Dan Chung of Newsshooter.com has an interesting take on the newly announced Sony RX10 as to why it might be a great tool for journalists shooting video:
Why? Because the RX10 has a number of features not seen together before now in a small camera. It has a built-in 3 f-stop ND filter, clean HDMI feed for outputting to a monitor or external recorder (via micro-HDMI socket), zebras (settable from 70% to 100%) and peaking for focus and exposure assist, a mic input and optional XLR audio jackpack, a headphone jack and an OLED electronic viewfinder.
Here’s an official video of what’s possible:
Combine these with a 8.8-73.3mm (24-200mm equivalent) Zeiss branded Vario-Sonnar zoom lens that is a constant f2.8 aperture and you should get a great little video journalism tool. Better still the list price is a reasonable $1299.99 US.
The 1 inch sensor size that is only slightly smaller than Micro 4/3 cameras like the GH2 and larger than the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. With this sensor size the RX10 should have the equivalent depth-of-field look as a full-frame DSLR camera set at around f7.6 (according to Dpreview.com). While not exactly super shallow depth of field this is very similar to a professional camcorder like an EX1 or some ENG cameras.
For broadcast users it will be interesting to see how detailed an image the RX10 can produce when hooked up to an external recorder like the Atomos Ninja or AJA KiPro Mini.
Read the full article here. Do you agree?