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The Sony a7S II replacement is coming and it’s going to be big

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Sony is starting from scratch with the Alpha 7S Mark II replacement, promising that the hotly-anticipated camera will be a ground-up reinvention. The a7S II was a hit among video professionals, among others, but the failure of a successor to arrive alongside the a7 III and a7R IV led some to fear that Sony had decided the series had run its course.

With five years passing since the a7S II was announced, that suspicion seemed increasingly likely to be the case. At the time, the camera’s 409,600 ISO and native 4K video recording were big improvements, along with its S-Log3 shooting mode and 5-axis stabilization.

Since then, of course, we’ve seen big competition in the 4K camera space. Though the a7S II still has its fans, the wish-list for how Sony could update it was only getting longer. Now, Sony execs have confirmed that a replacement is on the way.

“I can confirm that a successor to the Alpha 7S II will be coming, later this summer,” Kenji Tanaka, general manager at Sony Electronics, told DPReview. “Right now we’re focused on the launch of the new camera, and it will be a complete redesign of the whole system, including the image sensor. Everything is new.”

It’s unclear whether the new camera will pick up on the current nomenclature, and launch as the Sony a7S III. The camera-maker could, indeed, choose to completely rebrand the line. Tanaka does hint at its focus shifting, commenting that while “the ‘S’ originally stood for ‘sensitivity’” he now believes “it should stand for ‘supreme’ in terms of image quality, and expression.”

As for other possible features, a7S II owners had been asking for things like 4K/60p video recording and 10-bit 4:2:2 support, the Sony exec says. It seems almost certain that the new camera will check both those boxes. Tanaka also confirms that Sony is looking at how it can deliver Raw video data capture, too.

Beyond that, things are still a relative mystery, but a summer reveal doesn’t leave too long to wait. The news comes as the digital camera space sees a number of shake-ups, most notably Olympus’ decision to sell its photography division altogether and exit the segment. Sony, meanwhile, continues to focus on stacked CMOS sensors and AI for use in things like autofocus for stills and video, along with how camera components can be made quieter and more effective.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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