Review – Sony RX100 V

Introduction

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The RX100 series are well known for its 1 inch image sensor, high quality fixed Zeiss zoom lens, and numerous features packed in a well built compact body since it was first introduced in 2012. In 2016, the fifth generation RX100V was being introduced with incredible AF and buffer size, and some improvement over the predecessors. Let’s have a look at it now!

Camera Features

  • 1 inch 20MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • F 1.8 – F 2.8 24mm – 70mm equivalent zoom lens
  • High Speed LSI chip
  • Optical Steady Shot (OSS)
  • 24 fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking
  • 315 phase detection AF points with 25 contrast detection AF points
  • 0.05 second AF lock-on speed
  • 1/2000 second mechanical shutter, and upto 1/32000 second electronic shutter
  • Silent Shutter
  • Built-in 3 stops ND filter
  • Zeiss T* Coating 2.3m OLED pop up EVF
  • 180 degree tiltable 3.0 inches LCD screen
  • Eye-AF in AF-C mode (continuous autofocusing)
  • Dual Recording (capture 17 MP still image while doing video recording)
  • XVACS or AVCHD 4K video recording (limited to 5 minutes)
  • Double length of HFR (high frame rate at 1000 fps, 40x slow motion at 25fps playback rate) recording (8 seconds compare to RX100 IV’s 4 seconds)

Body and Design

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Review – Sony RX 1 R II

In 2012, Sony announced the original RX 1 and RX 1 R- a surprisingly small form compact full frame camera. Technically, RX1R is a RX 1 but without AA (anti alias) filter. Both of them come with an outstanding Zeiss Sonnar F2 fixed lens and output impressive images from the 24 MP sensor. (You may read my review for the original RX1R here).

Although the original RX1R gives impressive output but it still has a lot of room for improvement. After 3 years of waiting, Sony finally announced the successor of the RX1 and RX1R – the RX1R II.

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Body Build and Design
Opened the box, you got a battery, a pouch, a power adapter, micro USB cable, a portable battery charger (finally!), an eye cap, a metal lens cap, a box of user manual in different languages, and of course the RX1R II.

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Review: SEL1670Z

The SEL1670Z has been introduced to the market for some time, it is one of the few Sony native APS-C standard zoom lenses. The little Zeiss blue badge indicates that this lens is designed to give high quality optical performance with the Zeiss T* coating, one Advanced Aspherical element, and one Extra-low Dispersion element.

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The lens filter diameter is 55 mm. It is smaller than the SELP18105 72mm (APS-C E-mount lens) and the SEL2470Z  67mm (full frame E-mount lens, you may read the review of SEL2470Z here) but larger than the standard compact kit lens SELP1650 40mm (you may read the review of SELP1650 here).

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The front narrower ring is the focus ring and the wider ring is the zoom ring. The lens zoom in/out without Continue reading “Review: SEL1670Z”

Review: Sony A7S II

Forewords

This is the first post in 2016, I have been working hard to bring a new and fresh look for this website. Started from this review onward, the camera/lens review will be focused on ‘more shots, less words’.  Hope you like the new changes 😉

Introduction

When the original Sony A7S came out, it impressed many of us with its amazing low light capability. Sony had introduced the 2nd generation of the A7 series which are well known with the powerful 5-axis image stabilizer, let’s move on to see how does the Sony A7S II perform with the combination of powerful 5-axis image stabilizer and the amazing low light capability.

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Sony A7S II

Pros & Cons

+ Improved autofocus algorithm with 169 contrast-detection AF points

+ Long Battery Life

+ Reduced-vibration shutter (50% less vibration compared to original A7S)

+ Full alloy-magnesium built body

+ Dust and moisture resistance

+ Better ergonomic, larger and more comfortable grip

+ Up to 12 customizable buttons

+ Powerful and smart 5-axis in-body image stabilizer

+ Wired and wireless remote control

+ 100% coverage and excellent quality of EVF with world highest viewfinder magnification 0.78x

+ NFC and Wifi capability

– Heavier and bulkier (compare to first generation A7 series)

– Same image sensor as original A7S

– Expensive

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