Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts

Friday, January 18, 2013

How The DSC-RX1 Is Assembled

Assembly of the Sony DSC-RX1

Here's a treat from the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Sony posted a video of the assembly of the DSC-RX1.

sony dsc-rx1 Assembly video

Play it backwards and we have a disassembly video. Use at your own risk. :D

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sony NEX-7 Firmware v1.01 Released

Sony NEX-7 Updated to Firmware v1.01

Sony addresses some user requests with the new NEX-7 v1.01 update. We are most interested in the bracketing improvement and the wide angle lens image quality. Let us know how v1.01 works for you.

This utility upgrades the NEX-7 firmware to version 1.01, and provides the following benefits:

  • Addition of capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
  • Addition of exposure settings of bracket shooting (three frames /1.0EV,2.0EV, 3.0EV)
  • Improvement of response for showing auto review image.
  • Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens.
  • Improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot”.

Download the Sony NEX-7 Firmware Version 1.01 Mac OS Version, Windows Version.

Read the installation procedure twice before attempting to install as a precaution.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sony NEX-5 Near Infrared Video by Bob Trongone

Here's an interesting application for the Sony NEX-5, infrared video. The camera was converted to see near infrared while keeping all of the functions of the NEX.

sony nex-5 infrared video conversion

IR I-78 by Bob Trongone

Details from Bob T's Vimeo

Infrared footage of Interstate 78 West seen in eastern Pennsylvania.
Capture device: A Sony NEX-5 modified to see near infrared.
Filter: MaxMax X-Nite XDP

sony nex-5 infrared video conversion

IR NY17 Bob Trongone

Thanks Bob T!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Nice place via NEX-5N on Hexacopter

Nice place by ak&fpv

Great video work with the Sony NEX-5N on a hexacopter by ak&fpv. Calming and soothing.

Check out other videos by ak&fpv.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sony NEX-7 with Anamorphic Lens Footage

NEX-7 3.55:1 Ratio Video via Sankor 16D Anamorphic Lens

Check out this footage shot by Dave Dueck with his NEX-7, Fujinon 55mm Lens, and a Sankor 16D anamorphic lens. The NEX-7 was set to shoot video at 1080p/24p and converted to 720p for vimeo. For complete details go to Dave's vimeo page.

sony nex-7 anamorphic lens sankor

shot by Dave Dueck

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Penguins and the Sony NEX-VG20 Camcorder

Kings of South Georgia by cotton coulson

Here's a nice video shot with the Sony NEX-VG20 Camcorder in South Georgia Island with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions by Cotton Coulson. Here is what he has to say about the VG20:

Using the Sony NEX VG-20, demonstrating what can be shot with this camera in remote regions. All taken with standard Sony lenses, edited with Final Cut X, no grading, wanted to show how the camera performs right out of the box. Remember also that this camera takes beautiful stills.

The form factor is impressive. It's like shooting video with a Leica rangefinder camera. Only negative feedback is managing some of the controls off the LCD screen, especially in harsh weather conditions, but on the flip side, the camera is so portable, making video something fun to do again.

sony nex-vg20 video camcorder

Sony NEX-VG20 with Sony 18-200mm OSS

Thanks Cotton!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

4K Ready NEX-FS700 NXCAM Camcorder Introduced

4 Days with the NEX-FS700 by Andrew Young

This is the newest camera of the NEX system. It is a pro level camcorder dubbed the Sony NEX-FS700 NXCAM. The camera builds on the NEX-FS100 with most of the requested features like the built-in ND filter and the 3G-SDI interface. The NEX-FS700 is also 4K ready, soon 4096 x 2160 video can be captured with an NEX camera.

The video above by Andrew Young shows the versatility of the NEX-FS700 for video - 240fps in HD, 400fps in 480p, autofocus tracking with Alpha mount and E-mount lenses, most adaptable lens mount, lightweight and compact.

The video below is a walkthrough of the NEX-FS700 which shows the user interface. There is a zoom rocker which means that a new E-mount powered zoom lens for video is inevitable.

