July 31, 2020
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Did Filmmakers Finally Get What They Wanted in the Sony a7S III?

Sony, Emmys, Tenet, & Quentin, oh my!

This week, we dive into surprises of all kinds from the Emmys to a long-awaited Sony announcement. Plus, we have our own 5-word memory test. 

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Is Netflix approved, as S-1H?

August 1, 2020 at 2:43AM

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Javier Diez
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Its a fine camera, but sony took way too long to release it, while it has some much needed upgrades, Sony should know, being a tech company that the price of things come down, not go up. $3500 is too much, being that there are much cheaper cameras on the market that do most of the same things and in some ways still does it better, for a lot less money. I am going with the Z-CAM E2-M4, $2000 cheaper and yes, it doesnt have full frame, but you can get pretty close with a speed booster and other than that, it has higher frame rates, full size HDMI, not to mention XLR audio, which is an expensive add on for the Sony. A way better battery solution and a more 'professional' package. You can even add E-ND. Might not have the low light down perfectly, but this is a pretty specialized feature for an additional $2000 and the Z-CAM does pretty good in low light, good enough.

So if you only compare this camera with its predecessor, sure its great, but compare it in the market place, its 5 years late and way over priced.

August 2, 2020 at 12:49PM, Edited August 2, 12:54PM

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It all depends on what you use it for. On my gimbal, the A7sIII looks to be a better camera for me. I much prefer the look of Full-frame and don't need an expensive adapter to achieve it. Speaking of things you'll need to get the camera up and running, you're gonna need a decent monitor on the zcam to make sure you're in focus and a remote follow focus with wheel so you can run that focus on a gimbal (how I use my camera mostly). You're gonna need a power supply and or battery to get up and running as well. So now I think that $2000 might not quite be $2000. Oh and cards/media. You can use vast SD cards for everything but the highest 240fps recording settings. Many reviewers have said it's the best 240 they've seen in a mirrorless camera. CF express is expensive so you'll have to figure that in.

Dynamic range actually measured at just 10.8 stops at a signal to noise ratio of 2.
The new sony gets 13 stops with the same signal to noise ratio! That's more than 2 stops, more than 6 1/3 clicks of your aperture or iso! No redundant recording on the E2 as it has just one CF express slot. A7sIII has 4 card slots!!! 2 per each media that can be recorded redundantly on WHILE recording to a recorder.

All this to say that the E2 camera is great but I don't think that you can argue it can do what the A7sIII camera can do.

Records full frame
shoot waaaay better low light
Record to inexpensive SD internal media
Record backups/redundant and or scratch media for editing and no transcoding
Insane auto focus/ no need for rigging external focus wheel
Flipscreen for different angled shooting or gimbal use without an external monitor
2 more stop of dynamic range

Most importantly I can use all my collection of lenses from my a7rIII stills cameras.

August 3, 2020 at 3:33PM

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If you're trying to get the most out of this camera you'll have to use the more expensive CFexpress Type A cards. Even the inexpensive SD cards, as you call them, have a high rate of failure when compared to rugged CF cards.

August 4, 2020 at 9:00AM

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Nick Straub
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It does not have four card slots, it has two card slots that accept dual media.

August 5, 2020 at 8:25AM

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Nick Straub
Wedding Photographer/Videographer
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great for me

August 2, 2020 at 7:29PM

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August 3, 2020 at 1:29AM

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No internal raw, that's my most wanted feature personally so no, I'll stick with blackmagic. The biggest appeal is that it shoots stills and video but my old 5d mkiii shoots better stills so no real reason to "upgrade."

August 3, 2020 at 3:37PM

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Stephen Herron
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