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Sony announces a6500 and RX100 V

Sony has launched two new cameras, the successors to its α6300 interchangeable lens camera and RX100 IV compact camera, the α6500 and RX100 V respectively.

Starting with the α6300, it builds upon the already excellent α6300 and instead of reinventing the wheel further improves upon an already successful formula.

The new α6500 has the same 24.2 megapixel APS-C EXMOR CMOS sensor with a staggering 425 phase detection AF points and world’s fastest 0.05 seconds AF lock. The new model includes in-body 5-axis optical image stabilization that provides stabilization even if the attached lens doesn’t have OIS and works even better if it does. The new model also includes a touchscreen display for touch focus and has the new UI from the recently launched α99 II.

The α6500 also features a wider image buffer, being able to 307 JPEG images before running out. It will come in handy, as the α6500 can do 11fps in continuous shooting mode and 8fps with live-view.

The α6500 can also do 4K internally in Super 35mm format with full sensor readout without pixel binning. It supports S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma curves for capturing a wider dynamic range and color grading later. It also supports recording 1080p at 120fps slow motion at 100Mbps.

The new α6500 also has a weather sealed magnesium alloy body that should make it a lot more durable than its predecessor. The shutter has also been beefed up with a claimed 200,000 release cycles.

The α6500 is priced at $1400 in the US and will ship in November.

The RX100 V has the same 20.1 megapixel 1.0-type stacked EXMOR RS CMOS sensor with DRAM but with a new 315 point AF system with a 0.05 seconds AF lock, the fastest in its class. The lens is still the same ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 from the previous model. The RX100 V also includes a Anti-Distortion Shutter that reduces rolling shutter effect.

The RX100 V does 4K video like its predecessor but it does so with full pixel readout without pixel binning. You also get S-Log2 and S-Gamut and a 120fps HD mode. Like the previous model, it can record up to 40x slow motion video but it can now do it twice as long. Apart from that the new model is similar to the previous one.

The RX100 V is priced at $1000.

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