How about a dose of reality on the A7s: This great hands-on blog is exciting

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Re: How about a dose of reality on the A7s: This great hands-on blog is exciting
In reply to Mel Snyder, 3 months ago

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Once the camera is actually released, we'll start to see some complete, objective, balanced evaluations of the camera. Until then, we'll have the usual mix of mostly uniformed prediction and assumption, anticipatory wishing, and limited snippets of first-user experiences.

As with any other bit of technology a camera represents a series of compromises and tradeoffs. Between gushing greatest-thing-sinced-sliced-bread praise and dismissive, knee-jerk criticism, there's the reality: Many useful features, and as many issues, depending on the photographer/videographer's intended use.

More doses of reality:

4k output is only 8 bit compared to 10 for the GH4.

Less-than-ideal, consumer codec.

Same NP-50 battery. For a day's work, you'll need a pocket full of them, or a larger, external battery.

More importantly, no external recorder, no 4k. So, plan on about another $2,000 for that. And more for a rig to hold it. (And more, still, if you want an interface for stuff like XLR mic inputs.)

NAB 2014: ATOMOS SHOGUN – AN HDMI RECORDER DESIGNED FOR THE SONY A7S

(Maybe there will be less expensive versions.)

Sure, there's a similar list of compelling features, and with what the camera offers, it will be the right tool for some people. Just hold the unicorns and rainbows.

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