Details have surfaced about two possible new Sony full frame 16-bit sensors, packing a massive 60MP sensor. For the longest time ever, Sony pretty much enjoyed practically zero competition when it came to photographers shopping for full-frame mirrorless cameras. While full-frame DSLRs are plenty, Sony more or less had the mirrorless market cornered for full-frame sensors, but since then both Nikon and Canon have launched their own full-frame offerings. With the flood of new mirrorless cameras on the market from the camera heavyweights, all offering similar features with subtle differences, it looks like Sony will continue to kick ass and take names!
Given 4K video is pretty much the standard on cameras today, it makes sense that camera manufacturers such as Sony are looking to the future. Ready to offer sensors that pack in a huge amount of detail for it’s pixel peeping fanatics.
According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the first sensor will be 36MP and will shoot 16 bit at 10 and 26fps.
The second sensor, and the most intriguing, is a reported 60MP in size, with the ability to capture 8K at 30p and 60p. The full CMOS sensor is also said to have 16 channels. What’s interesting is that it has 64 native ISO. Keep in mind that, these cameras usually do not use the full potential of the sensor because of processing hardware limits and overheating issues.
Sony Alpha A7R IV to get 8K?
If this is the case, the the sensor will be able to shoot video with 7680 × 4320 resolution. OH BOY!!!
These sensors are not guaranteed for future Sony devices and could well make their way into third-party cameras, but if these specs are correct then Sony is looking to future proof itself with its latest sensor. And there was you thinking, the 42.2MP sensor in the Sony Alpha A7R III was impressive.
If it were to land in an upcoming Sony camera, then our money would be on the Sony Alpha A7R IV. Sony will apparently also make these sensors available to third parties. This means they could also appear in dedicated video cameras, and not just Sony’s own line of mirrorless cameras.
In fact, Sony Alpha Rumors doesn’t believe these sensors will even make it into Sony mirrorless cameras. But if a hypothetical A7SIII is to receive this 36-megapixel sensor, it might explain why it’s taken them so long to announce it. Of course, such high resolutions and the kind of ISO performance that made the A7SII so popular rarely go hand-in-hand.
8K video may not be a particular requirement for many at the moment - although the first Samsung 8K TV is now on sale - but the ability to video in this format and downscale to 4K will be welcomed by many.
So, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.