15:35 12th Aug, 2015
Sony Launches Upgraded Alpha And Cyber-shot Series With A Focus On 4K
The company is taking video recording to the limits with support for 960 fps video.
Sony has just announced its upgraded range of both interchangeable lens and fixed lens camera range. The updated cameras are upgrades to existing models, but take quite a big jump both in features and pricing that may make it worthwhile for those looking for perfection.
We have the Sony Alpha a7R II, who will make an impression among the big boys. The upgraded mirrorless professional DSLR packs in the world’s largest XGA True OLED viewfinder and a full frame, 42.2 megapixel CMOS Sensor coupled with the now standard BIONZ image processing.
The camera now gets a whopping 399 AF points with phase detection with an ISO range from 100 to 25600 (expandable to 50 to 102400). Also added to this interchangeable lens offering from Sony is 5-axis image stabilization.
4K capabilities include shooting video in full-frame or 35mm equivalent without pixel binning or oversampling which also happens to be world’s first for a digital camera.
Creeping into the DSLR territory is the new Cyber-shot RX 10 II and the upgraded RX 100 IV. A refresh over the previous RX 10 and the RX 100 III, the upgraded models feature a 1.0 inch type 20.2 and 20.1 megapixel sensors respectively.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX 10 II
What’s new are their new video recording capabilities that now include High Frame Rate that delivers frame rates upto 1000 fps and produces 40x slow motion recordings that are apparently invisible to the human eye.
There is also a super fast Anti-Distortion shutter available delivering 1/32000 sec eliminating image distortion and the rolling shutter problem.
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The cameras can also shoot 4K movies up to 5 minutes at a stretch with a high data rate of 100 Mbps (XAVC S format).
The Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 IV
Clearly you will require Class 10 card with large storage capacities to keep up with all the HFR video recordings. Sony also announced it own version of an SDXC class 10 card to keep up.
Coming down to the pricing bits, the Sony a7R II (Model no: ILCE-7RM2) will set you back by Rs 2,39,990 for the body only, while the Sony Cyber-shot RX 10 II (Model DSC-RX10M2) will set you back by Rs 94,990. But these are the ones that you expect to be priced this way.
What was unexpected and shocking was the price tag of the RX 100 IV (Model DSC-RX100M4). This point and shoot (albeit professional grade in way) will set you back by a hefty 69,990, which is the price you pay for the 4K capabilities over the RX 100 III.
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