A few months ago, a tech blog turned me on to this new video camera, the Sony HXR-MC50U. It’s an incredibly small video camera, but seasoned professionals are boasting that the image and sound quality as amazing even against cameras many times more expensive.
Many of my shoots require both video and photos. It’s the trend. I think we’re called “multimedia photographers.” My still camera shoots awesome video, but it’s not really meant to be a video camera. It’s perfect for shoots that I can take time to setup. But for on the go, it’s difficult and cumbersome.
I had two video cameras that I’ve been using for six or seven years. They were HDV Sony cameras, but the image quality paled in comparison to my still camera’s video. So I started to loath bringing the other cameras on jobs.
Sony announced the camera pictured to the right, and I said, “Bingo.”
I finally listed my two cameras up on Craigslist over the weekend, and within 24 hours, I had an offer for the amount I was asking. On Monday, I ordered the new Sony. I got it yesterday evening. I really haven’t had a chance to do much with it.
I shot a little footage and threw it in Final Cut Pro to edit it a little. I’m really happy with the sound and picture, and I can’t wait to use it on a job next week. The steady function is amazing. I’ve never seen a hand-held camera compensate so well for walking.
Since I love sharing oddly shot and edited videos with you, here’s a taste: