New article for DigitalRev plus video competition!

As regular readers (the best kind) will know I recently joined DigitalRev as a contributor. This time I went out and about with my Sony HX5 to get the low-down on how it’s Sweep Panorama produces amazing digital fisheye images, which are almost identical to ones done with a real fisheye lens!

You can read the article here

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Reviews are in – Sony NEX5 versus Canon 7D and Panasonic GH1

Luminous Landscape have posted some extremely sharp first impressions of the Sony NEX 5. LL is a great site for camera reviews and they hit the nail on the head every time.

The Sony NEX 5 is undoubtedly be a candidate for many people’s next video camera purchase or a first toe-dip for people new to HDSLR video. It won’t be after reading this.

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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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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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Sony NEX-5 release date announced for May 11th, no 24p!!

UPDATE: The rumours were right! Now expect the NEX7 for September’s Photokina.

Sony’s much anticipated mirrorless HDSLR is released in a few days. What do we know?

It will be available in Hong Kong and Japan from May 11th and a limited stock global release that same day.

Whilst an attempt at a global release is good, unfortunately 24p is missing from the spec sheet. Stop reading now?

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