Introducing the new Sony RX100 – large sensor compact with 1080/60p

Sony RX100

Regular followers will know I’ve been a big fan of the Sony HX9v (shooting this piece on it last year in Berlin), a compact camera and the first to do 1080/60p. The video mode of this camera (and the G lens) were superb even though it had a small chip and lacked manual control. Resolution and detail was great and the stabiliser was out of this world.

The updated HX20v is a bit of a disappointment, it seems like a very small incremental update. But Sony have just put that right big time with the RX100, their large sensor flagship compact, building on the highly regarded large sensor R1 of years ago but in a much smaller body.

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Experimenting with Hitchcock and the Nikon J1 with 16mm c-mount lenses

http://vimeo.com/36214357

I have the idea to make a tense but beautiful low light, budget thriller with the Nikon J1. It is ideally suited to it. It has the least amount of rolling shutter for handheld camera movement of all the DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, and the smaller sensor (2.7x crop) makes it far easier to focus at fast apertures like F1.2 for low light. At that aperture on full frame you will have a nose in focus, but eyes off! Not much good.

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Nikon J1 – 16mm interchangeable lens movie camera?

Nikon J1

EOSHD takes a first look at the Nikon J1

If you are doing personal work as a lone artist the Nikon J1 might be of interest. Whilst many filmmakers quite reasonably would think of this thing as a toy, creatively it does have a purpose and there’s also some interesting technology in it.

The J1 is the first outing of Nikon’s extremely fast Expeed 3 chip (a beefed up version of this appears in the new Nikon D4!)

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A bit of Christmas fun – mini shootout and name the camera!

Test scene

You might remember last week Philip Bloom posted shots from the C300, F3, GH2, 5D Mark II and 4 other cameras as a prelude to the test he is doing and that is the inspiration for this bit of Christmas fun. Here I’ve put 5 cameras up against each other for how well they resolve detail and the clarity of their video output. The results may surprise you.

And not only am I challenging the cameras I’m challenging you to figure out which is which! Good luck!!

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Nikon J1 and V1 image quality first look

Try this for size - Sony NEX versus Nikon J1

More Nikon 1 images at Lenses.fr (French website)

In an interview with Imaging-Resource, Nikon general manager of R&D said that image quality (not size) was the number one priority for the Nikon 1 series and that the camera has been in development for 4 years, a process which began even before Panasonic’s work on Micro Four Thirds.

Has it been worth it? You are about to find out.

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The Nikon 1 system – will it succeed?

Nikon executives at the 1 system launch in New York, 21th September 2011

Photo by Rob Galbraith

Soon the single lens reflex design will be obsolete. Mirrorless technology is the next evolution of the DSLR into a fully electronic camera. An electronic shutter, OLED EVF, better AF and improved video modes all come from mirrorless technology production. So with this in mind it is clear to me the folly of the Nikon 1.

Nikon have gimped their future to prop up the past.

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