Sony Announces a Few New Cameras: Fun!!

The cameras announced by Sony are:

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera
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This RX-1 is the camera that has peaked my interest of the announcements Sony’s made. They all have really, but this is the first time I’ve seen such an wickedly high price tag on a compact camera. So, what’s in that makes it worth the price? A full-frame sensor to begin with!! It shoots 24MP RAW or Jpeg (But we all shoot RAW right!!) and will allow for Full 1080p video in 24fps and 60fps (The 24fps was lacking in my recent purchase of the Sony RX-100…) Add to that the 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens and you’ve got yourself a pretty expensive piece of equipment.

I haven’t had the opportunity to play with this camera but if it’s anything like the RX-100, we’re in for a treat. The image quality on the RX-100 is astounding, the video functions amazing and the compactness makes it a great little camera to have on you without knowing you have it on you (I actually forgot I had it in my pocket yesterday while walking around town…great way to lose it)

You can check out Sony’s homepage for all the specs but I just wanted to add a bit of what I think are the downsides to this camera (As much as I would love to own one anyways). First, the price. You’re looking at $2,798.00. With that kind of money, you could buy yourself a nice DSLR and L or FX glass to go with it. But then you say “But this is a compact camera, we pay to have it in a small package.” You’re right, it is more compact than a DSLR BUT when you compare it to the RX-100 at 240g to this beast at 782g, that’s 3 times the weight!! That’s not feeling compact when I have it in my pocket. Then there are the dimensions with the RX-1 being (113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6mm) and the RX-100 being (101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9mm). So you’ve got more weight, more size and you’re wallet is more empty. So far, the RX-100 is winning if you’re looking for a good compact camera that takes amazingly beautiful pictures compared to the rest. In fact, I would argue that the RX-1 is now not really a ‘compact’ camera. We’ll see once I have one in my hands and I can play around with it.

So far price and compactness are a real bummer. BUT you get that nice 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens. I love my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM lens, it is a wicked prime. BUT it’s not something I would put my my camera and walk around with. As wonderful as a 35mm fixed lens is, it’s not very versatile when you’re on the go, and I’m assuming if you are looking at a new compact camera, it’s for those times when you don’t want to lug around a DSLR, like when you go on vacation. A prime lens is a wonderful piece of glass to have but when on the move you want to be able to zoom. A walk around lens I usually have on my DSLR is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM, it’s 24mm allow for those wide shots, while if I want to get a little telephoto I can zoom in up to 70mm. Now on the Sony RX-100 I have an equivalent 28-100mm lens (Although not at a constant aperture.) But it’s far more versatile when walking around.

I’ve seen some complain that this isn’t a system that would allow you to swap lenses…but if you do that, I say, then it’s no longer a compact camera because you’re carrying extra glass for it and buying all sorts of new toys (Something I’m guilty of) in order to get the most out of your camera. I think that with the RX-1 Sony will reach a niche market of enthusiasts and depending on the video functions (If they are anything like the RX-100) they may even find some room in the video realm.

Personally, I can’t wait to see what this camera can do when pushed. Will I buy one, probably not. I have other ‘toys’ on my list that come first, namely the BlackMagic Cinema Camera.

Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Not owning any of the previous versions of this particular camera I’m not quite sure what to say. The built-in wifi is going to be a fun way for those who love taking pictures and instantly sharing them. Other than that, just from a quick view of the specs, it basically improves on the previous model. I will reserve judgment for later as to whether it’s worth the upgrade or not.

Sony SLT-A99 Digital Camera

Sony Alpha 99 – First Look Review from Charles Michel on Vimeo.

If someone is JUST getting into DSLR photography/cinematography, this is definitely a camera (And company) to watch. At a predicted price of about $4100.00 I think I will pass on this beast of a machine but would still love to play with it. For people new to the game who aren’t heavily invested in Canon glass or Nikon glass, this might be the way to go. For DSLR shooters, the fact that it comes with a proper XLR piece/module for proper sound recording has got to be a real plus. Although, I would imagine that over the years we’ve all made investments in other tools to cope without. Still, it’s a great way for Sony to take a giant step forward. They have to in order to catch up with Canon and Nikon, two companies that seem to be stuck in their ways (Come on, still no 60p) but there will be 60p (50p for PAL version) in the Alpha 99

And for video…

Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder


Sony NEX-VG900
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This is a camera to watch out for, being the first of it’s kind with the full-frame sensor. Sony has caught our attention, now we just need some substances (Videos in taken by some in the field) to makes us give up our hard earned cash for this beauty. Unfortunately, the video promo I found on Youtube for the camera was, well, not that great. It wasn’t the camera, it was the way they did it. Unlike with the Alpha 99 video, it looks like cheap production with no real vision on how to put together a great piece. It goes to show that the camera is just a tool and that the DP and others involved are what really make everything come together.