Yesterday’s press event at Sony’s European headquarters was very informative. We were given the possibility to record with the new RX100V but not with the a6500 as this camera was not yet ready for primetime, although we did get a A6500 Hands-On too. Sony RX100V, Sony a6500 Here are, in short, the new features that these cameras have to offer: On both cameras: The Sony RX100V and Sony a6500 both share the same BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI chip as the new Sony a99II, which allows for high volumes of data to be processed. The buffer has been increased, which allows for capture of more photos per second and longer slow-motion videos. Sony RX100V – Better rolling shutter effect control Sony RX100V: Video image quality has been slightly improved. Rolling shutter effect has been greatly improved because of better processing. Autofocus is now faster and more accurate than before. Photo mode allows up to six seconds of 24fps in RAW, theoretically allowing to create short 5.5K video clips. New underwater housing (Marine pack MPK-URX100A, up to 40m/130ft). RX100V Marine Pack Sony a6500: The autofocus function has been improved over the a6300 and you can now lock your subject in the frame and the camera will follow it nicely, which is great for single gimbal operators. Additionally, the touch screen will allow a “tap to focus” function at 3 different speeds, giving you a nice and easy way to change focus points while shooting. Alternatively, you can use the camera’s EVF and use your thumb to glide on the screen and change to your desired focus point as you would have done with a touch pad. The overheating problem that was a major issue with the a6300 is hopefully a thing of the past. In the camera menu you can now change the “Auto power off temp” setting from Standard to High. As a result, the camera will get warmer to the touch, but the recording time before switching off will be longer. How much longer depends on many factors, but future user experience will determine how good it is. Sony a6500. Overheating a thing of the past? The 5-axis stabilization for camera shake compensation looks to be working nicely, but as we were not permitted to record, it is yet to be seen how effective it is. The menu structure has been improved and you can find all the video related functions – plus some photo functions that sneaked in – under one main button. Low light performance over the a6300 has been improved. Sony a6500 – Lock autofocus function Conclusion: It seems like Sony has done well in improving both cameras when it comes to video quality and functionality, although it is still a pity that none of these models have a headphone jack for direct audio monitoring. In regards to how well the rolling shutter effect is controlled on the a6500, I would prefer to wait for the final version before making a verdict. Stay tuned for our full camera reviews coming soon. Disclaimer: cinema5D was a guest of Sony’s at this European press event, and covered flight and travel costs.Read more
Sony has quietly released a firmware updates for their flagship mirrorless cameras, the Sony a7R II and Sony a7S II, that seem to solve the overheating issues that many users have experienced when shooting 4K internally on these cameras. The 3.00 firmware update for the a7R II can be downloaded by clicking here, the 2.00 firmware update for the a7S II can be downloaded by clicking here. Sony is quite vague about the improvement however, this is their stated main improvement in both firmware update versions: Improves 4K movie recording time when using the vertical grip (VG-C2EM) or when the APS-C/Super35mm mode is activated Additionally, they state that it “improves picture quality”. What exactly that means remains to be seen. We don’t even know if they are referring to video or still picture quality with this statement. There have been numerous reports by users complaining about macro blocking and other issues in the HD mode of the Sony a7R II in particular. Thanks to cinema5D reader Jonathan Fuentes we know that the 4K overheating issue seems to be resolved after the firmware update. He sent us links to two YouTube videos in which he documented hour-long internal 4K recordings with his a7R II, without the camera ever showing any overheating warning, after performing the firmware update. We expect the a7S II to behave in the same way after the update. (Recording time is limited to 29:59 on all these cameras, but he restarted recording right after the automatic stop.) We have heard firsthand from Sony engineers before that solving these overheating issues is very hard due to the compact way in which the cameras are built, so we are surprised to see this firmware update. Sony possibly only raised the critical temperature to a higher level, meaning that the camera would only show the warning at higher temperatures now. Jonathan tested his continuous a7R II recording at 70 degree Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), which is normal room temperature – we expect warnings to still show up in warmer conditions. With winter upon us here in Northern hemisphere, maybe our Australian friends can help us out with a test in the sun ;-)Read more
Since the RAW hack for the 5D Mark III came out, there’s been a lot of speculation as to how Magic Lantern did manage to do it. Understandably, many people are hesitant to hack their 5D Mark III’s and use it with an alternative firmware that is not thoroughly tested yet. And Magic Lantern also recommends to be hesitant:Read more
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