Sony A7S III Expected Availability Jan 17, 2022

According to the B&H, the new  Sony Alpha a7S III (AmazonB&HAdoramais scheduled to start shipping from Jan 17, 2022.  It was officially announced in July 2021.

Due to the high demand of Sony Alpha a7S III, the availability of Sony a7S III is very low. It is now almost out of stock in US stores.

Sony a7S III
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Key Features

  • 12MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K 120p Video, 10-Bit 4:2:2 Internal
  • 16-Bit Raw Output, HLG & S-Cinetone
  • 759-Point Fast Hybrid AF
  • 9.44m-Dot QXGA OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Extended ISO 40-409600, 10 fps Shooting
  • Dual CFexpress Type A/SD Card Slots

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Sony VENICE 2 Leaked with a New 8.6K Full-Frame Image Sensor

The upcoming Sony VENICE 2 now leaked online. The Venice 2 camera with 8.6K image sensor is scheduled to start shipping in February 2022 and VENICE 2 camera with pre-installed 6K image sensor in March 2022. Leaked press release can be found below.

New Venice 2 also features compact body design, Internal X-OCN recording and ability to interchange sensors between models to further enhance its operability and versatility 

Today, Sony introduces Venice 2, the new flagship model and latest addition to its lineup of high-end digital cinema cameras. The Venice 2 builds upon the strength of the original Venice with new features including a compact design, internal recording and the option for two different sensors: the newly developed full-frame 8.6K sensor or the original 6K Venice sensor. The Venice 2 also inherits popular features from the original Venice including colour science, Dual Base ISO and 8-stops of built-in ND filters. 

New Sensor Translates into Extraordinary Image Quality and Incredible Low-light Sensitivity 

Paired with a newly-developed 8.6 K (8640 x 5760) full-frame CMOS sensor, the Venice 2 offers excellent image quality with 16 stops of total latitude[i] to capture beautiful images with excellent colour separation and shadow detail. The camera also inherits its colour science from the original Venice which is highly regarded for its natural skin tones.  The VENICE 2 CineAlta camera has a unique dual base ISO of 800/3200[ii] which allows filmmakers to capture incredibly clean, film-like images under a wide range of lighting conditions. It supports everything from full-frame, full-frame anamorphic[iii] to Super 35mm all at a minimum of 4K resolution, resulting in an outstanding and versatile camera system for cinematographers and productions.

To illustrate the strength of the Venice 2 and its new 8.6K sensor, Sony worked with the industry’s top cinematographers to test the camera’s image quality on two separate film shoots without using any professional movie lighting.   

Award-winning cinematographer Robert McLachlan ASC CSC, who has worked on highly acclaimed productions Game Of Thrones (for which he received two Emmy nominations), Westworld and Lovecraft Country.  McLachlan tested and filmed with the new 8.6K full-frame Venice 2 in two countries and offered his reaction.  

“I really wish we’d had a large format, 8.6K sensor like Sony Venice 2 on Game Of Thrones. It would have made it feel even more epic and, at the same time, more engaging, thanks to the increased resolution, richness, and dimensionality. The increased speed, cleaner highlights, and shadows together with the potential for super-shallow depth of field would have been a huge asset.”  

Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda ASC ACC used the original Venice on Top Gun: Maverick and tested the Venice against the original in the pitch darkness of the California desert. He offered this assessment:    

“The 3200 ASA is incredible. I think how clean it is – is definitely a big deal,” said Miranda. “In the film, there is still fidelity in the shadows, and the wide shots are pretty spectacular. There were no film lights on this shoot at all. There were just headlights of the car, the fire, and that was the point. It was to go to the middle of nowhere and put a big fire and see how far the new sensor could light up the mountain, without noise.”  

Rob Hardy BSC, the British cinematographer known for his ground-breaking work on Mission Impossible: Fallout, Ex-Machina, DEVS and winner of the BAFTA for cinematography for Boy A, amongst others, also commented: 

“I’m used to using the original Venice and I would say, I am a pretty much an advocate of that camera. The opportunity to use this  Venice 2 is actually a really fantastic one. This is the first time I’ve ever used that larger sensor, the 8.6K and we were lucky enough to get some anamorphic lenses that were set for the full cinematic effect and that really utilised that whole sensor. The ISOs have been bumped up so that enables me to shoot at a higher speed in the low light levels which is something what wasn’t really an option before, and that’s the big gain for me.”

