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If you've used the movie modes on Sony's recent NEX cameras, then you'll feel right at home using the Alpha 7. The camera retains the same 1080/24p and 60p resolutions, but with the added benefits of a significantly larger sensor. The a7 also has the ability to output uncompressed video over HDMI, something not available on NEX models.
Something that has been changing from model-to-model in Sony's mirrorless lineup is the position of the dedicated 'red' recording button. On earlier models, the button was too close to the thumb rest, which caused some users to accidentally press it (Sony later added the ability to disable it). On later models, the button ventured further away from the thumb rest to the point where, on the a7, it's essentially now on the side of the camera. Paradoxically, the placement of this button on the a7 makes it harder to record a movie.
|Sony has moved the 'red button' so far from the back of the camera that it's now a bit challenging to record a movie. You can have this button active in all shooting modes, or just when the mode dial is set to the video position.|
The a7 offers plenty of manual controls to please video enthusiasts. When the movie button is activated in all modes, one can simply enter the shooting mode of their choice and adjust the desired exposure setting). Aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and ISO are all up for grabs. If you've locked out the movie button, you can do all the same stuff by setting the mode dial to the video position. This will also give a 16:9 preview that matches what you'll record.
When manually focusing, you can use focus peaking to pull focus from one subject to another - even while recording. We found that focus peaking worked as advertised in those situations.
Another feature is 'zebra', which shows a pattern in overexposed areas of the scene (similar to how some cameras have clipped areas 'blink' in playback mode). You can choose the exposure level at which the pattern shows, with a range of 70 - 100 and above. When dialing down the exposure on the a7, the zebra pattern kept up with the changes.
The camera offers both mic and headphone ports, and has an on-screen audio level. The mic level can be adjusted, and users can select whether audio output is synced or unsynched. There's also a wind filter for improved audio quality when recording outdoors.
In addition to manual controls, you can also throw the camera into either of the Auto modes and take advantage of the same Creative Styles or Picture Effects that are available for still shooting. Speaking of stills, you cannot take a photo while simultaneously recording a video, as you can with some of the a7's competitors.
Below are the various video size and quality settings available on the a7. Do note that the default setting is 1080/60i, rather than 60p or 24p.
1920 x 1080 60i/50i Avg. 24 Mbps (high quality)
1920 x 1080 60i/50i Avg. 17 Mbps (standard quality)
1920 x 1080 60p Avg. 28 Mbps (highest quality)
1920 x 1080 24p/25p Avg. 24Mbps (high quality)
1920 x 1080 24p/25p Avg. 17Mbps (standard quality)
1440 x 1080, 1080p (30/25fps), Avg. 12Mbps
640 x 480 (30/25fps), Av. 3Mbps
|Audio||• Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
• Stereo audio capture via built-in or optional external mic.
|Format||AVCHD / MPEG4|
|Recordable time||Approx 29 minutes for AVCHD, 20 minutes for MPEG4 (1440 x 1080)|
Overall, video quality is very good, as is the quality of the audio recorded. The only issues we ran into in our testing was some moiré (see sample 2 below) and focus hunting in low light (see sample 3). As you'd expect with a CMOS-based camera, rolling shutter is something you will run into if you're quickly panning the camera.
Below are a few sample videos to give you a taste of what the a7 can do. Feel free to download the original MTS files to avoid whatever compression YouTube is applying.
Below are two samples of the same subject (Snoqualmie Falls, east of Seattle), taken at both 60p and 24p. There aren't any surprises here, with the 60p setting being the smoother of the two.
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 12 sec, 35.8 MB Click here to download original file|
|1920x1080 24p 24Mbps, MTS, 12 sec, 28.5 MB Click here to download original file|
If you ignore the large piece of dust, this video shows you how the camera performs when on a tripod (well, a wall in this case). The quality is good, and the wind filter performs fairly well given the location. You will see the focus hunt on one occasion, for no apparent reason.
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 17 sec, 51.6 MB Click here to download original file|
This video, taken on something close to a tripod, illustrates both low light AF and video quality. While the quality is very good, you'll notice the AF system 'hunting' at times, especially when there isn't a car in the scene.
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 22 sec, 67.2 MB Click here to download original file|
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Giuseppe Milo credits his interest in landscape and architectural photography with helping to shape a series of street photos he calls 'Faceless.' His fascination with the interaction between humans and the built environment are a common thread through the series, a project he calls 'endless' with new additions every week. Take a look at a selection of his photos and learn more about his history with photography. Read more
Sony's NEX and Alpha range of E and FE-mount cameras have a lot going for them, but some users have reported a 'wiggle' in the lensmount, especially when heavier lenses, or third-party optics via adapters are used. Fotodiox thinks it has the answer with its new 'Tough E-Mount' - literally a replacement lensmount for E and FE-mount cameras. With a single metal ring replacing the two (one metal, one plastic) originally attached to the camera, the Tough E-Mount should (according to the manufacturer) eliminate any movement between camera and lens. Click through for more details
The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a more powerful dual-grip evolution of the E-M1 II. Aimed at sports shooters it promises improved AF, including advanced subject recognition, along with the highest-ever rated image stabilization system.
Following testing of the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II, we've added it to our Pocketable Enthusiast Compact Cameras buying guide as joint-winner, alongside Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 VA.