Features of the NEX-FS700 Camcorder:
  • 4K “Exmor” Super 35 CMOS sensor
  • Super slow motion at 10x at full HD or 40x at lower resolutions
  • E-mount interchangeable lenses offer a wide choice of lenses
  • Built-in ND filters
  • 3G-SDI interface and HDMI
  • SEL 18200 lens supplied
  • Zoom Rocker for future E-mount lenses

Sony NEX-FS700 Walkthrough with .Sardo.

sony nex-fs700 vs nex-fs100

NEX-FS700 NEX-FS100 Side by Side

Thanks Andrew and Sardo!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sony NEX-7 Grip by Rewo

sony nex-7 grip cage rewo

Sony NEX-7 ReWo Cage / Grip

Is the Sony NEX-7 too small for you? ReWo of Germany created the grip / cage above to help film makers with the NEX-7. The cage provides mounting points and lens support with full access to the NEX-7's controls. The item is not for sale yet. Contact ReWo if you are interested.

Thanks EOSHD!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sony NEX Cinematic Video Tips from thedigitalvisual

Here are the recommended NEX settings to achieve the same visuals as the footage above.
  • Picture Profile: Portrait
    • Menu > Brightness and Color > Creative Style > Portrait
    • Contrast = -3
    • Color = 0
    • Sharpness = -3
  • Video Settings at AVCHD 1080/24p or 60p for slow motion scenes.
  • White Balance set to Auto.

The footage was color corrected in Adobe After Effects CS5 which can handle AVCHD files. The files were exported using Apple Pro-Res 422 (HQ).

The editing was done in Final Cut Pro X. It was exported to H.246 for web uploads.

Thanks thedigitalvisual!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

NEX-7 Flying in Bermuda with Quadrocopter

Sony NEX-7 on a Cinestar 6 Hexacopter UAV

Quadrocopter / GravityShots takes us around the island of Bermuda courtesy of the Sony NEX-7 mounted on a Cinestar 6 hexacopter. You can see what this rig looks like here. The video was captured using the 18-55mm OSS lens and is at 1080p and 60 frames per second.

Check out quadrocopter for more information.

Thanks GravityShots!

Monday, February 6, 2012

NEX-FS100 vs Arri Alexa-Panasonic AF101-Canon 5d II

Sony NEX-FS100 vs by Niklan B.e.M.

Our German skills are based on Google Translate but if you are interested in filmmaking the video will be easy to translate. Niklas and his colleagues tested the Arri Alex, Canon EOS 5d Mark II, Panasonic AG-AF101 and the Sony NEX-FS100 in the following categories:
  • Rolling Shutter
  • Low Light Capability
  • Dynamic Range
  • Skin Tones
Here is what Google Translate gave us when we entered the summary from the video:

Panasonic AG-AF101 €5400
  • Poor Compression
  • Lacked Detail
  • Unnatural Look

Canon EOS 5d Mark II €2500

  • Poor Compression
  • Balanced Picture
  • Good Dynamic Range

Sony NEX-FS100 €5500

  • Good Compression
  • Natural Look
  • Good Dynamic Range

Arri Alexa €50000

  • Best Compression
  • Best Look
  • Best Dynamic Range

Thank you Niklas!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sony NEX-7 Video Tips from Luminous Landscape

Sony NEX-7 with 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

Luminous Landscape posted their review of the NEX-7's video capabilities. They have an overall favorable review of the NEX-7. The article is very informative - read it.

Here is what they say about the NEX-7 as a video camera.
The Sony NEX-7 is a decent camera for shooting video. Like all DSLRs and CSCs it has its limitations, but it's not as bad as some. The scaling that Sony uses to go from 24MP down to about 2MP for video does produce some artifacts, but in many ways is better than the line skipping that Canon uses.
The reality is that in its price range it's an excellent choice. There are the usual video DSLR problems of moire, aliasing and rolling shutter, but no worse than many, and better than some. Indeed the highly regarded Canon 5D MKII's video quality is, in my opinion, worse than that from the NEX-7 in many respects.

