New Sony Alpha HD A33 and A55 cameras to get phase-detect AF in video mode

UPDATE: The Sony A55 has now been announced and a review is out. It is very disappointing in terms of the video mode

EOSHD has been made aware of an innovative step in DSLR video by Sony.

Read more on the Sony Pellix HDSLRs here

UPDATE. Specs are now revealed:
1) A55 16MP 10FPS EVF-1.44M 1.1X magnification 95% AVCHD full HD
2) A33 14MP 7FPS EVF-1.44M 1.1X magnification 95% AVCHD full HD

According to new information obtained by Sony Alpha Rumors and given to EOSHD for analysis before publication, the new Sony Alpha HD cameras coming in September 2010 will have a light beam-splitting technology allowing phase detect AF at the same time as mirrorless live view and video recording.

Sony have always been innovative when it comes to live view, with the small-sensor-in-viewfinder technique on the previous Alphas.

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Final Zacuto Shootout airs!

Watch the shoot out on Zacuto.com here

This, the final part of Zacuto’s HDSLR versus 35mm film web series has a number of eye-openers.

If you haven’t seen it already don’t read any further!

I’m going to go into quite a bit of detail on what I think is the conclusion, for me anyway, of this shootout.

So, spoilers ahead…

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Nikon – sleeping giant, soon to come on board the video train?

According to NikonRumors.com there are new signs today that the sleeping giant has finally recognised the demand for video in HDSLRs and will begin a push to implement and market it – properly. Until now, Nikon have had a very poor implementation of video mode on their DSLR cameras despite being first to the market with it!

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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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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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