The new camera, due to go on sale in October, uses the same Sony E-mount lenses as the NEX-FS100 and NEX-FS700 camcorders, as well as the consumer-focused NEX-VG20. It also shares those cameras’ AVCHD recording format, although it is the professional NXCAM format, (with uncompressed audio).
The EA50EH’s sensor is described by Sony as APS-C HD, but it is rated, for stills, at 16.1 megapixels. The camera will come bundled with an 18-200mm powerzoom lens, with a continuously variable iris and image stabilisation. However, the camera can also use other E-series lenses, or Sony Alpha and third-party lenses via adapters. The camera records full HD video at up to 60 or 50 fps.
The camera’s shouldermount, Sony says, can be adjusted so the camera can be used on shoulder, and handheld, in a similar way to the company’s PMW-EX3. The viewfinder is a loupe design, similar to that on the FS-100.
Sony has not yet released full details of the camera’s technical specifications, including its recording bitrate, or whether it features clean HDMI out. The camera supports timecode, although it is not yet clear whether it has timecode in/out support. The camera can record on Sony’s new “mirroring” Memory Stick media for extra data security.
Pricing for the camera has not yet been confirmed, but it is already being listed online for £2500+VAT.