If you are shooting with a Sony camera, you know that they eat and spit batteries faster than I eat M&Ms. One trivial options is carry another set of batteries (though originals are about $45 each). What I am doing is using off the shelf power banks to run the Sony for much longer than its original battery.
I’ve had my little NEX 5n marvel now for 5 years and long ago came to grips with its charms and deficits and reached a point where most of its operation is totally intuitive. It’s been my main snap shooter and travel camera companion since early 2012 yet even today the files compare nicely with those from the A6000 and A6300. More recently however the NEX 5n has been relegated to classroom duties as a shiny new Olympus EM 5 mk 2 has been pressed into service for travel and casual shooting duties.
The EM5 is not the first M4/3 camera I’ve owned, I also have a GH2 which has principally served for video usage and has now become my wifes’ personal camera.
Extreme low light performance isn’t a new thing. We’ve been able to pretty much see in the dark since Nikon launched the D3s. But, now that the megapixel wars seem to be mostly over, it’s the next big metric in camera performance. Who has the highest ISO? Who does it with the least amount of noise? The most amount of detail? The best colour?
Sony’s E mount shooters have enjoyed extremely good ISO performance with the A7R II for a little while now. Now, the A mount users can also benefit from that same extreme performance, especially when it comes to video, in the form of the soon to be released A99 II. YouTuber Bramansde shows just how well it performs straight out of the box, in a scene lit by only a pair of small candles.
With the number of people making the shift from more traditional DSLRs to Sony mirrorless systems, adapters are often a way of life. I have a big stack of adapters myself for mounting lenses from half a dozen different systems onto four different types of camera body. It’s simply a question of versatility and providing more options. The big drawback with most adapters, though, is that there’s little-to-no communication between the camera and the lens.
One such combination that hasn’t had much love is Nikon lenses on Sony bodies. Mounting Canon lenses to Sony bodies and retaining full control over things like autofocus has become commonplace thanks to Metabones and Fotodiox’s similar adapter for Canon. Now, we can do the same with Nikon bodies with the new Fotodiox Fusion Smart AF Adapter for Nikon G mount AF-I/AF-S lens to Sony E-Mount.
With Black Friday just around the corner, the war for your money is heating up. All three major companies released initial discounts (some are only available until Wednesday).
Depending on how high on the money scale is the gear you’re buying the discounts can be quite significant. (percentage wise, most discounts range between 5% and 18%, though the Rebel SL1 goes 200$, all the way to 28%). Some of the companies will also throw in some freebies, like a memory card, a small tripod or an extra battery.
If you are considering getting a camera, this is definitely a good time to go shopping:
If you want the best sound in your video, you really do need an external microphone. Many cameras today offer the ability to plug a microphone into them, which you then usually mount from the hotshoe. Not all cameras, however, do. Two cameras, particularly renowned for their vlogging abilities don’t have microphone sockets, which is quite surprising. Those are the Canon G7X II and Sony RX100 V.
Ted Forbes at the Art of Photography has the Sony RX100 V and as one might expect, uses it for vlogging. The problem is that the RX100 V, like pretty much every other camera out there, has awful built in microphones. Ted solves his audio problems with the help of a bracket, a Zoom H1 and a Rode VideoMicro. In this video, Ted explains other setups he tried, and how he arrived at this one.
Knowing how well our camera produces jpg files might not be a high priority for a lot of photographers. If you’re only shooting raw, then what does it matter, right? Well, there are still a lot out there shooting jpg, and even pros may switch over to jpg for less important tasks. So, The Camera Store have challenged 8 popular cameras from leading manufacturers to the Great JPEG Shootout!
It’s an interesting comparison. Cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus and Panasonic are put head to head with an iPhone 7 Plus to see which produces the best looking images straight out of the camera. Perhaps not surprisingly, the iPhone didn’t do very well.
Listen up, Sony fans. Sony Alpha Rumors are reporting that the Sony A7III mirrorless camera is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2017. As with all rumours, you have to take this with a grain of salt, but SAR seem pretty confident.
They say that the rumour comes from the same source as the Sony A99 II spec leak back in August. That leak proved to be 100% correct with the specs so chances are high that this one is also correct. Of course, even if it is, unforeseen circumstances can cause delays. Even when items have been officially announced, delays have happened.
There’s been a fair bit of buzz around the new Sony RX100 V since it was announced. There’s been a lot of talk about the A6500, too. The RX100, though, sits in a couple of pretty large markets. There’s the ever dwindling compact camera market. The threat of mobile phones has never been greater to compacts. Somehow, the RX100 manages to hold on as one of the few strong survivors. It’s also a wildly popular vlogging camera.
The folks over at DPReview have one for testing, and they’ve posted up some sample footage shot with it. There’s 4K and 1080p samples (upsampled to 4K) at various framerates to show off the realtime and slow motion playback. It also lets us see the new autofocus system, which has been sped up from that of the already impressive RX100 IV.