With the 8.6K sensor providing ample oversampling, images shot on Venice will benefit from less noise and enriched information in a 2K or 4K production. It also means the camera is well suited for VR, in camera VFX and Virtual Production setups, delivering an immersive experience and realistic images, especially in combination with Sony’s high-contrast and large-scale Crystal LED displays. 

The Success of the Original Venice

Since its launch in 2017, Venice has been used to shoot more than 300 theatrical, broadcast, cable, and streaming releases, including the Emmy award-winning series The Crown, and Paramount’s upcoming feature Top Gun: Maverick. Regular firmware and hardware updates to meet the latest creative needs have been key to the wide adoption of Venice.   

“We are so pleased to have seen the success of the original Venice over the last four years. Based on our conversations with cinematographers and production companies around the world, we recognized an opportunity to improve by leveraging many of our latest imaging and sensor technologies. By doing so, we are taking the Venice image quality to a new level. We also made the camera smaller and are offering internal recording to enable more creative freedom: whether that means using the camera on drones, Steadicams, aerial gimbals- or underwater housings,” said Hiroshi Kajita, Head of Media Solutions, Sony Professional, Sony Europe.  

User-influenced Upgrades 

The Venice 2 maintains many of the features which made the original Venice a success including Dual Base ISO, 8-stops of built-in ND filters, compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including all PL mount and Sony’s native E-mount which enables adapters for a multitude of lenses. 

Thanks to direct feedback from the production community, the Venice 2 was designed with a smaller and more lightweight body than the original Venice while keeping its intuitive operability. Despite being 44 mm smaller and approximately 10% lighter[iv], the Venice 2 chassis allows internal recording of X-OCN and Apple 4K Pro Res 4444 and 422HQ without the AXS-R7 recorder, offering advanced usability in a compact and lightweight body.  

User-selectable capture resolution of the 8.6K image sensor allow shooting in various modes including:  

8.6K  3:2  30FPS  Full-Frame
8.2K  17:9  60FPS  Full-Frame
5.8K  6:5 Anamorphic  48FPS  Super 35 
5.8K  17:9  90FPS  Super 35

*Full info about image mode can be found here.

To illustrate the strength of the Venice 2 and its new 8.6K sensor, Sony worked with the industry’s top cinematographers to test the camera’s image quality on two separate film shoots without using any professional movie lighting.   

Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda ASC ACC used the original Venice on Top Gun: Maverick and tested the Venice 2 against the original in the pitch darkness of the California desert. He offered this assessment:    

“The 3200 ASA is incredible. I think how clean it is – is definitely a big deal,” said Miranda. “In the film, there is still fidelity in the shadows, and the wide shots are pretty spectacular. There were no film lights on this shoot at all. There were just headlights of the car, the fire, and that was the point. It was to go to the middle of nowhere and put a big fire and see how far the new sensor could light up the mountain, without noise.”  

Interchangeable Sensor Design 

For even more flexibility on-site, the Venice 2 chassis adds the unique feature to interchange the image sensor block. The camera can be used with the 8.6K sensor as well as the original 6K sensor block. The camera body automatically recognizes the change and will start-up without any firmware exchanges or re-installs, adding more flexibility on-site. The original 6K sensor will allow higher frame rates. 

Enhanced Usability with Internal Recording and Smaller Size  

Small and lightweight but solidly built, the Venice 2 body leverages new high-speed 6.6 Gbps AXS card AXS-A1TS66 for 8K 60p recording. Existing AXS Memory Card Readers including AXS-AR3 via Thunderbolt 3 interface are compatible with the new media.

Additionally, the Venice 2 user interface is the same as the original Venice but incorporates improvements to make it easier and even more intuitive to use.  The camera offers an evolved product design, while being compatible with almost all original Venice accessories.    

Other updates to the Venice 2, based on the feedback from current VENICE users to enhance usability, include: 

  • 4K output with LUT applied 
  • Improved 3D LUT processing to improve picture quality  
  • EI changes directly applied to S-Log3 outputs
  • LUT/ASC-CDL control via Ethernet/Wi-Fi  
  • Zoom to Fit (Full-Frame recording with 17:9/16:9 monitoring) operation  
  • Ethernet connector position changed to Camera Assistant side  
  • Lemo 2pin 12V output connector  
  • Internal microphone installed  

Availability 

The Venice 2 camera with 8.6K image sensor is scheduled to start shipping in February 2022 and VENICE 2 camera with pre-installed 6K image sensor in March 2022.

