I am perplexed!
Sony has been listening to the feedback surrounding the A6300 and A6500, which had quite a severe rolling shutter (30ms+) in 4K.
They have just announced a new high resolution 31MP (over 6K) APS-C / Super 35mm sensor with a global shutter.
I’m surprised at how nice the quality is from APS-C (Super 35mm) mode on the A7S. I expected it to be a lot softer! There’s no signs of significant moire or aliasing either.
The smaller window from the sensor allows the shutter to expose the whole pixel readout more quickly than in full frame 12MP mode, so less jello for us.
One of the enigmas emerging from the A7S is whether you can shoot 4K in APS-C crop mode as well. APS-C is Super 35mm in cinema language. I really would like to use my Cooke S4i Minis via a PL adapter on this camera! Taking advantage of the low light sensitivity. APS-C crop mode would also allow the use of standard Sony E-mount / NEX lenses, Canon EF-S and Nikon DX lenses.
Sony’s information (above) implies that is the case with “both resolutions available at both full frame and APS-C size”.
I dug a little deeper to find out more…
I’ll start this review with a parable. It is a parable about an old man, who fell asleep…
Sony released a new video camera today but it seems to have confused a lot of people.
- It isn’t a future consumer camera. It is a low end ENG camera for shoulder mounted video work.
- It isn’t a cheap FS100. It is a NEX 5N in an ENG body with XLR inputs. (Similarly the VG20 is a NEX 5N in a high end consumer camcorder body)
Instead this is practical tool for run & gun documentary shooters, live event shooters, news gathers and corporate video.
Most other kinds of filmmakers are much better off with the FS100 or a DSLR.
Where do they get this kind of innovation from?
Combine the controls of a compact with the guts of a T4i, to make a camera that is too dumbed down for enthusiasts and too expensive for casual snappers or your mum.
So far there’s been a lot of speculation about the Canon mirrorless camera, which is due this month, having the same sensor as the G1X. This would be pretty disappointing as the sensor in that camera is based on 3 year old technology with a slow readout so the video mode was rather poor.
Now the word on the street according to Canon Watch is that Canon are (sensibly in my view!) opting for an APS-C sized sensor in the new camera, making it a better match to their EFS lenses which can be used via an adapter. The mount could also form the basis for a lower end pro video offering as APS-C is approximately Super 35mm sized in the film world.