In addition to the recently released Sony A7r II Sony also announced two additional cameras.
The Sony RX10 II is an upgrade from the RX10 that was a decent fixed-lens camera with 1080p video. This 1-inch sensor camera now shoots 4K video and has advanced slow-motion frame rates that were never before seen at this price-point like 240FPS at 1080p. The Carl Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 Lens is a nice touch too. 4K is at 30p or 24p.
The very portable Sony RX100 IV also shoots 4K but for only a maximum of 5 minutes. It uses the same 1-inch sensor.
Some video examples from these cameras:
The Sony A7s is a great camera but it only does 1080p internally. We were waiting for Sony to lead the way with a full frame mirror less camera that shoots 4K internally. Enter the A7rii, with the following specs:
- 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
- 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization (estimated 4.5 stops improvement)
- 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
- Internal 4K XAVC S Video & S-Log2 Gamma
- Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- ISO 102,400
- No shutter slap issues
- Faster start up times and AF
See Sony’s own page about this camera and the following video shot with the camera:
While the Panasonic GH4 comes close and has better ease of use, the Samsung NX1 is still the best value and better image quality for a 4K large sensor digital camera that records video and is affordably priced.
Version 1.3 of firmware for the Samsung NX1 has been released and is available at Samsung’s website.
This update offers more for the still shooter than the video shooter, unlike the previous update. But we applaud Samsung for showing a responsiveness with firmware and feature addition that surpasses the other camera makers.
Video updates include:
- Improved video quality
- Time code enhancements
- Menu improvements
- A new manual focus responsiveness mode