In addition, the Venice 2 6K can be used with the existing Venice Extension System and a next-generation Extension System for Venice 2 8K is planned to be released by early 2023.

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new Venice 2 and Sony’s other imaging products can be found at www.sonycine.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony’s Cinema Line.  

A product video on the new Venice 2 can be viewed here, alongside a demonstration reel. 

[i] 15+ stops for 6K model
[ii] 500/2500 for 6K model
[iii] Need optional license for full-frame and anamorphic shooting.
[iv] Compared with VENICE using with AXS-R7 external recorder

Official Sony a7 IV Sample Images

Official Sony A7 IV sample images now available online. Sony USA has posted full size sample images of the Sony a7 IV (AmazonB&HAdorama) mirrorless camera.

Featuring a newly developed 33MP Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS sensor pairs with the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Sony a1, the Sony a7 IV supports quick shooting up to 10 fps and 4K 60p video recording, along with broad sensitivity up to ISO 51200 and a wide 15+ stop dynamic range.

Check out the official Sony a7 IV sample images below : Continue reading “Official Sony a7 IV Sample Images”

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens Officially Announced

Samyang officially announced the new AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.

Meet the new AF 50mm F1.4 FE II, the lightest standard lens with a large-aperture compatible with Sony FE mount. The AF 50mm F1.4 FE II features a more precise and faster AF with excellent performance!

1. Smallest & Lightest Large-Aperture Standard Lens
2. Ultra-precision aspherical lenses offer soft and beautiful bokeh
3. New modern design with matt finish and red ring
4. Fast & quiet AF and well-controlled breathing for shooting video Continue reading “Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens Officially Announced”

Best Memory Cards for Sony a7 IV

Here are the best memory cards for Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera, including CFexpress cards (Type A) and UHS-II SD cards.

The Sony a7 IV has dual memory card slots: The card slot 1 supports both the CFexpress Type A cards and the UHS-II SD cards while the card slot 2 is only compatible with UHS-II SD memory cards. Featuring a newly developed 33MP Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS sensor pairs with the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Sony a1, the Sony a7 IV supports quick shooting up to 10 fps and 4K 60p video recording, along with broad sensitivity up to ISO 51200 and a wide 15+ stop dynamic range. Beyond image quality, the sensor and processor also contribute to an advanced AI-based AF system that supports Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking for intuitive AF control and subject tracking. In addition, enhanced 5.5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system compensates for five different types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of stills and video. Simply put, the Sony a7 IV (AmazonB&HAdorama) is the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals, including generalist photographers, wedding and event shooters and even sports specialists.

Below is our full list of top recommended CFexpress cards (Type A) and UHS-II SD cards for the Sony a7 IV full-frame mirrorless camera. Continue reading “Best Memory Cards for Sony a7 IV”

Sony A7 IV User Manual & Help Guide

Sony A7 IV User Manual, User Guide, Instructions Download, Sony A7 IV Owner’s Manual View Online. Free Download Sony A7 IV PDF User Manual, User Guide, Instructions, Sony A7 IV Owner’s Manual. Download Sony A7 IV PDF User Manual here.

If you are looking for the Sony a7IV User Manual then I’d recommend visiting the Sony a7 IV Online Help Guide. The online guide is a lot easier to navigate than the PDF version.

However, if you’d prefer to print out the manual, then you can find a PDF version of the user guide for the ILCE-7M4 here.

There’s also the Sony a7 IV Startup Guide (PDF) which is a very basic guide to getting started with the a7 IV. Continue reading “Sony A7 IV User Manual & Help Guide”

Best Lenses for Sony A7 IV

Searching for the best lenses for Sony a7 IV? Here is the full list of our top recommended full frame E-mount lenses for Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera.

