Sony A7s II: The Sony A7s With Some but Not All of the Updates We Wanted


Sony has finished upgrading all of their original A7 line cameras to second versions, with the Sony A7s II being last.

The same sensor has been used but Sony states they’ve “tweaked it”.  Most importantly, 4K recording is now done internally so that alone makes it a better buy than the A7s which required an expensive and bulky external recorder to get 4K.

The improvements include:

  • IBIS
  • internal 4K recording
  • better body quality
  • better viewfinder
  • better codecs
  • better autofocus

What we are sad not to see:

  • 4K @ 60P
  • better battery life
  • back-side-illuminated sensor

And what remains unknown:

  • has rolling shutter been improved?
  • will it have the same over-heating issue as the Sony A7r II?


Sony’s Mini-FS7, the New Sony PXW-FS5


Weighing in at 1.8lbs less than the Sony PXW-FS7 and having a significantly smaller body, the new Sony PXW-FS5 is a cheaper FS7 alternative and direct competitor for the Blackmagic Ursa-Mini given Sony’s $5,599 price tag.

There are disadvantages to this camera over the FS7, including around codecs and color-space but there should be a raw output version available in the future.

The variable built-in ND filter is a nice touch, and the use of SD cards cuts down on costs although adds some limitations.  Dynamic range is said to be 14 stops but 4K is at 8 bit 4:2:0 and up to 30FPS.



Sony’s New 4K Phone: 4K Misplaced?


Sony’s new Xperia Z5 Premium features a 4K 5.5′ display which works out to 806PPI  (which is double of the iPhone 6 Plus’s 401PPI).  It also features a Snapdragon 810 processor, 32 GB of storage, 3 GB of ram and a nicely sized 3430 mAH battery.

The relevant questions are is this much resolution noticeable and of benefit on such a small screen and how much will it effect battery life? These questions will remain hotly debated until it gets into enough reviewer’s hands.