Sony’s new Alpha and Cyber-Shot cameras, announced way back in October last year, have finally hit Malaysian shores. The new cameras launched include the much anticipated a6500 APS-C mirrorless camera, the RX100 Mark V point-and-shoot and the a99 Mark II A-mount DSLR.
The a6500 is the successor to the a6300 that was released not too long before it. We’ve already covered the a6500’s specs when it was first announced last year. But in essence, the a6500 is an APS-C sensor camera with (supposedly) the fastest auto-focusing speed in the world, just like the a6300 before it.
Other improvements on the a6500 include 5-axis in-body stabilization for steady handheld videos and a touch screen that allows users to tap on subjects to focus. The a6500 can also record 4K videos to 100Mbps and Full HD videos up to 120p.
The Cyber-Shot RX100 V on the other hand is not all that different from the Mark IV before it. The RX100 V uses a new 1-inch, stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.1 MP. The sensor’s 315 phase-detection AF points allow if to have an auto-focus speed of 0.05 seconds.
The RX100 Mark V now also uses full pixel readout without pixel binning for sharper 4K video recording. Slow-motion video recording is also improved with frame rates of up to 960 fps. Other than that, the rest of the RX100, like its fixed lens and LCD screen, remain untouched.
Finally, we have the a99 II – Sony’s DSLR offering. Although Sony’s A-mount cameras are often neglected, the company still tries to hold their ground in that particular market by cramming in all the tech they can.
The a99 II features a 35mm full-frame 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor with Hybrid Phase Detection for continuous auto-focus. The a99 II also has 5-axis image stabilisation and 4K video recording with full pixel readout.
The new Sony cameras are on sale now at Sony Stores and Sony authorised dealers. The a6500 and a99 II cost RM6,499 and RM12,299 respectfully for just the camera body, while the Cyber-Shot RX100 V goes for RM4,599.