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Sony have today announced the launch of the new NEX-EA50EH camcorder – an addition to the E-mount lens system.
The jump between the consumer and pro camcorders is quite a big one so it’s no surprise that Sony has chosen to fill that gap. When I was talked through the details at Sony recently, I really got quite excited. They have really thought about its design and features.
The first thing you notice is the form factor. The camera is longer than anything Sony have produced so far with good reason. Under the rear of the camera is a pull out shoulder pad. When extended, the camcorder can be balanced on your shoulder without needing to resort to additional rigs. What’s even better is when you do this, you expose 2 ¼ inch screw holes, allowing you to mount 3rd party accessories such as wireless mic receivers.
Want a compact camcorder? Simply push the shoulder mount back under the camera and it’s small enough to use handheld.
The sensor is the same APS-C sensor used in the NEX-VG20. It NOT the same Super 35mm sensor as in the FS100 but size wise they are pretty similar (FS100 – 23.6mm by 13.3mm, EA50 – 23.5mm by 15.6mm) so there isn’t much difference between them in terms of angle of view with the same focal length. Whilst we are not huge fans of the NEX-VG20 due to its frustrating lack of controls, it does produce some impressive pictures and low light performance is pretty good (though admittedly not in the same league as the incredible performance of the FS100).
The NEX-EX50EH obviously shares this quality and also adds the ability to shoot 16.1 megapixel still pictures with RAW format support. Sounds like a gimmick? I don’t think so – several times I’ve been asked for hi-res stills by clients
In terms of frame rates, it’s no surprise to find the EX50 shooting full 1080 at any frame rate but what is pleasing to see is you have 60/50Hz selection so the following are available – 50p, 25p, 50i or 60p (59.94p), 30p (29.97p), 24p (23.98p) and 60i (59.94i).
Media wise you have the normal Sony Memory Stick/SDHC slot although this camcorder has a slight twist as it is compatible with Sony’s new Mirroring Memory Stick which has a dual recording function. Cards will be available in 16gb, 32gb and 64gb sizes.
Anyone who has used a NEX camera or camcorder will be used to the E-mount system and the vast list of 3rd party lenses you can bolt on. We currently do adaptors for Sony Alpha Mount (with full phase detection autofocus possible), Nikon F, Canon EF (with iris adjustment on the camera), Leica R and M mounts and then you have the range of Sony and Sigma’s E mount lenses. Very simply the mount offers enormous possibilities.
However that’s all well if you’re into manual lenses. What about if you’re used to using a powered zoom camcorder? Sony have very cleverly taken the 18-200mm lens that has been offered on the FS100 and FS700 for a while now and added a power zoom to it – genius! On the EA50EH you can control the lens using the camera’s rocker switch on either the camcorder grip or the handle. This is a huge step forward and will warm a great deal more traditional camcorder owners towards this camera, previously frightened off by the lack of ENG type power zoom. Better still, there’s a rocker switch on the lens itself so there is nothing to stop you putting it on any E mount camera/camcorder (safe to say we’ll be ordering a few!!!).
The camera also features a Smart Digital Zoom. This means you can bolt on a prime lens and zoom up to 2x with only a small quality degradation.
I guess the only thing that's a bit of a shame is the lack of built-in ND but the reality was that it was unlikely at this price range to have it (would have been nice though). So it looks Vari-ND's on the front. How that will work with the lens hood I don't yet know (suspect it will have to be removed).
Audio wise, the EA50EH comes with 2 channel XLR audio (an ECM-XM1 shotgun mic is included) recording linear PCM audio like the FS100. It does have an internal stereo mic should you need it.
So there you go. We’ve seen a huge divide between those using interchangeable camcorders and D-SLRs and those using traditional video camcorders. There has always been an apprehension to move over. This camera bridges this divide brilliantly offering great value for money if you can’t stretch to an FS100. It will be hugely appealing to videographers and will no doubt find favour as a B camera to its bigger brothers.
We’ll have them for launch in late October. Nice one Sony!
Canon CMOS sensor
Exclusively designed and manufactured by Canon to work in combination with its own DIGIC processors, Canon’s CMOS technology integrates advanced noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.
Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting the signal to the image processor. Noise is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.
