NEW Sony a6300 4K camera…with NO headphone jack !

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Sony a6300

The new Sony a6300 by all accounts is a well spec photographic-video camera with the ability to accept Sonys XLR-K2M professional XLR audio adapter.  Its all fine and dandy kitting this camera out for video but to omit a headphone jack in place of a useless speaker is just stupid.

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“Oh but its not a professional camera” so why add S-Log2 and S-Log3 gammas to the camera if Sony don’t intend it to be used by professionals.

I have the Panasonic FZ1000 once again spoiled by having no headphone jack, I get round this by using Sony’s UWP-D16 radio mic system by monitoring via the receiver which has a headphone output, but that is no match for a proper headphone jack on the camera.

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Why do manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic deliberately leave out the headphone jack in place of a useless speaker is beyond logic. I used to work in the electronics business, to add a headphone socket into the initial design would be extra pennies all your doing is changing the spec of the CPU to add an amp or add one to the double sided PCB…easy.


I will leave you with some impressive footage shot with the Sony a6300…

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Sony’s New G Master lens

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To be truthful its about time Sony delivered some decent lenses for the “E” mount lens system. We have put up with f4 lenses for long enough.


For A7s owners this will become the “Standard” zoom lens though its at a cost of £1500.


This portrait lens the new 85mm f1.4 looks to be a cracker, our friend Gordon Laing from CameraLabs has had a play with this lens and judging by the photograph below its stunning.

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Last but not least the 70-200 f2.8 a great asset for photographers looking to get action shots without increasing the ISO.

Both FS7 and FS5 owners will benefit from these larger aperture lenses allowing a far greater shallow depth of field but remember they are full frame lenses so your 24mm will look more like a 36mm FOV.

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NEW Canon 1DX Mk11…20.2MP…14fps…4K 50p

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Canon 1DX v2

When I first saw this camera my first thoughts were “not again” a DSLR with upgraded video features but one feature in particular caught my eye… improved EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system.

Having just filmed my sons wedding last weekend the Sony FS5 could do with Canons focusing system. I was led to believe via Alister Chapman’s video about the FS5 that the new face detection was one of the best of its kind yet as a remote camera that is far from the truth. Fortunately I had 5 cameras filming the ceremony so a focus hunting FS5 won’t be a disaster.

The video below shows the new Canon perform some cracking tracking shots and 4K 50p is quite something although that uses expensive C-Fast cards.

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Sony have admitted problems with the FS5

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Finally we get the answer from Sony engineers on the problems seen with some FS5 users, here is the statement from Sony…

‘Sony has investigated the PXW-FS5 image artifact issues reported by users. Our engineers have been able to duplicate these issues and identify their root cause. Sony plans to provide a firmware update. Our goal is to issue this revised firmware toward February/end.

 To ensure that users achieve the best results from the FS5, Sony is also preparing guidelines to help professional shooters take full advantage of the FS5’s features, including S-Log and S-Gamut’.

Here is Alistair Chapman’s take on Sony’s news…

My understanding is that this primarily relates to the edge tearing issue as well as the blocking type artefacts that can be seen, particularly at higher gain levels. It’s great to see solid proof that Sony do listen to us. They always have done, but often simply went away and investigated and fixed the issue without actually saying anything.

It does still need to be remembered that in UHD the camera is an 8 bit camera and this firmware update will not change that. Nor will it change the recording bit rate.  I also do not expect to see a change of the cameras base ISO, so don’t expect to see any significant difference to the cameras noise levels. So while I am sure the firmware will bring a useful and welcome improvement to the image quality, you will still need to be careful how you shoot with the camera, especially in low light or with S-log in UHD. The user guides that are being prepared will hopefully address these areas.

Further info at

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Sony FS7 FW v3 update is now official (installed)

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Out today is the new firmware update for the Sony FS7. Sony Broadcast have now responded with a FW update here

New Features & Improvements:

1.) Focus Magnification function is improved.
– Support for magnification area position adjustment
– Magnification resolution improvement
2.) Support for “2K Full”, “2K Center” setting in Image Scan Mode
3.) Support for Interval Recording function
4.) Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%
5.) Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI mode
6.) Video Signal Monitor usability is improved.
7.) The operability of “Iris setting” using the “Iris dial” and the “assignable dial” is improved.
8.) FS-RAW image quality and operation stability improvement
9.) Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved

HDW : V3 installed, the installation happens in 2 phases the first takes 5m the second takes 10m. I used a fully charged battery which is against Sony’s “use a mains adapter”. If the mains fails there is a possibility your camera will not work or brick, so with a fully charged U90 battery you have tons of power and takes that doubt away from a mains failure.

