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  1. Dear Forum Members and Readers, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Good Rest and a Happy New Year! Enjoy the time with your loved ones, feast and drink (in moderation) and above all: Stay healthy! Greetings from Andreas & the Moderator Team
  2. Sony finally presents the Sony A7 IV, the successor to the basic model of the Sony A7 series. It is to be launched on the market in December and will cost €2,800 / £2,400 / $ 2,498. Already available for pre-order at B&H! Sony A7 IV At A Glance Newly developed 33MP sensor BIONZ XR processor 15+ stops dynamic range 10 fps continuous shooting speed Buffer for up to 830 JPG+RAW Max sensitivity ISO 204,800 Eye AF, Animal Eye AF Focus Map visualises focus planes EVF w/ 3.69 MP and 120 fps frame rate 4k30 video oversampling from 7K 4k streaming (and FHD 60p streaming) S-Cinetone, 10-bit 4:2:2 HLG, All-I XAVC S-I, S-log3 Image stabiliser w/ 5.5 EV 5GHz Wi-Fi USB 10Gbps live streaming Battery capacity 610 shots Body design like A7 SIII Swivel display Switch between photo, video and "Slow & Quick" mode Improved touchscreen functions UHS-II SD and CF Xpress Sony A7 IV Images Press Release: Sony’s ALPHA 7 IV goes beyond ‘Basic’ with 33-Megapixel full-frame image sensor and outstanding photo and video operability 21 Oct, 2021 Sony also launches two new flashes to evolve powerful Alpha Lighting System Sony today announced three new additions to its imaging line-up — the interchangeable-lens camera ALPHA 7 IV with newly developed 33- megapixel (approx., effective) full-frame image sensor and two new flashes, the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM. The ALPHA 7 IV takes ‘basic’ to the next level for full-frame cameras with excellent image quality and performance, redefining the original standard set by the Alpha 7 III. The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies including the latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities based on the flagship Alpha 1 model, combined with streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals who shoot all scenarios. The ALPHA 7 IV also boasts 33 MP resolution, rich movie expression and various features to support the growing demand for remote communication, bringing new meaning to what a ‘basic’ camera can accomplish. “With the introduction of the Alpha 7 III, we set the baseline for what full-frame cameras should deliver and now it is time to redefine those boundaries,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “The ALPHA 7 IV brings together the best of Sony imaging technology to deliver a fantastic experience in both stills and video, meaning that users will be able to capture exactly the content that they want, in whatever situation they find themselves in.” ALPHA 7 IV: Innovation never ends The new ALPHA 7 IV is the ultimate hybrid camera packed with outstanding still image quality and evolved video technology with advanced autofocus, enhanced operability and workflow capability. The model was also developed with environment in mind by using Sony’s original recycled plastic SORPLAS™ for the camera body and the packaging with recyclable[i] materials and less plastic. Outstanding image quality With a newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, superior image quality and Wide ISO sensitivity range expandable to ISO 50-204800 is achieved. The high resolution enables the camera to express smooth gradation, fine details and textures of the subject while reducing noise. Its 15-stop dynamic range allows a wide expressive range while Creative Look settings can help to create original looks effortlessly for both stills and video. Next level AF performance The latest processing engine BIONZ XR™ used in the flagship Alpha 1 delivers high-speed AF, uninterrupted continuous shooting at 10fps[ii] with AF/AE tracking and a large buffer for a smooth shooting experience. ALPHA 7 IV tracks subjects with tenacious Real-Time Tracking and 759 phase-detection AF points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system that covers approximately 94% of the image area. Additionally, for the first time, Real-time Eye AF can now track birds and animals’ eye for both still images and movies, in addition to humans. The detection accuracy for human face and eyes is also approximately 30% more improved, compared with Alpha 7 III. Evolved movie technology The ALPHA 7 IV inherits technology taken from real-world movie production including S-Cinetone™ – adopted from Sony’s highly regarded Cinema Line cameras used by a broad range of filmmakers and content creators – to deliver a rich, cinematic look. High quality movie is achieved with 4K 60p recording in Super 35mm mode and up to 4K 30p recording with 7K oversampling in full-frame mode. The new camera also features 10-bit depth 4:2:2 colour sampling to enable natural gradation, XAVC S-I™ intra-frame encoding for more efficient editing workflows and XAVC HS™ for doubled compression efficiency. To meet the growing need for precise AF performance when