Sunday, August 01, 2010
Several of my favorite cameras have been Sony. Sony cameras are for the most part, rugged, reliable, and high quality. Sometimes, and for some things, I really like the Sony pastel color rendition. (Not all the time, though).
I'm a film guy at heart, and I have shot lots of video. All that being said, I admit I cannot see exactly which part of the market this camera, the
It's available in September, and Sony would like a deposit now, so they can presell it to me. I would love to buy it, especially at its remarkably affordable price, BUT...
Numbers, guys. Don't just tell me the image sensor is "Large." (Or in this case, "19 times larger"). Compared to what? Most video cameras, with their little dinky toy image sensors? I shoot 35mm and 65mm film, 4-, 8-, 5-, and 15-perf. "Large" to me doesn't mean what it does to you. Give me a number - exactly how big an image sensor are we talking here?
Show me somebody using it. That's what makes a cameraman drool. I want to see somebody I respect using this gear, and using it well, and he likes it - he has a smile on his face.
Show me footage. This is second-best, because I'm looking at it on a computer screen. But what smears, what blurs, what colors, what jitters as I pan, those are all important to me. I need to see them.
Don't even think of trying to trick me. Don't say this camera boasts "interchangeable lenses," and then the only ones I can put on are those you sell. Not when I'm still shooting with every Nikon lens I've ever owned, on any camera I have.
Certainly don't claim it's "the first HD camera with interchangeable lenses," as the promo materials squawk. What? Don't be absurd. I'm hotrodding lenses onto cameras for too long, to believe that one.
Compete honorably. I wish Nikon's DSLR had as good HD video as Canon's, but it doesn't yet. Nikon D300s is pretty good. It and Canon EOS 7D and and the RED Camera are your competition here, in the Indy Cine world, Sony. Don't ignore them. Meet and exceed them.
I am guessing, from what numbers there are, this camera doesn't do 24fps. Even if you think that's a dinosaur frame rate, it is still compatible with the rest of the film business, for a century now. I know the arguments about 3:2 pulldown and yada yada. Without 24p, you're just another video guy. No theatrical feature film for you.
24p should at least be an option. If it doesn't have 24, 25, 29.97, 30, and 60fps on the dial, I won't buy it. If you're trying to create a new standard with this camera, good luck to you, but I've been there, done that, and there's always heartbreak afterward.
I won't buy it if it's not compatible. That's basic stuff, and non-negotiable.
Canon EOS 7D
Little Red Book
Red: Ultimate Guide
Indy Cine Filmmaker
Sony HD camera for Filmmaking