The EOS M APS-C sensor features a new Hybrid AF System with a total of 31 AF points which uses the central pixels of the sensor to enable continuous AF when shooting in Live View Mode or when recording EOS Movies1. The Hybrid AF system uses a combination of both phase detection and contrast AF to ensure quick and accurate auto focus.
The new sensor design also produces DSLR-level image quality at both high and low ISO sensitivities, with 14-bit AD conversion for finer tonal gradation.
DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The latest generation of Canon’s DIGIC processor – DIGIC 5 – has been engineered to process more detailed image data faster than ever before, accurately reproducing every part of the scene with natural colours and smooth tones.
Processing image data six times faster than its predecessor, the power of DIGIC 5 featured in the EOS M enables photographers to utilise a range of advanced shooting settings and modes to enhance image quality or creative scope. For example, with DIGIC 5, the EOS M is able to shoot high resolution stills continuously at 4.3 frames per second, capture low-light images at ISO 12800 with minimal noise and enable new features including HDR Backlight Control.
Live View shooting
The EOS M features a 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD II Touch screen which gives photographers the ability to easily compose shots. Photographers are able to choose from a number of onscreen displays and effectively compose and review shots in a number of ways:
- Exposure control – Different metering methods (evaluative, partial, spot and centre-weighted average metering) can be selected, ISO speed is displayed. The results of the exposure settings are also previewed on the screen, allowing users to view the final image prior to pressing the shutter release button.
- Grid display – A choice of two different grid displays divides the screen into either nine or 24 areas, perfect for composing perfectly balanced shots.
- Multi aspect ratios – Photographers can select from four different aspect ratios, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1 which will then be displayed on the screen to assist in framing each shot. When shooting in JPEG format, the image will be captured in the chosen aspect ratio, whilst images shot in RAW will be transformed to the chosen aspect ratio when using DPP.
The EOS M features a 31-point Hybrid AF System that delivers super-fast, accurate AF when shooting both images and movies. The EOS M’s CMOS sensor couples Phase- difference AF with Contrast AF to provide a fast and highly-accurate Hybrid Autofocus system. During both stills and movie shooting, Phase-difference AF provides high-speed focus, using the central part of the CMOS sensor. Contrast AF, which focuses using the wider scene, then provides the final stage of focusing for enhanced accuracy.
The EOS M offers photographers One-shot AF or Servo AF operation as well as a collection of different AF methods to ensure an optimised approach to focusing on every different subject. The AF methods include:
- Face detection and tracking – Automatically detects and focuses on faces in the frame and tracks movement by switching between AF points. Photographers can control where the camera focuses by selecting points on the camera’s LCD.
- FlexiZone – Multi – Automatically divides the frame into 31 different AF zones and uses an algorithm to prioritise focus on the centre and closer parts of the subject. Users can select one of nine AF zones to change the area of focus
- FlexiZone – Single – The standard AF mode that allows photographers to select any AF point on the LCD touch screen.
- Focus Adjustment after AF – Similar to Full-Time Manual focus found on EOS DSLR models, once the automatic AF has been established, the camera automatically changes to manual focus, allowing photographers to manipulate the image.
- Touch AF and Touch Shutter Release – photographers can simply touch the display to pinpoint the area on which the camera should focus and instantly capture a still image.
EF-M lenses and EF lenses
The EOS M features a new, bespoke EF-M mount diameter which has been optimized for APS-C sized sensors. However, photographers have the freedom to explore the Canon EOS System of more than 70 EF lenses thanks to the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. In addition, two new EF-M lenses have been specially engineered for the EOS M, offering photographers the ideal compact lenses to take with them wherever they go. The new lenses are:
- EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – an 18-55mm standard zoom
- EF-M 22mm f/2 STM – a 22mm pancake lens
EOS Movie allows users to record Full HD (1920x1080p) movies with full manual control of exposure and frame rates of 30, 25 and 24 fps at full resolution, with 60 and 50 fps available at 720p resolution.
