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SonyNEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens
 
4.1

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Image stabilization (13)
  • Large clear LCD (12)
  • Great sound (11)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Limited zoom (5)
  • Front heavy (3)
  • Zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • HD shooting (12)
  • Documentaries (11)
  • Weddings (11)
  • Movies/short films (9)
  • Low light (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro videographer (12), Semi-pro (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Light years ahead of DSLRs

I just got this camera, and I absolutely love it. I don't think I will ever pick up/use a DSLR for video again! My background is in digital cinematography and for the...Read complete review

I just got this camera, and I absolutely love it. I don't think I will ever pick up/use a DSLR for video again! My background is in digital cinematography and for the last few years I've been shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II and more recently a Mark III. I've enjoyed the images output by those cameras but at the same time I loathe them for all the limitations and rigging required to get it to work as a "proper" video camera. Enter the Sony NEX-EA50...Canon fanboys will complain that the sensor isn't full frame but who cares? APS-C is pretty much spot on with Super35 motion picture film so that is not an issue. I've read a lot of reviews that fault this camera on it's low-light abilities. Low light was one of the first things I tested and I find it to be on par with if not better than the 5D Mark II. When shootng with a 5DMk2 I always limited my ISO to 2000, I'll push it up to 2500 max on the 5DMk3. In my personal tests, I find noise starts appearing at ISO3200 on the EA50 and it is acceptable noise. Yes, the stock lens is slow but what Sony did is give us an "affordable" powered zoom (something I will admit to missing when I transitioned from traditional small chip video cameras of old to DSLRs). However, with fast primes and the highly adaptable E-Mount system, the world is your oyster when it comes to lenses. I've attached older Nikkor primes using a low cost Vello adapter and it works beautifully. Focus & aperture are controlled manually with Nikkors but that's fine. Back to the stock lens, the autofocus actually works which is surprising because I was really skeptical about autofocus being effective on a large sensor camera.

One cool feature that has turned out to work a lot better than I expected is the "Lossless Digital Zoom". Again, I was skeptical about "Lossless" and "Digital" being used together in the same phrase but my testing so far have proven me wrong. I've used the digital zoom feature with a few of my primes and I have not picked up on any image degradation so overall I am satsified with this feature and it really is a cool one to have.

Feature wise this camera has everything I wish I had when shooting on a 5D...XLR audio, zebras, peaking, guideframes for different aspect ratios, highly customizable picture profiles, and a decent built in mic.

The shoulder mount is a little dinky but it works and is a nice feature to have. I've paired the camera with an Atomos Ninja so I can record ProRes 422 HQ straight out of the camera from HDMI (only caveat is that the Ninja adds pulldown but my workflow for reverse telecining the footage Vs. Transcoding AVCHD to ProRes is not an issue and much quicker)

Overall, I am very pleased with this camera...while it doesn't have the lowlight capabilities of the FS100, it just about shines in every other regard. I think Sony has a real sleeper with this camera and its a shame it hasn't been getting as much press as some other cameras on the market but at it's price point and feature set I don't think it can be beat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good alternative to shooting on DSLR

I shoot mostly corporate video: interviews, product demos and training. My clients demand the shallow depth of field look these days - so I was contemplating the purchase of a 5D. Yet,...Read complete review

I shoot mostly corporate video: interviews, product demos and training. My clients demand the shallow depth of field look these days - so I was contemplating the purchase of a 5D. Yet, I'm a long-time video person. I could not face the idea of shooting without XLR audio and Zebra. And I sure would miss my zoom. Enter the NEX EA50: APC sensor in a ENG camera body, with all the professional controls one could possibly want. When I first tried it out, I was totally in love with the ease of operation and the gorgeous soft background focus this camera achieves. The controls are well laid out, and the picture is beautiful. I love the peaking, and the fous enlarge. The automatic focus is spot-on.

As I kept testing it, I also noticed its shortcomings, but for the money, I still thought it was the right camera for me at this moment, and I did purchase it. The alternative would have been the 5D - or a FS100 at twice the money and no zoom.

