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Sony A7R V combines hi-res sensor with AI

Hardware and software in tandem

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Sony A7R V

It’s been three years since the launch of the Sony A7R IV. So, it’s about time that Sony released its successor — the Sony A7R V (Sony Alpha 7R V).

The Sony A7R V is hardware and software working in tandem to provide the best images possible. It has Sony’s highest resolution image sensor with a new AI processing unit. One that’s dedicated to AI-based image recognition. It’s the first of its kind on any Sony Alpha camera. It also has the BIONZ XR image processing engine which is a first in the “R” full-frame lineup.

The new A7R V offers 61 MP still images plus the an 8-step image stabilization system. That bodes well for shooting video which you can shoot in refined 8K movie output.

The AF (Autofocus) has also been improved with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition. Real-time Recognition AF, using AI subject recognition, has been developed to include several subject types, including animals, vehicles, and insects. The Alpha 7R V also includes continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking.

These beloved Sony Alpha features have also been improved:

  • Tenacious Real-time Tracking
  • Faster and more precise wide-area, high-density AF system
  • Silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 7 fps
  • Continuously shoot up to 583 compressed RAW images at high speed

Cinematic video capabilities

The A7R V isn’t just for taking breathtaking stills. It also ffers advanced video capabilities. Sony’s newest camera delivers 8K1 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, intra recording, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and more for high image quality and flexible editing. It also includes evolved subject recognition for unprecedented real-time tracking reliability, breathing compensation and the ability to use camera metadata for post-processing and advanced in-body image stabilization.

Price and availability

The Sony A7R V will be available for pre-order starting October 28, 2022, until November 27, 2022. The camera can be pre-ordered with just the camera body or preferred accessories and through different payment options. Suggested pre-order net cash price starts at PhP 239,999.

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Fujifilm X-T5 camera now available for pre-order

New macro lens also revealed

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Fujifilm X-T5

As the year winds down, it’s ideal for freelancers to invest in the right equipment should they pursue a career in the creative industry.

At X Summit Tokyo 2022, Fujifilm unveiled the Fujifilm X-T5, the latest iteration in its line of compact mirrorless cameras under the prestigious X Series.

It has a high-resolution 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor which has an enhanced image-processing algorithm to boost resolution without compromising quality.

And with X-Processor 5, the camera delivers twice the processing speed of its predecessor.

Among the X-T5’s features are:

  • Three top-plate dials – for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure
  • Five-axis IBIS system for up to 7.0 stops of compensation
  • Three-way tilting LCD
  • 19 film simulation modes to recreate classic colors and tones
  • Al technology-driven Auto White Balance
  • Subject-detection autofocus
  • Pixel Shift multi-shot for ultra-high-resolution 160MP image
  • 1/180,000 maximum shutter speed

And while the X-T5 focuses more on photography, it is also capable of shooting 6.2K videos in standard 30fps.

Pricing

For pre-orders, the Fujifilm X-T5 body is priced at PhP 109,990. Customers can avail of the 18-55mm Kit for PhP 134,990 or the 16-80mm Kit for PhP 141,990.

Pre-orders come with a free Manfrotto backpack and one (1) year extended service warranty.

As an option, Fujifilm has also revealed the XF30mmF2.8 R LM WR macro lens to pair with the camera.

This lens is capable of 1:1 macro, features advanced auto-focus, and is weather-resistant for users to be able to shoot in virtually any condition. For sample images, click here.

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Sony vlogging camera ZV-1F to be available in the Philippines

Pricing details to follow

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ZV-1F

With the year about to conclude, Sony has released another go-to vlogging camera option in the compact ZV-1F, to be available in the Philippines soon.

The pocket-sized camera is optimized for creators, carrying easy-to-use vlogging functions and advanced connectivity features.

The ZV-1F has a fixed ultra-wide angle 20mm F2.0 prime lens, making it ideal especially for selfie shooting while still capturing a wide field of view.

Capable of shooting up to 4K in 30fps and full HD in 120p, among the device’s standout features are:

  • Background bokeh and face priority AE
  • Skin tone optimization and Soft Skin Effect
  • High-precision focusing and Eye AF
  • Slow motion (up to 5x slower) and quick motion (up to 60x faster) options

With Active Mode image stabilization, users can be guaranteed of steady and smooth footage even when filming while walking or on the move.

The camera can even be used as a live-streaming tool if one pairs it with the right software. The ZV-1F is also compatible with Sony’s shooting grip with wireless remote commander (GP-VPT2BT).

Thanks to its 3-capsule mic, the device also has crystal clear audio pickup, while connectivity is also seamless with Sony’s new Image Edge Mobile Plus smartphone app.

Captured content can easily be transferred to phones and then uploaded to social media.

Pricing and availability for the ZV-1F will be announced soon.

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Sony FX30 Cinema Line Camera now for pre-order

An impressive shooter

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Sony FX30

Sony has announced its newest Cinema Line camera, the FX30 (model ILME-FX30). It is now available for pre-order in the Philippines.

The 4K Super 35 compact cinema camera is suitable for aspiring filmmakers and content creators, offering many of the professional features of the Cinema Line.

Prices for both the FX30 and FX30B start at PhP 119,999 with a free Bellroy bag worth PhP 5,000. Interested customers may pre-order here.

Creating a cinematic look

With its BIONZ XR processing engine, the FX30 features the latest imaging systems to help filmmakers in cinematic expression.

It has a 20.1MP APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor with a dual base ISO (800/2500) for high sensitivity and low noise.

The camera can impressively shoot in high frame rates. It can record 4K Super 35 by oversampling from 6K at up to 60fps. It can also film 4K in 120fps and full HD at 240fps. An HDMI Type-A connector can be used to output 4K, 16-bit RAW to an external recorder.

Like the rest of the Cinema Line, the new camera has Log shooting modes to allow for more flexibility when color grading. The FX30 also has built-in cinematic looks, such as Sony’s S-Cinetone.

When it comes to autofocus, the FX30 has advanced settings such as real-time Eye AF, Tracking, and Assist, providing users more control and a stable angle of view when focusing.

Design-wise, the camera has a compact and lightweight flat-top design with strategic accessory attachment points for easy shooting whether handheld or mounted on a gimbal.

New memory cards released

Meanwhile, Sony has also released two high-performance CFexpress Type A memory cards in the CEA-G320T and CEA-G640T.

These large capacity 320GB and 640GB cards support a maximum writing speed of up to 700MB/s and Video Performance Guarantee “VPG400”, offering sustained writing speeds of up to 400MB/s and enabling 4K 120p video shooting.

Both new memory cards are likewise IP57-rated to be waterproof and dustproof.

 

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