Sony camera series

Highlights of Sony cameras:

  • A7 iii (2/2018)
  • A7Riii (10/2017)
  • RX0 (9/2017)
  • A9 (04/2017)
  • A99 ii (11/2016)
  • A6500 (10/2016)
  • RX100 v (10/2016)
  • A6300 (03/2016)
  • A7Sii (09/2015)
  • A7Rii (06/2015)
  • RX100 iv (06/2015)
  • A7ii (12/2014)
  • A7S (04/2014)
  • A6000 (03/2014)
  • A7R (10/2013)
  • A7 (10/2013)
  • more…

A7 iii (02/2018)

  • Full-frame mirrorless format camera for Sony E-mount lens, entry level.
  • New 24MP Full-Frame BSI (“Exmor-R”) CMOS Sensor with new enhanced (confirmed!) BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI (same as A7Riii) (achieves data readout speed that is two times faster and data processing capability that is 1.8 times higher – comparing to A7ii).
  • 10 fps for either electronic shutter or mechanical shutter.
  • Hybrid AF: 693-point PDAF (~93% coverage) and 425-point CDAF; Eye-AF High Tracking.
    • Sony claims that autofocus acquisition has been improved by 2x compare to A7 ii. It can also focus in -3EV.
  • Bigger buffer: 89 compressed-RAW; Faster Write card speed ().
  • New join-stick, new AF-On button, customized My Menu
  • Has both Mechanical and Electronic shutter: max 1/8000 (silence e-shutter), flash-sunc: 1/250s
  • EVF: 2.36Mp XGA-OLED Tru-Finder, 0.78x, black-out free;
  • LCD: 921.6Kp (800x600px) Touch for AF-point selection; Full Articulating Tilt-Swivel; can disable LCD/EVF auto-switch when screen pop-out (?);
  • Video: 4K;
  • Dual SD card slots; 5-axis IBIS; USB 3.1; USB-C
  • New battery NP-FZ100
  • Listed price: $2000.

A7Riii (10/2017)

  • Full-frame mirrorless format camera for Sony E-mount lens
  • 42.4 MP Full-Frame BSI  “Exmor R” CMOS sensor (not Stacked as of A9, same 42MP back side illuminated CMOS sensor as A7Rii).
  • New LSI and updated Bionz X Image Processor for better image quality from the same 42.4 mp sensor used in a7RII (new Bionz X is 1.8x faster than A7Rii).
  • 10 FPS Continuous Shooting with either Mechanical or Electronic Shutter.
  • AF: 399 PDAF points and 455 CDAF point, covering 68% sensor size.
  • AF range: -3EV; with 15 PDAF points at f/8.
  • Join-stick and AF-On button (like A9).
  • Buffer: 28 uncompressed raw or 75 compressed raw.
  • Enhanced Eye AF (2x faster than A7Rii, use of phase detection (including Eye AF) at 3 fps with adapted lenses); 5.5 Step 5-Axis Image Stabilization; 15 Stop Dynamic Range.
  • New 3.69 MP Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder (120 fps).
  • Completely new Low vibration shutter.
  • Uses the new NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion Battery (like A9)
  • USB 3.1 (C) and 2.0 (micro B); PC Terminal.
  • Dual SD Card Slots (1 UHS-II 200 Mbps and 1 UHS-I 95 Mbps).
  • Pixel Shift Multi Shooting combines four sequential captures to eliminate color interpolation.
  • 4K HDR with Hybrid-Log-gamma S-Log3; Video Slow motion 120 fps (1080p).
  • Compatible with a9 vertical grip: Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip.
  • Listed price: $3200
  • Sony A7Riii
  • Sensor shift:
    • By taking 4 images and combining them into one, the main improvement will be two things:1. Color will be more accurate. Especially true in busy areas of the image since with the Bayer Matrix in a single image, that advanced algorithms are needed to determine the real color of each pixel. This results in an image that does not have finer detail. But since the colors are more accurate, it may appear more detailed.2. Since 4 images are merged, the noise will be reduced. This also can make the image look more detailed.But the final image is still the same size and same number of pixels.

RX0 (9/2017) ultra-compact waterproof camera

  • ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm eqiv. lens with F4.0 aperture
  • No Stabilization
  • Anti-Distortion Shutter — 1/32000 super-high-speed shutter
  • Up to 16fps7 continuous shooting without blackout
  • Up to 960fps/1000fps6 super slow motion5
  • Various movie functions for pro-style quality — S-log2
  • SENSOR TYPE: 1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor, ratio 3:2
  • NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE): 15.3MP
  • WATERPROOF: Yes (IPX8 equivalent).
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  • Sony RX0 vs Hero 6 vs RX100 M5 vs iPhone X — In-Depth Review

 

A9 (04/2017)

