Sony A9: More Speed, Less Dynamic Range

Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range

The Sony a9 is a powerhouse of technology, particularly when it comes to speed and autofocus. But does its image quality stack up? We've taken an initial look at Raw and JPEG image quality and have come away impressed, but how does the a9 stack up in terms of dynamic range?

At the recent launch in New York City, I had a chance to shoot our standard ISO-invariance test but on a real-world scene (our studio scene isn't so portable...). Have a look at the performance below.

Sony Adds 16-35mm F2.8 Gm To G-master Pro-focused Lens Range

Sony adds 16-35mm F2.8 GM to G-Master pro-focused lens range

The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM provides the constant F2.8 wide-angle zoom that has been so conspicuously absent from the company's full-frame lineup until now. A fast wide-angle zoom is a common element in many photojournalists' camera bags, as well as being a favorite of landscape shooters and will sit alongside the 24-70mm F2.8 and 70-200mm F2.8 GM lenses in a classic trinity of fast zooms.

In common with other G Master lenses, the company says it's designed to achieve good performance even by 50 line pairs / mm standards wide-open and has been designed with bokeh as a consideration through the development process. It also includes extensive internal and external sealing to provide water and weather resistance.

Sony Unveils Fe 12-24mm F4 G Ultra Wide-angle Full-frame Zoom

Sony unveils FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra wide-angle full-frame zoom

The Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G is a full-frame-compatible ultra-wide angle lens for the company's E-mount mirrorless system. It uses a 'Direct Drive Supersonic Wave Motor' which uses a piezoelectric element to shunt a relatively heavy lens assembly quickly and precisely. The internal focus design means the lens doesn't change length on focusing, which helps for video work.

Like the also-announced 16-35mm lens, the 12-24 is dust and weather resistant. It also includes Sony's 'Nano AR' coating to improve transmission and reduce internal reflections (something especially important on a wide-angle design, which has to accept highly off-axis light rays). 

Sony Releases Machine Vision Sensor Capable Of 1000 Fps Object Tracking

Sony releases machine vision sensor capable of 1000 fps object tracking

Sony has released a new machine vision CMOS sensor, and though it's destined for assembly lines and robots, it's still interesting to us. Like the chip in the RX100 V, the IMX382 is a stacked, backside-illuminated chip capable of 1000 fps imaging. And, like that sensor, its stacked design includes signal processing circuitry in the chip. Unlike the RX100 V's sensor, though, the 1.27MP IMX382 conducts video processing and subject recognition in parallel, so that it outputs both a 'viewing' stream and a 'sensing' stream simultaneously.

The sensing processing uses color and brightness information obtained from the sensor, enabling incredibly fast subject identification and tracking at 1000 fps. You can see what that looks like in the video below:

Sony Announces Two New Wide-angle Full-frame E-mount Lenses – Sel1635gm And Sel1224g

Sony Announces Two New Wide-Angle Full-Frame E-Mount Lenses – SEL1635GM and SEL1224GSony today announced two new full-frame E-mount lenses. The new lenses include the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large aperture wide-angle zoom lens (model SEL1635GM) and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra-wide angle zoom lens (model SEL1224G). The SEL1635GM lens is the first wide-angle G Master model, making it ideal for an extensive variety of shooting situations – landscapes, architecture, close up portraits, sports, action and much more. It is also exceptionally lightweight and compact, maximising portability and usability. The front XA element on the SEL1635GM is the largest XA element ever produced, ensuring optimum quality.

There are also two ED (Extra low-Dispersion) glass elements that keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximising resolution, and Sony's original Nano AR coating that suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity. The Sony SEL1635GM is dust and moisture resistant, has a fluorine coating on the front lens that helps to both prevent dust or grease marks and remove them easily if they do become a trouble.
A uniquely designed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing approximately 566g. Sony's widest full-frame E-mount lens, it offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting.
The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element that minimises chromatic aberration throughout the entire image and benefits from Sony's original Nano AR coating.
The new SEL1224G lens includes a DDSSM (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customisable focus hold button and focus mode switch. It is also dust and moisture resistant. The SEL1635GM will start shipping in Europe from August 2017 priced at approximately €2700 ($3003). The SEL1224G will start shipping in Europe from July 2017 priced at approximately €2000 ($2225).

Sony’s New 4k 3d Displays, Recorders, & Content Management System (cms)

Sony’s New 4K 3D Displays, Recorders, & Content Management System (CMS)Sony Healthcare Solutions will be showcasing their latest 4K/3D solutions for robotic and endoscopic systems featuring two new 4K/3D medical displays for the OR, the LMD-X310MT 31-inch and the LMD-X550MT 55-inch display at the American Urological Association’s (AUA) Annual Meeting in booth 1549, May 12-15 in Boston, M.A. These displays, designed to easily integrate with 3D robotic and endoscopic systems, upscale 3D HD video and allow everyone in the OR to see in 4K/3D clarity. Surgeons can also record in 3D with Sony’s medical recorders, then use the Sony Content Management System (CMS) to securely archive, access, and share video and stills throughout the hospital network or via the internet for training and education. Live view into the OR and streaming video out of the OR are just some of the breakthrough technologies that will greatly enhance how surgical residents learn.

Sony Joins The First Los Angeles Audio Show Displaying High Quality Audio Products

Sony Joins the First Los Angeles Audio Show Displaying High Quality Audio ProductsIn collaboration with The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, the Los Angeles Audio Show (LAAS) welcomes the Japanese giant, Sony Electronics, to join the show’s exhibitors. Sony Electronics is at the forefront of technology innovation and entertainment and will be located in the Hermosa Ballroom with participation crossing six of LAAS’ activity categories including Private Listening Rooms, Dolby Atmos® Cinema, and Car Audio.

Sony Xperia L1 Goes On Sale In The U.s.

Sony Xperia L1 Goes On Sale In The U.S.

Sony unveiled a new affordable smartphone back in March called the Xperia L1. The company didn’t say anything about how much the smartphone was going to cost and when it was going to be available for purchase. Sony has now followed through with all of the crucial information that customers would have been wanting to find out. Sony has confirmed today how much the Xperia L1 is going to cost in the United States and from where it can be purchased.

As previously mentioned, Sony Xperia L1 is an affordable smartphone, so don’t expect much in the way of specifications. For its price, the Sony Xperia L1 offers customers a 5.5 inch 720p display as well as a MediaTek MT6737T that’s coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s also a microSD card slot, a 13 megapixel front and 15 megapixel front camera as well as a 2,620 mAh battery.

Sony Playstation 4 Sales Have Their Best Year Yet

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Have Their Best Year Yet

Sony’s PlayStation 4 gaming console has been a smash hit ever since it was first released back in 2013. The company has released a more powerful version of the console called PlayStation 4 Pro and a thinner, lighter version called PlayStation 4 Slim. Sony has announced that its fiscal year ending March 31st, 2017 was the best year yet for PlayStation 4 sales.

According to the numbers provided by Sony, it shipped 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the fiscal ending March 31st, 2017. This is a new high for the PlayStation 4 in a fiscal year. The total number of units that have been shipped since the console was launched in 2013 now hovers around 60 million.