The next round of cameras coming from Sony are rumored to be entry-level models. Specifically, the mirrorless Sony NEX-3N is rumored to fill in the place of the current (and excellent) Sony NEX-F3.
Based on this teaser image posted in Sony’s Super 35mm Facebook page, it appears that Sony will be dropping a new F-class Super 35mm cinema camera in October. All reasonable speculation points to a Sony F5 situated above the current 1080p-equipped F3.
Given that Sony’s lower-end NEX lineup features a high-frame rate, 4K camera (the NEX-FS700), it is likely that the Sony F5 would also get the 4K resolution and possibly a high frame rate option as well. If that feature set were to hit, it would be expected to be in the $20k price range and would likely compete with the RED Scarlet and Epic market.
Wow. Things are starting to get out of hand now, aren’t they?
Four years ago, I thought the 21MP on the 5D Mark II was more than enough . . . if not a bit too much. I’ve become accustomed to that over the last few years and it seemed like we hit a sweet spot in the resolution department among DSLRs. Then, Nikon came along with the 36MP behemoth Nikon D800, which stepped up the game (using a Sony sensor, of course).
Now, word comes from SonyAlphaRumors that the next high-end Sony camera may feature a 50MP sensor and reside above the Alpha A99 in Sony’s DSLR lineup. According to tips, Sony is working on two potential options with one to be released as early as Spring 2013.
What do you think about a DSLR with a 50MP full frame sensor? Is that too much? Or is that the kind of resolution you are after?
When the Sony NEX-FS700 was announced, it was heralded as an affordable 4K camera; however, it wouldn’t quite be a 4K camera until some undetermined point in the future. Well, that point may now be upon us.
An anonymous tipster sent word to SonyAlphaRumors that the FS700 will be getting its 4K upgrade next week. At this point, there are no details regarding the method of distribution for the 4K upgrade or the price that may come with it.
Unless Sony just goes bananas with the upgrade pricing though, the FS700 should be the most affordable 4K cinema camera available once the upgrade is officially out.
The Sony NEX-VG900 is expected to be announced tomorrow as a full frame camcorder with the NEX E-mount. The VG900 is rumored to include a 24MP full frame sensor and capture 1080×1920 video recording at 24p/60p courtesy of the AVCHD 2.0 codec.
While an A-mount adapter is rumored to be included with the VG900, I’m curious as to which lenses will be available with this camera given the increase in sensor size over the current NEX-VG20.
Additional rumored specs include a 3? LCD, XGA OLED EVF and price tag of $3,300.
[via Sony Alpha Rumors]
At this point, the official announcement of Sony cameras this week will be a little unsurprising; however, it still looks to be a heck of a product lineup for Sony.
We also get a little better look at the EVF placement and the ISO standard hot shoe atop the NEX-6.
As a refresher, the expected spec list is below. [Read more…]
The is purported to be an image of the Sony A99 that is expected to be launched next week just prior to Photokina 2012. The A99 is rumored to feature a full frame 24.3MP CMOS image sensor and capture 1080/60p AVCHD video with a clean HDMI output. Moreover, the A99 is expected to sport a 102-point AF system that is split between traditional phase-dectect AF points and pixel-level AF points built into the sensor. See the complete Sony A99 specs.
Newly leaked images of the upcoming Sony NEX-VG30 show a camera that’s very similar to the current NEX-VG20 model. However, the most notable difference is the inclusion of a new power zoom lens mounted on the compact APS-C camcorder.
Based on the size of this lens and the past kit lenses for this series, I would presume that this is an 18-200mm kit lens (probably with a f/3.5-5.6 aperture as well). This could be the breakout features that turns the VG30 into a competent consumer camera. In my opinion, the manual zoom lens on the prior models was the thing keeping these out of consumers’ hands. [Read more…]
When Sony launched the FS700 cinema camera, it teased that it was capable of shooting 4K footage and that such capabilities would be unlocked via a firmware update at some, undisclosed point in the future.
Well, that time may be upon us. Speaking with a Sony insider at the recent IFA show, EOSHD reports that Sony is prepping to launch the 4K firmware upgrade for the FS700 within a few weeks. Noting further:
I was told that by Sony insider (not a sales rep) there are two external recorders already on the market that will work with the camera in 4K mode by Aja and Sony. Sony have no plans to restrict 4K output to their own external recorder(s), and that is the first bit of good news…Encouragingly this 4K firmware update is ‘weeks away’ according to Sony, unless that strategy changes or any unforeseen consequences occur. I asked about pricing and I am told it will be similar to the S-LOG upgrade for the Sony F3 which currently retails for £500 + VAT at CVP in the UK. It is just a firmware update.
Given that the FS700 is an $8000 camera, a reasonable price for the 4K firmware upgrade could deliver a stunning 4K camera at a sub-$10k price point – something that no one has really done yet. (Notwithstanding the lackluster JVC HMQ10.)