Alpha http://www.stuff.tv/sony/alpha/features en-GB Sony Alpha 77 II hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-77-ii-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spent some time with Sony&#039;s super-fast DSLR-style Alpha camera - and we were mightily impressed be what we saw </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a77 II" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-001.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Arthur C Clarke famously stated that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Having tried out Sony&#39;s new Alpha 77 II camera, we can see what he was getting at.</p> <p>The&nbsp;DLSR-style snapper snaps on to your subject so quickly it seems to mess with time - did I even press the shutter button yet? Is it powered by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachyon" target="_blank">tachyons</a>? </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NEED FOR SPEED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The a77 II is&nbsp;Gareth Bale-ingly fast to autofocus, thanks in large part to its 79 AF points. No, that&#39;s not a typo; while Canon&#39;s top two APS-C cameras, the 7D and 70D, have 19 AF points each, and Nikon&#39;s D7100 has 51, the a77 II has 79.&nbsp;</p> <p>What this means in use is that pretty much whichever direction you point the camera, it locks on to a subject instantly. Seriously - we tried focusing on distant subjects followed swiftly by near subjects followed swiftly by subjects on the edge of the frame, and it nailed it every time.</p> <p>But be warned. While you might know which subject you&#39;re aiming at, the autofocus can&#39;t, so narrowing your options down a little will often be the best option for static subjects.</p> <p>We tried&nbsp;using the Wide area mode, which spreads the full 79 AF&nbsp;points out over the whole frame, and found that unless we were aiming at a clearly defined subject in a relatively clear area, the a77 II often made the &#39;wrong&#39; choice. </p> <p>Really it was our error, rather than the camera&#39;s - you can&#39;t aim at a crowd and expect your camera to guess that you want the third person from the left. And besides, it&#39;s easily fixed by switching to&nbsp;one of the many other AF zone options, or using the centre-point alone. It&#39;s merely a reminder that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x-t1/review" target="_blank">Fujifilm X-T1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The a77 II takes its moment in the spotlight" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-011.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NEED FOR SPEED II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where all those AF points do come in handy though is when shooting a moving target.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s marketing around the camera goes big on its action-shooting talents, boasting of it having 5-step tracking adjustment, enhanced focus area modes, AF range control, Eye AF and blah blah blah. In English: it&#39;s really good at tracking moving subjects.</p> <p>So we put that to the test in our hands-on time with it, shooting moving people and vehicles with excellent results. AF tracking continues to work while you&#39;re firing off burst shots of up to 12fps, meaning that you genuinely can focus on a car, keep clicking as it drives past you and get pretty accurate focus throughout. It even does well with subjects coming directly towards you, something which trips up many cameras.</p> <p>One thing to note is that while you can rattle off up to 60 JPEGs in succession, that number falls to about 25 for RAW images. Still plenty for most purposes, then.</p> <p>Video maxes out at 1080p@60fps, so no 4K, but on the other hand all of the a77 II&#39;s clever tracking tech works when you&#39;re in movie mode too. We know which of these two features we&#39;re more bothered about.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/lytro-introduces-illum-pro-level-light-field-camera/news" target="_blank">Lytro introduces Illum, a pro-level camera that lets you focus after you shoot</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AF tracking is the a77 II&#039;s big talent" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-012_0.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SHARP SHOOTER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course all that speed would be wasted if the resulting images weren&#39;t nice to look at, but fortunately they&#39;re excellent.</p> <p>Noise is minimal, detail plentiful, edges are crisp and colours are natural. Admittedly, the fact that we were using two of Sony&#39;s best Alpha lenses - the &pound;2500 Sony DT 70-200mm f2.8 and the &pound;700 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 18-60mm f3.5-4.5 - won&#39;t have hurt.</p> <p>Of course even the best lenses can&#39;t save a shoddy sensor, but the 24.3MP Exmor CMOS effort within the a77 II is anything but. It&#39;s clearly also helped by Sony&#39;s latest Bionz X processor, which both improves low-light shots - it goes up to ISO 25,600, with noise non-existant before ISO 1600 - and speeds up all-round operation. You&#39;ll notice that speed not just in autofocus and burst shooting but also in simple tasks such as switching from the rear LCD screen to the electronic viewfinder.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Colours are accurate" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-005.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="100% crop - note lack of noise at ISO 800" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-006.