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Sony & PhaseOne Announce True 645 100MP Sensor, A6100 Rumors, C100 C100 Mk II Price Drops {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on January 3rd 2016

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.

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PhaseOne Announces New Sony 100MP Full Frame 645 Sensor

Full Frame 35mm DSLR cameras are starting to push 50MP and in an effort to more clearly differentiate themselves from those high megapixel beasts, the team at PhaseOne and Sony have developed a new 100MP full frame 645 sensor for use in PhaseOne’s new XF system.

The new sensor, announced today at CES in Las Vegas, features 16bit color, 15 stops of dynamic range, and a maximum ISO of  12,800. But the most distinguishing feature, in my opinion, is its size. Unless most previous medium format digital sensors, this sensor is a full 645 frame. In other words, the sensor is the same size as a frame of 645 film. This is incredibly important, as this will create that classic 645 ‘look’ and really differentiate it from the look you get on a high-resolution full frame camera or even a crop medium format sensor.

As you would expect, though, bleeding edge technology such as this comes at a price. If you want a piece of this digital magic, it will cost you in the neighborhood of $50,000. Not an unheard of price for medium format cameras, but still on the high end, and definitely out of the reach of most photographers that aren’t sponsored or shooting major commercial jobs.

You can learn more about the PhaseOne & Sony sensor by checking out the new product page over on the PhaseOne website, here.

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New Sony A6100 Rumors

We have long been waiting for word about the follow-up to the wildly successful Sony A6000. Rumors have come, and rumors have gone, but today we have a new rumor to share about when we might see the A6100 and what it may look like when it arrives.

According to a new report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, which cites three trusted sources and one anonymous one, the Sony A6100 will begin shipping in March of this year. So, I would think that means an announcement sometime in February, maybe early March, depending on the sort of turnaround time they want between announcement and shipping. If February is the month, then an announcement at the CP+ show in Japan would be the likely candidate.

The other part of the rumor that we saw this morning indicates that the upcoming A6100 will feature a 36MP BSI APS-C sensor. That would make it the highest resolution APS-C cameras available, with (I believe) only the Samsung NX-1 coming close to with its 28MP BSI sensor.

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Major Price Drops on Canon C100 & C100 Mk2

If you have been thinking about jumping into the Canon EOS Cinema system, then now could be the time to do so. B&H currently has some major price drops on the current crop of ‘entry-level’ cinema cameras, both the original C100 and the C100 Mk2.

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As you can see, these are some pretty major deals on some solid HD cinema cameras (no 4K unfortunately). Some say this could point to a 4K C100 Mk3 coming soon. That is a possibility, but if you don’t need the 4K resolution, then any of these currently available C100 models would be a  great pick up for video work.

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!

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.

19 Comments

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  1. Saibal Ghosh

    Great new bodies but still too costly to have one.

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  2. Joshua parker

    phase one = super sexy

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  3. John Cavan

    Sony seems to want to continue on the roll of being the killer sensor company. That’s a pretty sexy set of announcements featuring their CMOS sensors and so, yet again, they move the bar higher.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I’m not sure how much of a killer sensor 36 MP APS-C is going to be; it’d be even more pixel-dense than the A7R II or the 5Ds, I think, and those are already pushing the envelopes of what is acceptable in noise levels for folks who are willing to sacrifice a little noise to gain resolution.

      Personally, what I mean to say is, I’d rather they stuck with 24 MP, maybe 28 if they feel super compelled to add a small bump, …and just gone for broke with the low-light BSI sensor performance.

      The Fuji X sensor is already doing amazing things at 16 MP that beat / match yesteryear’s full-frame bodies in the 12-20 MP range; as an astro-landscape shooter whose main camera is already full-frame, I’m very tempted to make my 2nd / 3rd (4K timelapse only) camera a Fuji 16 MP X sensor, for maximum high ISO quality. Unless this new BSI sensor can deliver the down-sampled (~4K) goods from 36 MP, I’ll be a little hesitant to buy…

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    • John Cavan

      We’ll have to see. I recall the concerns about the D800 sensor resolution and density when it first came out too and Sony managed to overcome those quite handily. It’ll be interesting to see what the output looks like at higher ISOs.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    Really, the only things I care to see in the A6000 replacement are:

    Better high ISO performance
    Better battery life
    4K video
    Weather Sealing
    IBIS.

    Oh wait, that’s a lot of stuff. My point is, I don’t need more megapixels, or any other bells and whistles…

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    • David Blanchard

      On the one hand I agree with you, but given that Sony seems reluctant to produce an NEX7 MkII, I might have to buy one of these.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I’m confused, did Sony officially kill the NEX line in favor of their four-digit E mount bodies, the 6xxx and 5xxx? Or is the NEX line still there, below even the 5xxx line? Seems like the A5100 is about as bottom-of-the-barrel as you’d want to go with an ILC, otherwise you might as well just get an RX10 or RX100 series. There’s not much those cameras can’t do within their rather generous focal-range-to-form-factor range/ratio.

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    • Andrew Leinonen

      There is no NEX line. The 4-digit Alphas are APS-C E-mount. 3-digit are APS-C A-mount. 2-digit are FF A-Mount. 1-digit are FF E-mount.

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    • Andrew Leinonen

      Sounds like you might want a Panasonic GX8 – 4/5 ain’t bad, and you have access to faster, better lenses to make up for the ISO performance…

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Better ISO is better and MP

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  5. Ralph Hightower

    I think the 645 digital format is too expensive for me. I do want to get into medium format photography, but I am looking for used Mamiya 645 and RZ67 systems.

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    • Lauchlan Toal

      It’s indeed quite an expense, one that’s out of my league as well. However, older equipment isn’t too bad – Pentax’s 645D 40mp camera can be found for $3-4k used, and even the 50mp CMOS 645z can go for $5-8k. For wedding and portraiture, those are great options. Film is gorgeous though, and there’s something to be said for medium format film paired with a DSLR. If you do go the film route, check out Contax and Bronica cameras as well, they had some fantastic film cameras.

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    • Matthew Saville

      That’s what the Pentax 645Z is for. Incredible ISO and dynamic range performance, and a price tag about as small as a flagship DSLR with a few exotic lenses…

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    • Rafael Steffen

      It would be interesting to rent one to see how it works and comapre picture quality.

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  6. Kim Farrelly

    Hubba Hubba

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  7. Lauchlan Toal

    Great roundup Anthony, exciting news. Good to see PhaseOne bring out the big guns – even if I still can’t afford it for a long, long time. I was worried that CMOS medium format sensors would be relegated to crop sizes for eternity, so it’s fantastic to see a CMOS chip which is the same as the 80 and 60 MP CCDs.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Is this the FIRST ever true 645 format digital sensor? At least, commercially available? I think it is but I’m not in the mood for fact-checking, it’s the weekend lol…

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    • Lauchlan Toal

      For CMOS, yeah. The CCD backs were already there, but the 50MP CMOS back that came out earlier was a pretty significant crop. This is the same size as the IQx80 series of CCD sensors, and ever so slightly (0.2mm) smaller than the IQx60 series. Of course, there are larger backs in existence, they’re just very, very, very hard to find and incredibly expensive – unless you fly planes for the French military or something similar. ;)

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