Sony a7S Mark II

Sony a7S Mark II: heavier = 650g; same 12 MP sensor but now with 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system (IBIS) and internal 4K recording with higher dynamic range


I think that if the new a7S Mark II would have increased the 12MP, then thanks to its super clean base ISO it could challenge the sales of the a7 Mark II, that despite of 24MP would have lost resolution advantage over a7S.

Then for Sony, three niches keep its zone:

* a7R Mark II and 42MP: the greatest resolution for greatest prints; Super 35mm 4K movie recording

* a7 Mark II and 24MP: great resolutions but no 4k; and cheaper;

* a7S Mark II: great prints along base ISO to astronomical ISO (but between ISO 100-1600 the a7 Mark II offers bigger prints) and 4K

Seen all these features, the question for me a Canon user is what about 5D Mark IV?

I loved the concept of the a7S (I and II), but without a really good standard zoom, I can’t let Canon system (I know it`s my personal case). So I hope that the next 5D gives me an impressive better ISO 6400, maybe a slightly lighter body, and nothing else…

Canon don’t allow me dream about nothing really impressive: IBIS, touch screen, eye-controlled focusing (ECF), multiple AF point-linked spot metering (only in heavier bodies), a new body with just 700g, etc. Nothing.

I’m boring with Canon cameras. I don’t need a new toy to have fun… But that dream gear would make my work funnier, oh yes.

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Canon 5D Mark IV

After some months the fog still covers the next 5D. Meanwhile the 50MP twins (5Ds and 5DsR) seem to be a great success. Maybe this is the main explanation about the delay in the announcement of the successor of 5D Mark III. Or maybe the power of Sony a7R Mark II has become in a challenge for Canon in order to reach those high parameters of the Sony sensor.

A serious source, Canonrumors (and not that nikon-fan page dpreview) states very clear that the new 5D will keep in the shadows some months more. And of course the Administrator assures that the 50MP twins are not the successors.

An interesting and indirect data will come with the 1-D X Mark II. This camera is coming very soon. Its features could give us some clues to guess those of the next 5D. Right now we can assure that the number of MP of the new 5D should be “conservative”: below 50MP and maybe 20MP or slightly more (24MP? 20MP). I doubt some 18MP that sounds months ago. I guess Canon will offer a sort of Sony A7 S II: powerful in low light, versatile 4K no doubt and faster. Therefore, the resolution won’t be a competition for the twins but the ISO 12800 will be a wow. So when Sony A7S Mark II appears (December more or less?) the great difference will be once again weight and glass system. I hope the 5D Mark IV loses at least 150g or 5 oz. Nothing impressive, but my back will say thanks.

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