viernes, 24 de junio de 2011

SONY HXR-NX70, Información Adicional Importante.

Esta información la publico en inglés tal cual se me facilitó sobre una publicación de Dan Drasin.


Well, after wringing out the Sony NX70, I've reluctantly decided to send it back to the Diety (B&H). To paraphrase an old nusery rhyme, "where it's good it's very, very good, and where it's bad it's horrid." I hate to let it go, but sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Here's my somewhat unscientific evaluation:

THE GOOD

Zoom goes very wide -- about 26mm equivalent, with only a little pincushion distortion

Ergonomics are excellent

Viewfinder is excellent

Large eyecup works well with glasses

Handle is removable so camera can pack in very small space and pass as a consumercam

Active-mode Steadyshot is superb. Comes to a natural, feathered stop at the end of a pan and doesn't overshoot.

Unit is well sealed against dust and moisture

Lens hood has Sony's excellent shutter mechanism

96 GB internal memory, in addition to one SD card slot

Direct copy to HDD from the internal memory or SD card (but the HDD ends up with only a single AVCHD folder on it with the MTS files numbered in the order in which they were copied to the disk.)

Sensitivity is decent. I'd intended to measure the camera's ISO, but once I decided to send it back I let this drop.

THE ANNOYING

When you remove the handle with its audio input module you can still use the mini mic jack but you lose manual audio gain control.

Has only one SD card slot

Menu system and its terminology are odd, to say the least, and take a while to figure out.

Has a dinky 37mm lens thread. (Most of my small-camera lens accessories are 58mm, and the adaptors tend to cut off the corners at widest zoom setting. A direct 37-to-58 adaptor can't be used due to the slightly concave shape of the front of the lens barrel.)

In record-run timecode mode, the display keeps incrementing, even after you change cards. There must be a way to reset it to zero but I guess that feature is buried somewhere in the manual -- I wasn't able to find it there, or in the menus, or anywhere else.

THE UGLY

Alas, the zoom Rocker is freakin' useless -- tends to zoom at max speed with almost no subtle control, and there are no zoom-speed settings that could partially mitigate this problem. You can zoom with the assignable lens ring or a LANC remote, but that's no substitute for a decent zoom rocker.

The supplied shotgun microphone and built-in shockmount are a joke -- the mic picks up huge amounts of handling noise from the camera.

Highlight handling is a bit disappointing -- it's not quite what one would expect from a new prosumer camcorder. And there's no Cine-gamma option such as Canon offers on its products in this class. (Sony's so-called Cine-Look mode actually BOOSTS contrast and color saturation!) Even the Canon HF-S21 on its normal setting handles highlights better than the NX70 does, by nearly a stop, and in cine mode it's easily 1.5 stops better.

So there. Bye-bye NX70.


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a Dan Drasin
Producer/DP
Marin County, CA.



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