shooting videos, unique AF features are achieved when using the ALPHA 7 IV with a Sony E-mount lens, including AF Assist[iii] that supports focus transitions when using AF and Focus Map that visualises depth of field. For the first time in the Alpha series, the new camera features Breathing Compensation[iv] to combat focus breathing and maintain a consistent angle of view throughout focus changes and can be switched on or off. Advanced operability as a genuine hybrid model The ALPHA 7 IV is a hybrid still and movie camera with outstanding operability and reliability that easily allows the user to switch from photo to movie and back at their convenience. New to Sony’s line-up of Alpha cameras is a dual layer mode dial with the lower layer for selecting Still/Movie/S&Q and the top layer for Auto/P/A/S/M and MR (Memory Recall), enabling users to quickly select and switch between the dedicated settings. It also has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation for a 5.5-step[v] shutter speed advantage, as well as an improved grip for greater comfort and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot to support media with faster writing and clearance. Additionally, the 3.68 million-dot (approx.) OLED Quad-VGA viewfinder is 1.6 times the resolution of the Alpha 7 III viewfinder, allowing users to benefit from the upgraded live-view image quality that minimizes false colour and increases resolution. Videographers can record 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 video continuously for more than an hour thanks to the camera’s heat-dissipating structure. Optical ‘Active Mode’[vi] image stabilisation helps optimum video shooting. They can also benefit from the 3.0-type 1.03 million-dot (approx.) side-opening vari-angle touch-panel rear LCD monitor, top-panel REC button and high-capacity Z-series battery. The ALPHA 7 IV body is built with magnesium alloy to achieve a robustness while minimising its weight. In addition, the redesigned structure and lens lock button contribute to enhanced dust and moisture resistance.[vii] Enhanced workflow capabilities By offering a variety of connectivity options, the ALPHA 7 IV enables on-the-spot streaming and sharing of high-quality content to meet the growing need for remote communication in real-time without sacrificing excellent image and sound quality. The connection between the camera and mobile application Imaging Edge Mobile™[viii] is simplified via Bluetooth, and fast data transfer is possible by 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. The camera also has a new feature called “Shot Mark” to enable easy access to the marked scenes in a video clip, within camera and on Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare applications.[ix] What’s more, the camera has a range of new features to support live streaming and remote communication without the need of dedicated software. UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) turn the ALPHA 7 IV into a high-performance live streaming camera when connected to a computer or smartphone. High image quality such as 4K 15p and 1080 FHD 60p deliver realistic video for remote sharing and the ALPHA 7 IV’s digital audio interface can be paired with a range of mics and accessories to deliver high quality sound. Finally, Sony plans to offer a new cloud service, “AI Video Editing Studio”, for automated editing with AI technology. To allow creators to focus on more creative tasks, “AI Video Editing Studio” automatically performs initial editing in the cloud, using AI technology. Sony will continue to strive to offer a wide variety of imaging experiences and services through the active integration and advancement of cameras, cloud, and AI. Designed with the environment in mind According to Sony’s environmental efforts based on the “Road to Zero“, environment was an important factor in the development of ALPHA 7 IV’s design, production and packaging. The camera uses recycled plastic, SORPLAS™, which does not depend on non-renewable resources and is produced at the sites using renewable energy such as solar power generation. The product packaging also adopts recyclable[x] plastic-reduced materials. HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM: Powerful flashes to evolve Alpha Lighting System The HVL-F60RM2 with GN 60 and 20-200mm[xi] coverage and HVL-F46RM with GN 46 and 24-105mm[xii] are powerful wireless flashes that offer precise control, enhanced high-speed and intuitive operability. They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the ALPHA 7 IV, to offer the ultimate Alpha Lighting System by the detailed communication between cameras. Both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 times at 10 frames per second[xiii] for the HVL-F60RM2 and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM. The optimised flash algorithm ensures both flashes are overheat-resistant, and a set of four Ni-MH (Nickel-metal hydride) batteries can power up to 240 flashes with a 1.7 second recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2 and up to 