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By Anthony Thurston on September 11th 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Sony A7S II Announced, Still No A6100


You gotta love the world of rumors and announcements. We were all expecting an A6100 announcement today and some sort of camcorder, but instead we get an even bigger bomb, the A7S II. It still features a 12.4MP sensor but gains the IBIS of the other Mk II A7 bodies. The rest of the specs can be seen below.

Sony A7S II Specs

  • 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording
  • S-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist Function
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 0.5″ 2.36m-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • ISO 100-102400, Expandable to ISO 409600
  • Fast Intelligent AF to -4 EV
  • Full Pixel Read-Out

Some other notable improvements are the ability to charge the camera via USB while it is on, allowing users to extend battery life in situations where switching out a battery is not ideal. The camera also includes 4K video recording internally now, rather than requiring an external recorder as the original A7S did.

Overall, in my mind, this is a killer update that rounds out the Mk II version of Sony’s A7 full frame series of cameras. Let’s hope we don’t have to go through this again next year. As much as I like Sony updating and evolving the A7 line to better suit photographers’ needs, it’s frustrating to have your camera be obsolete after only 1 year.

What are your thoughts on the A7S II? Do you think Sony changed enough between the version 1 and this new version? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

DJI Announces New Micro 4/3 Cameras for Inspire Drones

Looking to get better video quality out of your drone footage? How about using a larger sensor, and interchangeable micro 4/3 lenses? Well, DJI’s latest announcement, the Zenmuse X5 series, may be just the thing you need!

The new X5 and X5R cameras connect to the already available DJi Inspire, and both offer 4K recording, with the more expensive X5R featuring lossless cinema 4K. It is all rather impressive, and if you already own an Inspire, seems like a no-brainer.

The new X5 will start at $2199, and the X5R will have its pricing announced at a later time. If you are interested in this new X5, you can pre-order them now directly from DJI over on their website, here.

It is a spendy upgrade for sure, but it is pretty obvious the advantages that this camera has over the Phantom DJI/GoPro based options out there. You get a wide shot with minimal distortion, and you can choose your shots better by switching out lenses. This is one of the most intriguing drone offerings I have seen yet.

Time to start saving those pennies.

New Lens Mount Options Coming Soon For C300 Mk II


Canon’s 4K capable C300 Mk II will soon be getting some new lens mount options, as well as a lens mount conversion service in select countries. According to the report, by the end of this year, the C300 Mk II will be available in the standard EF mount as well as a PL mount version.

Soon after the start of the new year, a new lens mount conversion service will be available that will allow C300 owners to have their EF mount version converted to PL or EF with cinema lock. This conversion will work to have the PL versions converted to EF as well. There is no price talked about at this point, but one would have to guess that this would not be a cheap service.

More information should be coming by the end of the year, so stay tuned for more details on that.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rony Bhuiyan

    It’s good for video

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  2. adam sanford

    Sony continues to steamroll out the advancements. Impressive as always.

    My only question is this: how can they command any kind of high asking price when they one-up themselves so often? When Canon or Nikon bring out a new best-in-class, everyone knows it will be that company’s top dog for 3 years or so, so those who get in early get that three years of ‘bestness’. But with Sony, doesn’t this breakneck advancement pipeline encourage folks to wait until next year and scoop up their *2nd* best rig for half the price?

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    • Dave Haynie

      That’s somewhat true… Sony has been on a new-body rampage lately. They’ve also generally been at the lower end, pricing wise, compared to similar hardware from Canon and Nikon.

      But I’m not sure what choice they have, either. Sony and some of other mirrorless companies are doing well because they’re aggressive, trying, new things, etc. Sony’s finally been doing better, as a corporation, mostly due to the PS4, but their sensor business is another bright spot, and they may finally be using that seriously to grab market share in the camera business. But if it’s basically a toss-up, most photographers would go Nikon or Canon, due to Sony’s limited lens support. So they have to be aggressive anywhere they can. I mean, leaving the A7R on the market, rather than releasing the A7RII, that wouldn’t have helped Sony compete better with Nikon and Canon.

      They can’t sustain that kind of change forever. And particularly as they court pro users, no one wants to see a new model come out every year with essentially meaningless changes. Sony was also playing some bit of catch-up here, like deploying IBIS on everything, which for the moment, along with mirrorless, makes them unique in the full-frame world, so more differentiated against Canon and Nikon, which is going to help them if anything does.

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  3. Alexander Europa

    I would hardly call a camera that has been updated “obsolete.” If it’s doing the job you need it to do, then it’s not obsolete just because a newer model has been released.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Absolutely! There’s kind of this vibe aming hardcore consumer electronics geeks that as soon as your device isn’t top of the line, it’s “obsolete”. You hear this among computer geeks, camera geeks, video geeks, car geeks, etc. And hey, it makes for a nice market of young used gear for the mire sensible among us. But it’s gone more mainstream than it used to be. Look at “iPhone Day”… the carefully orchestrated lines around the block for the new hotness. I have a few friends who’s heads I think would literally explode if they couldn’t lock down that first-day device.

