Posted 13 February 2011 - 01:28 AM
What are your thoughts on the NX5?
I found it to be a great video camera with one major flaw. The iris closes down to 3.4 on the far end of the zoom. This makes it a frustrating choice for cinematographer and videographers working in low-light or looking for a shallow depth-of-field.
I know Sony is working on an NX with interchangeable lenses. Until then I can't figure out why they went with this lens choice on the NX5.
Your experiences on the NX5?
Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:55 AM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:15 AM
I've used it. It's ok I suppose. I like the EX series a hell of a lot more, The servos on the lens controls feel a bit slow to me. The HD-SDI output is 1080i, or at least I couldn't figure out how to get it to 1080p. The hard drive recording is quick an easy. But to me this camera feels like something which might be very useful for documentaries if you're all alone and need to go small/light, but I'd not want to take it out too often on any narrative or commercial work. Some industrials, fine, but there are much better cameras out there in the same range.
Love the EX series too. I am fortunate to be doing an MFA where I can get my hands on various cameras (z1, ex1&3, 5d, nx). As someone who started in documentaries/TV news and continues to shoot docs, the iris is still a major flaw. The lens on the camera is simply flawed...I can go on about it forever like a focus ring that has no end.
Posted 14 February 2011 - 08:43 AM
Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:34 PM
I am looking to purchase a NX5 too. I shoot weddings and need to upgrade my kit. As always budget is an issue leaving me with choices such as the NX5 and Z5 from Sony, Panasonic HMC151 and Canon XHA1s. It seems that the NX5 offers the best features from all those cameras. Solid state recording with the 128gb flash drive. Best low light performance of those cameras. Newer technology. Still need to have a play with the camera hopefully sometime this week and then make an informed choice.
So I've used this camera a few times on some graduate shorts and docs. I think it's a good choice, but I still prefer the EX line. (I'm getting married soon, and one of the selling points of the videographer, in addition to his great work, is that he uses an EX)
In addition to the 3.4 iris, definitely an issue in low-light, I'd say another draw back to this handheld camera is that it is heavy. So you will need a support system for those long nights.
Curious to hear your thoughts after working with it.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:32 AM
if you really need the tapeless workflow, nx5 is your answer, I would prefer z5 or z7, if i can't get ex3 for wedding / documentary film, for ergonomics I would go to JVC ProHD series witch I love to use, but the low light nonperformance of JVC renders it useless for the wedding documentary.
sorry for my chaotic comments - my resume, rent the cameras you would like to by and try them, witch ever works the best for you, compare the footage by yourself, etc.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:02 AM
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