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Exposure is spot on" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-007.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="100% crop: there&#039;s loads of detail on view" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-008.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FINDER, KEEPER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking of the EVF, it&#39;s one of the best we&#39;ve used. Personally, I don&#39;t like EVFs - optical viewfinders always seem clearer, brighter, more accurate, and EVFs can struggle to keep up with fast action. But there are plenty at Stuff who disagree with me (about most things) and on this occasion they&#39;ve got a point. The 2.4k-dot OLED &#39;Tru-Finder&#39; on the a77 II has 100% coverage, 1.09x magnification and plenty of space for displaying every bit of info you might want to see, all of which are advantages over rivals such as the Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D.</p> <p>Better still, what you see through the viewfinder really is what you get: if a scene looks to be too dark, so will the resulting image. On a traditional DSLR, you have to rely on the camera correctly exposing the scene for you - and they don&#39;t always get it right. Of course, any compact system camera with an EVF will share this advantage.</p> <p>The 3in LCD is a cracker too: big, bright and capable of twisting into pretty much any configuration you choose. Our only gripe? It took us about 10 minutes to work out how to flip it out in the first place.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leica/leica-t-new-system-camera-milled-single-block-aluminium/news" target="_blank">Meet the Leica T - a stunning system camera milled from a single block of aluminium</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The EVF is superb" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-003.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The a77&#039;s screen twists every which way" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-002.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AND THE REST... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By the standards of today&#39;s all-conquering CSCs, the Alpha 77 II is a big, heavy camera. It&#39;s also extremely well built, with a weatherproof magnesium-alloy body and chunky grip. For us, the advantages of the latter outweigh the disadvantages of the former. The body is studded with manual controls, almost all of which are customisable. And while we didn&#39;t have nearly enough time to explore all of the options, or to delve too deeply into all of the many menus, we can&#39;t imagine it would take anyone long to work out how to use it.</p> <p>Image stabilisation is built into the body - and in our brief time with the camera seemed to work very well. There&#39;s a pop-up flash and multi-interface shoe for external flashes and microphones, Wi-Fi and NFC and the customary creative modes which you&#39;ll never use.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-d3300/review" target="_blank">Nikon D3300 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Many of the a77 II&#039;s buttons are customisable" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-009.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SONY A77 II - INITIAL VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We didn&#39;t spend enough time with the a77 II to be able to properly judge it, but what we can say for sure is that we enjoyed every minute we had with it.</p> <p>Shooting with it was a joy, the pictures we took with it were impressive and, if gadget journalists got paid more, we&#39;d buy one tomorrow. At &pound;1000 without lens, though, we&#39;ll have to content ourselves with giving it the full review treatment sometime soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best DSLRs and system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="900" title="The Sony Alpha 77 II - review coming soon" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-010_0.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-77-ii-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-77-ii-hands-review/feature#comments Alpha Alpha SLT-A77 Cameras Sony System Cameras Tue, 13 May 2014 16:12:30 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436458 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony's a77 II is a sports shooter's dream camera http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a77-ii-sports-shooters-dream-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The latest DSLR-style Alpha cam has 79 focus points and locks on more swiftly than Tom Cruise in an F14-Tomcat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II front" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-001.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nothing pushes a camera to its limits like shooting fast-moving action, but Sony&#39;s new Alpha 77 II laughs in the face in such a challenge.</p> <p>The new version of its 2012 DSLR the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-alpha-slt-a77/review">SLT-A77</a> (obviously), the a77 II has an astonishing 79 autofocus points, can shoot up to 12fps and has a range of other enhancements geared towards making it a seriously snappy performer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No one-trick pony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony Alpha 77 II is hardly lacking in all-round skills either.</p> <p>There&#39;s a 24.3MP APS-C Exmor sensor calling the shots and an&nbsp;ISO range of up to 25,600. Not quite as impressive as the new a7s, with its 409,600 upper limit, but hardly shabby either.