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Nikon Announces the Nikon D810

Another famous late-night announcement brings us news of the long-awaited successor to the camera that brought medium-format resolutions to the masses. With its all-glorious 36 megapixels, improved low-light performance, and a new processing engine, the Nikon D810 is finally here…
A new processing engine (combined with a few other possible internal changes) increases ISO performance by one stop. The low-sensitivity end of the native ISO also gained some latitude as it drops to ISO 64 natively (ISO 32, expanded). That, along with the now-permanent removal of an anti-aliasing filter (aka AA or optical low-pass filter) should bring unprecedented quality to the full-frame DSLR segment yet again. Meanwhile, the price will probably follow suit with the silly CF/SD card slot combination as it should stay around the same price (with a possible slight bump) as the D800E when it was introduced at $3300. We’ll have updates on the price as pre-orders roll out shortly enough.


Sony A7S Review -- First Impressions

Basic Specifications Full model name:Sony Alpha ILCE-A7SResolution:12.20 MegapixelsSensor size:35mmKit Lens:n/aViewfinder:EVF / LCDISO: 50-409600Shutter:30-1/8000Max Aperture:n/aDimensions:5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9 in.
(127 x 94 x 48 mm)Weight:17.2 oz (489 g)
includes batteriesMSRP:$2,500Availability:07/2014Manufacturer:SonyFull specs:Sony A7S specifications 12.20
MegapixelsSony E-mount Full Frame35mm
size sensor Sony A7S Review -- First ImpressionsOverview and Technical Info by and Mike Tomkins
Sony really redefined what full-frame photography could be in the fall of 2013, with the introduction of the A7 and A7R, by far the smallest full-frame, fully-featured interchangeable lens cameras we'd seen to date. Now, the Sony A7S is poised to similarly redefine the world of 4K video and low-light still shooting.
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Sony A7s preview

Sony A7s previewThe Sony Alpha A7s is a mirrorless system camera with a full-frame sensor. Announced in April 2014 it comes six months after the Alpha A7 and A7r, with all three sharing the same compact body, FE lens mount and full-frame sensor size. What makes the A7s different from its siblings is its resolution and video capabilities. Where the A7 and A7r deliver 24 and 36 Megapixels respectively, the A7s offers just 12. The lower resolution of the A7s gives it greater low light performance with a huge maximum sensitivity of 409,600 ISO, but as importantly it allows the sensor to capture 4k UHD video at 24, 25 or 30p without downsampling; this in turn eliminates moire and other scaling artefacts which plague models with higher resolution sensors. Sadly unlike the Panasonic Lumix GH4 though, the Alpha A7s can’t record 4k video internally. Instead it’s output over a Micro HDMI port in 8 bit 4:2:2 format to an optional external recorder like the new Atomos Shogun, itself costing arou…