First Video Blog

Osmo, Sony RX100 IV thoughts etc.

Well I have to say this is my third attempt to do some video shooting, and this time around I'm liking it very much and sticking with it. Technology today for shooting Slow-Motion and Time Lapse makes it super fun to play around with and super slow motion.

The Camera's I use.

DJI Osmo
Sony RX100 IV
Nikon D4S

The one thing I found out with the first two camera's listed above, you need a number of batteries to have enough to get through part of the day. I have found that the Osmo and Sony camera's go through the batteries quickly, and if shooting 4K videos the batteries heat up and drain the batteries quicker.

DJI Osmo

I have a good Friend that had a Go-Pro and I wanted to get it with the the attachment that uses the X,Y device that the camera is mounted to, but the cost of the camera and device was to costly for me at the time, after all I'm trying my hand at videoing once again. He mentioned that DJI has an Osmo camera that has the X,Y handle and the this camera is mounted on the handle. I did research and checked out the videos and the web and liked what I seen and not to mention the cost was have of that of the Go-Pro that my friend has. So I went to thew camera store to see the Osmo, and they didn't have a demo unit on the self at the time, but they mentioned that this camera has been a hot seller and off their shelves fast. So I made the decision that I was going to but it and take a chance, and love the Osmo camera which I was very happy with the results. Very easy to use, now getting accessories for it is tough, I need more batteries and the Z axis accessories has been difficult because it's a hot item right now.

Sony RX100 IV

I'm a Nikon guy, and the funny thing is Nikon announced that they were coming out with a 4K camera the Nikon DL series camera which was what I was looking forward to getting to get the extra reach I was not able to get with the Osmo camera and was supposed to get released but was held back as it uses the Sony Sensor, and because of the factory getting destroyed the camera was delayed till October and now I see it is delayed in further sometime in December now. So I was sort of forced in getting the Sony RX100 IV.

The Sony camera is great overall, very happy with the results that I have gotten with it. It's a 24-70mm lens and this gives me the extra reach that I need. The camera is great, but takes a bit of time to get used to the confusing menus and getting around at first. Still a work in progress but much better with it. Shooting 4K video, the battery heats up and you get a warning message, this seems to be an issue with most of the Sony cameras that have 4K video. On the Sony RX100 IV the max time for shooting 4K videos is 5 minutes at a time. Not a big deal for me right now maybe when I decide to shoot 4K. One thing that I like about this camera, and one reason I bought it was the super slow motion 480fps and 960fps. I found that using the 480fps gives decent results, and tried the 960fps and results not as good but have not played around with slow motion a whole lot.

This is not a cheap camera by any means. Two things that I was disappointed with Sony about. I wanted to shot time lapse stuff and could not find it in any of the menus, and did some research and guess what, you need to purchase the software from Sony Memories for $9.99. You would think that Sony would included the Time Lapse function with the camera but no! The second thing I was not happy with, is the Time Lapse software only uses JPG and not Raw format, come on Sony. Now I understand why I have seen guys use a modified strap or an elastic band around the shutter button to shot time lapse in Raw.

Nikon D4S

I only need this camera with the 70-200mm lens for the long reach, but have a 24-70 lens, but would rather use the Sony camera for it's smaller size and lighter weight over all.

More Blogs about video coming soon.

Dennis