(Click the ISO 12,800 sample image above to enlarge to 1:1). Original samples from http://www.imaging-resource.com
Will Sony’s decision to put 24MP in the NEX 7 and A77 backfire? It certainly seems so.
The mid-range 16MP NEX 5N has by far the better image quality at high ISOs despite being half the price. It’s the Fuji F31fd of DSLRs!
Olympus’s flagship is in trouble. Reports show that at ISO 12,800 the NEX 5N thrashes the EP-3 and moves ahead of even the 5D Mk II, Nikon D7000 and Panasonic GH2 for low light image quality.
In fact it out performs every sub $2000 camera on the market. Of other video capable DSLRs only the Canon 1D Mk IV, Nikon D3S, D700 are better at high ISOs.
The excellent French site FocusNumerique has reviewed this camera in some detail. The review is of course from a stills orientation (Sony’s PR teams have not yet discovered filmmaking blogs!)
In a chat with a very helpful Sony gent in the UK I asked whether the HDMI output stays on during recording on the A77.
His answer is rather surprising:
The A77 does not output full HD 1080p during live view. Only when record is activated does the full resolution get output.
With the new Sony DSLRs (plus a mirrorless and camcorder) those in the market for a new video DSLR must be feeling a bit dizzy! These have really thrown things up in the air. So what video capable DSLR now suits your needs best? As it happens, the GH2 still has a big roll to play.
I am ignoring the image quality gains from the Sony A77 and NEX-7 for now – we don’t 100% know much about that yet since earlier reviewers have been instructed by Sony not to comment on it until they have the final production samples. All will become clear in a few weeks.
Really this guide is about functionality, needs and exactly what you’ll use most.
A Californian chipset manufacturer has announced a new image processor designed for consumer cameras. The video orientated core named COACH-14 is designed for hybrid interchangeable lens cameras like DSLRs.
LL preview says the Sony A77 has ‘much less rolling shutter’. I believe Sony electronically reduce it with the new Bionz image processor. If the crop in video mode is anything like the NEX-C3 on the new cameras it will not be a huge issue – try the C3 in a shop with SteadyShot disabled to see what I mean (much better than the old NEX video mode). Unlike on the GH2, AF tracking works in video mode on all models including the NEX 5N The cameras are limited to 29 minutes per clip in AVCHD mode even NTSC. This …
New Sony cameras – all the details with a video mode emphasis on EOSHD
- Sony A77 official
- Sony NEX 7 official
- Sony VG20 – worthy challenger to the FS100?
- Sony NEX5N – video dark horse?
A77 – breaking news
- DPReview has full resolution 6400×4000 ISO samples from the A77 up to 12800.
- DPReview reports that switching to movie mode on the A77 results in a dramatic crop of the sensor. It isn’t yet clear whether this crop goes away if you disable SteadyShot Inside in movie mode.
- There are no manual audio controls (as far as we know)
- The HDMI output is 1080p not interlaced! Good news.
- It has peaking for manual focus
- AF micro adjust (like the 5D Mk II) is present
- AF in video mode is only available in P mode not M (boo!)
7am and here’s some breaking news on Sony’s outstanding new DSLRs. First the good news – not just the A77 has full manual control in video mode. The NEX7 does as well. We asked for 24p and manual control, Sony delivered.