HD Compacts Part 1 – Introducing the Sony HX5

Above: creamy bokeh on a compact in video mode!

Okay – some initial thoughts before the footage later this week. Compacts are crap right? Gimmicky consumer devices aimed at the mass market of non-photographers – and yet, compacts work on the same principals which make HDSLRs so successful. Cutting down on extraneous stuff, cutting down on size, bulk and complexity whilst delivering an image comparable to professional equipment.

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EOSHD Round Up – 2010 So Far

A quick update! I am working on an HDSLR Wiki, an EOSHD iPhone / iPad app, a new short film and some new reviews including the Isco Centavision footage! But nothing new is ready just yet, especially for the weekend. So I’ve decided to round up the most popular EOSHD.com articles of 2010 for the benefit of new readers who may have only just found the site. Hope you enjoy it, and welcome. 2010 so far EOSHD’s interview with City Of Lake’s Kevin Shahinian [url]https://www.eoshd.com/content.php?126-Exclusive-Interview-with-Kevin-Shahinian-of-Pacific-Pictures-City-of-Lakes Panasonic GH2 news and rumours [url]https://www.eoshd.com/entry.php?29-Panasonic-engineer-reveals-workings-of-GH2-dual-exposure-sensor [url]https://www.eoshd.com/entry.php?54-Is-THIS-the-Panasonic-GH2-patent-with-metal-body EOSHD Shootout – GH1 versus 5D Mark II …

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First ever NEX5 video arrives on Vimeo

The first ever NEX5 video on Vimeo isn’t a looker, but it does help confirm one important advantage over GH1.

Even with all that shaky and awful camera work, there aren’t any issues with mud! If you’re interested in a more scientific approach than that, and dotting the I, P and B’s, this fact is also confirmed by our friend Vitaliy who has been analysing the I,P,B frames of the NEX5’s .MTS stream.

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Super Micro 4/3rds?

Above: Could Micro 4/3rds be shrunk even further, to catch the ultra slim NEX series from Sony?

Those with a keen eye for rumours which usually turn out right, will have noticed Panasonic’s mid-term management report on 43rumors.com recently.

In it, they say their aim for the interchangeable lens camera division is to make a super thin, super high image quality camera.

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E Mount compromising performance for slimness?

Above: the thicker GF1 body is due to a longer flange back, which improves optical performance

The Sony NEX5 is a bomb. The build quality of the lenses and the overall styling is incredible. Never before has higher image quality from that size of body been possible, and never has a camera looked so futuristic and contained so much forward-pointing technology. And whilst the new Sony NEX mirrorless cameras are extremely exciting and set to sell like hot cakes, I have some concerns.

Already voiced, are my own regarding video. No 24p and manual controls on the NEX5 for example. Now it seems there are some very knowledgeable photographers who are beginning to speak out, having taken a look at the NEX system only to realise it’s compromised in many other ways.

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