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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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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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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HDSLRs get competition from… a mobile phone?

Sample video (720 24p) on Vimeo / download the original file
Sample stills (12MP)

Meet the Nokia mobile which does 24p. Sounds like a joke doesn’t it?

Nokia’s N8 has a specially developed sensor which is the largest ever found in a mobile device, and larger than all but the highest end compacts like the Panasonic LX3.

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Panasonic AF100 features uncompressed RAW video

I’ve rounded up some juicy quotes from Panasonic’s broadcast / pro division product manager which you may find interesting.

“This camera (the AF100) delivers an uncompressed HD output, if you want to by pass the AVCCAM codec, you may”

That’s good news to say the least. This means you can record uncompressed RAW 1080p on Nanoflash via HD-SDI. The biggest gains in HDSLR video is not going to be from incremental sensor improvements, but by a huge leap in image processing. How about aliasing? Does it line skip?

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The EOSHD Shootout GH1 versus 5D MK2 – GH1 Picture Profiles

https://vimeo.com/10563576 Note: The web levels the playing field. Full-screen it on a TV!

Welcome to Part 1, Video 1 – Low light and the GH1’s film modes

I’ve been conducting a shootout between the Panasonic GH1 and 5D Mark II, using everything I know about setting up the cameras and everything I have learned from others such as Philip Bloom. In the Zacuto shootout, Bloom said he couldn’t quite set up the GH1 as he wanted, and it’s clear the 5D Mark II has a less contrasty look with slightly more latitude (but not as much as 35mm film!)

I was determined to find the ‘perfect’ match-all situations film mode on the GH1 before starting the shootout.

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