Sony NEX FS100 as a DSLR alternative – first impressions

FS100 with Samyang 35mm F1.4

The Sony NXCAM NEX FS100 is the first ever video camera which is competitive with DSLRs on both price and image quality. Yes it took this long!

Now down to $4000 used (£2600) in the US, it is an alternative (for video) to the 5D Mark III at $3500 or £2999.

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Noktor 12mm F1.6 Micro Four Thirds hands-on with GH2

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My lens is a pre-release version. Interested buyers can contact SLRMagic about the Noktor 12mm here

Here is a lens the GH2 has been crying out for to compete with full frame. A good fast wide with more potential for shallow depth of field and low light performance. Indeed it is something the entire Micro Four Thirds system has needed for a while.

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Nikon D5100 announced (UPDATED)

 

When the D5100 was leaked shortly before the official announcement which just occurred in Canada, the specs had video down at 30p. It now seems the new Nikon has a few significant features which we weren’t aware of from the leaked information.

  • It does have a 24p ‘cinema mode’
  • The codec is ‘AVC-HD H.264’ – note the dash! Maximum recording time 20 minutes.
    A Nikon DSLR video mic has been unveiled
  • Price is $899 for the 18-55mm kit – not bad!
  • Screen is as good as D7000, as is sensor. Good to see the swivel hinge finally too.

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Sample Sony F3 footage and first impressions

The Sony F3 was launched to the press in the UK this week and I’ve been watching a ton of XDCAM footage direct from pre-production F3s today in my Berlin studio away from the wine and cheese parties. Am I impressed?

Without wanting to be emotional let’s be objective – You’d expect for the price not to see heavy aliasing, tons of noise and blown highlights. You just don’t.

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