Hands on the Sony NEX-EA50 pre production model (The new power zoom lens was not available for test).
I had the camera for a day and wanted to come up with a small story as test footage. Though not earthshaking, I hope it can help anyone who might be interested in the camera to try it for him/herself when it’s available in the market.
Sony acknowledged the need for a modestly priced shoulder mount large sensor camera for the news/documentary/corporate/wedding film makers and wisely introduced the NEX-EA50.
The camera is very lightweight yet feels comfortable on the shoulder.
Lightweight means you can easily mount it on your existing HDSLR accessories like a slider or tripod.
Needless to say that by having a shoulder mount video camera the need for a rig and external audio device is eliminated.
The most striking weakness of this camera is the absent of a built-in ND filter.
I would love to go out with one of the camera engineers and film outdoor in normal lighting conditions and see his response to the footage while shooting without ND filter.
Picture quality is good for the price. Be aware that rolling shutter is severe, so plan your shots accordingly when possible.
Configuration for this video: 1080/25p "Cine 1" picture profile. Footage is NOT color corrected.
-ENG type camera body with buttons positioned where you expect them to be
-Sony E mount lens system (a very flexible one with the some adapters)
-2 channels XLR audio connectors
-Clean HDMI output
-2 “Cine” picture profiles
-Aliasing and moiré are there but reduced from what we are normally seeing with most HDSLR’s
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Johnnie Behiri is a BBC freelance cameraman/editor operating from Vienna.
When not BBCing, Johnnie is filming documentaries, commercials, music videos and testimonials/image videos (johnniebehiri.com).
Low-light, natural lighting test with Canon 5D Mark II & Sony NEX-5N. No color-grading, straight out of the camera. I tried to get it as close as I could in-camera. Can you guess which is which?
Canon 5D Mark II: Cinestyle Preset, 50mm f1.8, ISO 100
Sony NEX-5N: Portrait Preset, 28mm @ 44mm (1.6 crop factor) f1.8, ISO 100
Conclusion: 5D has better overall image quality but Cinestyle preset is much noisier and much more susceptible to banding. 5N is a bit more saturated and a tad sharper. Both cameras produce a nice image.
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