Sony Confirms A7S3 Release This Summer — Theaters Halt Opening :: C9 Rewind Ep. 8

Sony Confirms A7S3 Release This Summer — Theaters Halt Opening :: C9 Rewind Ep. 8

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s episode of C9 Rewind, your weekly source for current news in the film and tech industries.

This week, Sony finally confirms that the A7S3 will be released this summer, some theater chains decide to postpone their openings, and more!

Sony Officially Confirms A7S3 Release

After years of speculation, Sony has finally confirmed that the successor to their video-focused A7S2 will be released this summer

Sony imaging executive Kenji Tanaka said “It will be a complete redesign of the whole system, including the image sensor. Everything is new. We hope it will meet and exceed the expectations and requests of our customers. I’m very confident that our new model will meet their demands.”

With Canon taking a shot at the mirrorless market with 8K RAW and 4K 120 fps video, I hope Sony responds with some beast specs or else they will lose a lot of consumers (including myself) to Canon. 

It’s been years since the release of the A7S2 (which is showing its age) and some of the leaked spec include 10bit recording with no time limit and a whole new redesigned sensor. Will Sony respond to Canon the right way? Only time will tell.

Galaxy S20 Ultra to Have Monster Camera

Speaking of cameras, The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is due to be released on August 5th, but this entire family of phones has been subject to multiple leaks leading up to its launch. 

Popular Twitter leakers have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a 108MP main camera. 

While this isn’t the first we’ve heard of this rumor, it does add another layer of excitement to this leak. Other camera-focused specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra include a 13MP 50x zoom periscope camera, a 12MP ultra wide camera and a laser focus sensor instead of a time-of-flight camera.

If you’re wondering why camera companies like Olympus are forced to sell their entire company off, it’s because of phones like this. 

Phones are making it easier and easier to become a photographer or filmmaker, but as we all know it’s really all about the person behind the camera.

Amazon Prime Video Rolls Out “Watch Party”

As people are still being encouraged to social distance as much as possible, streaming services are starting to provide features to watch your favorite shows and movies with your friends in different locations.

Amazon Prime Video has joined the watch party club as they roll out their own version of a social-viewing experience. 

Prime Video’s browser-based Watch Party lets up to 100 people watch a TV show or movie together in one virtual room.

With synchronized playback (which the host controls) and a chat sidebar to the right of the main video window.

Movie Theaters Rethink Their Openings

With theaters postponing their opening, I feel as this will be a worthy replacement for the time being. And of course, all of these subscription-based services are eager to promote anything that could help them acquire new customers.

The nation’s largest movie theater chain, AMC, is delaying its U.S. reopening until the end of July.

This is mainly due to film companies postponing the release dates of two anticipated blockbusters, Tenet (a Christopher Nolan film) and the live action Mulan film.

They will begin opening two weeks later than originally planned and the company said it expects its more than 600 U.S. theaters to be “essentially to full operation” by early August.

The theater chain also made headlines earlier in June due to a controversial reopening plan that had only encouraged patrons to wear masks, not require it.

Overall, most states are rethinking their approach to reopening movie theaters

Until Next Time

And that’s all for this week’s C9 Rewind, we look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday with more exciting news.

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