Here's the bad news: As everyone else reports, it has no built in ND, and, living in a bright climate, I can attest that this renders it almost useless outdoors until you buy some ND filter. (on a test shoot, I had to up the shutter speed to 100 in order to expose correctly at f25 and zero gain). The flip side to this is, that this camera needs the gain up when shooting indoors. This surprised me. I suppose it was some compromise in the manufacturing - they must have hampered the sensor somewhat to allow for shooting outdoors. To be fair, I did not see any grain, but it still freaked me out having to shoot at 12 dB under well-lit indoor conditions.

I fixed both of these issues by getting a 50mm f1.2 prime lens for indoor shooting, and a couple of ND filters for outdoors. I absolutely love the fact that I can set the servo zoom to digital, and actually zoom in on an interview while using my prime lens. This digital zoom is super smooth and I noticed no loss. So I can vary between MS and CU during an interview without having to interrupt the interview by moving my camera. I can also zoom in live.

The bad news about the zoom is that the actual servo zoom of the kit lens is really, really bad. Not only does it only go at one speed (even if set in the menu to "variable"), but it engages in a very rough way, actually shifting the image when you change directions. Both my test unit as well as my puchased unit have this problem, and I read other reviewers mention it, so I must assume it is a known issue with this camera. In a supposedly "ENG" camera, this is unforgivable to me, and is what costs this camera one of the missing stars. You can actually zoom much smoother by using the zoom button on the lens itself. But come on Sony - you tease us video folks with a zoom rocker, and then it is no good? My tiny JVC Hm100 has a better zoom than this camera!

The other missing star is because of the bad aliasing. Again, I knew about it, and purchased the camera anyway, but quite frankly, it is very noticable, and it worries me. If a later firmware update could fix this, I'd be first in line.

Overall, I am still happy with the purchase. It does what I need it to do, and it saves me from having to go out shoot with a DSLR. By the way, shooting handheld interviews outdoors, I use a monopod and pull out the shoulder mount - and everything is rock-steady.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not what I expected

By AJS

from ATL

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Sound

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

  • HD Shooting

Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

I frequently shoot conference speakers in room light, and this lens isn't fast enough. I was running at 18-21 db to compensate, which adds noticeable noise. My sony z1u can operate at 9 db in the same lighting conditions, so I was disappointed and sold it on [*]. The zoom speed is somewhat slow, but usable. no rocket zooms. Everything else about the camera is great. good functionality and when there is enough light the image quality is great.LP mode is too compressed. I shot some rain in LP mode and it showed the compression artifacts in the image.

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4.0

DSLR image in an ENG package

By TruittMedia

from Washington, DC

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

    This is exactly what you were hoping for-a DSLR in an ENG package. Pretty much all of the plusses that go along with that are true, and really there are only two downsides to note (but for the price are nearly irrelevant):
    -No built-in ND filters
    -Sensor is circa 2012/13 and is slightly less sensitive than today's super low light capable cameras. Add a better lens and this too becomes no problem.

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    4.0

    College student

    By Fabiola Martinez

    from Mesa, Az

    Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

    It does not work well outside unless you use a filter, otherwise it looks a little exposed, I have problems with sound. The sound sounds perfect on the camera but when i transfer the film into my computer there is no sound unless i am editing the footage. Personally the camera has helped me a lot and it does work pretty good just buy some filters and you are good to go. :)

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    2.0

    Not Impressed

    By Rabumgarn

    from Roswell, GA

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Awful In Low Light
      • Lagging Controls
      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor Image Quality
      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

      Bought this product for expanding the video ministry of a church to supplement the Canon T5i we were already using. From day 1, I have been unimpressed with this camera. Don't listen to the reviews saying this is a logical next step from DSLR-- aside from the audio input and the record time, it's a big step down. Image quality is never up to my expectations. Saying it's bad in low light is a huge understatement: you basically can't shoot indoors without blasting your subject with light (unless you want a noisy image). The focus feature is very inconsistent, and the "zoom to focus" just gives you a pixelated digital zoom (which isn't at all helpful when you're trying to fine-tune your focus). Also, the focus, iris, and zoom all adjust half a second after you actually turn the ring, making quick adjustments almost impossible.

