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Beneficial features of the Sony a7

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Video: Beneficial features of the Sony a7

>> So, we have the A7, and the A7R. And when it comes to video shooting, yeah, I

Beneficial features of the Sony a7

>> So, we have the A7, and the A7R. Before we get into how, the things that they share, because they're, they're almost identical, why don't we just get out of the way what makes these different. >> All right. So the A7 and the A7R, a good way to think about the differences between them are really kind of on two, maybe three different levels. First, they're both full frame cameras, but the megapixel count on the cameras differs. >> The A7R is higher. >> That is correct. You're at about 24.3 or 24.4 on the A7. And you're at 36 mega pixel and some change on the a7R.

>> Magically I ended up with the a7R. So I'm happy. >> Well actually the other difference between just the mega pixel count is sort of some underlying technology on the actual sensor. The a7R doesn't employ an optical low pass filter. And what that essentially means is that when you're shooting stills and you're using this camera, you're not going to have any sort of filtering going on. So you're going to get sharper images, however, at the risk of, possibly, some more moire on the images because you're not filtering that out.

>> And this was a popular feature for people doing macro work in the stills world or product shots, not necessarily for action photography as much. There's sort of pros and cons, Nikon has this available on some of their high end bodies as well. >> Yep. >> You'll find people in both camps saying oh, I love having the filter, no I don't want it. >> You know, the people that are megapixel peepers, you know, that need the most detail and the most resolution out of a camera. This, the Nikon D800E, pretty much, that you know, the cream of the crop right now in terms of that sensor technology and how good it can get.

Now, the other difference is, is that the a7R has contrast detection only for auto focus. For that, for that, you know, consistent or constant auto focusing. Whereas the a7, not only has contrast detection, it also has face detection. So, in terms of continuous auto focus for shooting movies and things like that nature. >> You're going to have a little bit faster focusing on the a7 than you are on the a7R. >> Is that why you went with the a7? >> Oh, it was also a little cheaper too, to be honest with you. And because I was moving to a new system, a7 and a7R.

Is actually a new lens mount for Sony. This is called E-mount, but it's the F E-mount. F meaning for full frame. So, what they did, is they came out with a new mount in a new, you know, new series of lenses. And when I was going out to buy it at the time,. There was very few lenses available, and compared to Canon and Nikon there still is a lot, you know, less lenses. >> There's about what, four on the market now? >> Four or five on the market, and the a7 was the only one available with a kit lens. I didn't want to right off the bat have to buy, you know, adapters and use some of my existing lenses. I mean, I eventually want that range, but the a7R is available in body only.

You have to go after an additional lens an that. >> Okay. Other things that stand out to me. I like the fact that it has an articulating panel back here so you can hold it low and cradle, or tilt this for shooting overhead. >> Absolutely. >> So theres some nice benefits there. The body feels really solid. >> Yeah. >> It's a nice compact but good feeling metal body. >> Yeah it's and that's actually an important distinction. It's a very thin body, you can see that the grip side is a little thicker. But on the other side here, it's very thin, very light weight. You actually made a very important point.

The back body, the back part of the casing here is identical between the cameras. The front plate is actually a little different. For some reason on the a7R, they employed a true metal plate on the front, so this no pushing, you know, no, no cracking here. >> Right. >> On the a7 it is actually a plastic plate. >> Alright. >> So it saves just a little bit of weight. I guess the idea there is if you're paying a premium of, you know, a few hundred dollars why not put the metal on it. I don't think technically it has anything to do; maybe it dissipates heat better with you know, the more megapixel sensor but that's another difference.

>> Now you mention that this is a relatively new system. But Sony has partnered with Zeiss on some of their lenses and. These lenses are getting pretty good reviews. >> Yeah, this one that you have right here, this is the Zeiss 1.8 55 mil and this has gotten some really top notch reviews for how sharp it is. It's actually rated as one of the, the more sharper, the sharpest lenses out there. The kit lens like any other kit lens is not, >> It doesn't suck. >> It doesn't suck but it's not great. The thing if you're shooting video with the kit lens that you have to be aware of, is that it's a variable aperture lens.

So going from F3.5 to 5.6. So as you do zoom through the range, your aperture is going to change. So lots of interesting things about the body and the lens choices. One of the reasons I actually got this camera is for years, I've been messing around with, you know, cards and things of that nature. To be able to support, not only sort of transferring of image but I also wanted to sort of control the camera. And Sony has a very unique system. Ob, obviously, there's wi-fi built in, but what's really cool about it is that. It actually is sort of a computer built on the camera, so you can actually download apps to the camera itself to do different things; maybe you want to have a Toy camera effect, buy that app.

But built in it has wi-fi, so I can not only control the camera, and trigger the camera like you can on Cannon and Nikon bodies and that kind of stuff, also works in video mode of course. But when you take still images you can transfer those images off to your computer or to your phone or even directly to, you know say a social social media networks through your phone which is nice. >> Well, from the point of view of a video professional using one of these cameras, I think there are some standout features, good lens choices, >> Yeah. >> Ability to work with standard cards, solid bodies, really good articulating view finally that's nice and high res, and because it's mirrorless, you don't get some of the issues that you have with the DSLR.

You're really basically seeing what the sensor is seeing. Because your directly monitoring it, your really not worried about that. Now as far as battery life, are you finding that it's okay? >> Yeah, battery life is so so. I got to be honest with you, the batteries on these cameras are very small, I find that I get in still shooting, probably only about 300 shots or so which is not a lot. And when it comes to video shooting, yeah, I need, I have about six of these batteries now because I do go through when shooting video, I do go through probably one every half hour to 40 minutes. It's actually one more important distinction, Rich, just to note on the camera is that the camera comes with video that can actually shoot in two different modes.

We can shoot AVCHD or we can shoot into an mp4 mode. When you shoot mp4, you're limited to 1440x1080 so you're working with a slightly smaller frame size versus the APCHD mode, you can shoot of course up to 1080 at various frame rates: 60i, 24p, things of that nature. >> Wow, it's very nice. And we're going to take a look at a few of the drawbacks of the camera, next.

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  1. 15m 50s
    1. Developing GoPro time-lapses NEW
      1m 17s
    2. Importing NEW
      3m 56s
    3. Processing NEW
      6m 46s
    4. Evaluating footage NEW
      3m 51s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 5m 35s
    1. Creating a panning time-lapse
    2. Building a timer head
      1m 37s
    3. Using a pro head
      2m 3s
    4. Setting up the cameras
      1m 7s
  4. 19m 17s
    1. The Garmin Vibe Elite
      1m 10s
    2. Beneficial features of the Garmin Virb Elite
      6m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Garmin Virb Elite
      5m 3s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 56s
  5. 11m 13s
    1. Small lights
    2. Battery operated lights
      3m 43s
    3. Lowel Blender
      2m 41s
    4. Lowel Portable Spotlight
      3m 55s
  6. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  7. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  8. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  9. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  10. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  11. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  12. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  13. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  14. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  15. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  16. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  17. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  18. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  19. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  20. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  21. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  22. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  23. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  24. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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