After many years using Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras, I, like a lot of people who do both photography and video, am switching to the Sony A7 iii. Why?
Basically, because Sony cameras have been improving by leaps and bounds over the past few years, to the point where there are only a few ways that the Panasonic cameras are better, and many ways that the new Sony A7 iii is better.
It used to be that the Panasonics were better than large-sensor cameras in almost all ways for video. Sharper, longer battery life, much easier to use, better stabilization, cheaper, etc. The biggest problem was slow autofocus in video mode, but the large-sensor cameras were considerably worse in this regard. Two other important disadvantages of the Panasonics were that because of their relatively small sensor size they were not as good in low light, and weren't able to produce that creamy shallow depth of field look that a bigger sensor allows, which looks so nice for events such as weddings. However, there were adapters I used that partially eased these problems.
However, for photography, that lack of super shallow depth of field was more of an issue; it really makes a big difference for portraiture. The low light deficiencies also meant I more often had to use the harsh light of a flash unit. So I wished that a true hybrid camera would come out, excellent for both video and photography, which didn't cost an arm and a leg.
And now, such a camera has arrived! Unlike large-sensor cameras of the past, the Sony A7 iii produces super sharp 4K video, has long battery life, and has superb video autofocus. Ease of use and stabilization are still not as good as the Panasonic but much better than before, the low light performance is even more outstanding than before, and, it is affordable!
So get ready for some big improvements, especially in portraiture, in low light such as at wedding receptions, and in video scenes where people are moving a lot and focus is critical. Be on the lookout for samples once the camera arrives.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
This vow renewal was a total surprise for the wife! I don't know how her husband pulled it off; there were a lot of guests. Such a joyous occasion. The ceremony was at a nice small chapel on the grounds of the Four Seasons Hotel. These are stills taken from 4K video.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Finally a new vlog episode! In this one you can see some footage of some beautiful places on Oahu that most people never see. Great for getting photos and videos that look very Hawaiian but not overly familiar. These places involve short hikes but there are others that are easier to get to. Ask me about the unique places I can take you to!
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The busy season for weddings goes on.. Here are some stills taken from video I have taken of recent beach weddings. This was in HD rather then 4K, but even so the photos look good if you keep the size small, such as on the internet and social media.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Another family that has used my services on more than one occasion. First it was his younger sister, and now it is his turn to celebrate graduating from high school. This was a 4k video shoot, with photos taken directly from the video.