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Sony A7 and A7r promise improved full frame video

Andrew Reid

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I am not sure if it your haircut or the camera :) But definitely not moire free. The VG900, A99 and RX1 had terrible quality video compared to the 5D Mark III and the previous Sony 24MP full frame CMOS sensor was in those. Could it be the only change is the addition of phase detect AF pixels and the new microlenses?


I'm not sure but at first I understood that the microlenses is only for the 36MP sensor.


How does the AVCHD version compares to a clean HDMI output? Is the AVCHD version any indication of what the uncompressed version will look like?

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I've shot with the A7 for a full day, you can see the video here:

Looking at the image afterwards though, I'm not as excited as I initially was.  I loved the process of shooting with the camera, but the image quality is pretty wanting.  As you can see on the video above, the image is quite soft, and moire is visible in many shots.  Hopefully, this can be chalked up to pre-release firmware, but we permitted to judge the video quality based on the models we had, and I'm not delighted with the results.  Once the production cameras come out, I'll post a follow up to the above video with my revised opinions.


Thanks for shooting and releasing that video a day after the camera was released. When you do post a follow-up, i'd be interested in hearing about the A7r as well since it uses a completely different sensor. 


In case anyone missed it, Jordan (i believe) wrote more about the video here. Note that he mentions A7r seemed sharper.  https://www.thecamerastore.com/blog/2013/10/15/sony-a7-a7r-hands-field-test

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