These are a few video stills from a recent shoot for a lifestyle blog, The Rachel Review. It’s been satisfying getting back in the swing of shooting with this camcorder. I think there’s something to be said for the crisp focus and steadiness of the camera. The colors, skin tones and highlights are still hit or miss sometimes. Notice the neon blue/cyan of the sky in the still below. I think it’s partly due to the limit of the dynamic range of the sensor, but also the punchy color palette of the Sony gamut.
I like to use natural daylight as much as possible, and the lobby of this spa was perfect for shoot Rachel’s direct to camera clips. I continue to be impressed with the exposures when shooting at 6db gain or lower. It’s important to note these are from 1080p footage, not 4k, where low light performance is improved. So I hear. I plan to upgrade the camera soon and will be sure to make some notes on that topic.
Despite being a camcorder designed for broadcast and live streaming events, the lens and the sensor can produce reasonably cinematic images. Even when shooting commercial or documentary style work, I like to compose shots with foreground objects. I think this helps develop the sense of setting and connects the subject to the place.