Sony’s New A7s at 408,000 ISO is Absolutely Amazing

Posted Apr. 12th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

People wonder why I’m excited about the future of photography and the technical advancements happening in the business on a daily basis. Sony recently announced 4K video capabilities in their new A7s series camera. When I first saw these numbers I was hohum about it. Until I saw the video below. Watch as the video starts at 1600 ISO and progresses to ISO 408,000. It’s hard to believe. Nice job Sony. The biggest downside is the A7s requires an external recorder to capture the 4K video unlike the new Panasoinc GH4 which records 4K to an SD card in camera. Both cameras are very close to being released. The new GH4 will be here in a couple of weeks and we’ll be shooting two of them on our upcoming trip to Italy. Stay tuned for the results.

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  1. Trent G. AndersonOn Apr. 14th, 2014

    I took the plunge after seeing you with your GH3’s in the Antarctic and am also awaiting
    my delivery of the GH4. Owning an Olympus OM D-5, I already have 5 lenses for the Lumix and get my 100-300mm in the mail on Tuesday before I head out East at the end of the week.
    This will be my first trip without a Nikon and I’m stunned that I can fit all of this gear in my
    backpack, except for my tripod.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 15th, 2014

      Great to hear Trent. I think the GH4 is going to be a substantial step up from the GH3 though I’ve really been happy with my Gh3 images as well. We just returned from Cuba and that was my first trip with nothing more than the Lumix system. It was such a pleasure to travel with so much lighter camera pack. This all related to this Blog post you commented on. The Sony system being a so called “Full Frame Sensor” will still require the larger lenses, same size and weights as our Nikons. Though the Sony body is mirrorless, the lenses will substantially reduce the weight benefits of the smaller, lighter Sony body.

  2. Sean AustinOn Apr. 12th, 2014

    I wouldn’t necessarily characterize the external recorder as a bad thing – you get uncompressed sensor data whereas video written to SD is going to be horribly compressed and defeats the purpose of shooting 4K. Writing uncompressed files over HDMI is the video equivalent of shooting RAW stills. The Atomos recorders are getting ridiculously cheap too – I paid $1K when the Ninja came out and now they have recorders for as little as $250.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 15th, 2014

      Sean, all good points. Looking forward to seeing the images that will be made with all this new technology.

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