Today Sony announced the Sony Alpha a5100 which fits between the a5000 and a6000. The flagship feature is that it has a mixture of phase and contrast AF points totaling a whopping 179 points for phase mode and an extra 25 zones for contrast, all combined 204 points. According to some early tests this camera might bridge the gap between full DSLRs and mirror-less when it comes to focusing. Current high performance DSLRs still are better than mirror-less due to the phase nature of their AF sensors. If this camera can put up a fight there will be less and less craving for large mirror box DSLRs in the coming years.
It might sound too good to be true but the recently announced phone processor from MediaTek a Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company, the MT6795 is capable of some impressive things when paired with the right camera sensor.
We have finalized the analysis on the Sony a7s and the Panasonic FZ1000. We have placed the Sony in 4th place and the Pana in 5th place in our HSC Camera Guide. Even though the a7s is only 720p it has less aliasing than the FZ1000 at 120fps and the resolution seems very close. The Sony full frame also has noise characteristics that are much better than the 1″ sensor on the FZ1000.
All in all the Panasonic GH4 in 3rd place is still a better quality slow motion camera with conformed slow motion in camera to 24p and while a bit soft at 1080p it delivers about 14% better resolution than the a7s.→ Continue Reading Full Post ←
New reports from early adopters of the FZ1000 claim that the super slow motion mode in the camera is limited to 120fps at 1080p and the modes that offered higher frame rates are gone from final shipping units.