g (body only)
Approx. 281g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)
Supplied accessories
Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual


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Sony DSC-RX100 II Tilting Rear LCD Screen


Here's the Sony Press Release for the new DSC-RX100 II.

The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II from Sony puts even more shooting power in your pocket. Sleekly styled in strong, light aluminium, it’s a perfect travel partner for quality-conscious photographers who want DSLR-style images from a pocket camera with generous control options.

Building on the superb picture quality of the multi-award winning RX100, the new camera now delivers even better results if you’re shooting indoors or at dusk without a flash. The newly developed back-illuminated Exmor R™ 1.0-type CMOS sensor increases sensitivity while reducing picture noise in tricky low-light scenes. Combined with the exceptional f1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, you’ll see the difference with exceptionally crisp, natural stills and Full HD video in any shooting situation – from parties to night-time landscapes.

Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect the camera wirelessly with your smartphone and transfer photos or videos for easy sharing. It’s also the first ever camera from Sony with NFC (Near Field Communication), giving the extra convenience of One-touch connection with Android smartphones and tablets. There’s no set-up needed – simply touch your mobile device against the RX100 II and a wireless connection is made instantly. One-touch Remote even lets you trigger shutter release from your smartphone — great for group shots when you don’t want to be left out of the action.

The camera’s enthusiast appeal is further enhanced by a new Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal. Expand your photographic possibilities by attaching optional accessories – including an electronic viewfinder, powerful external flash and stereo microphone – via the versatile Multi Interface Shoe. The Multi Terminal also allows the addition of other options such as a shutter-release remote controller.

The bright, detail-packed 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD now tilts up and down[i], giving greater freedom to compose shots in comfort. Hold the camera high up to reach over crowds, or get down low and see things from the perspective of pets and children.

Compatibility with TRILUMINOS™ Colour technology ensures even richer, more natural colour reproduction with the new generation of BRAVIA televisions featuring TRILUMINOS™ Display.

Full HD video modes are expanded with the addition of 24p/25p shooting for smooth, cinematic movies. Other refinements include a step zoom function that’s accessible via the camera’s customisation menu. Instantly choose from five popular focal lengths using the control ring – 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm or 100mm: it’s an intuitive alternative to zooming in and out when you’re in a hurry.

The PlayMemories Mobile app has been updated to enable the one-touch capabilities of the RX100 II, and also now features an enhanced user interface. It is available now for free from the Google Play store for all Android smartphones.

Introduced in June 2012, the Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX100 is world’s first compact fixed-lens camera with a 1.0-type 20.2 effective megapixel sensor. Read the Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX100 press release (6 June, 2012) here.

The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II digital compact camera from Sony is available to pre-order from sony.co.uk/RX from today and is generally available in Europe from mid-July, 2013.

Sony DSC-RX100 II Review by Imaging Resource


Saturday, September 22, 2012

More DSC-RX1 Hands On with CameraDiner

Video by CameraDiner


CameraDiner was a Photokina 2012 and was lucky enough to get a hands on with the Sony DSC-RX1. The RX1 was not a functioning unit but it still gave a good impression. It felt heavier than was expected. The RX1 lens hood, thumb grip, and Zeiss optical viewfinder was also on hand for the demonstration.

Thanks CameraDiner!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Leica M - Target of the NEX System

The new Leica M



This is the new Leica M camera and this is where the NEX system should be headed. The Leica M has technologies proven in NEX cameras such as focus peaking, detachable and tiltable electronic viewfinder, accepting other lenses via adapters, and a movie mode. The Leica M adds the following to the NEX system: a full frame sensor, rangefinder focusing system, a weather proof body, and a GPS accessory. The Leica M will be around $7000, around 6x the cost of the Sony NEX-7. Kudos to Leica.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sony NEX-6 Hands On Video Specs and Images

Sony NEX-6 Hands On Video



sony nex-6 front view

NEX-6 with new 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens



Here is a quick preview of the Sony NEX-6. The camera combines features of the flagship NEX-7 and the new NEX-5R.
  • Built-in EVF 2.4 MP OLED - industry best.
  • 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor.
  • New Mode Dial to select shooting modes.
  • WiFi enabled with connectivity to PlayMemories Apps
  • ISO Hot Shoe
  • Built-in pop up flash
  • $1000 for NEX-6 kit with new 16-50mm Power Zoom lens
  • $850 for NEX-6 Body Only
  • Delivery will be mid-November.


sony nex-6 rear lcd evf

NEX-6 with the NEX-7's Electronic Viewfinder



sony nex-6 mode dial shutter

Sony NEX-6 with Standard ISO Hot Show and new Shooting Mode Dial





Sony NEX-6 Specifications

Features

NEX-6

Type

Digital compact system camera with interchangeable lenses

Lens Compatibility

E-mount lens system. Can also use A-mount lenses with optional adaptor (continuous AF supported with LA-EA2)

Image Sensor

APS-C type (23.5 x15.6 mm) Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels

