by Tim Fok | 26th April 2016
Sonyalpharumors has brought to light a source claiming to have unlocked the recording limit on Sony Alpha, RX and NEX cameras as well as lifting the language menu fix on region bound cameras, such as bodies bought in Japan. Here’s some information about this latest Sony Alpha Hack—and a warning to those of you that are tempted to try it. Sony Alpha hack – proceed with caution It seems that user ma1co on Personal View has dabbled in Sony hacking in the past, now claiming this practice has been put to good use in removing the 30minute recording limit of Sony cameras like the A7S, A7R, RX100, and A6300. It’s done by reverse engineering the Play Memories app, meaning any camera that utilizes the Sony software can benefit from this hack. Click here to see the full list of compatible camera bodies, but in a nutshell, the A7S, A7R II & IIs, as well as the A6300 and RX bodies, are all in there. Some filmmakers will be well acquainted with hacking cameras; Magic Lantern was (and still is) a tremendous asset to Canon DSLRs, packing a shed load of extra features into the otherwise outdated camera bodies, not to mention the Panasonic GH2 hack for increased bit rate recording. This should be taken with a caution, however. Firstly, we have no first-hand confirmation that this hack works, there is simply a sufficient amount of feedback on the Personal View forums for us to think it’s worth notifying you, the readers (including the above picture) as this could develop into something great.* *Update – I’ve had a good body of users & peers come forward to confirm that this does in fact work. Secondly, hacking any camera comes with significant risk and voids any manufacturers warranty. This applies to the Sony Alpha Hack, too. What works for one camera line and their respect hacker is completely different to another (particularly a brand new source). And lastly is a warning on the actual feature itself. The recording limit is in place to allow the Sony cameras to fall into a different, cheaper tax band, but many users will know that bodies like the A7R II can suffer badly from overheating and will shut down long before the recording limit is reached. As an occasional video user of the Sony Alpha cameras in B/C/D unit form, I rarely record clips on the A7R II or A7S II longer than a minute or two, therefore, won’t have any use for the Sony Alpha hack in its current state. However if there is anyone out there that is in a position to test out the hack, do let us know how you get on. This is certainly something to keep an eye on, with the potential of other features opening up as the hack develops. Via SonyalpharumorsRead more
by Johnnie Behiri | 11th June 2015
Hot on the heels of announcing the new Sony A7rII, here comes Sony with a 4K upgrade for two additional popular cameras. The Sony RX10 II and the Sony RX100 IV. Both cameras will feature the following: 1” sensor (new CMOS sensor enabling faster processing and readout) XAVC S codec and 4K (3840×2160) resolution recordings Super slow-motion, 960 fps, 480fps and 240 fps (Always in a 1080p wrapper) minimise “rolling shutter” effect The cameras utilize full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure minimal moire and ‘jaggies’ Video recording at a high data rate of 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during full HD Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut Dual video recording functionality, allowing shooters to capture 16.8 MP still images during 4K video recording High-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder Upgraded Fast Intelligent AF system that enables high-speed, high-precision contrast detection of a moving subject Note that both cameras have different 4K recording time. The RX10 II can shoot 4K video up to 29 minutes in the US (strangely the 29 min was always a European recording limit due to tax rules regarding “video cameras”), while the the RX100 IV can shoot 4K clips at up to about 5 minutes in length. (I guess this limitation is to prevent the camera from being fried)… Lens specifications for the Sony RX10 II: ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) F2.8 lens. Lens specifications for the Sony RX10o IV: ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) F1.8-F2.8 lens Sony RX10 II specific: Dust and moisture resistance Pricing and Availability: The new cameras will be available this July for about $1000 (Sony RX100 IV) and $1300 (Sony RX10 II). Pre-sales for each model will begin on June 17th. For more information, head to Sony’s official press release Super slow-motion resolution: 240fps/250fps (1,824×1,026), 480fps/500fps (1,676×566), 960fps/1000fps (1,136×384) Super slow-motion samples: Sample videos: Sony RX10 II: Sony RX100 IV:Read more
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