New : Sony A7 II with 5 Axis Image Stabilization

Sony has announced the Alpha 7 II, a 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization – the first of its kind in a full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony claims that this IS system can reduce shake by 4.5 stops. If an E-mount lens with OSS is attached, the camera will detect it and use the combination of in-lens and in-body stabilization.

Like the original a7, the a7 II features 117 phase detect and 25 contrast detect points on its CMOS sensor but Sony is claiming a 30% improvement in the a7 II’s AF speed and 1.5x better tracking performance than its predecessor.

The Alpha 7 II can record 1080/60p video at 50Mbps and also supports S-Log2 to capture a wide dynamic range for grading.

No word yet on availability or cost.

New Firmware from Hasselblad

Hasselblad has just released new firmware for the H4D-60, H5D-50c, CFV-50c, H5D, H4D-40, H4D-50, and CFV-50 cameras. Firmware can be downloaded from the Hasselblad site :

H4D-40, H4D-50 and CFV-50 sensor unit firmware R370 Highlights :

  • H4D-40: Preview image resolution can be lowered to provide more captures per minute, now up to 45 captures per minute
  • Support for UDMA7 CF cards (up to 128 GB)
  • Fixed a bug that could give a faint magenta cast on long exposures (CFV-50)
  • Stability in capture sequence during Multi-Shot is improved

H5D-50c and CFV-50c sensor unit firmware 3.5.8R highlights :

  • Live View on the rear display
  • Longer exposure time, now up to 34 minutes (no black exposure required)
  • Faster capture rate, now 50 frames per minute (H5D-50c only)
  • ISO and White Balance setting visible in viewfinder (H5D-50c only)
  • Spirit Level (H5D-50c only) and selectable display modes in tethered mode
  • Korean language added

H5D Camera body firmware 3.3.2/1.1.4 highlights :

  • Support for ISO/White Balance setting in viewfinder
  • Film magazine compatibility

H4D-60 sensor unit firmware R520 highlights :

  • Support for UDMA7 CF cards (up to 128 GB

New Firmware for All Leica M Digital Cameras

Leica Camera has released firmware updates for all digital M rangefinders with added support for the new Summarit-M lenses that were announced at Photokina.

  • Leica M8 firmware update v2.024
  • Leica M9, M9-P and M-E firmware update v1.202
  • Leica M Monochrom firmware update v1.008
  • Leica M and M-P firmware update v2.0.1.7

Firmware can be downloaded here :

Leica Photopark Opens Its Doors

The Leica Fotopark announced at Photokina, is now up and running.

The Leica Fotopark marks Leica’s first step outside its long-standing business model of manufacturing physical products. The Leica Fotopark is an all-in-one solution that combines a photo-sharing network, cloud based photo archival, and an online printing service into a single package.

The basic membership is free with 10GB of storage, the premium level is approximately $15. per month and includes 100GB of storage.