Sony’s become a linchpin for the ‘new school’ of ’graphers — pioneering mirrorless camera manufacture and marching out impressive high-end cameras
The α9 is Sony’s latest entry into the mirrorless line-up. It’s being received with a greater buzz than ever — and championed as the manufacturer’s most advanced full-frame camera for professional photographers yet. With a focus on speed, the 24.2MP camera enables photographers to shoot at a blazing 20fps with continuous autofocus (AF), with auto-exposure tracking for up to 241 RAW images. It shoots completely silently, too, thanks to its electronic shutter and no mirror. Just as important, Sony’s newest darling shoots with very low viewfinder lag. When the shutter is released while shooting stills, the electronic viewfinder functions with absolutely no blackout, giving the user a seamless live view of their subject at all times and ensuring that they never miss a moment. In addition, Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF system boasts a whopping 693 phase-detection points covering 93 per cent of the imaging area, and it’s equipped with ISO sensitivity of up to 204,800. It all comes together by way of the model’s Bionz X processor and stacked full-frame CMOS sensor, which Sony’s notes say deals with data lighting fast — so that you never lose sight of your subjects, even if they’re fast or of the feathered variety. The truth is simple: better images begin with bigger sensors, and the α7 II outclasses many cameras in its category. It’s the first full-frame camera to boast fiveaxis image stabilization and is a successor to the device that managed to squeeze a 35mm sensor into a mirrorless body for the very first time. With compensation equivalent to using a 4.5x faster shutter speed, its sophisticated stabilization lets you zoom, capture closeups, and shoot night scenes with greater clarity than ever before.
Plus, with a 24.3MP sensor paired with Sony’s ultra-fast Bionz X image processor, the α7 II boasts an ISO sensitivity range of 100–25,600, and it has an enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system that is about 30-percent faster than the previous model. The Sony α6000 weighs in at about half the heft of a DSLR, but, though it’s a small camera, it’s enormous in potential. The camera’s 24.3MP APS-C-sized sensor and Bionz X image processor work together to produce high-resolution welldetailed imagery, with minimal noise and notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25,600. Its Fast Hybrid AF system combines the strengths of both phase and contrastdetection. The result is not only an impressive 11fps burst mode and focus in as little as 0.06 seconds, but highly accurate movement tracking for both stills and video, too. A pocket-sized travel companion, Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V is one of the smallest super-zoom cameras available. The camera’s Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 30x optical zoom lens extends a legacy of high-precision optics to capture clear, sharp, undegraded images throughout an equivalent 24–720mm focal range at a modest maximum aperture of f/3.3–6.4. It inherits some of the features from the premium RX camera series, including an excellent pop-up electronic viewfinder and a control ring around its lens. Plus, with GPS, Wi-Fi, a pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder, and a three-inch LCD that tilts 180 degrees upwards for selfies, it’s the ultimate compact travel camera.
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SONY 7 II
The first full-frame camera with five-axis image stabilization
Half the size and weight of a DSLR
Pocket-sized travel companion