Sony a7r IV, Sony a7 IV, Sony a7s IV & Sony a9 II

Sony receives a fair bit of criticism for releasing too many different camera models. They use similar names and bodies, so perhaps that’s why?

Sony a7r IV, Sony a7 IV, Sony a7s IV & Sony a9 II vs Canon and Nikon equivalents

Where Canon has the Canon 5D (insert generation number here) and the 1DX (insert generation number here), Sony has the a7 and the a9, but clearly the Canon’s look quite different to each other in comparison to the Sony cameras. I quite like the style approach to Sony. If you like the Sony a7r IV body, you generally like them all. Plus the same batteries fit. Whereas with Canon, if you think the 5D Mark IV is perfectly shaped but you want a faster performing camera in that exact same body, you’re out of luck.

Who actually releases more models of cameras?

For people who are more knowledgeable than me about different camera brands… What models do Canon & Nikon generally release? Is it actually less cameras than Sony or does it just seem like less? I’ve been trying to count them but I’m not very up to date. There’s the Rebel (do they still exist?), 5D, 6D, 7D, 1D DSLRs but also the mirrorless R & M cameras. Sony has the a6, plus a cheaper version of the best a6. So I guess that competes with the Rebel & the 7D? But Canon also have the mirrorless EOS M cameras. Whereas Sony doesn’t seem to be releasing any APS-C DSLRs (correct me If I’m wrong?). The a7(x) competes with the 5D(x) and the a7r(x) competes with the 5DSR? Sony has alpha DSLRs & hybrid full-frame cameras, but the latter are semi forgotten. Whereas Canon release both DSLRs and Mirrorless full-frame cameras.

Does Sony deserve to be criticised for making too many different models of cameras, and are they actually making more camera models compared to the competition? I don’t know all of the cameras being manufactured by other brands so it’s hard for me to make meaningful comparisons here I guess.

Nikon Z8 Rumours using the Sony a7r IV sensor

I am not a nikon shooter, but there are rumours of a Nikon Z6 / Nikon Z7 replacement using the Sony a7r IV sensor. I really hope this will lower the price of the Sony a7r IV somewhat! I have learned with Sony that it’s silly to buy their products as soon as they are released. There isn’t really incentive to do so i.e. they don’t reward their customer. Usually within a few months the prices drop and I end up feeling bad, haha. Does anyone else feel this way?

Garmin InReach Mini & Mavic 2 Pro

For my trip next year, I have been looking at getting a Garmin Inreach Mini. I’m not sure if a new model is due to be announced; I’m guessing Garmin will use their solar technology in it if so. I have been reluctant to buy one because it’s a sealed unit, and battery quality degrades over time. After doing a bit of research, I believe replacing the battery isn’t actually that difficult. You just unscrew a few screws on the back. Perhaps someone with it could correct me if I’m wrong.

Completely unrelated, and I won’t be buying one, but I noticed these Mavic 2 Pro drones look pretty cool :).