320 flashes with a 2.0 second recycle time for the HVL-F46RM[xiv]. When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System. For example, with the ALPHA 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame in Mid, and Hi continuous mode has become possible in addition to Lo continuous mode. The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject. With the Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 achieves a phenomenal up to 20fps of continuous shooting[xv] and approximately 20 flashes per second can be produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1. When Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes including HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM, users can sync up to 1/400 second shutter speed to expand expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode. In addition, with the silent electronic shutter of the camera, silent flash shooting is possible when absolute silence is required. Other system benefits of HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include: -Flash parameters controlled directly from the menu of a compatible camera[xvi] -Flash control linked to camera face detection[xvii] -Automatic correction of white balance based on the colour temperature information from the flash Both flashes also feature improved robustness and operability. The Multi Interface shoe with Sony’s unique metal shoe foot with rugged side frame significantly increases strength and reliability. Shoe sealing helps the flashes to be more dust and moisture resistant.[xviii] The HVL-F60RM2’s original rotating head mechanism, “Quick Shift Bounce” that enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control has also been improved to prevent unintended change in the bounce angle. They support wireless radio communication and can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in 5 groups via wireless radio communication for enhanced lighting control versatility. Pricing and Availability The new ALPHA 7 IV will be available in December 2021, at a variety of Sony’s authorised dealers, for an estimated retail price of £2,400/€2,800 for body only and £2,600/€3,000 for lens kit (SEL2870). The accessory VX9518 (PCK-LG2) Screen Protect Glass Sheet will be available at the same time. The camera is also compatible with the Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK). The HVL-F60RM2 flash will be available in November 2021, at a variety of Sony’s authorised dealers, for an estimated retail price of £550/€650. The HVL-F46RM flash will be available in November 2021, at a variety of Sony’s authorised dealers, for an estimated retail price of £370/€430. For more information visit: https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-7m4 https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras-flashes-lights/hvl-f60rm2 https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras-flashes-lights/hvl-f46rm A variety of exclusive stories, videos and exciting new content shot with the newest cameras and other Sony products can be found at here . Sony’s European photography hub is available in 22 languages and details product news, competitions and an up-to-date list of Sony events in each country. Product video on the new ALPHA 7 IV, HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM can be viewed here. [i] This product packaging is recyclable only in the communities that have appropriate recycling programs. [ii] Up to 10 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode, or up to 8 fps in continuous “Hi” mode. Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on shooting conditions. Sony tests. [iii] Not available when using the SELP1650, SEL18200LE or A-mount lenses. [iv] Angle of view and image quality may change slightly when this feature is turned ON. Breathing compensation is not available for unsupported lenses, 120/100p movie recording, S&Q recording at 120/100p, or stills. For the supported lens, please check here [v] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off. Still-image mode. [vi] Slight image crop in Active Mode. “Standard” setting recommended for focal lengths of 200mm or longer. Active mode not available when recording at 120 (100) fps. [vii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof. [viii] Ver. 7.6 (to be released soon) or later. [ix] Supported in Catalyst Browse/Prepare Version 2021.1 or later. [x] This product packaging is recyclable only in the communities that have appropriate recycling programs. [xi] 35mm full-frame equivalent. [xii] 35mm full-frame equivalent [xiii] 1/32 flash output level using Ni-MH batteries [xiv] When using Ni-MH batteries. Sony tests [xv] Alpha 1 electronic shutter in continuous Hi+ mode. Flash output level manually set to 1/32. [xvi] Visit Sony support webpage for functional compatibility information. [xvii] Visit Sony support webpage for functional compatibility information. [xviii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof. Dust and moisture resistance will vary also according to the body to which the unit is attached.
