Saturday, October 5, 2019

Sony Introduces Alpha 9 II

Sony announced Alpha9 II (model ILCE-9M2). The latest model from Sony’s acclaimed line-up of α™(Alpha™) full-frame interchangeable lens cameras has been created specifically to support working professionals in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism.

The new Alpha 9 II builds on the impressive legacy of the original Alpha 9, maintaining ground breaking speed performance including blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations while incorporating even more functionality driven directly from the voice of professionals. Updates include significantly enhanced connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimised algorithms, a re-designed build to enhance durability and operability and more.

“The voice of our customers is absolutely critical to Sony – we are always listening,” said Dai Tanaka, Director, Digital Imaging Division, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. “The Alpha 9 II is the direct result of countless feedback sessions with agency, sports and news photographers since the launch of the original Alpha 9. We’ve added connectivity and network capabilities that drastically improve the professional workflow, while also making subtle adjustments to design, interface and processing power that complete the user experience. Complemented by our extremely versatile E-mount system – with 55 native lenses introduced at this point, including the super-telephoto 600mm and 400mm G Master™ series lenses – this new camera is a tool unlike any other for professionals either in the field or on the field.”



Alpha 9 II with SEL2470GM

Raising the Bar for Built-in Connectivity in the Professional’s Workflow
The Alpha 9 II includes an in-built 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, enabling gigabit communication for high-speed, stable data transfer operations. Additionally, File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is supported for increased data security and PC remote (tether) shooting performance is improved, with decreased release time lag and reduced live view screen delay when using the ‘Remote Camera Tool’ desktop application. The speed of the camera’s built-in wireless LAN functionality has also been increased, adding a stable and fast 5 GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) band, in addition to the 2.4 GHz provided in the Alpha 9. IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are all supported.

Designed to improve the speed of news agencies’ workflow, the Alpha 9 II features a new Voice Memo function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos that can be replayed when the images are reviewed. The voice data can also be included with images sent to an editor, giving them important information needed for effective editing. Alternatively, a field photographer can also use the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’ “Imaging Edge™” application to transfer voice tags with the images to their mobile device and have the voice memos automatically converted to text and added to the JPEG images in the form of IPTC metadata. All of this can be done automatically or manually, selectable by the photographer.

By combining wireless voice / image transfer and automatic voice to text conversion with the ability to auto transfer images with attached voice memos via FTP, it is possible to shoot and transfer the results to an FTP server without ever having to operate a smartphone. FTP settings within the app can also be sent to a camera via Bluetooth®, allowing for a faster workflow.

The Platinum Standard for Speed and Auto Focus Performance
The new Alpha 9 II shares the same acclaimed 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2 MP Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor with integral memory as the original Alpha 9, giving it the same unmatched speed performance and outstanding image quality. The new model can shoot continuously and completely silently at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG images or 239 compressed RAW images, with no viewfinder blackout, allowing the photographer to follow the subject and action with no interruption to the EVF during picture taking. For times when mechanical shutter is preferred or required, the new Alpha 9 II has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9.  

The camera is able to function whilst continuously calculating Auto Focus and Auto Exposure at up to 60 times per second, with newly optimised AF algorithms that provide notably enhanced AF precision and performance, ensuring that even the most erratic subject motion, often experienced in sports, is captured with high precision. Also useful for sporting events, the camera now offers an anti-flicker shooting mode that automatically detects and adjusts for the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting to maximise image quality. 

The advanced focusing system in the new Alpha 9 II is comprised of 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the image area, as well as 425 contrast AF points. This Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system achieves extremely fast and accurate performance, ensuring all fast-moving subjects are accurately captured. Additional notable focusing capabilities include Real-time Eye AF with right eye / left eye selection, Real-time Eye AF for animals – augmented with a new algorithm, Real-Time Eye AF for movie, Real-time Tracking, selectable focus frame colour, Touch Pad focus point control while using the viewfinder and more. AF can continuously track even when continuous shooting is greater than F16, providing further accuracy for shots that require slower shutter speeds.  

Refined Build and Operability
- Upgraded BIONZ X™ image processing engine gains maximum benefit from the sensor’s fast readout speed. Processor works with front-end LSI to enhance speed in AF/AE detection, image processing, face detection and accuracy, and more
- Upgraded dust and moisture resistant design to meet the needs of professionals in even the most challenging outdoor conditions.  Stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery compartment cover and media slot
- Latest image-processing algorithm reduces noise in the medium-to-high sensitivity range while improving subjective resolution and image quality
- 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.5 steps
- Improved grip configuration for even greater comfort and sure hold.  Compatible with Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip
- Improved button design and feel. Increased diameter and feedback of the ‘AF-ON’ button; a refined multi-selector joystick design; an exposure compensation dial lock button and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial
- Redesigned shutter mechanism to suppress even the slightest movement that can cause image blur. Tested for durability in excess of 500,000 shutter cycles
- USB Type-C™ connector that supports fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer
- Dual media slots that are both compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards, allowing higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds
- Digital audio interface has been added to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe) enabling the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit to be connected directly to the MI Shoe for cleaner, clearer audio recordings 

Price and Availability
To be announced.