      Overall, I have been extremely unhappy with this camera. Poor picture, unhelpful features, awful in anything but daylight. Stick with a DSLR and buy an external sound recorder, or spend the extra couple grand and get the C100. This camera simply isn't worth the price.

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      5.0

      FANTASTIC...Great Camera

      By Steve

      from Milton, Fl

      About Me Pro Videographer

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

        I am a deposition viedeographer and this does everything and more that I require to do my job.

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        1.0

        Very Disappointing

        By Kim

        from Phoenix, Arizona

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Complicated To Operate
          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor In Low Light
          • Poor Sound

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

            I am very disappointed with this camera. The zoom feature is poor, the built-in mic causes issues with sound, and it is difficult to get a good picture in low light. I was looking for a good HD camera and now that I tried Sony, I have decided to stick with Canon products. My Canon XL2, though SD, is far superior to this camera.

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            5.0

            One word: Awesome!

            By NO DSLR NEEDED

            from Gilbert, Arizona

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

              I am a professional videographer, and wanted one of thses cameras for over a year. For the price, they offer all the features needed to produce video that clients will be pleased with.
              Let me first start by saying that this camera is incredibly easy to get around - the lay out is very user-friendly, and I like that you can access all of the meus items while the view-tube is in place and not have to use the touch screen.
              I read the reiviews that complained about poor low light performance, and no ND filters. Waaaaa!!!
              You little babies - what do you want for under 4 grand?
              This camera is friggin LOADED with everything a pro needs but doesn't have the 8 - 10 grand for the really high-end camera.
              The best part about this rig is that you can take care of any issue by purchasing lenses. You can get low light lenses pretty cheaply, and with the right adapter, you can use Cannon lenses as well.
              (Take that all you 5D dorks who keep whining that DSLR's are "so much" better - NOT ANYMORE)
              I could go on and on - in reality, the cons are pretty minor - so much so, they don't bear mentioning.
              The bottom line is this:
              For under 4 grand, you get a fantastic camera that will shoot true HD and will serve just about any need you have.

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              5.0

              Great Image

              By atomic elroy

              from Petaluma CA

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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              Pros

              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                Wonderful Video images. takes good stills

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                5.0

                Nice Camera

                By tim

                from Kannapolis, NC

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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                Pros

                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                  Nice Camera!

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                  4.0

                  Good Camera - Just two Shortcomings

                  By Jimmy the Greek

                  from Buffalo NY

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Pro audio
                  • Shallow Depth of Field
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                  • Bumpy Zoom
                  • No Spot Metering
                  • Slightly Over Exposes

                  Best Uses

                  • Commercial Production
                  • HD Shooting

                  Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                  I am a professional Commercial Producer Director in a top 50 Market with over 30 years experience working for a network affiliate.
                  This is everything good about a DSLR for video with all the great features of ENG for Audio.
                  2 things I can't believe sony didn't fix
                  1) the metering has no option for "center weighted" or for selecting what the iris is metered on. (like my NIKON does)- so you need to watch faces and make sure they are not blown out. (face detection mode does not control exposure.
                  2) the Servo zoom has an annoying bump and the start of the a zoom. so you must anticipate your zooms. It also could be a little faster.
                  Other than those two shortcomings - it is pretty much what you would expect it to be - I DSLR with pro audio in an ENG package.

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                  4.0

                  We got what we paid for and wanted

                  By Dennis

                  from Seattle, WA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                      After much investigation and networking with our video vendor, we chose the Songy NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens to record our association events. Easy to learn how to operate and the quality of the sound from the boom mic is much better than we thought it would be - saved having to buy more mic equipment. And we received FREE editing software with our purchase!

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                      4.0

                      "You get real bang for the buck"

                      By videojim

                      from Long Island NY

                      About Me Pro Videographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Poor In Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                      The NEX-EA50UH camcorder is a nice unit for the price. I purchased this for the DSLR chip in the camera and shallow depth of field that it creates with the right lenses. First the off the lens that comes with the camera is slow both in operation and in F stop. The lens starts at 3.5 and very quickly ramps of to almost F8. It does work well for what it is a standard lens that comes on a camera and does not have a nice zoom rocker. The camera has the zoom rocker and it can control either the zoom on the lens or the digital zoom in the camera. I would like to see a nice F2.8 zoom of say 24mm to 300mm that would make the camera much more versatile. The digital zoom I did not find lossless. I recorded a concert from the back of the auditorium and with the combined zoom of the stock lens and the digital zoom I could get a very nice close up of the musicians but the instruments (flutes in this case) had moiré on the edge of the instrument when digital zoom was applied when it was not applied the picture was awesome.
                      Setup of the camera is important. Select the mode you want to record HD 1080 720 or mpeg SD and to my surprise you can also record DVCam 4X3 or 16X9 SD. Then select a picture profile, I used picture profile 3 which gave me a nice portrayal of the blacks in the picture without crushing everything. I used the shotgun mic on one channel and the building mic on the other channel it gave me a nice wide range of sound to work with and the quality according to the musicians was fantastic. Next you need to setup ISO or Gain the ISO seems to give you less grain but it could just be you can work with what you are familiar with. Since I shoot video and stills and the camera has the DSLR chip I picked the ISO. I limit the ISO to 1250 you can go to 2000 if you need the help when using the stock lens. You can limit the auto range of all items shutter, ISO and aperture in the menus and the view finder gives you the standard histogram for exposure. Practice practice practice and you will get used to the cameras operation, the best part of this camera is that the shoulder pad slides out and makes shooting hand held quick and easy. I had to grab a quick shot and with the IS running on the stock lens I was able to zoom in the full 200mm and hold the camera fairly steady.

                      Pros:
                      First Pro can be a con the unit is not heavy
                      159 minutes on a single 32gig SD card
                      XLR inputs with 48v phantom power
                      Very Sharp LCD view finder I think it's the same resolution as the new 300l
                      Detachable loop and flip up view finder which leaves a built in sunshade
                      Most buttons and controls are the same as my EX1R
                      The kit lens is ok. I got the Meta Bones speed boost adapter to put my canon lenses on this unit with the current discount it was a wash on the price. I highly recommend the speed boost adapter if you are own other DSLR lenses, I love it with my 17 to 40mm
                      DVcam recording has just been added you can always use additional codecs
                      HDMI 422 output for my Black magic hyperdeck recorder
                      18 megapixel still capture
                      long battery life with 970 batteries

                      Cons:
                      It's very light as in not heavy
                      Others have mentioned No ND but If you work the shutter and iso speeds you can always add a polarizer or after market ND to drop the F stop
                      Manual Zoom and focus rings are the opposite of all other lenses Zoom in the front and focus in the back
                      The stock lens kit lowlight performance ( let's face it f8 is not low light)
                      The Sony mirror card is somewhat difficult to work with but thanks for the card Sony

                      If you are looking for a cheap entry level large format chip video camera that supports pro audio gear this is it. I feel I can go out and shoot a job and come back with very acceptable video and sound it's far better the DSLR alternative.

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                      4.0

                      YES

                      By Nix Brian

                      from Shreveport, La

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No image stabilization

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                      My Business, Church and Events
                      NTSC and PAL, I sen Movies to Israel.
                      Zoom and Focus

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                      4.0

                      Misunderstood Hybrid of DSLR & ENG cam

                      By Dark Horse Productions

                      from Ohio

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Custom Button Assignment
                      • Flexibility
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good Picture Image
                      • Great value
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • light weight
                      • Slideout Shoulder Support

                      Cons

                      • Low Light Performance
                      • Needs To Be Configured
                      • Shift With Zoom Start

