It’s surprising that it took this long for these consoles to get to 4K. There’s no going back now. Yet at the distance most people sit from their TV, unless they have an unusually large TV, they may not notice much of a difference from the 1080P counterparts.
Sony VENICE CineAlta 6K Full-Frame Video Camera… try to say that 3 times fast. But odds are you won’t have to as you probably don’t have $40,000 laying around.
Full-frame may become even more relevant for video when 8K begins common because pixel-density at the Super 35 sensor size becomes more of a problem (but not an insurmountable one as RED has shown us).
The Sony A6500 came close to being a video camera we could highly recommend but its deficits in a few areas made us go for the Panasonic G85 instead (but that’s just for our needs pertaining to shooting long interviews). We’re hopeful that the next incarnation of the Sony ASPC premium model will be one we can recommend.
Maybe Action Camera isn’t quite the right term as you need an external recorder to get the 4K. With a 1-inch sensor, 4K video resolution, 4:2:2 output, 24mm F4 lens, S-Log2, and a $700 price this is a strange little camera. F4 sucks. If you light your set this will be fine but F2.8 would have been the minimum to make this video camera more versatile. We shouldn’t complain though as it’s good to have more options and small, high-quality video cameras are welcome.
One of our readers created this piece “breaking every rule on the a6500 out of necessity. The direct sunlight all day, no tripod, no headphones, 3rd party adapter test.” And it turned out great. A good reminder to obsesses let about gear and to get experience using whatever you have.
Because the Sony A9 lacks some of the more video oriented features of its peer models we don’t recommended it for video. If you have this camera for photography purposes you still can pull some decent video footage out of it.
This video shows the SLR Magic 25mm F1.4, 35mm F1.2, 50mm F1.1, 75mm F1.4 in action. Unfortunately it’s not labeled for which lens is used for which segment. Nonetheless it shows the general look you can get from these excellent budget lenses. We find the 50mm to be the weakest link. The camera is the Sony A7R II.
Given how the Panasonic GH5 has upped the ante we hope that the A7s III or whatever will be its successor does not disappoint. Until then, a reminder of what the A7s II is capable of: