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Focusing manually proved to be a challenge, as the lens has a unit at the base to
house the motors, so you can’t use the familiar C shape of your hand to hold the
top and bottom of the focus ring.
The Image on the viewfinder is excellent and easy to focus, with an expanded
focus button and face detection, and you can touch the monitor to focus if that’s
A nifty little feature in the menu lets you set position A and B for the focus and
then by pressing an assign button the focus will move smoothly between the two.
You can even set the duration of the focus between A & B in the menu.
Overall I would say it handled the images well, hanging on to the detail in the sky
shots as well as normal surroundings. They’re pleasing to the eye when viewed
on a normal TV, with no noticeable noise or any moire patterning. I was shooting
by a lock near a mill and I was more than happy with the images I came
A great little camera that’s easy to
use and avoids too many menus,
essential when working fast. The
lack of Cache recording was a
disappointment, as I do a lot of
theatre work and have no idea
when the curtains will go up. This
would help to save on media, but
perhaps a firmware upgrade will
I know it’s a small thing but I loved
the audio beep - when running
around that beep is a sign of
confidence that the camera has
started or stopped; handy, as
when you’re busy you might not
notice you’ve accidently knocked
the record switch. Having the
separate charger is also good
news as so many cameras just
come with a mains lead to charge
the battery in the camera.
All in all, thumbs up on this
surprisingly versatile camera!
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