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Friday, August 17, 2012

New Sony $4500 APS-C Camcorder

SONY NEX-EA50UH

BAM ! Sony just dropped a bomb I don't think anyone saw coming. $4500 street price for a APS-C camera with a mini shoulder mount style body. It looks like a trimmed down "big" camera. XLR X 2 audio inputs, uses SD cards or Sony memory sticks.The price includes an 18-200mm lens as well. I'm sure its probably a slow lens but included in the price thats great. Hopefully Sony will also offer this with out a lens for less. Lens mount is Sony E mount which isn't so great but to be expected. There are EF to E adapters out there. 

So it looks like Sony got the critisim about the FS100/700 form factor, got it about having a usable lens range and then beat their own price ! Oh yes, this camera also shoots still with separate shutter button and mechanical shutter.

Other specs -

frames rates

 1920 x 1080 59.94p59.94i50p50i29.97p25p23.98p

1280 x 720 59.94p50p
480 (576) 59.94i50i

- no 30 / 25 / 24 P in non 1080 modes ?????? hopefully something that gets fixed by the time it ships.

Exmor APS-C CMOS Sensor

SERVO 18-200mm zoom lens

The NEX-EA50UH can record simultaneously to SD/MS and an HXR-FMU128 (128G solid state plugs into the camera storage )

Framing guides for 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 15:9, 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1

HD video - AVCHD
SD video - MPEG2
Audio - LPCM/AC3

Stills - Format not specified

Outputs

1 x HDMI Type A
3 x Component (RCA)
1 x A/V Out (RCA)
1 x USB Type Mini A/B

- No SDI... of course they left it off or this would too easily compete with bigger cameras. HDMI->SDI converter $300 + mount +something to rig battery on camera. Without SDI this camera drops down the list for live ENG work where you are feeding a truck live or even just getting your signal out. Enter that HDMI to SDI converter.

- Timecode .... on HDMI ? well if you convert it to SDI that can play with other stuff, but it does NOT mention a connection to get TC in or out of the camera to lock cameras up.Its entirely possible that one of the RCA jacks may dual purpose like some other cameras... or not. Its incredibly Sony to leave off a couple key features like this to force you into the next higher model. 

If you are interested B&H has it available for pre-order via our affiliate link. Supporting this site is ALWAYS appreciated ! Shipping date is expected to be Oct 15th