Sony A9 – a nail in the coffin of Nikon and Canon?

The new mirrorless Sony A9 has all it takes to change the photography market and to further derail the two leaders Canon and Nikon:

  • 24 MP sensor with back side illumination
  • 20 fps
  • Buffer of 241 RAW images
  • 693 on-sensor phase detection autofocus points covering nearly the whole viewfinder
  • 1/16000 shutter speed (1/32000 for Manual and Shutter Priority exposure modes)
  • 4K video from 6K dataset
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Weather sealed body
  • Quite large battery capacity
  • Dual SD card slots (but only one of it high speed UHS-II – why?)
  • A suggested price of $4,500 – a whopping $2,000 cheaper than the D5

This new beast attacks Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X Mark II, the top-end cameras of Sonys biggest competitors (and still #1 and #2 on the market, despite Sonys marketeing). If Sony is able to add 400mm, 500mm, 600mm lenses, the A9 has the chance to dethrone its rivals. Let’s hope they are not sleeping…

BTW, we can assume XQD is dead when even its inventor Sony isn’t using it for their high-end camera.

All AMD Ryzen reviews

The new AMD Ryzen CPUs (1800X, 1700X, 1700) are out and here are the first reviews for gamers and enthusiasts:

English:
Anandtech: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11170/the-amd-zen-and-ryzen-7-review-a-deep-dive-on-1800x-1700x-and-1700
Tomshardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-7-1800x-cpu,4951.html
PC Gamer: http://www.pcgamer.com/the-amd-ryzen-7-review/
Overclockers Club: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/amd_ryzen_7_1800x_1700x_1700/

German:
Computerbase: https://www.computerbase.de/2017-03/amd-ryzen-1800x-1700x-1700-test/
Heise: https://www.heise.de/ct/artikel/Achtkern-Prozessor-Ryzen-7-1800X-im-Test-3638058.html
PC Games Hardware: http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Ryzen-7-1800X-CPU-265804/Tests/Test-Review-1222033/
Hardwareluxx: https://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php/artikel/hardware/prozessoren/42068-acht-kerne-und-16-threads-fuer-550-euro-amd-ryzen-7-1800x-im-test.html

Medium Format at its best: Fuji GFX 50S

Fuji announced the price of its new medium format camera GFX 50S: $6500, even cheaper than the bulkier Pentax 645Z. As the competing Hasselblad X1D-50c was announced with a $9k price tag this will certainly convince more DSLR owners to invest in medium format. In my eyes this is not about megapixels but about sensors – and it will be interesting how Canon and Nikon will compete in 2017.

Fujifilm X-T2

The X-T2 isn’t just an X-T1 with more pixels, it looks like a major step forward and a very capable camera:

  • 24MP X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • 325 AF points (169 with phase detection)
  • 5 fps continuous shooting with live view updates, 8 fps continuous shooting with AF (11 fps with grip)
  • 4K UHD video at up to 30 fps
  • 3″, 1.04M-dot articulating LCD
  • Dual SD card slots

Sony a6300 – the camera that both Nikon and Canon fear

Sony announced the a6300, a mirrorless camera with a newly developed sensor:

  • 24 MP APS-C sensor
  • Uninterrupted live view at up to 8 fps
  • 425 point on-sensor AF system (phase detection)
  • Up to 11 fps
  • ISO up to 51,200
  • 4K video

One of the last reasons to bet on DSLRs seems to disappear. I’m sure both Nikon and Canon have high end mirrorless cameras in their labs – it will be interesting, when they begin to bring them to market. Now they can’t wait for another 5 years.