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Sony’s new camera shoots 61MP at 10fps

Sony has launched the powerful Alpha 7R IV camera, which shoots 61MP in RAW at 10 frames per second (fps).

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Sony’s Alpha 7R IV features the highest resolution Sony has put into full-frame camera, at 61MP. This is backed up by the ability to shoot 10 frames per second in RAW at this resolution for around 7 seconds, which makes it one of the most advanced cameras on the market.

“The new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format-level image quality with high-speed shooting, with a long list of upgrades to design, connectivity and usability,” says Murat Gebeceli, head of digital imaging for Sony Middle East & Africa. “This will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.”

It features a new sensor structure that is back-illuminated to deliver lower-noise in images to bring out image details for crisper, sharper images. The camera also features an impressive 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights, and utilises algorithms from many of the latest Alpha cameras to maintain industry-leading colour reproduction.  

Sharing between camera and device has also been redesigned with the Alpha 7R IV camera, compared to the previous generation. It now supports a 5GHz Wi-Fi connection for faster, more stable data transfers. This is especially useful in Wi-Fi dense areas, where most of the communications will happen over the standard 2.4GHz band. This also allows the camera to tether wirelessly while shooting at high quality.

Its wired connectivity has been upgraded to USB 3.2 Gen 1 and features a USB Type-C connector. This doubles its transfer speeds, compared to the previous generation Alpha 7R.

Sony has also announced version 2 of its Imaging Edge desktop applications (‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’). The ’Remote’ application allows users to control cameras and monitor live shooting on their PC screen, the ‘Viewer‘ application is used to preview, rate and select photos from large libraries, and the ’Edit‘ application can develop RAW data into high-quality photos.

On the videography side, it offers high-quality 4K video recording with exceptional detail and depth. It also debuts Real-time Eye Auto-Focus for movie shooting – a first for Sony’s camera lineup. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not in focus.

In response to community feedback, it features an improved grip, a new multi-selector joystick design for improvised control, and two UHS-II compatible media slots that allow for higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds.

The new Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will be available in selected stores in South Africa from 15 October 2019 at R58,995.

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Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.

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Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.

What’s different from the Note10?

The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”

To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.

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Sony Xperia 5 scores high

The latest compact flagship from Sony, the Xperia 5, scores a high 95 in DxOMark.

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The Sony Xperia 5, announced in September 2019, is the latest compact flagship, intended as a more affordable, pocket-friendly alternative to the full-sized Xperia 1. Key features on the Xperia 5 include a 6.1-inch OLED display, as well as the high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. Storage is expandable up to 1TB via micro SD.

The main camera boasts the same triple sensor and lens setup as on the Xperia 1. All three sensors offer 12MP resolution, with a large 1/2.55-inch sensor for the main camera, and a smaller 1/3.4-inch sensor for each of the ultra-wide and telephoto modules. The main sensor is coupled to a 26mm-equivalent f/1.6 aperture lens; there’s also a 16mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 52mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture lens offering x2 optical zoom shots.

Other features include 5-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus on the main and telephoto cameras, eye-tracking autofocus, HDR, and LED flash. 4K video is available for 2160p@24/30fps capture on the Xperia 5, but the Sony’s 5-axis gyroscope-enabled OIS only kicks in for HD video recording at 1080p@30fps.

Key camera specifications:

Triple camera

  • Primary: 12MP 1/2.55-inch sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm f/1.6-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 16mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus & 5-axis OIS (main & telephoto)
  • LED flash, HDR, eye-tracking
  • 4K 24/30fps video with HDR
  • Full HD 1080p@30fps video with 5-axis gyro-EIS
  • Although not officially launched in South Africa, it is available from some online outlets.

Click here to see samples of the photography on DxOMark’s website.

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