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  5. Phase One today introduces Capture One 20, a new version of its image editing software. According to the manufacturer, the feedback of the users played the most important role in the further development. The improvements include… new and improved editing tools, Workflow simplifications with a great effect and support for more cameras As with previous versions, Capture One 20 can be purchased both as a perpetual license or as subscription software. The unlimited full version costs 349 €, the subscription starts at 18 € per month. Upgrades from previous versions start at 169 €. Capture One 20 for Sony and Capture One 20 Fujifilm, which only support the RAW files of the respective camera manufacturers, cost 149 € as full version, or 9 € as subscription. » Capture One 20 in the Online Store » Download trial version New features in Capture One 20 The most important improvements compared to the previous version are... a new basic color editor, with which colors can be easily selected and edited within the image. a revised HDR tool, an easy-to-use tool for cropping images Improved noise reduction The improvements in detail: New Basic Color Editor The palette for color editing has been completely reworked, among others: There are now eight instead of six color ranges that can be edited individually The changes in this palette can now be applied to layers. The functions can be applied directly in the image via "Click & Drag": Clicking marks a certain color, by dragging in different directions, e.g. hue, saturation and brightness are changed Enhanced HDR tool Two additional sliders for black and white allow even finer processing of the image contrast. For even more precise control, you can still use gradation curves. Improved noise reduction The noise reduction process has been revised to better preserve colors, details and patterns. The effect of the sliders is now more visible in the image. Improved cropping of images Image trimming is much easier with Capture One 20 and is oriented to other programs: Grabs at the edges of the crop area. Centred cropping with ALT key Shift key preserves the aspect ratio Free image rotation by Cmd/Ctrl key or by moving the cursor out of the crop area Noise reduction HDR Tool Crop Tool Color Editing Capture One 20 Workflow Improvement The tool area on the left side of the screen is now divided into two areas, one of which is fixed at the top and the other freely scrollable. Palettes can be moved from one to the other area depending on your preferences in order to optimize the personal workflow. Another detail that will be helpful when processing image batches: Capture One 20 can be configured to move to the next image after marking images. It is now possible to apply processing layers from one image to others without replacing existing layers. Finally new cameras are now supported, for example: Leica V-LUX 5 Olympus E-M5 III Canon EOS M6 II Lumix S1H Nikon Z50 Generic GoPro RAW support Here is a full list with all Capture One 20 changes and improvements. » Capture One 20 Online Store » Download test version
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  9. What's the problem? And we do you have to open an 4 year old thread for your complaint?