</p> <p>Video is of the full HD @ 60fps variety - there&#39;s no 4K, unfortunately, although you can output 4K stills to a compatible TV.</p> <p>Elsewhere, there&#39;s also&nbsp;in-body stabilisation, a 2,359k dot electronic viewfinder and a 1,228k dot tiltable LCD. Don&#39;t worry too much about the numbers - they just mean that the EVF is shaper than your average porcupine spine, while the LCD is, um, more like a hedgehog or something.</p> <p>A built-in flash, oodles of customisable buttons (11 of them!), NFC, Wi-Fi and a solid, dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body round the package off.</p> <p>We&#39;ll have a full test of the Sony Alpha 77 II just as soon as we can.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best DSLRs and system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II back" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-004.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II side" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-003.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II without lens" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-002.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a77-ii-sports-shooters-dream-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a77-ii-sports-shooters-dream-camera/news#comments Alpha Alpha SLT-A77 Cameras Sony System Cameras Thu, 01 May 2014 09:11:57 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436411 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on: Sony's a7 and a7r are the NEX-sized full-frame snappers your camera bag's crying out for http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/hands-sonys-a7-and-a7r-are-nex-sized-full-frame-snappers-your-camera-bags-crying-out/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We have a first fondle with the Alpha phoenix cams rising from the ashes of Sony&#039;s NEX system camera series </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a7 hands on review " alt="Sony a7 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-a7-hands-on-2.JPG?1382693057" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's sad, but NEX is gone. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-nex-7/review" target="_blank">Sony NEX-7 </a>may have propped up the top half of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">list of the best cameras money can buy</a> for a while now but Sony has seen fit to abandon it.</p> <p>Instead it's merged the Alpha and NEX lines into one beastly series to compete not only with the likes of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and E-M1 but also Canon and Nikon's top DSLRs.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact, stylish, Sony controls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The a7 is comfortable to grip, perfectly weighted (it's only slightly heavier than the a7r at 474g with a battery) and smaller than some Micro Four Thirds cameras, an impressive feat from Sony. It's very similar in size and build to the NEX cameras we've encountered with perhaps a touch more of Olympus styling than we've seen before.</p> <p>The a7r might be the 'world's smallest' and its magnesium alloy build might also be water and dust-resistant but both Alpha cams are beautifully made and fit in the hand really well.</p> <p>Of course the lenses you choose will have a big effect on how pocketable they end up being – but with an LA-EA4 adapter for A mount lenses, new FE lenses and the whole gamut of compatible E mount lenses, Sony has your back. It also extends the number of Sony owners who can upgrade to either of these 2013 Alphas safe in the knowledge that their existing glass can join in.</p> <p>The controls are as expected – mode and exposure compensation dials up top with a DSLR-style thumbwheel on the rear next to the handily tiltable (by 90 degrees upwards) 3in LCD. If you'd prefer there's also a high res, electronic OLED viewfinder which is gorgeously bright and crystal-clear in use – though as with other eye-activated viewfinders, there's a split-second before it kicks in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a7 hands on review " alt="Sony a7 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7-hands-on-1.JPG?1382693057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a7 hands on review " alt="Sony a7 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7-hands-on-6.JPG?1382693057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Carl Zeiss lens Sony a7 hands on review " alt="Sony a7 hands on review Carl Zeiss lens " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7-hands-on-5.JPG?1382693057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fast AutoFocus, detailed images </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony promises that the AF on the a7 and a7r is 35% quicker than the NEX 7's – from our brief play with it, we're tempted to agree. That's because it's a whole new hybrid system with new spatial object detection tech but all you need to know is that in use, the 25 point AF is damn nippy.</p> <p>Now, Sony tells us that the cameras we tried out are pre-production models – so testing image quality was off the cards. But we took some snaps with the 24.3MP a7 and a f/2.8 35mm Zeiss lens and opened up the big (4-5MB) files up on a monitor. The detail for a camera this size really is impressive and it looks like the a7 will let enthusiasts play around with the depth of field, keeping things sharp even at the edges.</p> <p>Of course, we'll hold out on full judgement on picture quality until we can get both Sony snappers into our camera labs and square them up against Olympus, Canon and Nikon's finest.