by Johnnie Behiri | 1st March 2016
Update: Head to our latest Sony a6300 reviews: lowlight test done by Nino and a comprehensive lab test done by Sebastian. Not long ago, the Sony a6300 was announced. After spending a day working with the camera, I am amazed at how far filmmaking technology has advanced in recent years. We’re barely into 2016 and already it is apparent that it is going to be an amazing year for tech lovers who are looking for new and affordable tools for expressing their creativity. For under $1,000, the Sony a6300 offers features which were previously unheard of in this price range. 4k (UHD) resolution, S-Log 2, S-Log 3, APS-C sensor size and an interchangeable lens system, full-HD slow motion, and up to 120 fps (NTSC mode) are all available on a budget, thanks to the a6300. I’ve been playing with the camera a lot since I got my hands on it. In fact, I found it hard to put down once I’d picked it up! However, rather than drone on about my experience with the a6300, I’ve decided a quick summary of the pros and cons will be easier to digest. Please note that these are in no particular order. Sony a6300 Pros: XAVC S 4K (UHD) internal recording 1080 100/120fps recording Dual video REC allows video proxies for slower computers when editing Excellent auto focus system in video shooting mode High quality EVF/LCD APS-C sensor and interchangeable lens system Adjustable screen World camera Charging the camera via USB is possible External audio recording (direct to the mic input in the camera or externally with Sony’s k1m/k2m XLR attachments) Manual audio control Plenty of customised button options including routing the REC button to a more convenient place Connection of the camera to the mains power via the supplied USB charger and recording while charging the battery is possible Battery life is good Sony a6300 Cons: No dedicated charger (charging the camera will eliminate you from using it until charging is done. Get an additional charger) No headphone jack Very stiff eye cap. Also, by the way of attaching it, it’s going to be very hard to replace with a better solution EVF and LCD will go blank while connecting an external recorder/monitor via HDMI (only overly information will be shown in REC mode) Somewhat noisy slow-motion (including Moiré effect) Full HD video quality is soft Noisy audio pre amps Markers in the LCD and EVF are not aligned Noticeable rolling shutter effect My Conclusion: For the price, the Sony a6300 is a really nice camera. I do wish that the higher framerate would have been a little cleaner and that it took the importance of audio a little more seriously. However, I do suppose there are limitations to what one can ask for when they’re choosing a camera in this budget. All in all, I would have the attest to the camera being a lovely tool for working with and I think it’d work well for both amateur and professional shooters—especially considering the price Notes: Overheating did not raise its ugly head during the interviews that I shot but more investigation is needed before I can provide a real opinion on this matter ALL gimbal shots were done in autofocus mode in order to test the new system. It’s very fast and accurate but please be aware that different lenses will give you different results. In those shots the Sony 16-35mm f/4 was used Audio was recorded in camera. I really wish there was a headphone jack I have not had a chance to test the camera’s low light capabilities yet but there’ll be a post coming shortly with regards to my experiences using the a6300 in low light, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Download and grade the footage for your liking: Camera picture profile used in this video: S-Log 2. Shot mostly on 800 native ISO, Edited on Adobe Premiere CC latest edition. Colour correction was done with FilmConvert a6300 camera profile. Music by musicbed. Title used : Your Favorite Song by Katrina Stone A huge thank you to Katharina Almer and Cornelia Rimser for allowing me to document a day in their professional life. Please support them in finding a sponsor for their sportive activity!Read more
by Johnnie Behiri | 8th September 2014
The new Sony A7s is a very powerful camera. With Sony’s professional S-Log2 gamma curve built-in, we get a new level of quality in a consumer camera. Out in field work we continue to be impressed. Here’s a closer look at unraded / graded footage. Last week I finished shooting / editing another short project with the Sony A7s and let me tell you, besides the toothache I had after the appointment at the dentist, it was pure pleasure to work with this camera! At cinema5D we get A LOT of requests from our readers to provide some daytime samples of Sony’s A7s footage with the flat picture profile (S-Log2). Feel free to download from the Vimeo page and experiment yourself: LINK Sony’s S-Log2 gamma that was initially included in their high-end cameras now resides in the little Sony A7s, which makes it one of its big advantages for professional use over other consumer cameras. As we found in our dynamic range test the Sony A7s can reproduce 14.1 stops of light in terms of dynamic range. S-Log2 can be set in the preferences menu under Picture Profiles (page 5) and is called: “PP7”. As you already know, the thing about shooting in a “flat picture profile” is the dull image you see (which is especially true for Sony’s S-Log2). In fact the picture looks so washed-out, it almost feels as if you’re doing something wrong. One way to overcome that sensation is to use a monitor with the LUT’s by Alister Chapman in one of his excellent articles (Exposing and Using S-Log2 on the Sony A7s Part One: Gamma and Exposure). Other than that it’s a good idea to keep track of the histogram on the A7s which should help to get the exposure right. A good place to start if you want to get familiar with “understanding histograms” is John Greengo’s video: Your Camera’s Histogram: Explained. Armed with this knowledge you can see why I chose S-Log2 to shoot my video. In such an overcast day my aim was to try and keep any picture detail I could. Filming “flat” and adding a look with Filmconvert, gave me the great image I was looking for. Thanks to my friends at miggo who gave permission to make the footage available for download. (For looking at miggo’s products at B&H please click here)Read more
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