Someone has accused me of Sony bashing over the last few posts but the truth of the matter is that Sony are the only company to produce cameras in the last few weeks with the PMW-100, PMW-200 and the NEX-EA50, I must also say that this accusation did not come from Sony themselves.
Panasonic have just released the AG-AC90, JVC have still not produced any production models of their HM600 and HM650 camcorders and not a jot from Canon…till the C100 appeared !
If companies decide to brand their cameras as “professional” then they must be prepared to take constructive criticism when that certain product does not come up to a professional standard.
As a professional I aim to produce a product to the best of my ability and I need cameras that are fit for purpose, there’s no point filming houses being built if your camera introduces moire patterning in the brickwork which is why I do not care for DSLR’s, film cameras with compromise.
The big four video manufacturers have watched sales dwindle as people have switched over to DSLRs with their shallow depth of field and compactness, sadly for video professionals companies like Sony tried to emulate the compactness with the FS100, producing a cracking picture but no ND filters on a camera that soaks in light was madness, hence the very popular FS700…with ND filters !
The F3 was Sonys big step into medium to lower broadcast drama with it’s Super 35mm sensor and fantastic low light capabilities but the lack of 50Mbps was to be the straw that broke the F3s back when the Canon C300 was announced with it’s Super 35mm sensor, low light, low noise and that all important 50Mbps Full HD, the XLRs on the control panel via two umbilical leads are thoughtless but the pictures more than make up for the C300s design flaw.
The Sony F3 designers choose to give us a PL mount allowing a variety of lenses including Nikon but the C300 allows Canon lenses with full electronic feedback to the LCD and viewfinder a feature I feel is essential when using lenses in a SDoF environment.
These are just a few comparisons and lets not forget Alister Chapman sold his C300 in favour of the Sony F3 so it’s not a full 100% satisfaction rate with Canon either.
A fellow professional told me no camera is perfect we all have differing ideas as to what is perfect but as I pointed out in a recent post Sony are easy to compare because they are the only company to date to produce four large sensor camcorders within a year and two XDCAM PMW handheld camcorders within the space of weeks.
I have no gripe with Sony, I have owned an EX1, EX3, PMW-350, FS100 and two NX70s so Sony have had more than their fair share of my hard earned cash over the last three years or so with my name on a PMW-200.
My main gripe is that if you don’t stay within the London M25 orbital you are not offered cameras for review which is shameful and that goes for all four manufacturers, which is why honest camcorder reviews are hard to source on the internet, I have had to own the majority of camcorders in order to review them with a lot of help from H Preston Media.