Processor

BIONZ™ image processor

ISO Sensitivity Range

ISO 100 – 25600 (still images)

HD movie record

Full HD AVCHD Ver. 2.0 compliant / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264); MP4;

up to 1920 x 1080 50p

LCD screen

7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (Xtra Fine LCD) with approx. 921k dot resolution; tilts upwards approx. 90 degrees, downwards approx. 45 degrees

Electronic viewfinder

1.3 cm (0.5-type) OLED Tru-Finder™ with approx. 2,359k dot resolution; 100% field coverage; magnification approx. 1.09x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1(diopter)

Digital Zoom

Clear Image Zoom: approx. 2x (still images)

Smart Zoom: approx. 1.4x/2x (still images)

Digital Zoom: approx. 4x (still images / movies)

SteadyShot™ INSIDE

(Optical image stabilisation available with selected E-mount lenses)

Autofocus System

Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF); 99 focus points (phase-detection AF) / 25 focus points (contrast-detection AF);

Object Tracking AF

Picture Effect

11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature

Continuous Burst Shooting

Up to 10 frames per second (in Speed Priority mode)

Battery life (still images)

Approx. 270 images (Viewfinder), Approx. 360 images (LCD screen)

(CIPA measurement)

Built-in flash

GN6 (in metres at ISO 100)

Other features

Auto Portrait Framing; Face Detection and Smile Shutter; Superior AUTO; Sweep Panorama; Auto HDR; DRO; Hand-held Twilight mode; Creative Styles; Photo Creativity interface; ; Wi-Fi; USB Charge; PlayMemories Camera Apps

Media

Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD / SDHC / SDXC

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 119.9 mm × 66.9 mm × 42.6 mm (excluding protrusions)

Weight

Approx. 287g (body only)

Approx. 345g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)

Supplied software

PlayMemories Home



NEX-6 with 35mm Lens (SEL35F18)


Pre order the NEX-6 now for a mid-November delivery.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sony RX1 Hands On Video and Specs


Sony targeted the smallest package which can house a full-frame 24x36mm sensor and the result is the Sony DSC-RX1.

Features
  • 24x36mm Full Frame Sensor
  • Fixed Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar Autofocus Lens
  • Aperture Ring
  • Macro Mode
  • Threaded Cable Release
  • 50-102400 ISO
  • Multi-interface ISO hot shoe
  • Electronic or Optical Viewfinder
  • AVCHD 1080p / 24p-60i-60p
  • Mic Input
  • PlayMemories Lite Edition Software
  • Pre order now for $2800 for a December delivery.



sony dsc-rx1 full frame zeiss viewfinder

Sony DSC-RX1 with Zeiss 35mm Viewfinder and Thumb grip



Sony DSC-RX1 Sample Video


sony rx1 nex-7 rx100 comparison

Size Comparison RX100 vs RX1 vs NEX-7


sony dsc-rx1 electronic viewfinder evf

Sony DSC-RX1 with tilting FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder


sony dsc-rx1 rear view lcd

Rear View of the Sony RX1



Sony DSC-RX1 Specifications

Model

DSC-RX1

Image Sensor

35mm full-frame (35.8mm × 23.9mm) Exmor CMOS Sensor, aspect ratio 3:2

(Effective resolution) Approx. 24.3 megapixels

(Gross resolution) Approx. 24.7 megapixels

Lens

Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*, 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical elements including AA lens); maximum aperture F2; focal length = 35mm (Still Image 3:2)

Zoom

Clear Image Zoom (still image): 2x

Digital Zoom (still image): 24M approx. 4x / 10M approx. 6.1x / 4.6M approx. 9.1x

Screen

7.5cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD

Image stabilisation

Electronic type (for movie)

Focus Type

Contrast detection AF

Focus modes

Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus (MF)

Focus area

Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)

Light Metering Mode

Multi segment / Centre weighted / Spot 

White Balance Mode

Auto/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor (Warm White)/Fluor (Cool White)/Fluor (Day White)/Fluor (Daylight)/Flash/C. Temp./C.Filter/Custom

Shutter Speed

Program Auto (30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (30-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000)

Sensitivity (still image)

ISO 100-25600 (1/3 EV step, expandable to ISO 50/64/80)

Auto: ISO 100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit

Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit), 100-102400 (1EV step)

Continuous shooting

Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.5 fps

Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)

Image Control

Creative Style, Quality (RAW/RAW&JPEG/Extra fine/Fine/Standard), Long Exposure NR (On/Off), High ISO NR (Normal/Low/off), Multi Frame NR

Shooting modes

Program Auto (Program shift available), Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, MR (Memory Recall) 1 / 2 / 3, Movie, Sweep shooting, Scene Selection, Intelligent Auto

Creative Style modes

Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia

Picture Effect modes

Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration

Flash

GN6 (in metres at ISO 100);

