Sony A7000 Will be the First E-mount Camera with 15.5 Stops On Sensor HDR

The upcoming Sony Alpha a7000 mirrorless camera will be the first E-mount camera with 15.5 stops on sensor HDR, according to the latest rumors. A native “on sensor HDR” feature! This means both images and recorded video are capable of 15.5 stops of dynamic range!

The detail of how this “on sensor HDR” feature works on the new Sony a7000 is still unknown yet. But the Sony Xperia Z smartphone has the similar on sensor HDR tech. See how the HDR works for video recording and images (via Image Sensor World):

How HDR video recording works
To achieve true HDR video recording, the advanced Exmor RS camera sensor in Xperia Z changes the exposure every two lines of pixels. This creates a spatially varying exposure (SVE) array image, which is then used to make an image that is perfectly exposed in both dark and light areas.
To simplify the concept, for each frame the camera shoots one picture with two different exposure levels at the same time, one light and one dark. Then, an intelligent software algorithm is used to combine (synthesize) the two shots into one picture, pixel by pixel. This allows you to see the details of both the dark and the bright parts of the picture.

HDR for still images
With HDR for still images, the camera quickly captures the image twice with different exposure levels and stitches the two shots together to create one optimised photo. This way, HDR lets you capture clear photos even against strong backlight. HDR is automatically activated when Superior Auto detects scenes with strong backlight.

The new Sony A6000 series camera (named Sony A6100 or A7000), is delayed and this new Sony E-mount mirrorless camera is rumored to be released sometime in 2016 instead of late 2015.

Sony A7000 Rumored Sensor Specs:

  • BSI (back-illuminated) Sensor
  • 4K capable
  • Sony developed two new APS-C sensors: one with 24MP and one around 30 MP
  • Hybrid AF (PDAF + CDAF) covering the whole sensor area
  • XAVC-S recording format and 60p

Stay tuned for more info.

Source: SAR

Read More: Sony Alpha Rumors

Store links:
In USA:
Sony a7RII: $3,198 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.

Sony RX10 II: $1,298 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.

Sony RX100 IV: $948 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens: $1,098 at Amazon, B&H.

Sony A6000$548Amazon
Sony A7S$2,498Amazon
Sony A7 II$1,698Amazon
Sony A7$1,498Amazon
Sony A7R$2,098Amazon
Sony A77II$948Amazon
Sony DSC-RX100M III$798Amazon
Sony DSC-RX1$2,798Amazon
Sony DSC-RX1R$2,798Amazon
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* Lens$2,098B&H
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* Lens$2,248B&H

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