</p> <p>You can get your hands on the a7 and a7r from mid to late November with the a7 body starting at £1300 and the 36.4 MP a7r at £1600.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a7 hands on review " alt="Sony a7 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7-hands-on-4.JPG?1382693057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a7 hands on review " alt="Sony a7 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-a7-hands-on-3.JPG?1382693057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a7 hands on review " alt="Sony a7 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7-hands-on-7.JPG?1382693057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/hands-sonys-a7-and-a7r-are-nex-sized-full-frame-snappers-your-camera-bags-crying-out/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/hands-sonys-a7-and-a7r-are-nex-sized-full-frame-snappers-your-camera-bags-crying-out/news#comments Alpha Cameras Sony Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:32:20 +0000 Sophie Charara 1427971 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony's a7r packs a full-frame sensor into a teeny interchangeable lens camera http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a7r-packs-full-frame-sensor-teeny-interchangeable-lens-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s announced a slew of super snappers this morning including the dinkiest interchangeable lens cam with a full-fat sensor on board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a7r interchangeable lens camera " alt="Sony a7r interchangeable lens camera " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z7r-main-press.png?1381925086" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until recently if you pranced around with a compact system camera instead of a proper DSLR, you'd essentially be bellowing to the world 'I'M COMPROMISING." That changed with Olympus'&nbsp; excellent Micro Four Thirds<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/olympus/olympus-om-d-e-m5/review"> OM-D E-M5</a> and now Sony is raising the bar even further with its twinset of Alpha cams - the Sony a7r and a7.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Small Camera, Big Sensor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But it's what's inside that counts with Sony pulling out all the stops. The a7r's full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor has 36.4 MP and sits alongside a new Bionz X processor, promising pro-quality Full HD video recording and high ISO snapping.</p> <p>Autofocus should be as snappy as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/olympus/olympus-om-d-e-m5/review">OM-D</a> too with a new Fast Hybrid system and a 3in LCD screen on the rear is joined by an OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder. Plus the a7r and a7 rock both Wi-Fi and NFC meaning you can download PlayMemories apps straight to the cameras.</p> <p>Now that Sony has killed off its NEX line, both E mount and A mount lenses (via an adapter) will be compatible with the a7 and a7r bringing your total of possible lens options to 52 with 15 newbies promised by the end of 2015 including ultra wide angle and macro lenses.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the a7r doesn't come cheap at a suggested retail price of £1600. The larger, 417g a7 is slightly more wallet-friendly at £1300 (body only) or £1550 with a 28-70mm lens.</p> <p>Pre-ordering opens today and they should both be in shops mid to late November in the UK. If you loiter around stuff.tv we're going hands on with the a7r, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/fully-charged-sonys-new-snappers/news">a7 and RX10</a> in a matter of hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-7-press-1.png?1381925086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a7r-packs-full-frame-sensor-teeny-interchangeable-lens-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a7r-packs-full-frame-sensor-teeny-interchangeable-lens-camera/news#comments Alpha Sony System Cameras Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:15:25 +0000 Sophie Charara 1427958 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Alpha to compete with Micro Four Thirds cameras http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-compete-micro-four-thirds-cameras/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony has unveiled this &#039;ultra-compact&#039; camera with interchangeable lenses at the PMA photography show today. Set to compete with Micro Four Thirds off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="356" height="236" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/170130504mn.jpg?1364406524" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has unveiled this 'ultra-compact' camera with interchangeable lenses at the PMA photography show today. Set to compete with Micro Four Thirds offerings like the <a href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Olympus-PEN-E-P1-review/" target="_blank">Olympus PEN EP-1</a> and <a href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Panasonic-DMC-GF1-review/" target="_blank">Panasonic DMC-GF1</a>, we're told it will be introduced in 2010, though at present it is still in concept form.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/cameras/stuff/sony-alpha-compete-micro-four-thirds-cameras </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-compete-micro-four-thirds-cameras/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-compete-micro-four-thirds-cameras/news#comments Alpha Sony Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:00:00 +0000 admin 14099 at http://www.stuff.tv