Sony 4D AF versus Canon Dual Pixel AF – the differences explained + new A6300 AF test

Sony A6300 close-up

Early adopters have put the Sony A6300 image quality and autofocus to the test – the results are incredible (see below).

Could Sony have achieved something very special with their combination of 6K sensor readout and 425 phase detect points?

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Hands on with the new Metabones Speed Booster Ultra – fast AF with Canon lenses on Micro Four Thirds

Lets hop over to the world of stills for a moment. For the first time I now have usable AF with Canon EF lenses on the Panasonic GH4 and other Micro Four Thirds cameras.

I’ve been trying out the new Speed Booster Ultra, which as well as the AF improvement offers new and improved optics.

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Sony HX9v vs Canon 600D – DSLR gets beat by compact in video mode

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Buy it now – Sony HX9v

This is what happens when you don’t overhaul your imaging chips for 3 years, Canon. The new Sony HX9v compact out-resolves the 600D’s video mode for resolution, and has 1080/60p. It is also a lot closer to a DSLR in terms of dynamic range than I expected it would be. It fits in my pocket and has a stabilised 24-380mm lens.

It has an image processor powerful enough to handle 43 megapixel panoramas in-camera as well, but that along with the incredible ACT stabiliser is something I’ll go into more detail on in the full review later.

The HX9v’s video mode is to compacts what the 5D Mark II’s video mode was to DSLRs.

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New Panasonic lens adapter in development

Every wondered how the Sony Alpha series delivers a live view image from a very small sensor in the viewfinder housing without cropping, mimicking the field of view of the main CMOS, while enabling super fast phase detect AF at the same time? (Deep breath). Well, it seems Panasonic did wonder this, and plan to bring such innovations to a range of lenses previously not fully compatible with mirror-less bodies.

The adapter features electronics, a mirror system and phase detect AF chip. This allows auto-focus as well as full frame focal lengths with standard DSLR lenses on the Lumix G range.

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