Sony NEX EA50, A Cameraman’s Review
Does size really matter?
How Big is Your Sensor?
If you love that shallow depth of field look and are fighting with the limitations of DSLRs for video production work, then the Sony NEX EA50 video camera might be for you, ‘cuz guess what, you can put your prime lenses on it too.
The camera actually has many impressive features not covered in my review (such as being able to program focus shifts), but it is assumed that anyone researching this camera will also look over the promotional material available on the camera.
Instead this Sony NEX EA50 video review features about 5 minutes of footage from the camera under various conditions along with commentary from a cameraman’s point of view.
As usual, I forgot to mention a few things, but one thing I want to mention here is that if you’re seriously looking at this camera, be sure to watch this video in full HD so you can actually evaluate picture quality, noise level in low light situations, colour, sharpness, clarity, etc.
A few notes:
1. Sample footage includes exterior day (with and without sun), dusk, night, low light interiors, church interiors, interview sample.
2. All footage was shot at 50p.
3. Except for the first shot, all footage was hand-held and shot in Active Stabilization mode.
I was sicker than a dog for the first part of the video (but I had to do it as the camera was being returned the next day).
This may have accounted for the fact that I forgot to dust off and polish up the camera before showing it off. Embarrassing.
I was only half as sick as a dog for the second part.
Sony NEX EA50 PDF Summary
Click here for a nice little PDF on the Sony Nex EA50 that gives a nice overview of its features.
Update 11/01/14: Please check out some of the excellent comments from EA50 owners below, including how exposure lock is accomplished.
And here’s a 1:47 promo video for the Video Whisperer shot on the Sony NEX EA50.
To be honest, I may have been faulty in setting the camera up for this (high gain?), but anyway, it’s just too cute not to share…