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Old November 18th, 2009, 01:47 PM   #1
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NXCAM -- first look tomorrow via Sony virtual trade show

Sony USA has asked me to pass along to y'all that senior product manager Juan Martinez will be presenting an eight-minute overview of the new NXCAM tomorrow (Thursday 19 Nov.) during their online virtual trade show event. There's still time to register, attendance is free, and you don't have to leave your house or office. I did this last year and thought it was great; definitely well worth the time.

Sony's "The New Economics of HD" Online Expo

Featuring: Virtual Convention Center with Staffed Product Booths, Technology Demos, Networking Lounge and Group Chats, Product Tutorials, Resources - Downloadable Articles, White Papers, Presentations and More

Thursday, November 19, 2009
10:00 AM EST - 7:00 PM EST

Info / Registration link: Sony's "The New Economics of HD" Online Expo | Home

Join our NXCAM discussion already in progress:

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Old November 19th, 2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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Show's open... 670 folks. Not bad!

The "NeXt Camcorder" presentation is available anytime on demand in the Auditorium..

It's just over nine minutes long and is hosted by Andy Munitz and Juan Martinez.

For anybody who doesn't make it into the virtual trade show today,
it'll be available for the next couple of months until 31 Match 2010.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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Nxcam

Sony lens is not glass, maybe acrylic.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 12:26 PM   #4
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Sorry, but that's complete nonsense. Besides, Sony doesn't even manufacture their own glass; they outsource it, sometimes buying it from the world's largest manufacturer of optical glass, which also happens to have a camera division of its own. So there really is no such thing as "Sony glass," not since they closed their glass-making plant back in 2006 (which produced parts for CRT televisions, not cameras or camcorders). And the glass used in the lens of this first NXCAM model is their "G" line, which uses top quality glass for several elements within the lens design, is most likely produced by Minolta, which was acquired by Sony not too long ago.

The notion that these lenses don't contain "real glass" elements is a complete myth.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 12:54 PM   #5
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The NXCAM video with Andy Munitz and Juan Martinez was pretty interesting. Andy talked about the ability to edit NXCAM on a Vaio laptop using Vegas 9c, burning to Blu-Ray using the Vaio, and playback on a PS3, making it a completely mobile end-to-end HD solution (also completely Sony end to end, as expected).

Other gleanings: it's possible to record simultaneously to MS flash card and the side-mounted 128GB drive, for those who need dual recording capability (alternatively you can record to both MS flash cards simultaneously -- so there's more than one way to do dual recording).
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Old November 19th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #6
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Well! Without battery, I was able to lift the NXCAM using a finger. So if it’s glass, then I have no theory!
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Old November 19th, 2009, 02:01 PM   #7
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And I'm able to lift an XH A1 *with* battery using a finger... see attached pic. I don't think that proves anything, sorry.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #8
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Here is a link to the official Sony NXCAM presentation on youtube, shot with the NXCAM.

YouTube - Sony Broadcast & Professional's Introduction of the new NXCAM AVCHD Camcorder

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If you zoom into his finger, you can see some slight motion blur from it shaking :)
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And I'm able to lift an XH A1 *with* battery using a finger... see attached pic. I don't think that proves anything, sorry.
Chris has very man-ly fingers....

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PS- Sony has been famous over the years for not having great glass. They pay for the name use but there wouldn't be a lick of that maker's glass in there.
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I was sincerely expecting overcranking at 1080P.
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If you zoom into his finger, you can see some slight motion blur from it shaking :)
I don't know... it could be the new Sony image stabilization.. I heard they were going to
call it.. " Hurdilization " a new hybrid stabilizer that works in both horizontal and vertical
modes... ;-)
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The amazing strength. How does he do it?
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Old November 19th, 2009, 09:31 PM   #14
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I was sincerely expecting overcranking at 1080P.
From an AVCHD camcorder? I wasn't expecting it.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 09:57 PM   #15
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Sorry, but that's complete nonsense.
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Besides, Sony doesn't even manufacture their own glass; they outsource it,
Historically, yes -- but is that still true, since they bought Konica/Minolta? I would imagine it is still true, but just sayin' that perhaps they roll their own now?

In any case, this reminds me of all the hulabaloo when the Sony VX1000 was the top dog, and some folks who were enamored of the Canon XL1 would go around claiming that the VX1000 had a "plastic" lens.

Eventually someone in a repair facility got ahold of a trashed VX1000 so he put it to the "scratch" test and verified that yes, it was indeed, glass.

But the comedy part comes in when you find out that the VX1000's glass lens was outsourced... and it was made... by Canon... heh.
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