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All CF cards sold

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Thanks to everyone who bought my Transend 32G CF cards…a bargain at £10 each.

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YAGH for sale £600

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The YAGH has now become gold dust to those looking for quad SDI output as they are no longer available.

Spread the word that via HD Warrior we have the last YAGH in the original packing as good as new if interested email me on

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Panasonic GH5 full frame camera.

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Some people tell me Panasonic have too much to lose going full frame especially when it comes to lenses. Micro four thirds as a sensor size has taken panasonic far but it has also hindered them with noise beyond 1600 ISO.

Sony on the other hand brought out the A7s full frame camera with some spectacular results with ISO settings of 6400 and above though cannot attain a good natural skin tone as the GH4 can.

Panasonic need a noise buster and I think full frame is their only option, they constantly cripple cameras with noisy sensors.

A few choice PFF (Panasonic Full Frame) Leica lenses like a 20mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 80mm f1.8, 24-80mm f2.8, 70-210 f2.8 and a 300mm f2.8 would do the trick. The adapter companies like Metabones would soon have a Canon to PFF.

I don’t think it would be that much hardship to re-invest in FF lenses as long as they were fit for purpose.

Video features as the GH4 plus 4K 50p, LOG, lemo to XLR connectors on the side please and make sure there is a headphone output and “NO” 29m record limitation.

Adding a hand/battery grip (2 batteries, twice the power) would also give you the ability to adjust the sound (2 channels) and the headphone volume manually and give us a full size HDMI.

Any other ideas ?

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New VariCam from Panasonic on the 10th February 2016

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Interesting…are we witnessing a competitor to the Sony FS7 or even the FS5, lets hope so for Panasonic’s sake, they badly need a foothold into this marketplace and this just might do it for them.

Panasonic will announce their new VariCam on Wednesday, February 10th 2016 at 7pm at the DGA theater — 7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

PS. Dear Panasonic my Birthday is 5 days before your announcement any chance of an early birthday present xxx.

PPS. Thanks Rose for this heads up. xxx

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Art-list to issue a $199 a year music licence for filmmakers

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As we all know to our cost there is a lot of crappy music out there especially when it comes to non copyright CDs, how many times have you bought a copyright free CD to discover 8 out of 10 tracks are no good.

Some are better than others AKM music ( allow you to listen to short tracks of their CD online as well as digital downloads of single tracks. Single tracks are £10.96 while CD downloads are £36 per CD.

Premium Beat also sells audio tracks for filmmakers but @ $39 (£27) per track, its expensive.

An entirely new service will start at the end of February called art-list, a service allowing filmmakers freedom to choose from a list of tracks for a subscription fee of $199 (£140) per year. This sounds great as long as there is enough usable music for you to choose from…music is so personal but in my rule of thumb if the music does not conjure pictures while listening to it… is no good.

Art-list today revealed the price of their highly-anticipated music licensing platform, which solves many of the issues that filmmakers face when trying to license music. The company is also giving away five songs to showcase the quality of their service.

For a flat, affordable yearly subscription fee of $199, filmmakers and media creators get unlimited access to Art-list’s ever-expanding library of high-quality music. The music is sourced from a worldwide network of independent musicians, and rivals the quality of today’s most prominent music licensing platforms. Intro side2

Co-founded by Ira Belsky, a working Israeli filmmaker frustrated with the available options for licensing music, Art-list is tailor-made to provide inspiring music for filmmakers to use in their work on a commercial basis, and for a price that is comparable to what other services charge for a single commercial license.

“There’s a lot of great music out there, but most filmmakers don’t have the budgets to license a lot of songs,” Belsky said. “So we decided to create a platform that would give filmmakers unlimited access to real, honest music that comes from working musicians, and making it available to everyone for an affordable price.” Players side2

In addition to announcing the price, the Art-list team has pulled five songs from its catalog, and is giving them way for free to anyone who joins the company’s email list. Filmmakers, YouTube creators, and Podcasters will be able to use this music any way they want, including on commercial projects.

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The songs include, Amsterdam, an upbeat track full of bright piano lines and sparkling acoustic guitar riffs, Black Goldie, an electronic ballad rife with unique sonic textures, and Gravity, an orchestral track with driving drums and a melodic, inspiring chord progression. Those looking to download the songs just have to go to and enter their name and email address. Once submitted, they’ll immediately receive their free songs both in WAV and MP3 formats through email.

Art-list is set to launch in late February 2016. For more information, don’t hesitate to email questions to

Art-list – Inspiring Music For Your Films from on Vimeo.

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