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>> Now Rob, we've established that the battery life on these is average with mirrorless cameras, which means if you're used to DSLRs, or turning off the live view monitor, not great by any standards. >> No, and that's a good important point, because you are using the live view on the LCD a lot, you are going to drain more power. And there's actually one thing I forgot to mention that's actually a real big benefit here. >> Okay. >> Is that the actual viewfinder itself is an excellent OLED viewfinder. >> Okay. >> So in terms of actual black levels and stuff, it's great. But if, you know, in combination it uses a little bit more power than just the LCD viewfinder alone.
>> All right, well that part makes sense. Now beyond that with other drawbacks, and this sort of falls back into that pro and con. You mentioned that the MPEG-4 recording format is very limited, recording a non-square pixel version of HD. While the AVCHD version, lots of flexibility. It just means you need to have a very modern editing system. If you're working with an editing system that has to transcode footage, AVCHD is not going to set any land records for transcoding. You're going to want to work with something like Final Cut X, or Premier Pro that can work with it natively.
>> Yeah, and that's important to note. Even though you can record AVCHD and MP4 into the camera internally. We do have clean HDMI out. So if you did need to take it, you wanted to get around that, you could of course record to an external recorder as well. >> All right, well that's a good option, what are some of the other things now that you've been shooting with the camera a lot? Personally for me, I find it really awkward that the record button is sort of here on the side. I'm fumbling for it, I'm trying to find it, it's recessed. >> That actually hasn't bothered me as much as it's bothered you. You mentioned it a couple times, so clearly it bothers you.
>> I don't know it just, it bugs me. >> Yeah, I mean, the thing about it is because the camera is small. The ergonomics of it are a little different. Dials are a little tighter together. You know, controls are a little tighter together. That doesn't actually bother me. I have relatively small hands, so- >> I have bigger hands. >> Yeah, so it, it felt pretty comfortable. I was, I'll be honest with you. The biggest drawback of the system still at the moment is the lens compatibility. And what I mean by that is that native lenses, native full frame e-mount lenses, there's only a few of them. While they're pretty good, the thing that really bothers me about them is that they're not all that fast.
You know, we're topping out at around 1.8, which is fast. >> Right. >> But that's not, you know, you go to other camera systems, you have a 1.2, you know, 1.4. And so what you have to end up doing, especially for shooting video, and shooting and shooting cinema, is that you're often having to adapt lenses. And that's a bummer because a lot of the adapters that you're going to get out there are dumb adapters. So adapting from say you know, a Nikon lens, to Sony E-mount, or so on so forth. But there are smart adapters, Metabones makes theirs. Sony actually makes this unique adapter.
You notice it's a pretty big. >> Yeah. >> Pretty big adapter. What this allows you to do, it actually allows you to take, Sony A-Mount lenses, and mount them to an E-Mount camera system like the A-7. Which is nice because A-Mount, lot more A-Mount cam, lenses out there, that are available and you can now use on this full-frame camera. >> Nice, so that's going to give us a lot more flexibility to choose other lenses. >> Mm-hm. >> And, now, the button here is to release. Is there any power in this or is it a passive unit? Looks like it's got a little bit of electronics to it. >> It definitely has some electronics in it, and you'll notice on the back, there's actually some glass there.
There's like a mirror system inside, and the reason that's existing, you can see also the electronic dials back there, the reason that there's some glass in here is that you're going from A-mount lenses which were essentially for APSC size cameras, and you're trying to shine that on to a full frame image sensor. So there has got to be a little optical voodoo to go on there. Now, actually again sort of one of those plus and minuses. Is that, natively the camera is obviously full frame. >> Right. >> But if you want to put a lens that was developed for a smaller sensor like an APSC size.
The camera can actually auto detect that. >> Okay. >> And you'll start recording and shooting for stills anyway, in a smaller crop mode. For video, it doesn't really matter. >> All right, so the camera itself, some drawbacks, some good things to it. I think all in all, it's an interesting system to me. I know you invested early. For me, I've had a long, rich history with Sony. I've had gear I love, and gear that I loved, that they then abandon. Do you, do you feel confident in this system? Are they showing a lot of growth? >> Well I'll be honest with you, I, I am confident in this system.
I mean, I think the fact that they're dedicating themselves to full-frame is important, not just for video but also for stills, which is nice. I think that as a modular system interchangeable lens they have a publicly stated their road map for you know their coming out with these lenses which is, which is really nice. And then from me the biggest distinguishing factor and the reason I went with this, is because I've had different DSLR's and different camera systems over the years. And I was kind of always, that guy. You know, I'll go to the park to shoot some video of my kids, and I'll have like, you know, a 400 mil lens and a huge camera with a battery grip on it, and it's like.
>> Mommy who's the scary man? >> Right. And one of the reasons I like this is because of the form factor. >> Yeah. >> Because it's mirrorless, it can be nice and small, you take that whole mirror box out of there. And I feel like I'm shooting high quality stills, high quality video, with a quote unquote regular camera. That's less noticeable, and I feel very comfortable about that. And when you combine it with you know, nice optics and other things that the cameras can do in terms of its wi-fi connectivity and other things. I think it's a winner. But you know, like any camera systems it's, it comes down to the personal preference. And if you can go to a place like lends rentals or something like that, and rent for a couple of days, and get a real feel of you know, before you commit your hard earned cash to something that might not fit for you.
>> Well and that definitely makes sense we rented a lense here so we could test it out to see if we like it, I see this lense in your future at this point, I know you like it. >> Yeah, I did. >> All right, well, we got one more thing to look at, and that is the menu system. How easy is it to work with this camera?
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