The EOS M also features high speed AF in Movie mode, with three AF methods used to capture sharp, detailed movies. The AF in Movies functionality uses the phase- difference AF which uses the central part of the CMOS sensor to achieve rapid focus. AF in Movies uses the following AF methods to achieve optimal focus:
- Face detection and Tracking
- FlexiZone – Multi
- FlexiZone – Single
The EOS M features a built in stereo microphone in order to record sharp, crisp audio to compliment the visuals. The microphone is located to the left of the EOS M’s hot shoe so it can easily capture audio, while the sound recording menu features an attenuator to? ?automatically reduce any sudden loud noises. Photographers can also enable a wind filter which works by reducing the recording level to below the 100Hz frequency.
Audio is recorded at a sampling frequency of 48KHZ, 16-bit, and photographers have the ability to switch the recording level between Auto and Manual, the latter giving the choice of 64 sound levels.
For budding movie makes, the EOS M also features a 3.5mm Stereo mini plug which allows users to plug in a compatible external microphone.
The Video Snapshot feature enables the user to capture short video clips of 2, 4 or 8 seconds in length. These short snapshots are then stitched together into one file as a Video Snapshot Album, creating a dynamic, fast-paced movie sequence. Once video clip duration has been selected, every time the Movie shooting button is pressed a video clip of that length will be captured. For example, if a 4 second Video Snapshot is selected, the Video Snapshot Album will be created consisting of 4 second movie clips.
When playing a Movie, Video Snapshot Album or Slideshow, background music (BGM) can be applied, whether on the camera’s touch screen, or on a larger HDTV using the camera’s HDMI connection. To do this, users must convert audio files2 to the supported .WAV format, before using EOS Utility software to upload the files to the camera’s SD card ready for selection during playback. A choice of five music tracks supplied with the camera can also be used. With the EOS M, users can now also edit video snapshots, changing the order or deleting clips in-camera.
Clear View LCD II Touch screen
The EOS M features a 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD II Touch screen which employs capacitive technology to support natural, gesture-based control during shooting and playback – providing support for multi-touch gestures including pinching, swiping and dragging. The new touch interface allows users to touch-select AF points, track faces and objects, use Touch Shutter to take pictures directly from the screen interface or adjust image settings instantly with the Quick Control screen.
The screen itself offers an approximate resolution of 1.04 million dots, allowing high- quality viewing of images, and focus checks, in playback. A solid construction eliminates the layer of air between the LCD and its hardened glass protective cover, reducing reflections. Additionally, an anti-smudge coating ensures marks on the screen ?are prevented and colours on the monitor appear natural and close to the sRGB colour space.
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
With Multi Shot Noise Reduction, the EOS M captures four shots in quick succession and combines them to produce a single image with minimal noise. This new function has been designed to be more effective than Strong Noise Reduction.
EOS Scene Detection Technology
EOS Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses faces, brightness, movement, contrast and distance in the scene, with information provided as feedback to the Scene Intelligent Auto mode.
Scene Intelligent Auto
Scene Intelligent Auto takes the information gathered by the EOS Scene Detection System and determines the best settings to capture the scene. For example, when shooting portraits, the settings are adjusted to make skin tones appear more natural.
Picture Style presets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable preset, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s Standard Picture Style is designed to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without the need for additional processing. When shooting RAW images, Picture Styles can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.
The presets available with the EOS M are:
- Standard: For crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing.
- Portrait: Optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive, natural skin tones.
- Landscape: For punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines.
- Neutral: Ideal for post-processing.
- Faithful: Adjusts colour to match the subject when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K.
- Monochrome: For black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green.
The EOS M also features Picture Style Auto. This new Picture Style makes fine adjustments, based on the EOS Scene Detection System’s analysis, to create a Picture Style for the image. Three User Defined Picture Styles can be selected to store customised pre-sets created using the supplied Picture Style Editor, or any of the pre- sets available for download from Canon’s web site: www.canon.co.jp/Imaging/picturestyle/file/index.htm
Basic+ makes it easy for newcomers to photography to create different image effects, without changing individual settings, allowing users to shoot by ambience selection or according to lighting or scene type.
When shooting according to ambience selection, users can select from one of nine effects: Standard Setting, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker, Monochrome.
When shooting according to lighting or scene type, users can select from one of seven settings which present white balance in a more user-friendly way: Default setting, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, Sunset.
