Interesting new camera from Sony.

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steve
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Just seen this:
 
 
Seems that this camera uses the 16.1 Mpix APS sensor from the Alpha and NEX still cameras, (also used in the VG10/20), in a shoulder mount format that should appeal to SLR users the wedding trade with a target price around 3000GBP plus VAT. The larger packaging brings with it an array of real buttons and controls to make adjustments and full XLR inputs. Most interesting is the new E-mount 18-200 power zoom lens. No mention of an ND wheel though.
 
Could this be a precursor of a more up-market super-35 sensor model, i.e. with FS100/700 electronics?
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Re: Interesting new camera from Sony.
interesting... do you know what outputs it has? HDSDI? can it be genlocked? 
 
looks like it might be a worthy contender for a "filmic live production" camera. Really pleased to see the servo zoom,and the sensible body shape. 
 
 
 

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steve
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Re: Interesting new camera from Sony.
sleepytom wrote:
interesting... do you know what outputs it has? HDSDI? can it be genlocked? 
 
I doubt it at 3k GBP. I think HDMI is the main output along with the twin channel XLRs.
 
sleepytom wrote:
looks like it might be a worthy contender for a "filmic live production" camera. Really pleased to see the servo zoom,and the sensible body shape.
 
The lack of BNC ports (SDI and genlock) prevent it fitting into a real studio environment, and the likely artifacts generated from using what is a 16Mp SLR sensor, are likely to rule it out from anything broadcast. As I said above, it  seems aimed at the wedding and pro-am filmmaker sector. The servo zoom and usable shoulder mount should present a far better ergonomic package than awkward SLR rigs.
 
I think that this camera is a toe in the water for Sony to see if there is a demand for large sensor live cameras in the sub 10k GBP range. The servo lens has previously been seen fitted to the FS700 at launch. Maybe we can expect a similarly repackaged NEX-FS100/700 camera for around 5000/7000 GBP. Now they would be serious contenders for low-budget on-location portable work.
 
 
 
 
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Re: Interesting new camera from Sony.
Fully agree with all of that, steve. At such a price point, using a sensor primarily designed for stills with such a photosite count is almost certainly going to be compromised compared to one designed for video from the outset.
 
And yes - if they can produce such a form factor for this camera, why on earth didn't they do it for the FS700!?!
 
All that said, I think it will find a decent market. I think a lot of potential buyers will forgive it a few negative points for the price.