A surprise announcement from Sony today reveals two new still cameras with extremely powerful 4K video facilities
Two new significant camera have just been announced by Sony: the RX100 V and the Alpha 6500
Two new cameras have been announced today by Sony in a super-confident demonstration of Sony's commitment to still and moving imaging in the same camera.
[More details to follow from our reporter Ned Soltz who's at the press Sony conference in NYC]
The two cameras are a new RX100, the Mark V and the Alpha 6500.
The RX series is remarkable for at least two things. one is that it has gone through five generations now in a remarkably short time, and the other is that the Mark I is still in the shops and is simply an amazing bargain able to shoot very good HD in a tiny camera.
Now sporting 4K, (first seen on the mark IV) the mark V has a new senso and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-70 mm F1.8 - 2.8 fast lens.
4K recording is via subsampling from the full sensor resolution. The Sensor is a 20.1 MP 1-Type. Cinema style shooting is via S-log 2
The other camera announced by Sony today is the Alpha 6500, and APS-C sensor shooter with "the world's fastest AF speed" and the "highest number of AF points".
The new Alpha model has 5-axis in-body stabilisation and has a 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor.
4K video is available in Super 35mm format (which is physically very closely related to Sony's APS-C).
Moire shouldn't be an issue, with the full 6K sensor being downsampled to 4K in-camera.
The fast focus capabilities also apply to video. HD is available at 100fps at bitrates up to 100 Mbit/s.
S-log 3 gamma is also provided - giving a practical dynamic range of approximately 14 stops - ideal for HDR.
Watch out for the full details in RedShark soon.