They’re listening – Sony to add manual video controls to NEX and Alpha DSLRs

UPDATE: The firmware was released in October, but only added the ability to control aperture during movie recording. We need control of shutter speed and ISO for it to be properly usable.

Image source: IFA 2010, press pack – Sony’s press conference today at the IFA in Berlin
Source: German website Slashcam.de reports via Sony Alpha Rumors

Ichiro Takagi (Deputy President of the Imaging Business Group of Sony) today told a press conference at the IFA show in Berlin that manual video controls will be added, expressing his surprise at the reaction of customers to the lack of manual video controls.

The move follows an online campaign by EOSHD.com coinciding with the launch of the Sony A55 which pointed out the glaring omission from our perspective, of having such limited video controls! Sony followed this up with some damage limitation and then took the criticism on board.

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Sony PR department hits back at A55 video mode criticism (and gets it wrong)

Recently Canon have shown that manual control is very important even if they do release the same camera 3 times in 12 months. Also recently, Sony have shown that they do not think any kind of manual control is important for the budding filmmaker.

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Dear Sony… The A55 is just not good enough

Above: the Sony A55, which died today.

UPDATE #1: Sadly the same applies to the Sony A580 – the full sized DSLR which has also been announced. It also has interlaced footage, low bite rates and limited manual controls (aperture priority and that is all). Who is responsible at Sony for these blanket movie mode limitations?

UPDATE #2: Not everybody gets the DSLR video revolution and it is these customers Sony are catering for. Could their stance actually HELP sales of the Sony A55 overall and will video modes continued to be dumbed down without manual controls and 24p on future video DSLRs? It looks like it! [url]http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1037&message=36121582

The Sony A55 has been announced and picked up one glowing review after another. My view of the video mode, is very different. You may remember I was very excited by this innovative transparent mirror DSLR when we heard the rumours (which turned out to be correct) a few months ago. But they have crippled the video capabilities.

Dear Sony… Canon and Nikon are market leaders in DSLRs. If you’d like to compete, I recommend recognising their strengths.

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Pre-Photokina 2010 rumours round-up – Nikon D800, Sony A55, D90 replacement plus Panasonic GH2 and Canon 60D get release dates

Generation 2 is almost here and we will soon start a new video DSLR journey in September at Photokina.

I hope you enjoy the ride. We can expect a LOT of big changes in the next hardware which will hugely improve video capabilities.

EOSHD.com will be there to cover the news first hand. Here, since this week the jigsaw pieces have really begun to fall into place I’d like to set out a few clear ideas of what we can expect.

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