Sony’s be­come a linch­pin for the ‘new school’ of ’gra­phers — pi­o­neer­ing mir­ror­less camera man­u­fac­ture and march­ing out im­pres­sive high-end cam­eras

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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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