Up until the Sony A99 my answer would be no but Sony have proved that there is life in the old dog yet. It’s taken Sony a while to catch up with the competition but catch up they have with the A99 DSLR, it’s the first camera to sport a professional XLR sound input via an $800 accessory but that,s a significant step over the line for a photographic camera.
Not only professional sound but 1920 x 1080 50p AVCHD recording onto a full frame 35mm sensor with a swivel LCD and headphone jack socket !
Will this be any better than a Canon C100 at two times the cost of the A99, sadly if you want to avoid a certain level of moire and aliasing you still need to buy into the C100 or better still the C300. I have seen the AVCHD 1080 50p picture from an A77 and it was fantastic but I did not put the A77 through it’s paces, like so many of these hybrid DSLRs they give you cracking pictures 90% of the time which is not bad odds, it’s only when you come up against certain conditions like house tiles that the artefacts raise their ugly head.
After further research sadly the A99 suffers from moire and aliasing as reported by Eye North. Eye North is Christoffer Brekne’s informal platform for sharing some of his work as well as experiences from work. He is a Norwegian filmmaker based in Aarhus, Denmark.
Seemingly the new Nikon D600 has similar issues and the new Panasonic GH3 uses the same Sony sensor !!! This was such a positive introduction to the Sony A99 till I discovered the same old issues that have dogged the DSLR for the last two years moire and aliasing, you really think that Sony of all people would get this right after the amount of time they have taken to catch up.
So there we have it the Panasonic GH2 and the Canon 5D Mk111 are still the only DSLRs that have almost overcome moire and aliasing but the Canon and Panasonic has little to commend it for professional XLR sound inputs.
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