In this week’s installment of our newly minted series “The King is Dead, Long Live the King,” we bring you accelerating rumors of the imminent arrival of the next Sony A7R which may take the form of an update (Sony A7r II) or addition (Sony A8). The important point (if true): at 59 megapixels, Sony will trump Canon’s about-to-be-former-kings-of-the-hill, the Canon EOS 5Dr [B&H | Amazon] and Canon EOS 5Ds [B&H | Amazon] twins.
Whether it’s the story about Zeiss’ flickr account photo of a Sony A7r EXIF file showing an imputed 59 megapixel sensor with the new Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8, or the even newer rumor of a June ship date for the A7R II or possibly an A8 with a 50+ mp sensor, this much is clear: bragging rights – or competitive differentiation, for that matter – based on highest megapixel count are likely to see-saw in the near future.
Did you expect anything else?
And — more importantly — what does this mean?
As I’ve written before, I suspect it means buying choice will increasingly be less about momentary/narrow product superiority than the gestalt of value, purchase, use, real innovation, and post-purchase support (Canon has excellent support, in my experience).
Translation: vendors who truly understand what consumers need and/or want — and deliver it cheerfully — win. Vendors who do things just because they can — not so much.Sony to knock Canon 5Dr and 5Ds from top of the hill already? Click To Tweet
Via DIY Photography:
The photo’s resolution indicated it was captured using a 56MP sensor, but the irregular image ratio suggested that the sensor is most likely even larger and that the photo was cropped by Zeiss.
A new image, with EXIF-data intact, reveals the latest sensor packs a whopping 59 megapixels.
Keep in mind this information has not been confirmed, though there are several good reasons to believe it is true.
Read full story at DIY Photography “The Sony A7R II Seems to Boast a 59 Megapixel Sensor”
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