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Sports
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                      For those coming from a standard (ENG) style of camcorder this camera will seem to be horrible in low light and the lens zoom will operate too slow for you - but it will deliver a great shallow depth of field and a sharp HD image. And those coming from an SLR background will be impressed with the functions and controls of a camcorder and a nice autofocus and the stability of resting it on your shoulder.
                      LET ME ADDRESS THE LOW-LIGHT issues. When this camera is first powered on there is no PICTURE PROFILE enabled and the ISO is 200 (My non-scientific estimate would put this as -12 or -18 on the Gain scale). Traditional camcorder operators will need to dig into some menus and change these settings - otherwise this camera will be useless indoors. Having a base ISO of 200 is nice (as you can switch to that to shoot outdoors because this camera lacks ND filters) but you will probably want to save a higher ISO (1250) to your GAIN/ISO L-M-H switch on the side of the camera. I would like to go with a 400 or 800ISO but the lens (f/6.3 zoomed in) is the real drawback here. I wouldn't go much higher as noise/grain will creep in more and more. Once an ISO of 800 or 1250 is established you need to adjust the Picture Profile settings. This sensor is much different than the FS100 and my settings did not translate from one camera to the other. I had to go in and tweak them to bring up more detail in the dark areas of the picture and I also wanted a flatter color profile to allow me to do more color-grading in post. the initial settings or NO picture profile yields a dark, saturated, contrasty image from the sensor (much like my a65 slt).

                      Now I will address the POWER ZOOM/"LOSSLESS" DIGITAL ZOOM
                      I don't use the servo zoom on the lens much as that isn't really part of my shooting style so that isn't a big deal. The LOSSLESS DIGITAL ZOOM isn't free of issues. The biggest issue is when you do a digital zoom any noise/grain in the image enlarges with the image and is exaggerated. The solution here is to keep your ISO/GAIN as low as possible if you must use this feature. With a rokinon prime lens and an ISO of 200 this digital zoom is mind blowing, with an ISO of 1600 with a cheap lens you will want to send this camera back for a refund immediately! Also with the servo lens zoom there is a weird shift when you change directions on the zoom "in" to "out" or "out" to "in". I tend to use the manual zoom to quickly change composition but if you are using this I would say the work around to a smooth start to your zoom is to give it a little nudge in the direction you want to go and then once you've established your shot begin a more fluid zoom so you don't get that weird shift from the change of directions.
                      This camera is lightweight and the image stabilization has allowed me to stay mobile and off the tripod (which is something i don't usually do) on a couple of my recent shoots. The quality of the image (once your settings are properly modified) for the price tag is incredible.
                      SLR users should be all over this camera as it will allow them to use their SLR lenses (adapters needed) but it delivers Timecode, XLR inputs and audio level controls, stability from the shoulder mount form factor, and extended record times due to it being a full size camera (and great battery life). It is not for everyone as it delivers 28mbps AVC (and i haven't tested the quality of the hdmi output) and you need a basic understanding of SLR cameras. One great feature of this camera though, is the touch screen auto focus which allows you to pull a "manual rack focus" by touch the part of the screen that you want in focus. So many cool features packed into a small price tag.

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                      5.0

                      HDSLR quality in video camera

                      By Valdas

                      from Willowbrook, IL USA

                      About Me Pro Videographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                        I'm a pro wedding videographer doing this full time for 13 years. Finally I've got SLR quality camera. Picture quality is superb. Low light performance is good- no noise. Sound and controls are very good. Works good in auto pilot mode very well. I like auto white balance- just hold camcorder for a few seconds an you can get perfect white balance. Servo zoom is smooth using remote lance controller. Zoom could be faster, but hey, this is SLR lens - I'm happy that I can zoom while I'm recording. I think this is a very good entry level pro camera for the money.

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                        4.0

                        Working to put it through its paces

                        By Bill

                        from Northern California

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Odd Focuszoom Behavior
                        • Odd Focus-zoom Behavior

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                        Long story short, I was not able to spend time with the NEX-EA50UH to learn it before putting it to work. I got it to augment my existing HDR-FX1 and HDR-HC1 (miniDV tape) cams. In addition to the EA50, I got a cello V-bracket, VidPro LED video light, Sony NP-F970 battery, a couple of 64 gig SD cards, Davis & Sanford Pro Vista Airlift with FM18 fluid head, and a couple of accessory shoe adapters. I am not a professional videographer.

