Saturday, September 25, 2010

NEX-VG10; the latest

Camera Comparisons
Ron Risman at Cameratown took the NEX-VG10, a Canon 7D, 5D and VIXIA HG10 (camcorder) down to the beach and set them up side-by-side so that you can compare the NEX-VG10 with each of those cameras. Is it just me, or does the Canon 5D footage look much sharper?
Cameratown: Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens Camcorder Review

Moire Tests
A couple of moire tests have been posted by members of the Sony NEX-VG10 User Group.
Christopher Mayer compares the NEX-VG10, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon T2i and the Panasonic HVX200 (video camera.)
As you'll see, all the large chip cameras exhibit moire and aliasing. As I predicted, the t2i and NEX on a par with each other. The 5D moires just about the same, but handles better in different focal lenghts. HVX, a real video camera now 7 years old holds up best

T2i in my miond is the worst of all of them. Not only moire but the blacks just crush (I had to double check if I had my settings right, and they were).

moire tests-nex10, 5dmk2,t2i, and hvx200 from Christopher Mayer on Vimeo.

See also a test from Uwe Steinmueller: Moire Test VG10

Upcoming Firmware Upgrade
Luminous Landscape got to play with the firmware upgrade on the NEX cameras (not the NEX-VG10, but some aspects should be similar.) They note that the auto-focus with the A-mount adaptor worked, but was slow.
I tried six different lenses and all autofocused fine, but I found that the AF speed ranged from about two to four seconds. I would therefore judge this to be one of those nice to have capabilities, but frankly not something that I would use often, and certainly not at all if the subject is moving.
Also explained was how the firmware update in the adaptor was installed:
The LA-EA1's firmware is updated by attaching it to the camera and running the update application with the USB cable attached, just as when updating the camera's firmware.
Finally - and perhaps more concerning - the update they were given was MS Windows only, and they don't know if/when a Mac update will be available.
Luminous Landscape: Sony Updates the NEX Firmware

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