  10. Pixel Shift Multi Shooting 16-image composite
  11. Here are some videos, provided by Sony: Product Features
  12. Full Sony Press Release: Sony Introduces High-Resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61.0 MP Back-illuminated Full-frame Image Sensor World’s first 35mm full-frame 61.0 MP[ii] back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor 15-stop[iii] dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps[iv] with full AF / AE tracking for approx. 7 seconds[v] in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately three times more in APS-C mode 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of image area and 425 contrast AF points Debut of Real-time Eye AF for movie recording[vi] and advanced Real-time Tracking[vii] plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording Features an APS-C crop mode delivering stunning high resolution of 26.2MPii 5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electric viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness and contrast Upgraded connectivity and operability including high-speed Wi-Fi support, wireless PC remote connectivity[viii], FTP wireless transfer, faster data transfer via USB and more Professional 4K movie recording functionality including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode,[ix] S-Log3, HDR workflow support Multi Interface Shoe™ with digital audio interface deliver the high-quality sound recording with new Sony’s microphones and XLR adaptor Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip and button for improvised control with compact, lightweight body Sony today announced the latest addition to its acclaimed Alpha™ 7R series full-frame mirrorless camera line-up; the extremely versatile, powerful Alpha 7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4). Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera ever, the new Alpha 7R IV delivers stunning image quality with high resolution and wide dynamic range while maintaining outstanding focusing performance, high-speed continuous shooting and much, much more. “We are continuing to drive innovation, break boundaries and redefine the expectations of digital camera performance,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “The new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format level image quality with high-speed shooting, extremely fast focusing and a long list of upgrades to design, connectivity and usability. This will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.” A New Level of Image Quality The new Alpha 7R IV features a newly developed 35mm full-frame back illuminated CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 61.0 MP,ii the world’s firsti of its kind. The new sensor’s back-illuminated structure and effective noise reduction techniques combine to deliver extremely low-noise, high sensitivity performance ensuring the absolute maximum image quality. The camera also boasts an impressive 15-stopiii 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 outstanding colour reproduction. This new full-frame model is equipped with an innovative 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity, resulting in a shutter speed advantage of 5.5-steps.[x] Additionally, the shutter unit assembly has been carefully re-designed to reduce even the slightest movement that may cause blur. The Alpha 7R IV also includes Sony’s highest resolution viewfinder in any camera, a 5.76 million dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF. About 1.6x the resolution of the EVF in the Alpha 7R III, this new viewfinder provides an extremely accurate, true-to-life depiction of the scene being framed. The display quality can be set to ‘Standard’ or ‘High’ mode, and to either 60 fps or 120 fps refresh rate to best match the subject and shooting conditions. Additionally, the new camera features an evolved Pixel Shift Multi Shooting[xi] mode that composites up to 16 full-resolution images. In this mode, the camera precisely shifts the sensor in 1 or 0.5-pixel increments to capture 16 separate pixel-shifted images containing a total of 963.2 million pixels worth of data then composited into a 240.8 million pixels (19008 x 12672 pixels) image using the “Imaging Edge™” desktop application.[xii] Ideal for photographing architecture, art or any other still life photography subject, this enhanced mode produces photographs with a level of detail and colour accuracy that is simply stunning. Shooting and Focusing Speed The innovative new Alpha 7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera can shoot full resolution images at up to 10 fpsiv with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to approximately 7 secondsv in full-frame, full-resolution mode (JPEG / RAW), and approx. 3x seconds in APS-C crop mode delivering 26.2MPii images. These high-speed options ensure that fast moving subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and incredible image detail. The upgraded focusing system of the Alpha 7R IV is comprised of 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 74% of the image area. There are also 425 contrast AF points that add extra precision and reliability for low light and other situations that are best served by contrast AF. The higher AF sensor density and refined tracking algorithms of the new camera produce a notable improvement in tracking performance, allowing complex subject motion and sudden subject movements to be reliably tracked with greater precision than ever. The Alpha 7R IV also supports Real-time Eye AF, which employs artificial intelligence to detect and process eye location data in real-time, stay locked onto the subject’s eye with extreme precision. This is available for both animal and human subjects, with an option to select either animal or human Eye AF mode depending on the shooting situation. Additionally, the Real-time Trackingvii feature is available which utilises a newly developed subject recognition algorithm to ensure the ultimate subject tracking and persistence of the focusing system. There is also an anti-flicker shooting[xiii] mode, which automatically detects the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting in a shooting environment to minimise any impact on the final image. Enhanced Connectivity for Professional Workflow Sony’s new Alpha 7R IV full-frame camera is equipped with a variety of advanced connectivity features designed to enhance professional workflow. The new model includes wireless LAN functionality to support the conventional 2.4 GHz band as well as a high-speed 5 GHz[xiv] band for faster, more stable data transfer. Wireless PC remote connectivity (wireless tethering shooting)viii is also available on the new Alpha 7R IV, a first for Sony cameras. Requested by many working professionals, this will allow for much more freedom in studio and location shoots, where the photographer can move around freely without restriction. In addition to high-speed Wi-Fi® and wireless PC connectivity,viii the new full-frame camera is equipped with a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.2 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ connector that supports extremely fast wired data transmission, with almost doubled data transfer speed achieved in combination with Imaging Edge software compared to the Alpha 7R III.It also supports FTP data transfer with background transfer capability, allowing photographers to send images to a specified FTP remote server while they are still shooting or reviewing images. To support an efficient, high-speed connected professional workflow, Sony has announced version 2.0 of “Imaging Edge” desktop applications (‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’).xiii The ’Remote’ application allows users to control cameras and monitor live shooting on their PC screen; the ‘Viewer‘ application is used to quickly preview, rate and select photos from large libraries and the ’Edit‘ application can develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery. To maximise convenience in image transfer, when utilising the latest version of Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile™ application,[xv] the camera can now transfer images to a connected smartphone even if the power is set to OFF.[xvi] High-resolution 4K and Professional Filmmaking Features In addition to its impressive still image capabilities, the new Alpha 7R IV performs exceptionally well as a serious filmmaking tool, offering 4K (3840×2160 pixels) video recording and full pixel readout without pixel binning in Super 35mm mode.ix This ensures high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. S-Log 2 and S-Log 3 are also available to maximize colour grading flexibility, with S-Log 3 offering a total of 14-stops of dynamic range. HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)[xvii] is also available on the Alpha 7R IV to support an Instant HDR workflow. For video autofocus, the versatile new full-frame camera utilises a refined Fast Hybrid AF system that achieves faster, smoother, more stable autofocus during video shooting – even if an object temporarily moves in front of the intended subject. The camera also includes Touch Tracking functionality during movie shooting, allowing the user to simply touch the screen on their intended subject for instant acquisition. The new Alpha 7R IV debuts Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting,vi a first in any of Sony’s cameras. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not in focus. The Touch Tracking functionality will also automatically initiate Eye AF when a human subject is selected. Another notable video feature is the addition of a digital audio interface to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe), allowing direct connection of the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit for clear, low-noise and high-quality audio recording. Interval shooting for creating time-lapse videos is available, as well as full HD recording at up to 120 fps, Slow and Quick Motion[xviii] functions and much more. Enhanced Build, Design and Customisability The new Alpha 7R IV has several upgrades to its design and usability, with many adjustments being implemented directly based of the voice of Sony’s professional community. To maximise durability, the new Alpha 7R IV features upgraded dust and moisture resistance,[xix] with additional sealing provided at all body seams, the battery compartment cover and media slots. The camera is built with an extremely lightweight and durable magnesium alloy, and has an upgraded six screw, extra-firm mount. Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip for greater comfort and a surer hold within the hand; an increase in the diameter and feedback for the ‘AF-ON’ button; a new multi-selector joystick design for improvised control; an exposure compensation dial lock button and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial. A strong request from many professional users, the new camera also includes two UHS-II compatible media slots, allowing for higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds. For added convenience, camera setting registration is expanded. Now, almost all camera settings can be saved to and read from an inserted memory card. Up to 10 combinations can be saved to any individual card and loaded into any camera body of the same type. Despite its 1.5x pixel count, the battery life has also been improved – with a CIPA measurement of up to 670 still images per charge using LCD monitor,or530 images with EVF). For even more uninterrupted operating time, the new optional VG-C4EM Vertical Grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries, and the optional Multi Battery Adaptor (NPA-MQZ1K) can hold up to four Z batteries. The body can also be powered via the USB connector.