Sigma updates lens compatibility notice for Canon EOS R after further testing

Sigma has made a number of amendments to its lens compatibility notice for Sigma lenses when used on Canon's EOS R mirrorless camera.

After further testing, Sigma has concluded both autofocus and optical image stabilization (for applicable lenses) work 'without any issues' on the following lenses when used with Canon EOS R mirrorless cameras via the EF-EOS R mount adapter or Control Ring EF-EOS R mount adapter:

DG Lens
- SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art
- SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art
- SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports
- SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports
- SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary
- SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports
- SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary
- SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports
- SIGMA APO 200-500mm F2.8/400-1000mm5.6 EX DG
- SIGMA APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
- SIGMA 8mm F3.5 EX DG CIRCULAR FISHEYE
- SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE
- SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports
- SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
- SIGMA MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM *
- SIGMA APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM *
- SIGMA APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM *

DC Lens
- SIGMA 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM *
- SIGMA 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM *
- SIGMA 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM *
- SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary *
- SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art *
- SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary *
- SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM *
- SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary *
- SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art *
- SIGMA 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC CIRCULAR FISHEYE HSM *
- SIGMA 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM *
- SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art *

*Camera’s “Scene Intelligent Auto mode” cannot be used.

Sigma notes when Digital Lens Optimizer, located within the EOS R settings menu, is switched to 'OFF' but peripheral illumination correction, chromatic aberration correction and distortion correction are turned on, those corrections will be made for each lens, specific to their optical characteristics. 'This is applicable to DG and DC lenses from Contemporary, Art and Sports line listed below which were released after March, 2018, or those of which firmware has been updated to Ver.2.0 or later,' says Sigma in the press release.

Sigma also clarifies that any DC lenses where the image circle is made to match APS-C sensors is used, the EOS R won't automatically switch to its built-in 1.6x crop shooting mode, meaning it will have to be set manually. A future firmware update, expected to be 'announced at a later date,' will make this switch automatic and add support for the EOS R's Scene Intelligent Auto mode.

Testing also confirmed three lenses had the potential to show 'some phenomena' that required special handling. The Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM, 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM and 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM all experienced a problem wherein on particular occasions the camera battery needed to be taken out and put back in place if the lens was removed while the optical stabilization is running.

Likewise, the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM and 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM experienced an issue where autofocus would stop working from infinity to closer focus distance while shooting video.

Upcoming firmware updates to address these issues for these three lenses are expected 'at a later date.'

Hands-on with the Sony a6400

Hands-on with the Sony a6400

The Sony a6400 is a refresh of the company's midrange APS-C mirrorless camera. Sony has taken the design of the a6300, retooled the LCD so it can now flip up 180° (for vlogging and selfies) and say it's made the body a bit more durable.

If that doesn't sound exciting, it's because we haven't told you about the a6400's most notable feature: its state-of-the-art autofocus system. But more on that - and a lot more - in the slides that follow.

But first, pricing. The a6400 will have an MSRP of $900/€1050 body only, $1000/€1150 with the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ lens and $1300/€1450 with an 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 lens.

Design

If you've used a Sony a6xxx series camera then you'll feel right at home with the a6400, since nearly everything is in the same place. While they have the same height and width, the a6400 is deeper than the a6300 due to the parts required to tilt the LCD all the way up. Something that serious vloggers may not like is that the LCD will be completely blocked by an external mic (or recorder). Even without those, the screen is slightly blocked by the top plate and EVF eye cup.

The a6400 has a magnesium alloy body and is sealed against dust and moisture. Sony says that the build has been 'upgraded,' but doesn't say exactly how.

LCD and EVF

Look familiar? The a6400 has the usual rear thumb wheel / directional controller, a few buttons, and a button whose function can toggle between AF/MF and AE-Lock at the flip of a lever. The camera has eight customizable buttons and dials and the 'My Menu' can store up to 30 of your favorite settings.

The 3", 921k-dot LCD on the camera still has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is great for video, but results in black bars on either side of the image when shooting stills. Unlike the a63000, the screen is touch-enabled which allows you to tap-to-focus, shoot and track a subject. You can also use the screen as a touchpad to adjust the position of the focus point with your eye to the finder. The display can tilt down 45° and all the way up to 180°.