      Maybe part of that for some people is “because I can”… that new iPhone or camera body isn’t a financial stress point, so they just do it. Which is fine. But looking upon last year’s device, probably a small incremental change from the new one, as “obsolete” is absurd. In the words of the great Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

      I’ve done obsolescence. When I couldn’t get the software I needed formy Amiga computer and had to resort to using PCs. When I couldn’t get new lenses for my Olympus OM-4, or new bodies for all those lenses. A thing is obsolete when it can’t do the job you bought it for anymore. Not when there’s a thing that just does that same job with another bell or whistle or two.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      True. If you own the camera and it works, there’s no reason to ditch it for the newer model. But the constant rumors of upgrades in the Canon lineup were what held me up from buying a DSLR: 7D, 6D, or 5D? I coveted the 1Dx and the 5D price seemed “out of the ballpark”, but my wife basically bought the 5D for me (I changed sellers).
      But in the film days, a professional camera had a life cycle of 10 years before a new model was introduced. I bought a used camera that was Canon’s flagship for the 80’s, F-1N.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Absolutely… no one wants to buy ThingX7, only to wake up and read about ThingX8 just being announced. And for some of these things, everyone know it… sales of the iPhone drop considerably over the summer these days, because nearly everyone knows that the new ones will be announced in September.

      And that’s kind of the rule in consumer electronics these days: you’re going to see a model refresh every year. That’s kind of broken the market a little, in that it’s increasingly difficult to sell a year-old consumer product in the market. This has spilled over to the pro market… Canon seems to be more or less on a four to five year upgrade cycle. But Sony’s been hitting much harder, at least considering the A7 line as their answer to “pro”. And that’s the thing… Canon could go slower, but the competition’s still speeding things up.

      The technology has been changing much faster than it did in the film era, which is part of it, but I think it is flattening out… but the habit of constant upgrades? That’s definitely flattening out, even consumers understand when their old camera is “obsolete” and when it’s not. And that’s actually part of the industry’s problem right now… they had that nice shift-to-digital pushing lots of upgrades, because the new hotness was always a meaningful improvement over that old thing. Not so much anymore, plus more competition, is making everyone want to sustain the pace… except the consumer. That’s a problem, if you’re a camera maker.

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  4. Tim Broadbent

    Thank you for this round up ! Had some good info ?

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  5. Max C

    I think I would go with the A7r ll so I can use it for both Photography & Videography. The A7s ll is mostly for Video, although it can take great photos, the low megapixel means no big prints for Weddings.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Not true at all, you can make huge prints out of 8MP images, let alone 12MP.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Sounds like people are already caught up in Round Two of the Megapixel wars.

      Many of the Professional shots out there have been done at 10-20MP for the past decade. Now that there may be a 120MP camera, the history is suddenly in the bin.

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    • robert s

      we make double page spread prints with the D3/D3s cameras and theyre 12mp. you cant crop much but no issue at all for fantastic detail. im surprised you say weddings, because any pro wedding photographer would say your comment is nonsense.

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    • robert s

      till now the A7s was a fantastic camera. so now the A7sII is out, the a7s is just a worthless piece of garbage and I dont know how we got along with it till now. thank you sony for the A7sII which is the best thing since sliced bread. sheesh what idiot people.

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    • jozef povazan

      Have you ever printed big? I have metallic prints for clients 24×36 inches from D3s 12MP sensor and you would never tell it was ONLY 12 MP sensor :) and I do own D810 and D750 and still there are times I prefer a look of the skin tones from D3s be it 4 years old camera !!!

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    • robert s

      sarcasm. everytime something new comes out. people down the old gear like its some pos gear. I have the d3s. we print double page spreads in albums no issue

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  6. Tim Buerck

    Oh, sony. You are making your cameras obselete before they even hit the shelves.

    On another note, if any one is interested I am selling my Nikon D810 for $2500.

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    • Dave Haynie

      In this case, they did the camera they probably should have released as the first A7S. I mean, this was primarily a still-for-video camera, Panasonic had already had the GH4 out, smartphones were starting to do 4K. Sony obviously wanted to up against Canon’s dominance in still-for-video with the 5D mk III. The off-camera 4K recorder made that more complicated. But if the Panasonic doesn’t get you, this new one it is… no reason to look to Canon for DSLR video.

      And sure, there’s Cinema EOS, which is the place you go when you outgrow your 5D. But unfortunately, in the world of Canon primarily just competing with Canon, you aren’t likely to see 4K in a Canon DSLR for awhile. And they do have that EF to FE lens converter working pretty well… that wasn’t an accident. And still, Sony’s one of the big video companies, so is Panasonic. They have just — so far — decided to compete with Canon rather than themselves.

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    • Dave Haynie

      My one disappointment: they’re using the same sensor. And sure, they’re still winning the low light thing with the A7SII. But Sony’s dropping BSI sensors just about everywhere else. They could have done a 12MPixel or even 16Mpixel BSI sensor that blew this one away, long before anyone else did low-light better, at least in 35mm land.

      On the other hand, that is a trick you only get to play once. So maybe they’re going to wait for a competing product before doing that BSI version.

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  7. robert s

    now 4k INSIDE and stabilization. an excellent video camera, now made even better. shit for stills though. maybe this mkII will be better.

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    • Theo Kik

      Why would it be shit for stills?

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    • Dave Haynie

      12Mpixel for stills isn’t horrible, under the right circumstances. That’s about the point where it “got real” for me. My main cameras today are 16Mpixel and 20Mpixel, but I still have a couple of Fujifilm P&S at 12Mpixel that kick the ass of any of those 16-20+ Mpixel on a 1/2.3″ sensor and with f/3.5 lens P&S that seems to be the standard.

      All depends on what you’re after. Sure, obviously, this camera, like the A7S, was intended primarily for video, but also, they wanted recognition. But when you look at low-light performance like Nikon D4 and my Canon 6D, going to bigger pixels is the only easy way to get better low light performance. The A7S became the best full frame low-light camera on introduction. If that’s what you want, that’s your camera.

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