[xx] New Accessories Sony has released a variety of new accessories to compliment the new Alpha 7R IV camera, including: VG-C4EM Vertical Grip – provides same operation, handling and design as the Alpha 7R IV camera, including upgraded dust and moisture resistance;xx doubles battery life and allows USB battery-charging via the camera body. ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone[xxi] – Eight high-performance mic capsules and advanced digital signal processing provide three selectable directivity patterns in one compact microphone of approx. 99.3mm (4 inches) in length with Super-directional pick up; when connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible quality is achieved without noise or degradation. XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit[xxii] – Two XLR/TRS combo connectors and one 3.5mm stereo mini jack for microphone and line input, with extensive control that helps facilitate the post processing workflow; connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible audio quality is achieved without noise or degradation; supplied extension cable for Audio provides extra flexibility for camera attachment with rig, cage or bracket. SF-M series TOUGH Ultra-Tough UHS-II SD card with ultra-fast speed up to 277MB/s (read) is ideal for shooting in extreme conditions and streamlines the post-shooting workflow; supplied with file recovery software (supports both macOS and Windows). MRW-S3 Fast USB for PC hub with UHS-II SD/microSD reader, supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD), contributes to efficient workflow by ultra-fast, stable backup to PC or SSD. Pricing and Availability The new Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship in Europe in August 2019, priced at approximately €4000 VG-C4EM will ship in September 2019 for approximately €450 ECM-B1M will ship in September 2019 for approximately €380 XLR-K3M will ship in October 2019 for approximately €650 For full product details, please visit: https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-7rm4 A product video on the new Alpha 7R IV canbe viewed here. A Product video on the new ECM-B1M can be viewed here. A variety of exclusive stories, videos and exciting new content shot with the newest cameras and other Sony α products can be found at https://www.sony.co.uk/alphauniverse. Sony’s European photography hub is available in 22 languages and details product news, competitions and an up-to-date list of Sony events in each country. As of July 2019, based on Sony survey of digital cameras with a full-frame image sensor [ii] Approximately, effective [iii] Still images. Sony test conditions [iv] Up to 10 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode, and up to 8 fps in continuous “Hi” mode. Maximum fps will depend on camera settings [v] In JPEG (Extra fine / Fine) or compressed RAW mode [vi] This function does not track animal eyes [vii]“Tracking” in the menu. This function does not track animal eyes [viii] Image Edge desktop application Ver. 2.0 or later is required [ix] Super 35mm 4K recording results in a slightly narrower angle of view [x] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off [xi] The Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) desktop application Ver. 2.0 or later is required for compositing. Image compositing may not be successful if camera or subject movement causes blur. Some restrictions apply to flash and other device [xii]‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’ version.2.0 will be released in August 2019 [xiii] Only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Flicker-free shooting is not available during silent shooting, BULB exposure, or movie recording [xiv] Models sold in some countries/regions support IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) wireless LAN only. 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions [xv] Imaging Edge Mobile version.7.2 will be released in July 2019 [xvi] Imaging Edge Mobile Ver. 7.2 or later is required. “Cnct. during power off” setting in camera must be turned ON and the camera and smartphone must be paired using Bluetooth® technology via the Imaging Edge Mobile application [xvii] Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) movies [xviii] Sound not recorded. Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card required [xix] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof [xx] A battery must be installed in the body when power is being supplied via the USB connector [xxi] Refer to the Sony support page for details and camera compatibility information https://www.sony.net/dics/b1m/ [xxii] Refer to the Sony support page for details and camera compatibility information
  13. Sony has launched today the Sony A7R IV! Sony A7R IV at a glance 61 MP Sensor 26 MP in APS-C mode 15 EV dynamic range 10 fps serial shooting w/ full C-AF 68 images buffer 5 axis IBIS 567 phase AF points realtime Eye AF photo / video – and for animals realtime tracking 5.8 MP OLED EVF 4K Video w/ S-Log 2/3 Dual SD-Slot (UHS-II compatible) Sony A7R IV Product Images
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