It’s here! My Sony a7sII. The 4k resolution, full HD 120fps, full-frame low light video beast has arrived. I am so excited to get better acquainted with this camera. Here’s my unboxing video and some initial impressions.
Some first impressions right out of the box:
– The camera feels sturdy and solid. It’s comfortable to hold and fits nicely in small/medium hands.
– The autofocus is quick and completely silent (using the FE 16-35mm f4 lens I have on there).
– The screen is large and super clear.
– Audio levels ON the screen AND a headphone jack IN the camera. Videographers everywhere… rejoice!
– Two batteries in the box!
– The shoe on top of the camera seems to fit most mounts without an adapter, i.e. RODE Video Mic
The above video was filmed on a Sony a57.
There are always two questions, in this order.
1) Is that the Apple Watch?
2) How do you like it?
Well, I decided to make a video breaking down what I consider to be the top 5 features on the Apple Watch. There are probably many more awesome things I’ve yet to discover (as I’ve only had the watch for a little over a month).
That being said, here we go.
It’s a good watch. It always knows the time and when I look at it, I know the time too. Seems silly but… it’s a watch. So that basic functionality is a good thing.
2) Calls & Texts
SUPER convenient. Text messages while driving, biking and cooking? And come winter… it’s going to be a game changer while skiing and snowboarding.
3) Fitness (a.k.a. Activity Monitor and Exercise Apps)
I don’t own a FitBit or any other heart rate monitor, so this was one of the biggest selling points for me. As for its accuracy, I have nothing to compare it to, because like I said, I don’t have a FitBit and never have.
Let me set the scene. I’m in the passenger seat and someone else is driving. They ask me to get directions someplace. I oblige. After a few miles in, I’m perusing Facebook and totally forget I’m supposed to be navigating. Well, the watch saves me every single time. A gentle tap on the wrist lets me know I HAD ONE JOB and to turn left in 500 feet.
5) Digital Touch
What can I say? It’s a crowdpleaser! Put the watch on someone’s wrist and ask them to send a digital touch heartbeat to someone else. Their reactions are absolutely incredible. In fact, I’ve never felt more like David Blaine.
Slow motion. We all love it. Slowing down a clip can make a special moment more beautiful, high energy action more comprehendible, and the mundane appear interesting. It’s just really fun to do.
As you know, the higher the frame rate, the slower and smoother the slow-mo. The highest frame rate available on the GoPro HERO4 Session is 100fps at 720p. I wanted to test out the slow motion with a series of in-the-field and staged tests.
Overall, I think the camera performed well. The slow motion is smooth and clear – the wine proved to by my favorite example. With better lighting (we shot on gray rainy days) and more compelling content, I think the slow-mo will look even better. Also, if you want to keep your HERO4 Session at 1080p, you can still get smooth slow motion at 60fps.
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