The a6400 uses the familiar 2.36M-dot / 0.7x magnification (equiv.) OLED EVF as the a6300 an a6500.

In-N-Out

There are a total of three I/O ports on the a6400: micro-HDMI, USB 2.0 and mic-in. There's also a 'Multi Interface Shoe', which is a hot shoe with electronic contacts for using an external mic, flash or XLR adapter. There's no way to connect headphones to monitor audio, though.

For those looking to transfer their photos onto a smartphone, you can use Sony's brand new 'Imaging Edge' app. The app, which replaces PlayMemories Mobile, offers a new UI, 4K video transfer and remote control. In theory it should support auto image transfer (at 2MP), but Sony currently lists the a9 as the only camera compatible with that feature.

In addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the a6400 also offers NFC, for quick pairing with compatible Android devices. Again, not much has changed over the a6300.

Memory card / Battery

In case you were wondering where Sony put the memory card slot, it's on the bottom, next to the battery (as usual). The a6400 supports SD cards (with UHS-I support) as well as yes-they-still-make-it Memory Stick Duo media.

We were a bit disappointed to see that the a6400 hasn't received a battery upgrade, instead relying on the old NP-FW50 for power. The official CIPA ratings for battery life are 410 shots with the LCD and 360 shots with the EVF, which are still respectable (you'll often get more than the rated number of shots). The battery can be charged over USB or with an external charger (not included).

Sensor

More than likely, the 24.2 effective Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor on the a6400 is the same as the one in the a6300. And that's not a bad thing, as we found the image quality on that camera to be near the top of its class.

The a6400 incorporates the latest version of Sony's Bionz X processor, which allows for a wider ISO range. The native range is 100-32000, which can expand up to 102,800. Sony says that skin tones and 'plant colors' have been improved over previous models.

The a6400 has a fully electronic shutter option, allowing for silent shooting. The burst rate drops from 11 to 8 fps when using it, though that's still more than enough for most photography. Speaking of shutters, Sony rates the shutter life at 200,000 cycles: double that of the a6300.

Something that we really hoping for was sensor-shift image stabilization, like on Sony's a6500 and current full-frame models. Unfortunately, you won't find IBIS on the a6400, so you'll need to spend the additional money ($200 at the time of writing) if that feature is important to you.

Autofocus

We could write a thesis paper about the autofocus system on the a6400, but we'll keep it brief to preserve your sanity.

First, the basics: the a6400 has a hybrid AF system, combining 425 phase-detect points with a traditional 165-point contrast-detect system. Those phase-detect points cover 84% of the image area. So far, so familiar.

Now, the fun part. The a6400's AF system is based largely on the sports-oriented a9: at least after it receives a pair of firmware updates this Spring and Summer. Besides a speed boost compared to the a6300, the camera can take advantage of Sony's Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking features.

Real-time Eye AF uses artificial intelligence that detects and processes eye data in real-time, allowing for fast recognition, speed and tracking. Users can specify the eye on which to focus or let the camera select the closest one. If you'd like, you can customize a button to quickly switch between eyes. After an update this summer, the a6400's Eye AF will be expanded to work for pets and wildlife.

Real-time Tracking uses all kinds of data - color, depth, pattern recognition - to recognize and track subjects at up to 11 fps, and we've been impressed by what we've seen of it so far. This video from Sony does a great job at demonstrating the two new real-time AF features.

Video

The video features, mostly shared with the a6300, are pretty good for a $900 camera. It captures oversampled 4K UHD footage (30, 25 or 24p) at bit rates of up to 100Mbps using the XAVC S codec. If it's slow motion video you're after, a 1080/120p option is available. As on existing models the 30p 4K capture is taken from a cropped region of the sensor.

One concern we have about video quality is with regards to rolling shutter. The a6300 had a lot of it, particularly at 24p and, since the a6400 appears to use the same sensor, we're not optimistic.

