Sony demonstrated a keen competitive edge with the introduction of the FS100, significantly undercutting the price of the EOS C100. Then Sony followed up that coup by introducing three killer new still cameras; the A99, the DSC-RX1 full frame point and shoot, and the Nex-6.
Not content to poach sales from Canon’s high end video market, Sony has taken dead aim at the DSLR video market with the video capabilities in the A99 and the introduction of a new APS-C chip video camera, the Nex-VG30.
The Nex-VG30 features Exmor APS-C Sized 16.1MP CMOS Sensor, a variable speed power zoom, XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF with eye sensor technology, a quad capsule spatial array microphone, and audio in with ACL.
Instead of a DLSR that also shoots video, Sony has developed a video camera that also shoots high resolution stills in either RAW or JPG at 6 fps.
The VG30 has complete manual controls, zebra and peaking for precision focus but it appears they have once again left out the internal ND filters, at least it’s not listed in the specs I have, and XLR connectors are an optional add-on.
The VG30 is compatible with the full range of Sony e mount lenses and Sony also sells an optional adaptor for A mount lenses which includes Minolta legacy lenses.
All in all the new camera offerings from Sony should be causing internal strife at both Canon and Nikon. Canon, which did such a great job out maneuvering Nikon in the early days of DSLR video, is the author of it’s own problems by pricing its EOS C100 at $6,500 without a lens. Meanwhile, Nikon just caught on to 24p video support.
That left an opening for Sony to put bigger chips in a point and shoot camera and big chips in specialty video cameras and Sony hit a homerun. The only minor niggle is the DSC-RX1 full frame point and shoot camera does not feature interchangeable lenses. You’re stuck with the f/2.0 Zeiss that comes with the camera.
Had Sony made the RX1 compatible with e mount lenses, photographers would have been tempted by the A99/RX1 combo for shooting weddings and events, using the RX1 as the spare body. That was the only mistake Sony made, besides mysteriously leaving off the ND filters on the FS100 and VG30, but that’s one most of us can overlook.
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