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Sony Adds User Selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14 Bit RAW Image Capture to New Alpha (α) Cameras: Including α7S II at Launch In October 2015; Firmware Updates at No Cost Coming for α7R II and Other α Cameras

The following video presents α7S II – S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3 movie | α | Sony:

The new profiles deliver a dynamic range that can be widened by up to 1300% for smoother gradations; and easy color grading, correction and handling. S-Log3 gamma offers better tonal reproduction from shadow to mid-tone (18% gray) than S-Log2 gamma. The α7S II even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting. S-Gamut3.Cine reproduces the wide color gamut of DCI-P3 color space of digital cinema. S-Gamut3 reproduces almost all actual colors, so it’s suitable for archiving. The α7S II also supports the popular S-Gamut/S-Log2.


Sony recently announced the addition of user selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14 Bit RAW Image Capture to new Alpha (α) cameras including α7S II at Launch In October 2015.

α7S II Supports 14-bit uncompressed RAW format

New compatibility with 14-bit uncompressed RAW format lets you choose the optimal format for your needs. The camera thereby ensures supreme quality of tonal gradation to maximize the benefit of the image sensor’s wide dynamic range.

Sony a7s II: Image Courtesy of Sony

Sony a7s II: Image Courtesy of Sony

Also, via upcoming FREE firmware updates, user selectable compressed or uncompressed 14-Bit RAW still image capture will be added to α7R II and other α cameras.


Sony Announces Addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW Still Image Capture for New α Cameras

New α7S II to Feature Selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14 Bit RAW at Launch; Free Firmware Updates Coming for Additional Models Beginning with α7R II

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2015 PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced user selectable Compressed and Uncompressed  14-Bit RAW image capture will be featured in the new a7S II once it arrives in stores this October.

Sony a7S II

Sony a7S II

Additionally, they have announced plans to add user selectable compressed or uncompressed 14-Bit RAW still image capture via firmware update to additional cameras beginning with the recently introduced a7R II full-frame mirrorless model.

Sony a7R II

Sony a7R II

“The voice of our a community remains the most important guiding force of our product development plans,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy Vice President for Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  “The addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW processing is a direct result of customer feedback.  Widely requested by photo and video enthusiasts, we believe the choice of RAW processing types will further elevate the performance of these extraordinary cameras.”

The a7S II and a7R II are compatible with Sony’s growing lineup of a -mount lenses, which now totals 64 different models including 13 native ‘FE’ full frame lenses.  By early 2016, Sony will add an additional 8 new lenses to its FE full frame lineup, bringing the FE total to 21 lenses and the overall a -mount assortment to over 70 different models.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new a7S II and a7R II cameras plus other Sony a products can be found at, Sony’s new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony a brand.

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The following video presents α7S II – High quality 4K movie “Takigi-noh” in Full frame | α | Sony:

Full-frame 4K internal recording —full pixel readout*1 without pixel binning.
The α7S II can record 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) movies internally in full-frame format. The full-frame image sensor and full pixel readout*1 without pixel binning enable the camera to expand your expressive power and produce high-quality 4K movies with less moiré and jaggies. Its ultra-high sensitivity, low-noise performance and wide dynamic range perfectly complement various movie shooting situations and purposes.
*1 In 30p (25p)/24p movie setting.


You can pre-order / buy the Sony α7S II at B&H: