THE NEED FOR SPEEDY (SHOTS)

Sony

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - TEST - BryanChan

As the lat­est cam­era to join Sony's mir­ror­less lineup, fans have un­der­stand­ably high ex­pec­ta­tions for the con­sid­er­ing it's tak­ing over flag­ship status from the Just what is new though? How about hav­ing the world's fastest aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem and 425 phase-de­tec­tion AF points?

The is equipped with a newly de­vel­oped APS-C sen­sor, and as men­tioned, a beefedup AF sys­tem. The can fo­cus on sub­jects in just 0.05 sec­onds, and as there are 425 phase-de­tec­tion AF points on this cam­era, al­most the en­tire frame is covered. In ad­di­tion, as the phase-de­tec­tion AF points are packed so densely to­gether, this cam­era is pur­ported to have su­perb track­ing per­for­mance. Dur­ing our time with the

we found that the cam­era lives up to its hype. We tried track­ing sub­jects that were both in­doors and out­doors, and 124 HWM | M AY 2 0 1 6 we're happy to re­port that in both en­vi­ron­ments, the man­aged to track sub­jects eas­ily. It does suf­fer a lit­tle in poorly-lit ar­eas, but when the track­ing does work, it works won­der­fully. Sin­gle-point AF speed and ac­cu­racy is also great, with the cam­era cor­rectly lock­ing onto sub­jects within the se­lected AF point nine out of 10 times.

In ad­di­tion to hav­ing a pow­er­ful AF sys­tem, this cam­era is also ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing con­tin­u­ously at up to 11 fps, with AF/AE func­tion­ing. This makes the an in­cred­i­bly fast cam­era that can be used for sports pho­tog­ra­phy with­out any doubt.

As for im­age qual­ity, you have 24.2MP at your dis­posal. Thanks to this, a good amount of de­tails is cap­tured and there's def­i­nitely enough re­solv­ing power to please pixel peep­ers. In terms of ISO per­for­mance, it's rather im­pres­sive for the cam­era. For print, we'd push it up to ISO 4,000, but for the web, you'd get us­able im­ages up to ISO 8,000. It's also worth men­tion­ing that the shoots 4K videos, so there's one less thing to worry about video qual­ity.

Over­all, the Sony is un­doubt­edly a great cam­era. It's very re­spon­sive, has a su­perb AF sys­tem, and of­fers very good im­age qual­ity. In terms of us­abil­ity, it's built much like any other mod­ern cam­era, so it's pretty com­fort­able to grip, though the video record but­ton is still awk­ward to reach. Bat­tery life is also re­spectable, with us manag­ing to squeeze about 320 shots be­fore it needed a recharge. by

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