                        I was able to spend about 30 minutes alone with the equipment - and reading through the manual. It is not much different from the HDR-FX1... lighter (no tape mechanism) and most of the controls on the right side of the camcorder are in the same place on both. Because I was not comfortable with the gear, I relegated it to capturing the "wide" safety shot.

                        Pros:
                        * Lightweight.
                        * Many buttons/controls in the same place as the FX1.
                        * Low light behavior is at least comparable to the FX1 - I think it will end up being better.
                        * The large memory card allows capture of nearly 3 hours with no storage swap (at nearly best video quality). MiniDV tape has a 63 minute HDV format storage time limit.
                        * I mounted the included (but not factory installed) accessory shoe on the back end of the top handle. Very handy for the video light and Sennheiser wireless mic receiver.
                        * The built-in, sliding, shoulder mount, looks like it will come in very handy for run-and-gun activities. There are three 1/4 inchx20 mounting holes for more accessories or counter weights.
                        * The LANC port works with my existing LANCs.
                        * The headphone jack is in a convenient place.
                        * XLR audio inputs - YAY! no more BeachTek or juicedLink XLR adapters... they will stay with the FX1 and HC1.
                        * The flip out LCD panel is really clear and crisp and the add-on viewfinder works really well and is in the right place (for me, anyway) for shoulder-mount use of the camcorder.
                        * The auto-iris, rocker zoom and expanded focus access on the right side is very handy for shoulder-mount/handheld use. I presume the Photo button will be, too. Each has companion controls elsewhere on the camera. The Photo button on one of my LANCs works that, too.
                        * The included lens is decent enough. This can contain the price of add-on lenses for those of us not familiar with the interchangeable lens environment.
                        * The included 16 gig chip can be used two ways (two 8 gig partitions) for "safety". That was a nice surprise to find in the box.

                        Cons:
                        * No built-in neutral density filters. Mentioned by others - disappointing since they had them in the prosumer FX1.
                        * Lack of a single 1/4" (3.5mm) audio input. This is merely for some of the wireless receivers out there - not a concern for the good stuff, like Sennheiser, Sony, Audio Technica, etc., but for the lower end units that do not have XLR capability.
                        * Two SD card ports would have been useful. The memory module bay is quite large, but that memory module is pretty pricey. I did not get the memory module... It seems I can connect an external USB device directly for storage, so a 2 TB or less external drive can be used. Whether SSD or portable hard drive, this seems like a more cost-effective option than the memory module addition even if it is a little bulky.
                        * A lens cap lanyard would have been nice.
                        * A camera strap would have been nice.

                        Things I am investigating:
                        * While setting up for the event, I did notice some odd focus behavior during zooming. This needs some serious investigation on my side.
                        * I disabled digital zoom. Reading what others have written, it seems this may not be necessary.
                        * Adding an external USB drive for storage.

                        Things I need to learn:
                        * Using the Picture Profiles.
                        * Getting comfortable with shooting with a shoulder mount camera. Much less dependency on a tripod is exciting to imagine. The shoulder mount rigs for my HDV cams just don't cut it - mostly because of the eyepiece implementation.

                        The preliminary results of the talking heads I got at the first event look great. Editing AVCHD is a pain and archiving the video is the next challenge (RAID1 NAS systems, here we come!).

                        The pro photographers I was shooting with were impressed and interested in learning more about it because of the sensor used. Both were using high end Canon dSLRs and I directed them to the Canon EOS C100/C300 cinema cams.

                        Overall, so far, I'm happy with the investment (rather than a HDR-FX1000 or HVR-Z5). Time, and future results, will tell...

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                        5.0

                        Really Great

                        By Corporate shooter

                        from Paris France

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Pros

                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                          We have PMW-350 / 200 and do corporate videos. To have shallow DOF we shoot with Nikon D800 but it is quite jerky with movements in 1080 25p, so we decide to buy this camera to shoot 1080 50p using Nikon lens!
                          The result is amazing and we will use this camera every day now. Files are imported directly in FCP X to edit. Will also buy a second one.