A product video on the new Alpha 9 II can be viewed here.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Transcend Introduces a New Line-up of Industrial Grade SSDs Based on 96-layer BiCS4 3D NAND

Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade flash and DRAM products, is proud to announce a line-up of industrial grade SSDs based on the 96-layer BiCS4 3D NAND flash technology. Bit-Cost Scalable Generation 4 (BiCS4) uses a 96-layer 3D stacked-cell structure to create high performing solid-state memory dies for storage products. Compared to 3D NAND at 64 layers, this density breakthrough greatly improves storage efficiency. The new generation SSD lineup is offered in various form factors: MTE652T (PCIe M.2 2280), SSD452K (SATA III 2.5-inch), MTS952T (SATA III M .2 2280) and MTS552T (SATA III M.2 2242) to accommodate multiple platforms on the market. Built with DRAM cache for fast access, the new line of industrial SSDs is fully tested in-house to guarantee reliability in mission-critical applications, boasting an endurance rating of 3K Program/Erase cycles.
3K P/E Cycles Plus Wide Temperature Functionality
Made of top-tier 3D NAND and featuring enhanced endurance as well as exceptional thermal tolerance, this latest line-up comprises SSDs in the 2.5” SATA III, PCIe M.2, and SATA III M.2 form factors. Rated to endure 3K P/E (Program/Erase) cycles, and engineered to withstand extreme operating temperatures from -40°C to 85°C, these SSDs are made to reliably operate in extreme operating environments for an extended period of time.

PCIe NVMe Interface for Consistently Impressive Speeds
Within the new line-up, the MTE652T M.2 2280 SSD meets NVMe 1.3 standards and utilize the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface, meaning four lanes are used for transmitting and receiving data simultaneously. The result is compelling performance of up to 1,700 MB/s read and 1,600 MB/s write. Low power consumption and excellent reliability are also hallmarks of this construction, ensuring long-term dependability.

In-House Technologies for Prolonged Product Lifespan
The new line of industrial SSDs offers features such as Advanced Global Wear-Leveling and Block management for reliability, Advanced Garbage Collection, low-density parity check (LDPC), and other features that make for a stable, long-lasting product ready for write-intensive industrial and embedded applications.

Exclusive SSD Scope Pro Software
Transcend’s SSD Scope Pro is a convenient software package that helps users monitor and manage SSD status via an intuitive interface. It offers various useful features, including drive information and S.M.A.R.T. status monitoring, diagnostic scan, secure erase, health indication, system clone, and remote monitoring.

Warranty
Transcend’s industrial SSD solutions have undergone strict qualification testing to guarantee product dependability, reliability, and longevity. All of Transcend's 96-layer BiCS4 3D NAND SSDs are covered by a three-year limited warranty

More information can be found on Transcend Embedded Solution page at: https://www.transcend-info.com/Embedded/

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The world’s first 61MP full-frame camera, the Sony Alpha 7RIV is now available in stores!

The unveiling of Sony’s new A7RIV, the world’s first 61-MP full-frame mirrorless camera, reinforces the brand’s position as a leading innovator in the camera business.


A powerful new addition to the Alpha line up, this edition of the A7R regards the inclusion of a whopping 61- MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor and enhanced BIONZ X image processor, which gives an impressive imaging result with incomparable smoothness, a 15-stop dynamic range and, of course, impeccable speed.

Sony A7RIV specifications:
- World’s first 35mm full-frame 61.0 MP back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
- 15-stops dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights
- High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE tracking for approx. 7 seconds in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately 3x more in APS-C mode
- 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of image area and 425 contrast AF points
- Debut of Real-time Eye AF for movie recording and advanced Real-time Tracking plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording
- Features an APS-C crop mode delivering stunning high resolution of 26.2MP2
- 5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electric viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness and contrast

Price and Availability:
The A7RIV is priced at Php 199,999.00 and is now available in all Sony centres and authorized dealers nationwide.

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Sony’s Alpha 9 pocket-friendly version, RX100M7 is now available in the Philippines!

The promising “world’s fastest AF performance” among fixed lens cameras with 1-inch sensor is now available! The newest addition to Sony’s flagship RX100 series carries the speed of the Alpha 9 mirrorless camera in a pocket-friendly, more compact size.
The RX100M7 offers the same 24-200mm lens as its predecessor, 20.1mp 1inch stacked BSI CMOS sensor and 4K video recording, but what’s most promising about the RX100M7? This compact camera uses the latest BIONZ X image processing engine a commonly known feature of the Alpha 9, Alpha A7R III and A7R IV, and is designed to give Alpha 9’s real-time tracking and real-time Eye AF performance.

Sony RX100M7 Specifications:
- Newly developed 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and latest generation BIONZ X™ image processor
- Alpha 9-level speed performance with up to 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second and 20fps blackout-free shooting with AF/AE tracking
- World leading 357-point focal-plane phase-detection AF + 425-point contrast-detection AF with world’s fastest5 0.02 sec high AF speed
- Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals  
- ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 Large Aperture High Magnification Zoom Lens
- New ‘Single Burst Shooting’ Drive Mode at up to 90fps speed
- Pro-level movie functionality including 4K HDR (HLG) , Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting, 4K Active SteadyShot™, Vertical-position data recording for movies and integrated microphone jack

Price and Availability:
- The RX100M7 body only is at PHP 69,999 (cash price). You may also avail the Body + Shooting Grip kit (mic sold separately) at PHP 74,999 (cash price).   
- The RX100M7 is now available in all Sony Centres and Authorized dealers nationwide.

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