Video users do get many of the benefits of the new AF system though, with fast speeds, Touch Tracking and adjustable sensitivity, rather than the unreliable 'Lock-On AF' system in older models. Capture tools include focus peaking, zebra patterns, time code, clean HDMI output, proxy movie recording, and more. The a6400 is Sony's first APS-C camera to offer an 8-bit version of the HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile, which sits alongside S-Log2/3.

Finally, the a6400 has an interval shooting mode (about time) which can be edited into a time-lapse movie on the camera or via Sony's Imaging Edge desktop application.

Wrap-up

On the surface it might appear that not much has changed since the a6300, with the addition of a flip-up touchscreen and an HLG option for high dynamic range video not seeming to signal a major update. But then there's the stills and video autofocus.

To say that the autofocus system got an overhaul would be an understatement. We'll be spending plenty of time photographing bikes, running children and who knows what else in the next few days, but our early impressions of the Real-time Eye AF and Tracking features are extremely positive.

OWC Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU chassis launches with macOS, Windows support

OWC has launched Mercury Helios FX 650, an external GPU (eGPU) chassis compatible with macOS and Windows computers with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. As with the Blackmagic eGPU and similar models, the new Mercury Helios FX 650 enables professionals to increase the graphics processing power of their desktop or laptop computers.

The Helios FX 650, which is made from recyclable materials, features a large temperature-controlled fan with variable speed support, the promise of quiet operation, an upgraded 650w power supply capable of providing 100w charging power to a connected computer, and support for most Thunderbolt-compatible GPUs.

The new OWC eGPU weighs 3kg / 7lbs and measures 20 x 34 x 18.5cm 7.9 x 13.4 x 7.3in. Unlike select competing models that have built-in GPUs and sealed designs, the Mercury Helios 650 can be upgraded to newer, faster GPUs in the future to meet evolving needs. The eGPU chassis is available now from MacSales for $399 USD.

Adorama releases non-TTL Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro HSS studio flash head

Adorama has announced the availability of a new studio flash head from its own Flashpoint range. Designed for photographers who don’t want TTL control, the XPLOR 600 Pro HSS offers 600WS of power with wireless triggering.

With the standard reflector fitted the head has a guide number of 87m / 285ft @ ISO 100. Users can expect 360 full power bursts from a single charge of the head’s 2.6Ah lithium ion battery pack. An optional AC adapter is available, but even when powered by the battery recycle-times are between 0.01 and 0.9 seconds. The head uses a 2.4GHz wireless system making the XPLOR 600 Pro HHS compatible with the Godox X radio triggers, which are available for all the main camera brands.

Wireless control works across 32 channels and x-compatible flashes can be separated into five groups. Two optical slave modes are offered, with all settings dealt with on the large side-mounted LCD panel. The HSS in the name refers to the head’s ability to sync with shutter speeds of up to 1/8000sec, and the output can be varied across 9 stops to 1/256th in 25 steps. A battery and charger are included in the kit, along with a standard reflector in the Bowens S mount.

The head is the non-TTL version of the XPLOR 600 Pro TTL, and is priced $749 against the $899 charged for the TTL model. It is also a version of the Godox AD600 Pro head that has TTL. For more information see the Adorama website.

You can now post photos and videos to multiple Instagram accounts at once

Instagram has added the ability to simultaneously post photos and videos across multiple accounts.

The multi-post option appears during the process of adding the caption, location, and tags to images, above the options to share the image on other social networks. DPReview first became aware of the feature on Sunday, January 13th and contacted Instagram to confirm whether or not the feature was live across all users or only a particular subset as part of an A/B test, something Instagram is known for doing in the past.

DPReview has not heard back from Instagram, TechCrunch received confirmation of the feature via a company spokesperson that said '[Instagram is] rolling out this feature to provide a better experience for people who often post to multiple accounts.'

Currently, the feature appears to be limited to iOS devices, according to the Instagram spokesperson, with no details on when the feature might make its way to Android. Not all iOS devices will have it either and Instagram is yet to confirm a hard timeline on when the feature will be rolled out to all iOS users.