Here's a summary of tips we learned from Luminous Landscape NEX-7 the Video Camera Review:
  • Set the NEX to 16:9 mode. The LCD preview will match the video for framing.
  • Shoot in M (manual mode), set the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed desired, and then rotate the variable ND until you have the appropriate exposure.
  • Equipment
    • Sony E 18-200mm OSS for a general purpose video lens, for its silent AF and OSS.
    • Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS and Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar for speed and field of view.
  • Turn of OSS when shooting video with the NEX on a tripod.
  • For maximum malleability in color correction, set the NEX Creative Style to Natural and set Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness each to -3. Adjust color in your editing / grading software e.g. Final Cut Pro X.

Standard vs Natural Creative Style by Luminous Landscape

Serious about video?
consider the Sony FS100. It has a full raster sensor of 3.43 M pixels (2464 x 1394), which means that no scaling is required, reducing colour artifacting. The relatively large pixels also mean extreemly good low light sensitivity as well. It has a full range of cine oriented controls and features and is simply head and shoulders a better video camera than the NEX-7, or any video DSLR for the matter.

Read the complete NEX-7 Video Capabilities review with video samples at Luminous Landscape.

Thanks LuLa!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Uses a NEX-3

sony nex girl with dragon tattoo

While watching the trailer for the new "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", 4004's keen eye saw the NEX-3 being used by Rooney Mara - Lisbeth Salander. This is a remake of the Swedish film which was excellent. The film deals with strong subjects and is rated R for good reason.

The movie was filmed a while ago when the NEX-3 was new. Maybe the NEX-C3 or even the NEX-7 will be in Lisbeth's hands in the following films of this trilogy. Don't blink or you may miss the NEX-3.

girl with dragon tattoo original swedish

Saturday, December 31, 2011

NEX-7 at ISO 3200 on a Hexakopter

Jeff S. sent us an email to show the latest Sony NEX-7 video by Gravity Shots. Gravity Shots placed the NEX-7 on a Cinestar Hexakopter and went night flying. The camera was set to ISO 3200, and shutter speed at 1/25, to shoot 1080 and 24 frames per second. The 18-55mm OSS lens was set at max aperture.

The footage and the house looks great. The continuous autofocus and image stabilization makes for a smooth looking ride.

Here was Gravity Shots first footage of the NEX-7 on a Hexacopter.

Find out more at

Thanks Jeff!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sony NEX-5N Users Guide Video

Just got your Sony NEX-5N or looking at getting one? Clear 18 minutes of your day and watch the NEX-5N tutorial courtesy of Sony Asia. Download the NEX-5N Manual and follow along and take notes. This is a good crash course on your camera when you're not out there shooting.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Simple Explanation of the NEX Advantages

Here's a video from Sony showing the advantages of the NEX system. Nice and simple.

sony nex aps-c sensor size

Sony NEX and Alpha Cameras Share Sensors

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Gravity Shots Takes the NEX-7 Flying has a new weapon in its UAV arsenal - it's the new Sony NEX-7. They mounted the NEX-7 on a Cinestar 6 hexacopter and took it for its maiden voyage around a lovely compound. Maybe trying to see if Santa was on the roof?

The lens on the camera is the much maligned 16mm Pancake. The video settings were: "1080 60P, manual at 1/125, f9, iso400, auto focus, WB at cloudy and Vivid for scene."

sony nex-7 helicopter hexacopter uav

Sony NEX-7 secured in a Cinestar 6 Hexacopter UAV

Get more info at

Thanks Gravity Shots!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sony NEX-7 Review by What Digital Camera

What Digital Camera reviews the NEX-7. They did not like that the wheel rotates. They also did not like the autofocus system of most compact cameras. The NEX-7 did win favors because of it's excellent electronic viewfinder and the 24 megapixel image filled with details.

sony nex-7 review what digital camera

Sony NEX-7 Features from What Digital Camera

sony nex-7 50mm oss lens

Sony NEX-7 with 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

Thanks What Digital Camera!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NEX-7 and NEX System Presentation at B&H Photo

Grab the popcorn and sit back and enjoy 108 minutes of information on the NEX system presented by Sony at B&H photo in NYC.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sony NEX-7 Menu and Control Overview Video

Sony NEX-7 Menus and Controls

Here's a video posted by stevehuff1969 showcasing the menus and controls of the Sony Alpha NEX-7 camera. The NEX-7 is shown with the 50mm f/1.8 OSS E-mount lens.

sony nex-7 50mm oss lens

Sony NEX-7 with 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens