Sony Unveils New a99, NEX-6, RX1 Cameras
September 12, 2012 9:16 AM
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Leaked images and pricing on RX1 were true
Sony has gone official with three new digital cameras today, including the previously
RX1. The RX1 digital camera does, in fact, get a full-frame image sensor along with a 24.3 megapixel Exmoor CMOS sensor and uses a Carl Zeiss 35mm F/2.0 fixed lens in a portable and lightweight camera body.
The compact camera measures 4.5 inches wide by three-inches tall and weighs just over a pound. Sony says that the small dimensions mean it's significantly smaller than any full-frame D-SLR on the market while sacrificing nothing in image quality, HD video quality, or manual control.
The camera supports ISO 100-25,600 and can shoot as low as ISO 50 with expanded sensitivity or as high as 102,400. The camera uses an enhanced BIONZ processing engine and can output image data and 14-bit RAW format. The camera is packed with automated modes and has full manual controls as well. The camera is capable of recording full HD resolution video at 60p or 24p frame rates with full manual controls.
The RX1 also has several accessories that fit on the hot shoe, including an OLED XGA Tru-Finder viewfinder and others. The camera will sell for $2800 and will be available this November, the electronic viewfinder is launching in November for $600, and an optical viewfinder accessory is launching for $450.
Sony also unveiled a new a99 full-frame D-SLR camera with translucent mirror technology and a dual autofocus system. The camera has a 24.3 megapixel resolution and dual phase detect autofocus system. It can record full HD video and it has an articulating rear LCD. The camera supports an ISO range of 50 through 25,600 and is able to shoot bursts at up to six frames per second in full resolution.
The a99 is also capable of recording full HD video and 60p or 24p on using the camera's full autofocus system. The camera also features a XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, and is sealed against weather and has been ruggedized. The camera will ship in October "body-only" for $2800.
The final new camera is the Sony NEX-6 promising the full D-SLR experience in a pocket-sized package. The camera features a mode dial for fast navigation between settings and integrated Wi-Fi. The image sensor has 16.1-megapixel resolution and can record full HD resolution video. The rear LCD on the camera measures three-inches and can be angled 90° up and 45° down for comfortable viewing. The camera does feature interchangeable lenses.
The NEX-6 digital camera will launch in November in kit form including a SELP1650 power zoom lens for about $1000 or as a body only for $850.
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9/12/2012 5:19:15 PM
What is it you're trying to argue? If it's:
A: That Sony has access to some great glass... then you have no argument from me.
B: That Sony's system is the equivalent of Canon/Nikon... well, no.
It's clear that Sony is serious about building up their brand, and they've definitely been making some interesting strides. But they're still the new kid, and their strides thus far have involved a lot of added expense or image quality compromises like you mentioned.
9/13/2012 9:04:27 AM
You said that Canon & Nikon have excellent options throughout their range _ I disagree, imo they both have subpar designs in their ranges. However, all 3 are making progress & often whoever has the latest design has the best.
You also said that Sony are struggling to put out a sharp kit lens - in that case so are Canon & Nikon as Sony's will stand up to either's offerings.
The Sony system (especially if you include 3rd party offerings) isn't as complete as either Canon or Nikon's however it's good enough for certainly 95%+ (& probably 99%) of potential users.
Imo the biggest advantage to general pro use of Canon & Nikon isn't the quality or system but the availability of pro support & lens rental options. The former is certainly something that Sony could address as they already have it for video. The latter is improving but is still way behind what is available for Canon & Nikon.
I would also argue that the 35/1.4 is an image quality compromise - in fact it's quite the reverse as it was a deliberate design decision by Minolta to get a certain look which they achieved.
I acknowledge that it's a look that you either love or hate though ;)
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