Sony promises firmware updates for a7 III, a7R III and a9, improving AF

Sony has announced two major firmware updates for the a9 alongside updates for the a7R III and a7 III. The a9 updates adds a range of features, including improved tracking in both stills and video, as well as extending Eye AF to animals, something Sony teased at Photokina back in September. The a7R III and a7 III will also gain the improved tracking and animal Eye-AF, as well as time-lapse capabilities.

The a9 firmware will be coming in two waves: version 5.0 will be available in March while version 6.0 is slated for 'summer.' Firmware version 3.0 for the a7 II and a7R III will arrive in April.

Sony a9 improvements

The nitty gritty of the the a9 updates center on autofocus and usability improvements. Interestingly, there's no mention of adding Log capability to the a9's video, which is a shame, given it has such fast readout and minimal rolling shutter.

Firmware version 5.0 will bring about a new 'Real-time Tracking mode,' which uses Sony's latest subject recognition algorithm. Sony confirmed this mode is based on 'AI,' which we're taking to mean it's based on machine learning (training an algorithm to recognize a subject by showing it lots of images). The company branded the capability 'Speed x AI.'

The updated 'Real-time Tracking' mode adds consideration of eye detection and pattern recognition to the color, distance and and face detection that was previously being used. There's also now a 'Real-time Eye AF' mode which similarly adds a level of 'AI' to lock onto a subject's eye. You'll have to wait until firmware version 6.0 for the animal Eye AF mode, though.

Animal Eye AF

The Eye AF feature has been expanded to be able to recognize animals' eyes, which Sony says will help both wildlife shooters and photographers taking images of their own pets. Knowing that the camera will focus on eyes means the photographer can concentrate on composition, rather than focus.

The full list of changes to the a9's firmware

As well as the AF improvements, the two a9 firmware updates promise more than 20 updates. These include the addition of a screen allowing you to see which buttons are mapped to offer which function.

Sony announces a6400 midrange APS-C mirrorless camera

Sony has announced the a6400, an updated 24.2MP mirrorless camera with a flip-up rear touchscreen and the processor and autofocus system 'borrowed from the a9'.

In many respects the camera resembles an a6300 with a more powerful processor, enhanced autofocus and a more extensively articulated touchscreen, but launched at a slightly lower cost.

Like previous models it can shoot at up to 11 fps or 8fps in silent shutter mode, both with full autofocus and exposure capability, but not live view.

Most of the enhancements come in the form of autofocus improvements that have been developed for the a9. These include increased speed along with the enhanced 'real-time tracking' and animal Eye-AF promised in a firmware update for its a9 pro-level sports camera.

Movie AF is also improved, the company says. Like the a6300, oversampled 4K video is taken from the full width of the sensor.

The camera also offers an 8-bit version of the Hybrid Log Gamma standard for simple capture of HDR video, for showing a wider range of tones in a natural manner, on the latest TVs. The company only promises compatibility with its own TVs.

The body-only price will be $900 in the US. CAN$1250 in Canada and €1050 in Europe. This is noticeably less expensive ($100 and €200 less) than the a6300, which suggests it will sit a little lower in the lineup. Only time will tell whether this will finally spell the end for the low-cost a6000 model.

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Sony Announces its Next-generation α6400 Mirrorless Camera with Real-time Eye Autofocus, Real-time Tracking and World’s Fastest Autofocus

  • World’s Fastest 0.02 seconds AF acquisition speed plus 425 phase-detection and contrast-detection AF points covering approximately 84% of image area
  • Advanced Real-time Eye AF
  • New Real-time Tracking for object tracking
  • 2MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor and latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
  • 180-degree fully tiltable LCD touch screen for self-recording
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 11 fps mechanical shutter / 8 fps silent shooting with continuous AF/AE tracking
  • High-resolution 4K movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, plus advanced AF speed and stability
  • Interval recording for time-lapse videos

SAN DIEGO — Jan. 15, 2019 — Sony Electronics Inc. today introduced an exciting new addition to its E-mount mirrorless camera lineup – the α6400 (model ILCE-6400).