The EOS M provides a range of creative effect filters which can be applied to RAW images and all JPEG images. Since the filter can be applied after the shot is taken, users can apply different filters to the same image and see the effects:
- Art bold effect (Low/Standard/Strong): Creates an “oil painting” type effect with the ability to adjust the contrast and colour saturation.
- Water Painting effect (Light/Standard/Deep): Creates a “watercolour painting” effect with soft colours. You can adjust the colour density according to three levels of intensity.
- Fish-eye effect: Creates a barrel-shaped distortion similar to a fish-eye lens. The effect can be adjusted, and, depending on the level of distortion, the image periphery may be cropped.
- Grainy B/W: Creates a grainy, black-and-white image. The effect can be emphasised by adjusting the contrast.
- Soft focus: Produces a soft result. This can be increased by adjusting the blur.
- Toy camera effect: Provides colour cast typical of toy cameras. The four corners are also darkened. The image looks soft with a subtle grainy look. The colour cast can be changed to cool or warm colours.
- Miniature effect: Gives the effect of a very narrow depth of field, making the scene look like a small-scale model. When shooting, designated portions of the top and bottom of the image are blurred, while the rest of the image remains in focus. The orientation (vertical or horizontal) of the area can be changed by pressing the INFO button.
ImageBrowser EX is a software programme for viewing, editing and organising images and is intended for users who shoot mainly in JPEG format. It merges the popular functionality of ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser into one programme, enabling users to perform basic image editing, including brightness and colour balance, with an in-software connection to DPP for RAW image editing. Users can also select, rename, and resize multiple images at once, and print images via a range of simplified integrated printing options.
EX Speedlite flash compatibility
The EOS M features a hot shoe that offers instant compatibility with Canon’s range of EX Speedlite flash units. A new compact Speedlite, the Speedlite 90EX, offers a new a guide number of 9, as well as optional wireless control for more creative flash.
1 AF in Live View and Movies subject to use with Canon STM lenses
2 Copyright laws in your country may prohibit the use of your recorded images or copyrighted music and images with music in the memory card for anything but private enjoyment
The new EOS 7D Firmware Version 2 update will enhance the camera with the following additional features:
IMPROVED RAW MAXIMUM BURST
In the EOS 7D the maximum burst of RAW file frames was 15 – with the firmware update this will be significantly increased so that the camera’s buffer will handle up to 25 RAW frames in a continuous burst.
IN-CAMERA RAW CONVERSION
The EOS 7D will allow for in-camera post-processing of images. RAW images can be edited in-camera and options can be changed before saving the finished file as a ready-to-print JPEG or for sending wirelessly. This function can be used with full resolution RAW files, but not with M-RAW or S-RAW files.
The settings for in-camera RAW processing include White balance, Picture Style, High ISO speed noise reduction, Colour Space, and lens data corrections (Peripheral Illumination Correction, distortion correction and Chromatic Aberration Correction).
IMAGE RATING CAPABILITIES
Like other Canon EOS DSLRs, such as the EOS 60D, EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 7D will be able to rate images from 1 to 5 stars in-camera for quicker and easier sorting of images within your workflow. The ratings can be used to sort images in applications such as Adobe Elements, Adobe Bridge and Apple Aperture. The ratings are XMP compliant and Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software has been updated to reflect this.
AUTO ISO MAXIMUM SETTING
Within the EOS 7D’s shooting menu photographers will have the ability to set a maximum ISO speed for ISO Auto, within the ISO range of 400-6400, so that you can minimise the amount of noise in your images.
MANUAL ADJUSTMENT FOR AUDIO RECORDING LEVELS
During EOS Movie shooting you will be able to manually adjust the audio recording levels to one of 64 levels, whilst the sound volume during playback can be set to one of 11 levels. During movie recording noise from the aperture is reduced and the camera also has an automatic wind cut filter.
Within the camera’s image-recording menu with all JPEG images you will be able to resize the image (for image downsizing) and save it as a new image. JPEG L and M images can be resized and saved as separate JPEG M or S images. Note that the aspect ratio cannot be changed.
SUPPORT FOR THE GP-E2 GPS UNIT
The GP-E2 unit arrived with the EOS 5D Mark III and this firmware update will enable the GPS unit to be used with the EOS 7D, via a cable connection, so that photographers can geo-tag images with latitude and longitude data in the EXIF fields.
