Nikon D850

Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best?

Intro

2017 has seen the release of some interesting cameras, but the two that have generated the most buzz, the most traffic and the most questions are Nikon’s D850 and the Sony a7R III. They’re both rather exotic creatures, not quite as other-worldly as D5s and a9s, but hardly the sorts of cameras we’re all going to rush out and buy. So why the excitement?

Both high res models are among the fastest in
their line-ups

What’s interesting about both is just how much better they are than their predecessors, despite superficially looking like subtle re-shuffles of the specifications. The give-away of this leap forward is hidden in plain sight: they may both be updates of their makers’ high-res models, but both are also promoted to being among the fastest-shooting models in their respective line-ups.

That makes them much more appealing, well-rounded cameras than their predecessors, which is perhaps why they’ve generated so much interest. And why everybody wants to know which is best…

It’s not about the mirror (or lack of it)

We ended our D850 review by calling it “the best DSLR on the market today” and summed up the Sony by saying it was “the most well-rounded mirrorless camera on the market,” but you should take that to mean it’s simply a question of whether you prefer a mirror in your camera or not. Mainly because, when you use them, it really doesn’t make much difference.

Closer to a sports camera than anything with 46 megapixels has the right to feel

Long gone are the days when you could say ‘DSLRs are better at autofocus’ or ‘Mirrorless are smaller, and more convenient.’ No-one who’s held a Sony a7 series with a GM lens on is likely to find the words ‘small’ → continue…

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Sony a7R III Sensor gets Highest DxOMark Score Ever for a Mirrorless Camera

By Yossy Mendelovich

DxOMark has awarded the Sony a7R III an excellent score of 100, the highest score ever given for a mirrorless camera and the same as the Nikon D850, which is 1st place among all non-medium format cameras.

DxOMark has compared the a7R III to the a7R II, discussing that although they have a backlit sensor with the same pixel count, the Mark III’s sensor has a greater processing power and a twofold increase in the data readout speed due to a better processing engine.

These technological improvements enable a maximum continuous shooting rate of 10fps with continuous autofocusing and metering.

Sensor performance – superior dynamic range

The DxOMark analysis praises the dynamic range of the a7R III, declaring that “the sensor can indeed capture wide dynamic range with good color”. According to tests and comparisons, dynamic range is the most significant improvement of the a7R III’s sensor over the a7R II.

Moreover, the low-light ISO is also very good and stands at ISO 3523.

Check graphs below for better reference

DxOMark

Dynamic Range

Color Depth

Conclusion

DxOMark concludes that “the Sony a7R III has a high-performing sensor that’s capable of capturing images with a broad range of color and tone, while keeping noise well under control”. While the Sony has its strengths in the high ISO range, the Nikon defeats it in the low ISO range. As stated in the analysis: “Photographers who predominantly shoot in bright light or capture motionless subjects with the camera on a tripod will record the most information, be it color, tone, → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

Nikon’s redesigned SnapBridge app adds full manual camera control and ‘intuitive’ UI

Nikon just released a new version of its camera connectivity app SnapBridge. The new SnapBridge Version 2.0—which is available for both iOS and Android devices starting today—has been redesigned with an easier-to-use interface and a bunch of new features like the ability to register up to five devices, and full-manual control of select cameras.

On the UI side, both the screen design and the menu structure have been updated to be ‘more intuitive’ and offer direct access to Help functions. The app has also now been equipped with a ‘power saving mode’ that keeps SnapBridge from draining your smartphone or tablet’s battery when you’re not connected to a camera (i.e. when it’s not in use).

On the feature side, the major addition is full manual control. If you have a compatible camera—according to Nikon, these include the Nikon D850, D500, D7500, and D5600—you’ll now be able to control exposure modes (P/S/A/M), shutter speed, aperture, exposure comp, ISO, and white balance.

You can learn more about the new SnapBridge app by reading the full press release below, or downloading it yourself off of the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Press Release

Nikon Announces Updated Version of SnapBridge Camera Connectivity App for Seamless Image Transfer and Sharing

Easier to Use, More Intuitive and Simpler Connection with SnapBridge Version 2.0*

MELVILLE, NY (November 29, 2017 at 11:00 P.M. EST) – Today, Nikon is pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of Nikon SnapBridge, which offers enhanced functionality, stability and ease of use. SnapBridge is the Nikon app that enables users to easily and seamlessly share images and control select Nikon digital camera via Bluetooth** and Wi-Fi® connection with a compatible smart device such as a phone or tablet.

Enhanced Interface and Connectivity

SnapBridge version 2.0 reflects feedback from → continue…

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Gear of the Year 2017 – Richard’s choice: Sony NP-FZ100

I wrote, two years ago, that I thought the distinction between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras would disappear. Not that mirrorless would eclipse DSLRs, more that the differences would reduce to the point that the presence or absence of a mirror becomes the least relevant part of a discussion of two cameras.

As I was writing a comparison of the Sony a7R III and Nikon D850 today, I was suddenly struck by the realization that it might have already happened. I think there are a lot of interesting differences between the two cameras but very few of them have anything to do with the way we’d tend to categorize them.

With this in mind, my gear of the year is the Sony NP-FZ100. Or, to those of you not obsessed with product codes, the a9 and a7R III’s battery. The simple reason for this is the role it plays in rendering the difference between mirror-less and mirror-full cameras moot.

