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Sony's new cameras show just how drastically photography is changing
Sony held an event in Manhattan today to announce two new cameras: the RX100 Mark V and the A6500. It was a relatively low-key event as far as Sony events tend to go — the A6300 launch event featured basketball players and sparring matches, for example — and that's probably because both cameras were ostensibly just upgrades to existing lineups. Despite the muted event and the lack of wholesale changes, though, the new cameras are emblematic of an ongoing revolution in terms of what photography is and how it happens.First, the cameras. Sony made tweaks to each camera so that they improve on their predecessors, but you have to look closely to spot these differences. Let's start with the $1,000 RX100 Mark V. Sony essentially took the RX100 Mark IV — which was the first camera in the company's point-and-shoot lineup to offer 4K and ludicrous 960 frames per second slow motion video modes — and made it faster and better at focusing. The camera has a new image sensor that allows for phase detection autofocus, finally pulling the lineup out of the outdated contrast autofocus era where cameras had to "hunt" for focus. It has 315 phase detection AF points, too. Those new AF capabilities will get put to good use, too, since the new RX100 can shoot as fast as 24 frames per second with both RAW and JPEG files.