  • Full-frame mirrorless format camera for Sony E-mount lens, mainly for pro sport photography.
  • New 24MP Full-Frame BSI Stacked “Exmor RS” CMOS Sensor.
  • New enhanced (?) BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI.
  • 20 fps for electronic shutter on native lens, and 5 fps for mechanical shutter (while A7Rii have max 5 fps only with e-mount lens).
  • Hybrid AF: 693-point PDAF (~93% coverage, ~25% faster than A7Rii) and 25-point CDAF; Eye-AF (~30% faster than A7Rii).
    • The a9 takes things to a whole new level, offering 693 phase-detection points with a whopping 93% frame coverage (represented above), even making the a7R II’s previously impressive coverage look small. Sony claims 10 fps burst shooting with AF when using adapted lenses, up from the lowly 3 fps of the a7R II with Metabones or LA-EA3 adapters. Sony claims that autofocus acquisition has been improved by 25%, and eye and face-detection rates have improved by 30% compared to the a7R II. It can also focus in one stop dimmer light (-3EV with a F2.0 lens).
  • Bigger buffer: 240 compressed-RAW (while A7Rii: 23 Raw); Faster Write card speed ().
  • New join-stick, new AF-On button, customized My Menu
  • Has both Mechanical and Electronic shutter: max 1/32000 (silence e-shutter)
  • EVF: 3.68Mp QuadTrue Finder, 0.78x, black-out free;
  • LCD: 1.44Mp (800x600px) Touch for AF-point selection; Full Articulating Tilt-Swivel; can disable LCD/EVF auto-switch when screen pop-out (?);
  • Video: 4K; 120fps with 1280×960
  • ISO may not be as good as A7Rii (because the sensor is stacked only, not BSI) (???)
  • Dual SD card slots; 5-axis IBIS.
  • 1Gbps Ethernet port
  • New battery NP-FZ100 (~2.2x of FW-50 for A7)
  • Listed price: $4500.

Sony A99ii (11/2016)

  • Full-frame DSLR format camera for Sony A-mount lens (which is well-known for faster focus).
  • New 42MP Full-Frame BSI “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor (newer than A7Rii sensor).
  • New BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI  (newer than A7Rii BIONZ X processor).
  • A99mk2 has 12 fps , 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps at full resolution with AF (while A7Rii have max 5 fps only with e-mount lens).
  • Hybrid AF: 79-points Dedicated PDAF  (thru STL mirror) + 399 on-sensor PDAF (15 dedicated Cross AF points 79 hybrid Cross AF points) (while A7Rii has no cross AF points).
  • A99ii has bigger buffer: 71 jpg at 8fps, 57 RAW, 56 Raw+Jpg (while A7Rii: 23 jpg at 5fps, 23 Raw, 22 Raw+jpg); Faster Write card speed (higher than A7Rii which is max at 35MB/s).
  • Video: 4K; Slow and Quick motion video (1fps~120fps); Slog3.
  • ISO is almost as good as A7Rii (~3000 DXO score)
  • Dual SD card slots; Full Articulating Tilt-Swivel LCD; 5-axis IBIS.
  • Physical Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.0″ / 142.6 x 104.2 x 76.1 mm; Weight: 1.87 lb / 849 g (with battery and memory card).
  • Listed price: $3200.

Sony A6500 (10/2016)

  • APS-C mirrorless camera for Sony E-mount (crop) lens.
  • 5-axis IBIS (~2.5 stops), touch-to-focus screen, RAW (while A6300 is lossy RAW).
  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor.
  • Autofocus: same hybrid AF system as the mid-level Sony a6300 and performance is identical.
  • Same 425 on-sensor phase detection elements as the A6300, but with a much deeper buffer thanks to additional processing power from a front-end LSI chip.
  • Video 4K, Built-in flash, weather-sealed (as of A6300), silent shutter (as of A6300), USB 2.0.
  • Physical dimension: 120 x 67 x 53 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 2.09″), 453 g (1.00 lb / 15.98 oz).
  • New grip design (compare to A6300) –> may need different external battery grip ???
  • Listed price: $1400.

Sony A7Rii (06/2015)

  • Full-frame mirrorless camera for Sony E-mount lens.
  • 42MP Full-Frame BSI  “Exmor R” CMOS sensor (first full-frame BSI sensor). No optical low-pass filter.
  • Processor: Bionz X.
  • AF system: Hybrid (399 phase detect and 25 contrast detect points on sensor); Eye-AF on AF-C mode; High speed AF with non-native lenses.
  • 2.36m dot OLED viewfinder with 0.7x magnification (TrueFinder) (640x480px).
  • Video: 4K;
  • 5-axis IBIS; 1.228Mp Tilt LCD screen.
  • Silent (full electronic) Shutter.
  • Dimensions: 127 x 96 x 60 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.36″); Weight (inc. batteries) 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz).
  • List price: $3200.

Sony A7ii (12/2014)

  • Full-frame mirrorless camera for Sony E-mount lens.
  • 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor (similar to A7, but with IBIS).
  • Processor: Bionz X.
  • AF system: Hybrid with 117 phase detect and 25 contrast detect points
  • 5-axis IBIS; Tilt LCD screen;
  • New grip, metal mount and shutter button design (comparing to A7).
  • No silent shutter, No eye-AF on AF-C; No 4K video.
  • List price: $1600.
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