QUICK CONTROL DURING PLAYBACK
With the Quick Control (Q) button pressed during image playback photographers will be able to select options for protect images, rotate images, rate images, resize images, highlight alert, AF point display and image jump.
FILE NAME SETTING
In the EOS 7D’s camera settings menu in user setting 1 the first four characters of the file name can be adjusted, whilst in user setting 2 the first three characters of the file name can be adjusted and the fourth will be set automatically according to the recording quality.
TIME ZONE SETTING
Within the EOS 7D’s camera settings menu you will be able to set the time zone, plus daylight saving time can also be set.
FASTER SCROLLING OF MAGNIFIED IMAGES
The screen scrolling speed will be faster for scrolling through images when they are enlarged. The ease of use is improved when using the camera to zoom in and check focus.
The existing impressive specifications of the EOS 7D include up to 8fps shooting speed, high ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 for low light shooting, an iFCL metering system with a 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor for superbly accurate exposures, plus outstanding in-camera Speedlite Transmitter flash technology.
EOS 7D - KEY FEATURES
- 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and dual “DIGIC 4” processors for exceptional image quality.
- Shoot in low light with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400, expandable to ISO 12,800.
- Keep up with the action, shooting bursts of 130 JPEGs or 25 RAW files at 8fps.
- Capture Full-HD movies with full manual control.
- Fast, accurate focusing with 19-point wide-area AF.
- Enjoy crystal-clear Live View shooting on a 7.7cm (3.0”) 920,000-dot LCD screen.
- Accurate framing with (approx.) 100% viewfinder coverage.
- 63-zone iFCL metering for accurate exposures every time.
- Explore off-camera flash with the EOS 7D’s Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
- Weather sealed magnesium-alloy body.
Canon today has announced the launch of the EOS650D and a couple of new lenses.
Initial impressions are that it looks very similar to the 600D and indeed the specification looks very similar. However for video users there is quite a significant first - this is the first Canon SLR capable of continuous tracking and focus whilst recording video! How does it do this and is it any good? Well the 650D's new Hybrid CMOS sensor uses much the same method as Nikon's 1 cameras and includes pixels dedicated to phase detection. As we all know, phase detection is vastly superior is most cases to contrast detection - for one thing you don't the 'hunt' you can do with contrast detection and bear in mind that all of Canon's SLR lenses are optimised for phase detection. How good it actually is, we'll soon find out once we get our hands on one!
Another big change is the introduction of a touchscreen LCD. Being able to select AF points on Live View is a great idea and could prove very useful. Also having direct access to the Quick Control screen should make live a great deal easier. The Vari-angle screen design remains which whilst nowhere near as good as Sony's A77 design is nonetheless very good.
On the mode dial, you will now find HDR Backlight Control - basically auto bracketing 3 shots and combining them into one jpeg. The Handheld Night Scene sound suspiciously similar to what Sony offers on their cameras where four different images are shot rapidly together before combining them into picture. It does work brilliantly on the Sony's so well done Canon for including this.
Visually there isn't much difference. You will notice the power switch now has a video 3rd click on it but that is really all. We really like the 600D - it's a very friendly camera for beginners and its successor looks like building on this with its extra features.
Once we've had a play with the AF Movie function, we'll let you know how we get on!
Canon also announced two new lenses which have linear stepper motors for the autofocus. Stepper motors are often used on CSC camera lenses as they're fast and very quiet when focusing on video. This is the first time we've seen an SLR lens use this type of system though. Unlike normal SLR lenses, the manual focus is controlled electronically.
The first lens is the EF40mm f/2.8 STM pancake. A pancake SLR lens is definitely a first and it is by far the smallest Canon SLR lens you can buy. It seems a bit of a bizarre focal length to put in a pancake lens when you think about all the CSC ones that are wide angle but if of course you put this on a full frame camera like the 5D Mk III, it could prove quite useful.
The second lens is the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. This is an EFS lens (so no using with full frame cameras) that features Dynamic IS image stabilisation which as we understand it has been optimised to work with video.
The world of compact cameras is an interesting one - as phone cameras get better and better at taking pictures, you wonder whether it is worth buying a compact at all.
