How does this make you feel?- Sony NEX-6 test

 

https://vimeo.com/53344694

 

Hands on Sony NEX-6, production model Firmware: V1.00
 
As requested, moire and aliasing sample added https://vimeo.com/53577244
 
 
Spending the day with the NEX-6 left me with a very clear opinion. If you are looking for a photo camera that can shoot video: look elsewhere!
This camera is simply not good enough for video. (it can be great for taking photos but this is not my department). The amount of moiré and aliasing is simply not acceptable.
The dream of having an ultra small HDSLR that can shoot high quality video and be enhanced with accessories if required remains totally unfulfilled here.
 
Notes on the footage:
- No CC or sharpening was done. 
- Some of the footage taken with the Canon 70-200mm f 4.0 is softer due to the use of a Light Craft Vari ND filter (not recommended over 70mm).
 
Camera strength: 
APS-C sensor
Small size
Electronic viewfinder
General button placement and control 
1080/50p
 
Weaknesses: 
Severe Moire 
Severe aliasing
No clean HDMI output
No mic input
REC button in occurred position (to my opinion).
Single region only (PAL or NTSC)
 
Camera settings: 1080/50p 
Creative style: Standard (Contrast 0, Saturation 0, Sharpness 0) 
 
Equipment used in this video:
-Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
-Canon 70-200mm 4.0
-Light craft Vari ND
-Alphatron EVF
-Variety of Kata bags
-Sachtler ACE L tripod
 
Editing program: Adobe Premiere CS6
Music: Air/10,000 Hz legend
 
 
Thanks to:
Erich Stekovics (www.stekovics.at) and the lovely people who worked on the field that day.





 

"Pepephon"- Sony NEX-EA50 pre-production test footage.

 

https://vimeo.com/51524757

 

 

Hands on the Sony NEX-EA50 pre production model (The new power zoom lens was not available for test).
 
I had the camera for a day and wanted to come up with a small story as test footage. Though not earthshaking, I hope it can help anyone who might be interested in the camera to try it for him/herself when it’s available in the market. 
 
Sony acknowledged the need for a modestly priced shoulder mount large sensor camera for the news/documentary/corporate/weeding film makers and wisely introduced the NEX-EA50.
 
The camera is very lightweight yet feels comfortable on the shoulder.  
Lightweight means you can easily mount it on your existing HDSLR accessories like a slider or tripod.
 
Needless to say that by having a shoulder mount video camera the need for a rig and external audio device is eliminated.
 
The most striking weakness of this camera is the absent of a built-in ND filter.
I would love to go out with one of the camera engineers and film outdoor in normal lighting conditions and see his response to the footage while shooting without ND filter.  
 
Picture quality is good for the price. Be aware that rolling shutter is severe, so plan your shots accordingly when possible.  
 
Configuration for this video: 1080/25p "Cine 1" picture profile. Footage is NOT color corrected.  
 
Strengths:
-APS-C sensor
-ENG type camera body with buttons positioned where you expect them to be
-Cost
-Sony E mount lens system (a very flexible one with the some adapters)  
-1080/50, 60p
-2 channels XLR audio connectors 
-Clean HDMI output
-2 “Cine” picture profiles
-Aliasing and moiré are there but reduced from what we are normally seeing with most HDSLR’s 
-LCD/viewfinder quality
-PAL-NTSC switchable   
 
Weaknesses:
-No ND filter
-Severe rolling shutter
 
Accessories used in this video:
Sachtler ACE L tripod
Samyang 35mm, 85mm, Tokina 11-16mm
R.J NEX to EOS electronic adapter
Kessler slider
Light craft Vari ND
Litepanels 1x1
a variety of Kata bags
 
Many thanks to Christoph pepe Auer.
More about this talented musician: www.pepeauer.com






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