If you're looking for a high-quality camera, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, nor do you need to buy the latest and greatest new product on the market. In our latest buying guide we've selected some cameras that while they're a bit older, still offer a lot of bang for the buck.
What's the best camera for under $500? These entry level cameras should be easy to use, offer good image quality and easily connect with a smartphone for sharing. In this buying guide we've rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing less than $500 and recommended the best.
Whether you've grown tired of what came with your DSLR, or want to start photographing different subjects, a new lens is probably in order. We've selected our favorite lenses for Sony mirrorlses cameras in several categories to make your decisions easier.
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from Your City - Industrial Landmark (rerun)
|Aurora by ALAziz|
from Best Photo of the Week...
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InukTech is planning to...well...kickstart its Kickstarter campaign for a unique take on a transformable tripod it calls Inuk.
The Ricoh GR series has long been a favorite of street photographers, and the latest iteration - the GR III - brings a new sensor, redesigned lens, in-body stabilization and on-sensor phase detection. We spent some time with a pre-production model in London and have some initial impressions to share.
The Ricoh GR III made its official debut today, and DPR contributor Damien Demolder got his hands on the camera for a quick photo walk through London. Take a look at the results.
Ross Lowell was a man of many talents who had more than 25 patents to his name, created a lighting company and created gaffer tape, a staple in the camera bags of photographers and cinematographers the world over.
Light has announced it's teaming up with Sony to combined experience and technology in their respective fields to create the next-generation of multi-camera smartphones.
The Ricoh GR III will be going on sale this March for $899. It has a 24MP APS-C sensor, newly designed 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens, in-body image stabilization and on-sensor phase detection.
Ricoh's new WG-6 is the company's latest waterproof camera, with a 20MP sensor, 28-140mm equiv. lens and the ability to go 20m/65ft underwater. If you need something that's both crushproof and chemical-resistant, there's the G900, which is designed for industrial use.
Version 6.0.0 of the open source image editing application digiKam is a major update and has been two years in the making.
Lomography has launched the Lomogon 32mm F2.5, a compact lens with full frame sensor coverage and a unique wheel of aperture stops that protrudes from the barrel.
At its Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S10 and S10+ with a triple rear-camera array, as well as a more basic S10e model with a dual main camera unit. As expected, the S10 series' display is the center of attention with a hole-punch style front-facing camera embedded in the screen.
Picktorial for macOS gets a major 4.0 update with new DAM, improved search functionality and overall stability improvements.
Samsung wasted no time unveiling the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked event today – a foldable device with a 4.6" display when folded, and 7.3" display when unfolded. The device contains a total of six cameras – three on the back, two inside and one front-facing camera.
The Mi 9 combines a 1/2" sensor in its primary camera with ultra-wide and tele options to cover a wide range of focal lengths.
Photographers Ben Horne is asking for help to find the owners of a battered Fujifilm camera that fell from the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park.
Taiwanese lens manufacturer William Optics is proposing to make a flatfield Petzval lens aimed at star gazers and photographers that it claims is the world’s sharpest 250mm.
After a rare Seattle snowstorm finally subsided, DPReview editor Jeff Keller was able to escape the snow and spend some time with the impressive Fujifilm X-T30, a camera that offers a lot of bang for the buck.
Given that it uses the same sensor and processor as the X-T3, it's no surprise that the Fujifilm X-T30 is capable of producing some excellent photos. We took a pre-production X-T30 all over the Seattle area and have plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure.
Tamron has announced three new full-frame lenses slated to launch in the middle of 2019: an SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD and 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD for DSLRs, as well as an ultra-wide 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD for Sony E-mount cameras.
Roger and his team at Lensrentals have switched things up and decided to build a lens rather than tearing it apart.
George Mendonsa, the gentleman kissing a woman believed to be Greta Zimmer Friedman in Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic image titled 'V-J Day in Times Square,' has passed away at the age of 95.
Want to know more about the Canon EOS RP? We conducted a live Q&A that you can watch here. We'll be trying to address those comments we didn't get to in the comments.
Version 3.0.2 of Skylum's Luminar software has been improved for both Windows and macOS systems.
Until now, the word 'bokeh' has been a noun. But that may very well change with the help of Apple's recent video advertisement.
The EF-M 32mm F1.4 is a welcome addition to Canon's APS-C mirrorless lens lineup. It's a good performer all-around and enjoyable to use on the EOS M50, and we hope to see more like it introduced to the EF-M range.
The data breach we reported on last week did not only affect 500px but a total of 16 websites, including mobile image sharing platform EyeEm, Animoto, Artsy and Fotolog.
Camera Rescue, a Finnish organization determined to rescue more than 100K analog, has already saved 46,000 cameras and plans to more than double that number by 2020.
Independent lens manufacturer Sigma has announced that its new 28mm T1.5 cine lens for full frame sensor cameras will be available from the middle of March.
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At Dubai's recent Gulf Photo Plus event, Fujifilm showed off several of its early concept mockups for GFX cameras that (sadly) never made it into production. We took a closer look.
Panasonic is well known for including impressive video features on its cameras. In this article, professional cinematographer Jack Lam explains one killer feature the company could add to its S series that would shake up the industry – and it all comes down to manual focus.