Flash modes Auto/Fill-flash/Slow Sync/Rear Sync/Off/Wireless

Other Shooting functions

Smart Teleconverter (approx. 1.4x / 2x), Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Quick Navi, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, Flash Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Portrait Framing

Recording format

Still Image: JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Movie: AVCHD Ver.2.0, MP4

Number of recorded pixels (still image size)

[3:2] L: 24M (6000 x 4000) / M: 10M (3936 x 2624) / S: 4.6M (2640 x1760)

[16:9] L: 20M (6000 x 3376) / M: 8.7M (3936 x 2216) / S: 3.9M (2640 x 1488)

[Sweep Panorama] Standard (3872 x 2160/8192 x 1856) / Wide (5536 x 2160/12416 x 1856)

Movie record

PAL/NTSC Selector: [PAL] mode

AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 50p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 50i) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 50i), 24M FX (1920x1080, 25p) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 25p)

MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 25p) / 3M (VGA 640x480, 25p)

PAL/NTSC Selector: [NTSC] mode

AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 60p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 60i) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 60i), 24M FX (1920x1080, 24p) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 24p)

MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 30p) / 3M (VGA 640x480, 30p)

Battery life

[Still Image] Approx. 220 / Approx. 110 min. (LCD brightness level: max.), Approx. 270 / Approx. 135 min. (LCD brightness level: standard) – CIPA standard compliant

[Movie] Approx. 30 min.(Actual usage) / Approx. 60 min. (Continuous movie recording)

- Shooting movies continuously with factory preset mode. The size of a movie file is limited to approx. 2GB (MP4).

Dimensions (WxHxD)

Approx. 113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6mm

Weight

Approx. 453g (body only)

Approx. 482g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)

Supplied accessories

Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD11, Micro USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction Manual



Sony DSC-RX1 Video from Sony Japan



RX1 Hands On Video from Engadget



Pre order now for $2800 for a December delivery.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sony NEX-7 Underwater Housing from Nauticam

sony nex-7 nauticam underwater housing

Nauticam NA-NEX7 Underwater Housing



Here is the Nauticam underwater housing for the Sony Alpha NEX-7. The model number for the housing is NA-NEX7. The NA-NEX7 is an hard annodized aluminum and abrasion resistant polycarbonate armor for your NEX-7. It is rated for 100 meters deep and features a moisture alarm just in case. The NA-NEX7 takes advantage of the TTL hotshoe on the NEX-7 as well as the EVF. It provides access to all controls including the Tri-Navi dials.




sony nex-7 nauticam underwater housing

NA-NEX7 Zoom Knob (top right) works with 18-55mm Lens


sony nex-7 nauticam underwater housing

NA-NEX7 Rear Control Panel


sony nex-7 nauticam underwater housing

NEX-7 with Nikonos Underwater Lens


sony nex-7 nauticam underwater housing

NA-NEX7 Housing with 45 Degree Viewfinder


sony nex-7 nauticam underwater housing

Nauticam NEX-7 Underwater Photo Samples

Here is a smugmug gallery of underwater shots from the NEX-7 with a Nikonos 15mm lens and the Sony 30mm Macro Lens.


sony nex-7 nauticam underwater housing

Size Comparison from Deepshots.Co.UK

Here's deepshots.co.uk says conclusion on their NA-NEX7 underwater housing review:
Conclusion: The Sony NEX-7 with the Nauticam NA-NEX7 housing is the ultimate compact camera package for underwater use. Its image quality competes with full frame SLR’s that can cost up to three times more. The Nauticam housing for the camera is a natural choice if you want to take it underwater. The NA-NEX7 casing is ergonomic and tough piece of kit. Recommended.


Nauticam NA-NEX7 Overview from bluewaterphotostore.com



For more information on the Nauticam NEX-7 Underwater Housing model number NA-NEX7 go to the Nauticam website.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sony NEX-F3 Pre-Order $599 Kit

Sony NEX-F3 Hands On Video


The Sony NEX-F3 Kit is available for pre-order for $600 with the 18-55mm OSS Lens. The F3 will be available mid June. The video above shows the new features of the Sony NEX-F3:
  • 16000 ISO max for low light photos.
  • New image processor.
  • Full HD 1080/60i or 24p AVCHD video
  • Auto Portrait Framing
  • 180° tilt self portrait lcd,
  • Built-in flash.
  • Clear Image Zoom.
  • 470 shots per charge.
  • USB Charging.
  • Smart Terminal II for FDA-EV1S Oled Viewfinder.
  • Comes in Black, Silver, or White.

The new Sony 18-200mm OSS LE lens is also available for pre-order. It's smaller than the original 18-200mm lens and is clad in black. It will be available in early July 2012.

sony nex-f3 silver kit
sony nex-f3 black rear lcd tilt
sony nex-f3 silver front

Sony NEX-F3 Front, Rear, Iso View

sony nex 18-200 sel18200le lens black

New Sony 18-200mm LE Zoom Lens with OSS



See more Sony NEX-F3 pictures from our previous post.