The α6400 brings many of Sony’s most advanced technologies from their acclaimed full-frame lineup to a compact, lightweight APS-C camera. The speedy new camera boasts the world’s fastesti autofocus (AF) acquisition of 0.02 seconds2, while also introducing the new advanced “Real-time Eye AF” and ”Real-time Tracking” capabilities. Also included are high-speed shooting at up to 11 fps4 with AF/AE tracking, a new-generation BIONZ X image processing engine that produces excellent image quality, 4K6 video recording, a fully 180-degree tiltable LCD touch screen and much more, making it the ultimate tool for all types of creators ranging from professionals to vloggers.

“The α6400 represents another important step in the growth of Sony’s overall interchangeable lens camera lineup,” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of Imaging Solutions at Sony Electronics. “By bringing so many of our latest and most advanced technologies from full-frame cameras to a brand new APS-C model, we are giving today’s creators more options than ever to realize their vision.”

Speedy Performance that Captures Decisive Moments

The impressive autofocus system on the new α6400 inherits many technologies from Sony’s newest line-up of full-frame cameras including the α9, α7R III and α7 III models. The new a6400 features 425 phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection AF points that are placed densely over the entire image area, covering approximately 84% of the image area. This high-speed, high-performance tracking AF system is paired with a new-generation BIONZ X image processing engine that together allow the camera to acquire focus in as little as 0.02 seconds2 and maintain subject lock extremely effectively, ensuring even the fastest moving subjects can be tracked and captured with ease.

The α6400 introduces advanced “Real-time Eye AF,” the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology. This exciting new capability employs artificial intelligence based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF. In all autofocus modes, the camera now automatically detects the eyes of the subject and activates Eye AF with a half press of the shutter button, and when in AF-C or AF-A mode, the preferred eye (left or right) of your subject can be selected as the focus point. Choices include Auto / Right Eye / Left Eye, and a Switch Right / Left Eye function is able to be assigned to a custom function as well. This exciting new technology completely frees the photographer to focus solely on composition with full trust that focus will be tack sharp on the subject’s eye. Eye AF support for animals will be added in summer 2019 via a system software update, ideal for wildlife photographers.

Also debuting on the α6400 is Sony’s newly developed “Real-time Tracking.” This mode utilizes Sony’s latest algorithm including artificial intelligence (AI) based object recognition and processes color, subject distance (depth), pattern (brightness) as spatial information to ensure that all subjects can be captured with excellent accuracy. Additionally, when photographing or videographing humans or animals, face and eye position information is recognized by AI and the subject’s eye7 is monitored in real time with extremely high tracking precision. This can be activated by a simple half press of the shutter button, or can be assigned to a custom function as well.

In terms of overall shooting speeds, the new camera can shoot at up to 11 fps4 with full AF/AE tracking while utilizing the mechanical shutter, and up to 8 fpsv with full AF/AE tracking while silent shooting. It can shoot at each of these speeds for up to 116 frames JPEG Standard / 46 frames RAW compressed, greatly increasing the chances of capturing the perfect moment.

All-around Advancements in Image Quality

Sony’s new α6400 is equipped with a 24.2 MP3 APS-C sized image sensor with that is paired with an upgraded BIONZ X processor to deliver incredible advancements in image quality and color reproduction in all types of shooting conditions. Standard ISO ranges up to ISO 32000 for both still and movie, and is expandable up to ISO 102400 for still images, with excellent noise reduction at medium and high sensitivities.

The camera also inherits many of the image processing algorithms from Sony’s newest full-frame cameras, greatly suppressing noise while preserving resolution and improving texture depiction.

Advanced High-Resolution 4Kvi Movie Recording with Fast Hybrid Autofocus

The versatile α6400 is an exceptional video camera, offering internal 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning to collect about 2.4x the amount of data required for 4K movies, and then oversamples it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Focusing during movie shooting is fast and stable thanks to upgraded Fast Hybrid AF technology, which keeps the subject in constant smooth focus no matter the scene, and even if an object crosses in front of the camera. This advanced AF plus touch focus functionality make it an ideal camera choice for many vloggers and video creators that are regularly creating and uploading content online.

For time-lapse movie creation, the new camera features built-in interval recording that can be set anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity can be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” during interval shooting, allowing for reduced changes in exposure over the shooting interval.

Additionally, for the first time in Sony APS-C mirrorless camera, the new model includes an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile, which supports an Instant HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) compatible TV’s to playback beautiful, true-to-life 4K HDR imagery. Further, both S-Log2 and S-Log3 are available for increased color grading flexibility, as well as Zebra functionality, Gamma Display assist and proxy recording. The camera can also record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, allowing footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow-motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

Upgraded Build to Maximize Versatility

The new camera is designed to offer a high level of functionality and customization to maximize shooting freedom. New on the α6400 is a fully 180-degree tiltable, 3.0-type LCD flip screen with 921k-dots of resolution that allows for simple and effective framing of selfie-style shooting for both still and video capture. Utilizing this capability, vloggers will be able to check and monitor composition throughout their entire creative process. The LCD screen is also equipped with touch functionality, with options for Touch Pad, Touch Focus, Touch Shutter and new Touch Tracking which quickly activates “Real-time Tracking” through the touch screen.

The camera features a high quality XGA OLED Tru-finder™ viewfinder, extensive customization with 89 functions that are assignable to 8 custom keys, the new My Dial and My Menu functionality, enhanced overall menu usability, a help screen for menus, star rating for images, and many other features that allow for a seamless shooting experience. It is also built with a tough magnesium alloy design and has an extremely durable shutter that is rated for approximately 200,000 cycles. It also is capable of seamlessly transferring files to a smartphone or tablet when connected to the brand new Imaging Edge Mobile application.

Pricing and Availability

The α6400 will ship in February 2019 for a suggested retail price of $900 USD and $1,250 CAD. It will also be offered as a kit with the 16-50mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens for a suggested retail price of $1,000 USD and $1,350 CAD, or in a kit with the 18-135mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens for a suggested retail price of $1,300 USD and $1,750 CAD. The camera and kits will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new camera and other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site built to educate and inspire all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.

The new content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube. Detailed information pages within Sony.com for the new products can be found at:

(US) – LINK

(CA) – LINK

Footnotes

1 Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of January 2019, based on Sony research
2 CIPA-compliant, internal measurement method with an E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use
3 Approximate effective megapixels
4 In “Hi+” continuous shooting mode. Maximum fps will depend on camera settings
5 Maximum fps will depend on camera settings. Some distortion may occur with fast-moving subjects or if the camera is moved sideways rapidly while shooting
6 A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card is required for XAVC S format movie recording. UHS speed Class 3 or higher is required for 100Mbps recording
7 Accurate focus may not be achieved with certain subjects in certain situations
8“Tracking” must be enabled via the menu beforehand
9 The latest version of Imaging Edge “Viewer” and PlayMemories Home desktop applications is required
10 Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) movies
11 S-Log2 and S-Log3 are premised on processing pictures
12 Pixels to be read are limited to the sensor area that is required for Full HD movies
13 Sony internal tests with electronic front curtain shutter
14 Availability of transfer / playback depends on the performance of the smartphone and tablet

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LIVE from Sony launch event in San Diego

We're live at Sony's launch event in San Diego, CA, bringing you news as it happens. Reload this page frequently to see the latest updates from our team at the event.

All times are Pacific.


10:37AM: And they're done. Stay tuned for more details.

10:35AM: New 'Transfer and Tagging' app for a9 via voice. Another app transfers images automatically in the background.

10:35AM: Ships next month for $900 body-only or $1000 with the 16-50mm Power Zoom lens in the US.

10:33AM: 24MP sensor with ISO range of 100-3200. 180° flip-up touchscreen screen for vlogging. Interval recording!

10:32AM: a6400 has the a9's Bionz X processor and has all of the real-time AF tracking that the a9 will receive in its firmware upgrade. The top burst rate with continuous AF is 11 fps.

10:32AM: Sony has frequently mentioned Speed x AI.

10:30AM: Back to full-frame. Sony now has 31% of the total full-frame market and grows 97% year-over-year. 54% of cameras sold are now mirrorless. Sony is the #1 camera brand in the US for full-frame.

10:26AM: The rumored a6400 is here.

10:24AM: a7 III and a7R III will get Eye AF for animals and interval mode in April.

10:22AM: Works in video, too. Eye AF always on. You can select left/right or automatic Eye AF.

