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:
Sitting less than one foot from the wall and projecting a 147 inch 4K image, this is an interesting projector for sure. At $50,000 it’s out of reach of most consumers but hopefully within a few short years there will me a more reasonable prospect.
This new projector utilizes laser technology rather than the conventional xenon lamps. Laser projection appears to have several advantages over xenon projection including better brightness, lamp life, and energy efficiency.
You can read more about this project on Sony’s page for the LSPX W1S.
Amazingly thin at its thinnest spot (0.2 inches thick), and being offered in 55 and 65 inch sizes this is an interesting TV from Sony. It includes Android TV, a new image processor, Triluminous technology (Sony’s equivalent of Quantum Dot), and most of the other features you would expected. However, we were saddened that local dimming capabilities were not carried over from X900B model.
OLED will still outperform this set but it’s a worthy contender.
Expensive at $699 but full-featured, the Sony FMP-X10 is Sony’s attempt at a premium 4K media player. It includes a 1TB hard-drive, streaming with Sony’s service and Netflix and all the other usual features you would expect (includes free titles, USB ports, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and so forth).
The reviews for this unit have been mixed. It’s not clear if the price is the greatest issue, compatibility issues in the world of all things 4K, firmware support, or something else.