Jul 15th 2010 9:33PM @techlord The real issue with this for film makers will probably be the crappy data rate. It does 24Mbps, only half the data rate of Canon's DSLRs... which means more compression and lossier images. Seems we're still quite a long way from consumer cams shooting ProRes or RAW with 4:4:4 colour space. :( *sigh*
It would also really help it to be a semi-pro camcorder if it had XLR inputs.
Jul 15th 2010 9:26PM @Robert Harrold No pro in the world would ask for mechanised zooming. People who know what they're doing want control, which includes manual focus and zooming. Not that professionals USE zooming much in narrative work - camera movements are done with pans and dollys, not zoom.
Jul 14th 2010 1:53AM @elithrar +1. Transcode to ProRes.
Jul 14th 2010 1:47AM @cycomachead Pro tip of the day: generally, hold your camera up at eye level for a better connection with your subjects in narrative work. Don't hold it low and use the LCD unless that is specifically what you're trying to compose.
Jul 14th 2010 1:18AM @Michael Scrip +1
XLR inputs please Sony!!!
Jul 14th 2010 1:15AM @Cheesus Crust Um. "the codec's probably more suited for video, hence it doesn't need much space." - that doesn't make any sense. LoL. The H.264 MOV codec used on the 5D Mark II IS a video codec, dude. There is NOTHING out there that is "more suited for video". :)
Jul 14th 2010 1:10AM @GMoney Can't be great. A 24Mbps data rate. :( *groan* - just half the data rate of the 5D Mark II, which itself only has a 4:2:0 colour space. No Pro-res or RAW shooting on this, I'm afraid. :(
Jul 14th 2010 1:08AM @RioRyan Um. Yes it is: "...and the 18-200mm lens that's bundled with it..."
Jul 14th 2010 1:07AM @kapanak The 5D Mark II will still beat this hands down for absolute imaging quality. 5D has a larger sensor for more cinematic depth-of-field and better low-light performance, and has more than twice the bitrate for the same 1080p/24fps imaging, which means (in a nutshell) half the compression.
Jul 14th 2010 1:05AM @kapanak Meh 24Mbps is less than half the bitrate I get shooting on a 5D Mark II. :( Which means it's going to be twice as compressed, and unlikely to be nearly as good. :(