Alongside the announcement of the new Sony RX1R II, which ships with uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capture from its 42.4MP full frame sensor, Sony also announced that firmware version 2.0 will be available for the Sony A7R II next Monday, October 19, 2015 and will add uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capture as a menu option.
Additionally, firmware version 2.0 will add the ability for the A7R II to output video via HDMI during use of the Remote Camera Control software, that enables remote capture from a connected computer.
The firware update will be available here on Sony’s support site for the A7R II.
Last week, I wrote about how Sony should build an A7 camera with a Canon EF mount. The premise behind the post was about Sony gaining market share and continuing to make bold moves. It’s a bit of a pipe dream but, holy crap, would that shake up the market.
Check out this video from Kai at Digital Rev as he does a hands-on comparison between the 50MP Canon 5Ds R and the 42MP Sony A7R II. This review is even a little more superficial than others he has done, but you get a clear sense of his first impression.
Personally, I think the 5Ds R and A7R II are mostly going to be finding their way into different kinds of photographers’ camera bags. With the A7R II being a more popular pick for a wider variety of images, while the 5Ds R is a little more niche for landscape and studio work where low sensitivity and high resolution are the primary concerns.
Have you considered these two cameras as competing options? Did you buy one over the other?
I’m working on a full review for the Sony RX100 IV but I’ll share a couple of video samples shot with the camera using the SLOG2 profile in 4K and a variety of slow motion frame rates. Above, you see a run-through of ungraded and graded clips (starting with the SLOG2 LUT) for a variety of low-light scenes. [Read more…]