Up to recently I have always used a Canon S100 (and the S95 before it) as my wife's handbag camera - something always at hand to grab pictures of my son whilst out and about. The quality of the images and the amount of detail it could retain in RAW shooting for something of that size was just astounding and way beyond what you could do with something like an iPhone.
Sadly for the S100 (and for me), it had an argument with a swimming pool and lost.
I decided to try something different - the Sony HX20. It could learn a thing or two from Canon about the controls (in fact Sony's own NEX-7 is a breeze in comparision) but work with it a while and you will get there. Trade off is superb quality on both stills and full HD video. When going away, I am always a sucker for using Sony's Sweep Panorama and having a 20x optical zoom can be useful. So as an every day camera it excels but I do like the images I can get shooting with either the NEX-7 or NEX-5n, especially when I have got a nice manual lens attached and in low light conditions.
Canon have recently come to the rescue with the Canon G1X, a compact(ish) camera with a larger than Micro 4/3rds sensor, but smaller than APS-C. I had to laugh when I looked at the measurements as it is so close to being Micro 4/3rds, it is silly. Below are the measurements -
- Micro 4/3rds -18mm x 13.5mm
- Canon G1x - 18.7mm x 14mm
- APS-C (typically Canon) - 22.3mm x 14.9mm
- APS-C (Sony NEX 5n) - 23.5mm x 15.6mm
So as you can see, the G1X is more a Micro 4/3rds than APS-C camera. So what does this really mean? In theory the bigger the sensor, the better the low light (and high ISO) performance should be. Larger sensor cameras also allow a wider angle of view for a given lens size. Lastly, the bigger sensors allow a shorter depth of field, similar to SLR cameras, giving you the ability to throw the background out of focus.
So how does the G1X fare? Well, the reality is that it IS smaller than an SLR but you would be kidding yourself if you said it was truly compact. But if you compare it to a lower end SLR with a kit lens, it is really a more interesting proposition.
The viewfinder really is not great but use it just in bright light when you cannot see the screen and it just about serves a purpose. Don't go choosing the G1X for its speed. I found the autofocus quite slow at times and it really needs a faster shutter rate than the 1.9 frames continuous shooting it offers. For close up shots, you have to go into Macro mode, which is a bit of a pain as by the time you have done that, you have missed the shot.
As expected, the camera is nicely put together and has a premium feel about it. The controls are very intuitive and nearly everything you need is to hand.
As for image quality, it is absolutely superb. At high ISO's it is as good as any compact I have used but then that advantage is slightly offset but its slow lens - other compacts may have smaller sensors but they do use faster lenses.
I have had a NEX-7 with various different lenses on show at many of the various exhibitions and road shows I have attended so far this year and reaction has been very interesting. There is definitely a market for a larger sensor camera with only ONE lens.
Is the G1X it? Well I know that Canon is pushing it as the option for someone that has the fully SLR kit and wanted that quality in a smaller package. In that they have succeeded as it performs that function well - the higher ISO results are very impressive indeed. I also liked the built in ND's for shooting longer exposure shots. I personally shoot a lot of video as well and I find it a bit limiting in that department and I do think the AF is a bit slow. BUT I can see this being a great camera for some.
So is that it then? It would seem not, as this morning Sony announced the RX100, a new compact (and yes this IS compact) camera with a 4 times larger than compact sensor (at 13.2 x 8.8mm). Okay so it is not up there in sensor size with the G1X, but you do have to remember that this is in a compact body and it has an f1.8 Carl Zeiss T* lens (with a useful 3.6x optical zoom) which is faster.
Interestingly Sony have adopted the Control Ring around the lens from Canon and actually if you squinted, you could see a similarity between the S100 and this camera! And really that is the thing here – this is an S100 rival not a G1X rival BUT with the added benefit of a larger sensor. Sure you have not got all the dials and controls to hand but I never found that an issue with the S100 - I could change shutter speed, ISO and aperture with my eyes shut.
I am truly hoping that Sony have got it right with the controls. I am quite excited about this camera, purely from a personal point of view. Image quality should be superb and high ISO performance should take a leap forward compared to our HX20 (which is not bad at all). From a video side of things, it has manual focus, MF magnify assist and peaking. Could this be the next handbag camera? Quite possibly.
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