We enjoy people being minimal and creative like Joshua Morin for his trip to Colombia. As technology continues to shrink we should expect even better capabilities from these collections of small gear.
ProAV TV has released their overview of the Sony Z280. We like ProAV TV overviews and reviews as they tend to be balanced and informative. We do like this camera and it will be interesting to compare it to the Canon XF705. We heard some early reports of possible concerns with the auto-focus on Sony Z280 so we look forward to seeing more videos on that subject.
I am hesitant to post this, but one of our sources who has significantly partially right before regarding a Sony product has reported the following:
- 26MP BSI sensor
- 4K 60P (4:2:0 internal and 4:2:2 HDMI)
- 18FPS and significantly improved buffer
- dual card slot
We have nothing to confirm/corroborate this report yet so please take it with a grain of salt.
The Sony A7 III was special when it was released, but since then several more mirrorless cameras using similar or identical sensors have been released. We prefer the A7R III and we hope that Sony will release a A7R II. But for those that have the A7 III, you can still produce capable things with it, of course.
We are keeping our eyes on the Sony PXW-Z280. It’s good to finally see a proper camcorder with decent dynamic range. We do feel it’s priced a bit higher than it should be but that seems to be the new trend with electronics.
- 3 X 1/2″ Sensors
- 4K 60P
- 17X Optical zoom
- Variable ND filter
- S-Log 3
- SDI Out
- 3 X 1/3″ Sensors
- 4K 60P
- 25X Optical zoom
- Variable ND filter
These are interesting cameras. Do not discount what 3 1/2″ sensors can produce for low light quality (it may be comparable or better than a single 1″ sensor). The Z280 in particular may be a better match for some people who are using a DSLR or mirrorless style camera to shoot with. The ENG world will love this. We do feel the Z280 is a bit overpriced but for the time being it doesn’t really have an equivalent on the market.
At $1700 this is one expensive 1″ sensor camera. It has its uses though and if you need telephoto 4K video or a relatively small, single lens solution to cover from 24mm-600mm then this Sony camera’s video quality is comparable to other consumer offerings.
As much we dislike some aspects of the Sony A6500 (rolling shutter, 8-bit color, battery life, etc.) it can produce a beautiful image. We hope its successor might include 60P. Here are some recent examples:
That lack of 60P or 10-bit color on the Sony A7R III is disappointing. In this regards the Panasonic GH5 remains preferable. But if you’re looking for a smaller full-frame camera that can shoot video too then the Sony A7R III is hard to beat.
Both the Nikon D850 and the Sony A7R III should be excellent time-lapse photography tools. Of course the accessory equipment makes a huge difference too so don’t expect results like these without it.