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Full-frame CSCs are here

New launches from Nikon, Fujifilm, Pentax, Sony and Panasonic

The world’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras have arrived, and it’s Sony that’s made the breakthrough with the launch of two models

Find out about all the latest launches inside

How towin the world’s biggest photo contest

Words by Ian Fyfe

Sony has unveiled the A7 and A7R. Both cameras feature 35mm Exmor CMOS sensors, with 24.3 megapixels in the A7 and 36.4megapixels in the A7R. Besides the higher resolution, the A7R sensor also includes technology that maximises light collection and a new ‘gapless’ on-chip lens design to eliminate spaces between pixels. Backing up the sensors in both cameras is a new BIONZ X processor, offering three times the speed of Sony’s previous chips. This also provides a maximum ISO sensitivity range equivalent to ISO 50-25,600, with area-specific noise reduction. Focusing in the A7 uses an enhanced Fast Hybrid autofocus system that has 117 phase-detection points and 25 contrast-detection points, combined with a new Spatial Object Detection function for what Sony claims is amongst the fastest AF system in any full-frame camera. The higher-resolution A7R uses a Fast Intelligent contrast-detection AF system that’s newly developed. It’s claimed to be 35% faster than conventional contrast-detection systems.

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The XGA OLED electronic viewfinders in both cameras have 2.36 million dots and provide a 100% field of view with a magnification similar to most full-frame DSLRs at 0.71x. The 921,600-dot LCD is tiltable. Both cameras have magnesium alloy bodies that weigh in at just over 400g, making them the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras available. Other features include Wi-Fi and NFC for wireless connections, Sony’s PlayMemories Camera apps

On test: Olympus OM-DE-M1 &Canon EOS 70D

Turn the page to read what Sony’s Hiroyuki Matsushita has to say about the company’s full-frame intentions. INTERVIEW

See pages 24 and 28 for details

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