Report: Sony a7S III to Shoot 4K/120p Video and Feature an Active Cooling System

After the recent announcements of the Sony A6600 and A6100, as well as the introduction of the PXW-FX9 at IBC 2019, many Sony Alpha shooters are eager to find out whether there’s indeed another brand new full-frame mirrorless camera in the making that will be announced in the upcoming months.

According to another report published recently on Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony are planning to release an a7S II successor with an active cooling system and the ability to shoot 4K/120p video. It is still unclear, though, whether the newcomer will be capable of shooting 6K/24p but considering the processing power required to capture 4K at 120fps internally, this option shouldn’t be taken out of the equation completely.

The inclusion of an active cooling system, on the other hand, makes a lot of sense considering the severe overheating issues some Sony Alpha models had in the past, plus a camera with such a compact and lightweight form factor capable of shooting 4K/120fps will definitely need this particular enhancement to be able to handle the extra heat generated by the internals.

Some folks are already speculating that Sony are probably going to use their new IMX521 quad bayer 15MP image sensor, which isn’t 6K, but is certainly capable of high frame rate options, higher bit depth, and more advanced color subsampling. The inclusion of Sony’s new XEVC H.265 codec is also possible which would mean much more efficient encoding.

Of course, these are pure speculations for the moment, but the fact that we are getting these reports on a regular basis now probably means that Sony have indeed something big up their sleeve. SAR have still no 100% info about the exact A7sIII name and release date but it’s likely the camera will now be announced after the A9II launch in early 2020. Meanwhile, you can get the Sony A7S II with $400 off currently selling for $1,998 at B&H.

[source: Sony Alpha Rumors]

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