Sony unveils 4K cameras, the full-frame mirrorless A7R II, new RX100 IV and RX10 II

Sony proved it once again that in the image sensor technology, they’re far the best and at the top of the game.

At a press conference held recently in New York, Sony unveiled its new lineup of cameras ― the Cybershot RX10 II and RX100 IV shooters and the α7R II compact camera which showcases interchangeable lens.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II
The new RX100 IV and RX10 II both comes with a gorgeous Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with a DRAM memory chip and faster signal processing. The RX100 IV is a point-and-shoot compact which features a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens, ISO ranges from 12,800 and 16 fps continuous shooting with much faster autofocus. While the RX10 II features a bigger body and fixed lens, it also has a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-20mm lens with a constant f2.8 aperture.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV. Photo by Pocket-lint/CC
In addition to a 3-inch screen which can be flip for selfies, the RX100 IV also has a dashing pop-up flash, built-in WiFi and NFC like its predecessor. RX100 IV 4K recording can only tape a 5-minute in length video clips at 3,840 x 2,160 resolution with a super slow motion mode of 480 fps up to 960 fps.

With Sony’s XAVC S codec, the RX10 II can shoot 4K video for up to 29 minutes at 100Mbps through its 20.2 megapixel sensor, 14 fps continous shooting and an ISO sensitivity of up to 12,800. It can also shoot super slow-motion movies at up to 960 frames per second.

Both compacts share quite the same features; each model has an updated contrast-detection autofocus system and a high-contrast XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.35 million-dot resolution. The Sony Cybershot RX100 IV and RX10 II will be available this coming July for about $1,000 and $1,300 respectively. Pre-orders for both model start on 17th of June.

Sony a7R II
Last up is the Sony a7R II, a full-frame mirrorless camera with great 4K video recording feature. The high-end a7R II has an interchangeable lens camera which comes with the world’s first sensor with back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS that shoots a stunning 42.4 megapixels and an ISO sensitivity that ranges from 100 to 25,600 and expandable from 50 to 102,400.

While it’s 3.5x faster than its predecessor, a7R II also has a five-axis image stabilization system, BionzX image processor and an anti-aliasing-filter free sensor. The same as the two new Cybershot compacts, Sony a7R II can record 4K quality video in a full-frame mode, the first of its kind in the digital imaging world.


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