That Didn’t Take Long: Sony A7R II, Maybe A8 Coming with 59MP Sensor?

by Hugh Brownstone3 Comments

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.

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The Sony A7R II

Via DIY Photography:

A few days ago we shared a photo that seems to have been taken with the Sony A7r II and uploaded to the Zeiss Lenses’s Flickr account.

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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(cover photo credit: snap from DIY Photography)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

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  1. This “pixel war” is hardly different from the power war among receiver manufacturers during the 70s.
    If I could choose between more pixels and less noise, I’d go with the latter. But pixel count can be reduced to an easily comprehensible number, whereas noise cannot. So which do you push?
    High pixel count does have advantages. One that might not be obvious is that the removal of the low-pass filter lets designers create higher-resolution lenses. (Note Pop Photo’s frothing-at-the-mouth review of Sigma’s new 28/1.4.

  2. I own a Sony A7R and wouldn’t buy another for the simple reason that there is no way to geotag your images. Using the camera on a drone is useless without the GPS coordinates.

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