Finally I get a Sony EA50 to review thanks to H Preston Media who have loaned me their demo model for the week, as usual I have played with it over the weekend just to get familiar with it’s controls.
The stock lens is a Sony 18-200 f3.5-6.3 power zoom E mount lens, this is a welcome addition to the complete lack of servo zoom lenses available for larger sensor camcorders though the f3.5-6.3 aperture leaves a lot to be desired especially for shallow depth of field filming.
Fortunately I have an MTF Nikon to E mount adapter and a Nikon 24-85mm f2.8-f4 lens, perfect for the odd video review like this.
The build quality is done to a budget though I personally feel the plastic body keeps the weight down and the camera certainly looks the part, the shoulder pad extends to allow shoulder mounting which is the more conventional way of filming with a camcorder.
Haven’t put a card into it yet to see the quality but going by the “FS” style loupe the pictures certainly look punchy. I have a couple of filming dates this week that involve interviews so if I have time I will take the EA50 with me and catch an interview or two.
Update : I had a further play this morning and pointed the camera at a row of brick houses and surprisingly not a hint to moire, this is good news for the EA50 as the VG-20 suffered terrible moire patterning pointed at a row of houses especially the roof tiles. It’s always a good sign when a camera challenges you to produce poor footage.
The camera does have a LANC remote 2.5mm jack socket on the back of it and I have tested it with a Manfrotto LANC zoom control.
Thanks to the JVC GY-HM600/650 I have a better understanding of how camcorder manufacturers mask the noise produced by camcorder chips with the use of noise reduction circuits, the EA50 is no exception as there is a slight NR in the picture but not nearly enough to spoil the picture.
Colours are nice and tight and the reds are red unlike the Canon XF305 which produces orange reds. Tomorrow will be a big test as I am taking the EA50 out on a corporate shoot and will re-film an interview to see how it performs against my trusty Canon C300.
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