The Sony a7 IV is the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals, including generalist photographers, wedding and event shooters and even sports specialists. Featuring a newly developed 33MP Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS sensor pairs with the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Sony a1, the Sony a7 IV supports quick shooting up to 10 fps and 4K 60p video recording, along with broad sensitivity up to ISO 51200 and a wide 15+ stop dynamic range. Beyond image quality, the sensor and processor also contribute to an advanced AI-based AF system that supports Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking for intuitive AF control and subject tracking. In addition, the Sony a7 IV also sports an updated body design that houses a higher resolution 3.68m-dot EVF, vari-angle touchscreen LCD, and dual memory card slots, including one dual CFexpress Type A/SD UHS-II slot. So, designed for enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals alike, the Sony a7 IV is a well-rounded camera suitable for both photo and video applications in a variety of working situations.

Have you picked up a Sony a7 IV recently? If so, then you might be thinking about which lenses are also worth adding to your gear bag. Here we list all the top recommended lenses for Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera, including leading prime and zoom options from wide-angle to telephoto for street, walkaround, travel, everyday shooting, vlogging, landscapes, portraits, wedding, macro, videos, sports, wildlife and more.

Sony a7 IV: $2,498 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony a7 IV with 28-70mm Lens: $2,698 at AmazonB&HAdorama. Continue reading “Best Lenses for Sony A7 IV”

Sony a7 IV Pre-order, in Stock & Availability Tracker

Here is the Sony a7 IV Pre-order, in Stock & Availability Tracker. If you are looking for the Sony a7 IV availability check our FREE stock tracker.

The Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera was officially announced on October 21, 2021. Featuring a newly developed 33MP Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS sensor pairs with the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Sony a1, the Sony a7 IV supports quick shooting up to 10 fps and 4K 60p video recording, along with broad sensitivity up to ISO 51200 and a wide 15+ stop dynamic range. Beyond image quality, the sensor and processor also contribute to an advanced AI-based AF system that supports Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking for intuitive AF control and subject tracking. Simply put, the Sony a7 IV is the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals, including generalist photographers, wedding and event shooters and even sports specialists.

The Sony a7 IV is scheduled to start shipping on December 30, 2021, and it is expected to be one of the super hot selling mirrorless cameras. Due to the high demand but short supply, the Sony a7 IV will probably be out of stock for weeks. So, if you haven’t pre-ordered yet, but you want to get as far to the front of the list as you can, you should probably go ahead and pre-order now. Otherwise you will be waiting a very long time. The pre-orders will be filled on a first come first serve basis. All the authorized Sony dealers will not charge your card until they actually ship the item to you, and you can cancel it anytime.

Below is the free Sony a7 IV pre-order, in stock & availability tracker. (updated on a daily basis) Continue reading “Sony a7 IV Pre-order, in Stock & Availability Tracker”

Sony Updates Camera Remote SDK with Enhanced E-Commerce Application Functionality

Sony today launched an updated version of its Camera Remote Software Development kit (SDK), adding compatibility with the newly announced Alpha 7 IV and key functionality to support third parties in the development of bespoke applications utilizing the industry-leading performance of Sony cameras.

Yasuo Baba, Director, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe BV said: “The expansion of our B2B offerings is a fundamental part of Sony’s long-term vision in the imaging market and since the launch of our original Camera Remote SDK, we have worked with some incredibly exciting customers to design some fascinating imaging applications. We are fully committed to the evolution of this SDK and will continue to add functionality based upon customer feedback.”

Version 1.05 of the Camera Remote SDK, which is available to download for free from today, offers new features that are particularly important in the areas of E-commerce, speed camera systems and contents creation. A new ‘Still Image Capture Complete Notification’ supports greater efficiency in constant shooting situations and the newly added ability to ‘Preset Focus and Zoom’iii is a feature that has been requested by many customers. Continue reading “Sony Updates Camera Remote SDK with Enhanced E-Commerce Application Functionality”

Sony Imaging Edge Software Updated for a7 IV

Sony has released the new imaging edge software version 7.6.0 to support the Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera (AmazonB&HAdorama).

Install links: iTunes StoreGoogle Play Store

Imaging Edge Version 7.6.0:

– compatible with iOS15.
– compatible with ILCE-7M4.
– Once the app is paired with the camera, you can transfer images and take remote shots by simply using the app from the next start-up. (For ILCE-7M4 only)

Sony a7 IV: $2,498 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony a7 IV with 28-70mm Lens: $2,698 at AmazonB&HAdorama.