Good enough: the threshold beyond which any further excess is superfluous

It all comes down to the idea of ‘good enough.’ And please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not talking about accepting the mediocre or tolerating the barely sufficient. Instead I’m referring to the threshold beyond which any further excess is, if not excessive, then at least superfluous: it offers no practical benefit.

Once I have enough battery life to get me through a demanding day of shooting, then any extra left in the tank is all very nice, but not exactly necessary. I recently spent a morning shooting both stills and video of a cyclocross race with the a7R III. Shooting a mixture of JPEGs, uncompressed Raws and 4K video, I comfortably churned out more than the 64GB capacity of my memory card and had to switch to a second. → continue…

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Gear of the Year 2017 – Barney’s choice (Part 2): Nikon D850

In the first part of this article, I wrote about the camera I’ve used most in 2017 – the Leica M10. In Part 2, I want to write about a camera that I’ve used very little. In fact, aside from bringing it to my eye and playing around with the reviewable sample that came into our office earlier this year, I’ve barely even managed to get my hands on it.

That camera is the Nikon D850. Undeniably one of the most important products of 2017 (and in terms of traffic, definitely among the most popular on DPReview) the D850 is an impressive DSLR by any measure.

The Nikon D810 is one of our favorite DSLRs of the past several years

It used to be the case that if you wanted high-resolution stills, you had to make do with a relatively slow camera. And conversely, if you wanted high-speed capture and ultra-long battery life, you had to drop $5000-6000 on a pro-grade camera that didn’t have the pixel-count required for really demanding applications. The Nikon D810 is one of our favorite DSLRs of the past several years, but its excellent resolution and unrivaled dynamic range at ISO 64 came at the expense of relatively slow continuous shooting, and (somewhat mysteriously) poor low-light autofocus performance compared to the flagship D5.

The D850’s wide dynamic range at its low ISO sensitivity settings enables shots like these (taken at ISO 125) which contain detail and true color everywhere from the deepest shadows to the highlight areas. Shot from a moving vehicle (hence the slightly softness at very close examination), this image is a great illustration of the D850’s versatility.

Photo by Carey Rose

On paper, the D850 offers the best of both worlds, and in practice, → continue…

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TIME calls Sony a7R III ‘one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made’

When we finished our full review of the impressive Sony a7R III, we wrapped it up with a conclusion that started:

The sheer capability of the Sony a7R III is hard to overstate […] Like the Nikon D850, the a7R III is a camera that you can shoot just about anything with, from landscapes to fast action.

But it seems we weren’t the only ones blown away by Sony’s newest flagship mirrorless full-frame camera, because TIME just named it one of its Top 10 Gadgets of 2017, and crowned it “one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made.”

TIME’s Top 10 this year included everything from the DJI Spark to the iPhone X, but the Sony a7R III has the distinction of being the only true-blue camera to make the list. Combine this with the fact that demand for the camera is so high Sony Japan had to issue an apology about pre-order delays, and you see why the Sony shares the top spot in our over $2,000 category for 2017.

To learn more about the Sony a7R III, why people are lavishing the camera with such praise, and what its weaknesses are despite this praise, check out our full review below:

Sony a7RIII Review

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From:: DPreview

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #1: the Nikon D850

As 2017 winds down, we’re counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of the year. Finally, we’ve made it to the top spot. With images viewed nearly 3 million times and counting, by far our most popular gallery of the year belongs to the Nikon D850.

This is another gold award winning product and staff favorite. DPR staffer Carey Rose feels strongly that it ‘could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need,‘ and a quick peek through our sample gallery should prove why. After all, it’s got 45.7MP of resolution, a capable autofocus system, fast burst shooting and offers great image quality under almost any situation.

That’s it for 2017, see our full list of top galleries below. And happy shooting!


Top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017:

#10: Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art
#9: Fujifilm GFX 50S
#8: Nikon D7500
#7: Olympus Tough TG-5
#6: Sigma 85mm F1.4
#5: Fujifilm X-T20
#4: Leica M10
#3: Fujifilm X100F
#2: Sony Alpha a9
#1: Nikon D850

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Analysis: The Sony a7R III is still a star eater

We sent some files to our friend Jim Kasson for analysis, and he confirms that the Sony a7R III is definitely still a Star Eater, despite several claims to the contrary that have been published online over the past week.

Looking at Kasson’s graphs, one can clearly see the noise reduction kick in near Nyquist in Kasson’s energy plots. Indeed, in our own shots of the stars with the a7R III and latest a7R II (firmware v3.00 and above), our final files only show stars that are larger than one pixel with a few neighboring pixels: suggesting that smaller stars are indeed ‘eaten’ or dimmed due to a spatial filtering algorithm.

At a 3.2-second exposure, the ‘spacial filtering’ (Star Eater) is very mild, and won’t affect your stars.
But as soon as you hit 4-seconds, spacial filtering kicks in big time, causing the same Star Eater problems that was seen in the a7R II

This is a missed opportunity for Sony, and something dedicated astrophotographers will want to consider when deciding between the a7R III and other options that don’t have this same issue (a Nikon D850 for example). Other photographers happy with the number of stars still in their shots simply won’t care.

We’ll drop in one of our sample photos shortly for your pixel-peeping pleasure. But for now, we can say this with confidence: while a lot of stars still survive ‘Star Eater’, the a7R III continues the trend of noise reduction that dims or erases small stars at exposure longer than 3.2s.

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