(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.