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                          4.0

                          Awesome Product

                          By drumdude_20032001

                          from Pine Bluff, Arkansas

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • Home Movies
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                          Love the DSLR look of this camera, Just order another lens besides the one that comes equipped if you want tighter shots from long distances. Great camera though love the expanded focus option.

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                          3.0

                          alright at a lot, but not great

                          By Joe

                          from California

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Movies/Short Films

                            Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                            The EA50UH is a brilliant concept. Bringing a servo zoom to the large sensor crowd, but they choked a wonderful camera with a garbage lens. The Kit lens is slow. (aperture) So the picture is very dark compared to any 1/3" camera on the market with a fixed lens (xha1, sony ex1, and hpx170) I personally tested this as I struggled to let enough light in to match this camera to any of the above on live music shoots.

                            The servo on the lens is useless for event work. At the "high" speed setting the zoom moves about as quickly as the 'slow crawl' on any fujinon lens. and sony's medium and slow settings are absolutely useless in any shoot I've been on.

                            The camera and sensor are decent. When I adapted my canon EF lenses to mount to it, the pictures were amazing. Though it has pretty bad rolling shutter.. but what large sensor cmos doesn't suffer from that?

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                            5.0

                            Light years ahead of DSLRs

                            By Paulfilm_LTD

                            from Orange County, CA

                            About Me Pro Videographer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Movies/Short Films
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens:

                              I just got this camera, and I absolutely love it. I don't think I will ever pick up/use a DSLR for video again! My background is in digital cinematography and for the last few years I've been shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II and more recently a Mark III. I've enjoyed the images output by those cameras but at the same time I loathe them for all the limitations and rigging required to get it to work as a "proper" video camera. Enter the Sony NEX-EA50...Canon fanboys will complain that the sensor isn't full frame but who cares? APS-C is pretty much spot on with Super35 motion picture film so that is not an issue. I've read a lot of reviews that fault this camera on it's low-light abilities. Low light was one of the first things I tested and I find it to be on par with if not better than the 5D Mark II. When shootng with a 5DMk2 I always limited my ISO to 2000, I'll push it up to 2500 max on the 5DMk3. In my personal tests, I find noise starts appearing at ISO3200 on the EA50 and it is acceptable noise. Yes, the stock lens is slow but what Sony did is give us an "affordable" powered zoom (something I will admit to missing when I transitioned from traditional small chip video cameras of old to DSLRs). However, with fast primes and the highly adaptable E-Mount system, the world is your oyster when it comes to lenses. I've attached older Nikkor primes using a low cost Vello adapter and it works beautifully. Focus & aperture are controlled manually with Nikkors but that's fine. Back to the stock lens, the autofocus actually works which is surprising because I was really skeptical about autofocus being effective on a large sensor camera.

                              One cool feature that has turned out to work a lot better than I expected is the "Lossless Digital Zoom". Again, I was skeptical about "Lossless" and "Digital" being used together in the same phrase but my testing so far have proven me wrong. I've used the digital zoom feature with a few of my primes and I have not picked up on any image degradation so overall I am satsified with this feature and it really is a cool one to have.

                              Feature wise this camera has everything I wish I had when shooting on a 5D...XLR audio, zebras, peaking, guideframes for different aspect ratios, highly customizable picture profiles, and a decent built in mic.

                              The shoulder mount is a little dinky but it works and is a nice feature to have. I've paired the camera with an Atomos Ninja so I can record ProRes 422 HQ straight out of the camera from HDMI (only caveat is that the Ninja adds pulldown but my workflow for reverse telecining the footage Vs. Transcoding AVCHD to ProRes is not an issue and much quicker)

                              Overall, I am very pleased with this camera...while it doesn't have the lowlight capabilities of the FS100, it just about shines in every other regard. I think Sony has a real sleeper with this camera and its a shame it hasn't been getting as much press as some other cameras on the market but at it's price point and feature set I don't think it can be beat.

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