byymnno03-03-201704:56 AM - edited 03-03-201706:31 AM
I'm an a6000 owner and one of my reason choosing Sony is the ability to adapt wide range of lens. Until nowadays i've adopt various legacy manual lens (minolta, konica, rollei, etc) and really like the experience with those legacy lens.
The current methods i use for focusing for manual lens is feels rather slow or less reliable:
- Focus magnifier is precise but slow
- Focus peaking is fast but not precise (especially at high f-stops)
I was wondering if/when the A7/A7R will receive the firmware update for XAVC-S and/or S-LOG 2 for video?
The RX10 has received the XAVC-S codec, and has the same BIONZ-X processor... I don't think it is a heat issue if it couldn't as the A7S is the same size body and can do even more (S-LOG2, 4k, higher bitrates...)
Right now, AVCHD just doesn't cut it, and an update wouldn't take any market away from the A7S (A7S has a better sensor, low light, etc) even just a higher bitrate at XAVC-S would mean the world.
Would like to be able to select a phase detection focus point, preferably with any manual focus lens and not just native lenses, and when that point registers being "in focus" the camera takes a picture. This is similar to how Smile Shutter works. Some other manufacturers have a similar feature. Being able to take a burst or bracket would also be a big plus.
Peolpe from Europe are reporting that 3rd Party lense such as Sigma and Tamron does function with the 399 Phase Detect af points on the A99ii. This is 3200 dollar camera that does not do what it was advertised. Please Sony Fix This!!!
bydishe11-30-201511:52 AM - edited 12-10-201509:15 PM
Many of the modern Sony cameras, including the A7S, A5100 and A6000, include a "smooth skin" filter feature. I'm sure some end users out there like this, but in video it gets horribly annoying and fake looking, especially since it sort of turns on and off depending on whether or not the camera can detect a face, even in the middle of a clip. Thankfully the option is greyed out when the camera is in video mode, because this is obviously a feature that should stay disabled... but the problem is, some of these cameras automatically apply the effect in video mode, even when disabled or greyed out from the Sony menus! And when this happens, there is no way to disable it!
There are quite a few discussions across the internet about this problem- the solution proposed has been to turn off face detection entirely. But there are two problems with this. 1) We lose the other benefits of face detection, such as autofocus tracking. 2) When the camera isn't recording internally, the live HDMI out still does face detection / skin smoothing, even if face detection is disabled!
This means when sending the camera's feed out to an external recorder, TV, monitor, live internet streamer, etc, we get intermittent skin smoothing that sort of looks like the subject's skin has turned into wax. Then back into skin again if they move their head the right way, and repeat.
I can confirm I've seen this problem effects the A7S, A5100 and A6000. (EDIT: It seems a firmware update for the A7s has quietly fixed it. Thank you for that! It still very much effects the A6000 and A5100, however. Please help us fix those!) It likely also effects other cameras but I haven't seen them to confirm it. Please, please PLEASE correct this bug and let skin smoothing remain off on a global level if we turn it off in the camera menu. Or, just get rid of it entirely as it is a feature we can easily apply in post if desired. As it stands now, it is ruining our video footage!
I just heard that many of the non-native Sony lens (i.e., SIgma, Tamron, etc) are non working properly on the Sony A99II. How true is this? I'm a A99 owner who have really considered purchasing the Sony A99II; but am very concerned with this considering that I have several non-native lens.