10:20AM: Improvements in image quality and usability. Releases in March and summer of 2019.

10:19AM: Real-time tracking for fast-moving subjects. Uses pattern and face/eye detection to maintain focus. Sony says it's the world's fastest AF.

10:18AM: New real-time Eye AF for animals.

10:17AM: Sony is announcing an a9 firmware upgrade (v5.0) in the Spring.

Sony was #1 in sales for full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018

10:15AM: Kenji Tanaka, VP Sony Corp. has taken the stage.

10:12AM: There will be three announcements at the event.

CamFi Pro Plus brings wireless tethering to 3rd party apps

Wireless camera controller maker CamFi has launched an improved version of its CamFi Pro model, the CamFi Pro Plus. Like the Pro, the new model offers wireless tethering for more than 500 camera models from all major brands.

In addition you can now directly tether to your favorite third-party applications, such as Capture One, Lightroom, EOS utility, Sony Pixel and others, all via WiFi. As before, the camera is controlled remotely via the native CamFi app.

In its own tests, CamFi found the maximum Wi-Fi speed to be approximately 10MB/sec. 20MP Raw files need approximately three seconds to transfer from your camera to the computer using the Capture One software,

Third party tethering works with Windows and Mac computers. A full list of supported cameras is available here. The new CamFi Pro Plus will set you back $339 but existing Pro users will be able to upgrade for $40 from the 18th of January. More information is available on the CamFi website.

Press Release:

CamFi Announces CamFi Pro Plus, Adding Fast Wireless Tethering for 500+ Cameras

Guangdong, CHINA—DECEMBER 18, 2018—CamFi, maker of wireless camera controllers, announced the release of CamFi Pro Plus today. This new product adds the wireless tethering feature for 500+ cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax and more. All DSLR cameras which support USB tethering can be supported by CamFi Pro Plus.

"This is a big step for tethering technology," said Mark Ma, the CEO of CamFi Limited. "It will improve the productivity for the professional photographers greatly, without any study cost.” With wireless tethering, there is need for a USB cable to connect the camera and computer. CamFi Pro Plus also allows photographers to keep using familiar tools, such as Capture One, Lightroom, EOS utility, Sony Pixel and so forth, directly via WiFi.

CamFi Pro Plus adds the third party tethering service. It can send USB data to the client device directly through a WiFi connection. When a camera is connected with CamFi Pro Plus, the laptop which connects to it will act as if the USB device plugged into it directly. In tests, the maximum Wi-Fi speed can achieve 10M Bytes/second. For a 20M raw photo, for example, this translates into need only about three seconds to transfer with Capture One.

The third party tethering service of CamFi Pro Plus supports Windows and Mac. The price of CamFi Pro Plus is $339. It can be ordered via CamFi web site. All the existing customers of CamFi Pro can order the upgrade service for $40.

For more information, visit http://cam-fi.com/en/product/camfi-pro-plus.html

Proposed rule changes would make it easier for drones to fly at night, above crowds

Despite a partial government shutdown in the United States, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a new proposed rule that would simplify the process of flying drones at night and over crowds of people by removing the need for waivers.

The proposed rule, which can be read as a draft (PDF), would remove the need for commercial drone operators to file for waivers granting them permission to fly both at night and over large gatherings of people. It would also drones to have 'an anti-collision light illuminated and visible for at least 3 statute miles, according to the document proposal.

'This will help communities reap the considerable economic benefits of this growing industry, and help our country remain a global technology leader,' said Chao in her statement to the nonprofit Transportation Research Board.

DJI chimed in on the proposed rule change with a blog post on its website that begins by stating:

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, welcomes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposals announced today to help expand the use of drones in America, and looks forward to a substantive discussion that balances the requirements of the proposed rules with the benefits they would achieve.

The proposed rule change also lists out new rules for smaller drones. Specifically, drones weighing less than .55lbs / 250g would be able to fly over crowds without any new restrictions. However, drones weighing more would need their manufacturers to prove that if the drone 'crashed into a person, the resulting injury would be below a certain severity threshold,'

The proposed rule change will be open for public comment for 60 days before anything can be set in stone.

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