What took you so long, Sony? It’s been almost 3 years since Nikon came out with the (admittedly, a bit poo) video function on the Nikon D90, and then Canon with their sexy as hell 5DmkII that just got better with updates (when they gave it manual control and 24p)
There have been attempts at video. 30FPS, not full manual blah blah blah from Sony, but not until this camera…the A77 popped up today on websites has there finally been a reason to get excited about DSLR video from them.
First off they have the rather killer function of the translucent mirror. A lovely ability to use the actual viewfinder to shoot video. Secondly the specs (although not sure these are confirmed):
Brand new sensor. Hopefully with the clever ability to down-sample the image to 1080p. No idea what the moire, aliasing, rolling shutter will be here. But apparently the new sensor has video recording in mind so theoretically we should have less of these…hopefully!
3 million dot OLED VF (!)
FULL HD recording in 60p, 50p, 25p and 24p. Now that is something special. No other DSLR does this…yet
AVCHD 2. This is a 28mbps rate rather than 24. This is great.
No idea if there is a headphone jack or audio controls, but this a big step up.
Now…if this were a full frame camera I would be salivating. We STILL have no competition to the 5DMKII in that respect after all this time.
The new video cameras like the FS100 and AF101 are fantastic but have smaller chips. The aesthetic of the full frame has still not been beaten as far as I am concerned. If Sony can put this tech into full frame then Canon would HAVE to bring out a mkII replacement pretty damn sharpish!
Sure, it’s an Alpha mount but you can get adaptors, mostly for Nikon lenses of course. Not so good for EOS lenses, but that’s the story of our lives for us EOS lens owners!
I am excited about this camera. Small form video cameras in the DSLR form factor are very important to me. Yes I have invested in very expensive video cameras recently, but there will always be a need for me to have cameras of this size. Especially as a paid documentary filmmaker! But also for my fun personal projects.
Of course the proof will always be in the pudding. Until I get my hands on it and shoot something with it…Sony can I borrow one pretty please?!
Anyway…good for you Sony. Let’s hope Nikon and Canon are watching!!