Sony NEX-EA50UH Professional Camcorder with 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens, APS HD CMOS Sensor

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The Sony NEX-EA50UH Professional Camcorder is designed for cinematic event videographer. The camera comes with an 18-200mm servo zoom lens, the first E-mount lens with servo zoom. NEX-EA50 features a new Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor and delivers Full HD 1080p at 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 frames per second.

The popularity of HDSLRs among videographers can be credited to their filmic video quality, thanks to their large image sensors and the prospect of professional grade HD video and still photographs, all within one camera body. The NEX-EA50UH was designed with this in mind and it improves on the concept by combining an APS-C sensor, E-mount lenses and DSLR quality still photographs with a camcorder form factor, servo zoom lenses, time code and professional audio recording capabilities. It also has some truly groundbreaking features that videographers could only dream about before now.

The Sony NEX-EA50UH is commonly used for Documentaries, HD shooting, Weddings and more.The Sony NEX-EA50UH is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro videographer among others.The Sony NEX-EA50UH is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony NEX-EA50UH: Easy to use, Great picture quality, Great sound, Image stabilization and Large clear LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Great picture quality (6),Image stabilization (6),Great sound (5),Easy to use (4),Large clear LCD (4),Good in low light (3),Zoom range/performance (3)
Best Uses:
Documentaries (5),HD shooting (5),Weddings (4),Movies/short films (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro videographer (5)

Sony NEX-EA50UH Features

  • The NEX-EA50H is capable of shooting in 50Hz or 60Hz systems; enabling users to produce content for clients around the world
  • It includes a newly developed E-mount servo zoom model SELP18200. It features: variable zoom speed, auto/manual focus, continuous variable iris and Optical Steady Shot image stabilization with Active Mode, making it ideal for shooting moving images
  • E mount interchangeable lens system accepts virtually any 35mm SLR, DSLR and Cine lenses via inexpensive lens adapters
  • Its new Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor was designed for shooting Full HD video and 16.1 megapixel high-quality still photos without artifacts common to still camera sensors
  • Six picture profile settings for different shooting conditions are provided as default settings
  • As in other NXCAM camcorders, the internal recording format is AVCHD 2.0
  • A built-in GPS function automatically records absolute time and location information every half second of a shoot to AVCHD files
  • The optional HXR-FMU128 flash memory recording unit permits extended recording times exceeding 12 hours at 24Mbps and 10 hours at 28Mbps
  • One memory card slot accepts either compatible memory sticks or SD Cards
  • Simultaneous HD-HD recording to the memory card and FMU128 is possible

Sony NEX-EA50UH Specifications

AVCHD Recording Modes: HD-FH
Yes
AVCHD Recording Modes: HD-FX
Yes
AVCHD Recording Modes: HD-HQ
Yes
AVCHD Recording Modes: HD-LP
Yes
AVCHD Recording Modes: PS
Yes, 1920x1080 60P (59.97P)
Audio Recording Modes
16-bit 48KHz LPCM or Dolby Digital Stereo 48KHz
Camera: Filter Diameter
67mm
Imaging Device
Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
LCD Screen
3.5 inch-type, XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots(1920 x 480), 16:9 aspect
Microphone
ECM-XM1 Shotgun type monaural mic.
Optics/Lens Type
Sony E-Mount, interchangeable lens system
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards HDTV 1080/60i, 1080/60p, 720/60p specification.
Minimum Illumination
1.7 lx (lux) with Shutter Speed 1/24 auto gain control, auto iris (when selecting [60i])
1.57lx (lux) with Shutter Speed 1/25, auto gain control, auto iris (when selecting [50i])
Optical System
Single APS-C size sensor
Pickup Device
"Exmor"APS HS CMOS Sensor
Shutter Speed (Time)
Auto: 1/60-1/2000, 30p: 1/30-1/2000, 24p: 1/48-1/2400 Manual:60i/30p/60p: 1/3 - 1/10000, 24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
Operating Temperature
+32 to +104 degrees F (0 to +40 degrees (C)
Power Consumption
5.4W (w/ supplied lens) 6.5W with HXR-FMU128
Power Requirements
AC adaptor / Battery) 8.4V / 7.2V
Recording Frame Rate NTSC Mode 1
1080 progressive
HD PS (28Mbps) 1920x1080 60p,
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 30p
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 30p,
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 24p,
HD FH (17Mbps),1920x1080 24p,
1080 interlaced
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 60i,
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 60i
Recording Frame Rate NTSC Mode 2
HD HQ (9Mbps) 1440x1080 60i,
HD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080 60i,
720 progressive
HD FX (24Mbps), 1280x720 60p,
HD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720 60p
Standard Definition (NTSC)
SD HQ (9Mbps) 720x480/60i (30p Scan)
SD HQ (9Mbps), 720x480/60i (24p Scan)
Recording Media
HXR-FMU128optional 128 GB Memory Module
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX
Recording/Playback Time
170 min (2h 50m) with 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX at FX(24Mbps) Linear PCM 2ch recording
Storage Temperature
4 to +140 degrees F (-20 to +60 degrees C)
Video Recording Format
HD: HD MPEG-4 AVCHD format compatible +1080/60p original format)
SD: MPEG-2 PS (Same as DVD)
35mm Equivalent
27 - 300mm
Aperture
F 3.5 to 5.6
Lens: Filter Diameter
67mm (SELP18200 kit lens)
Focal Length
18 to 200mm
Focus
Manual & Auto
Image Stabilizer
Optical SteadyShot
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
Iris
six blade
Lens Type
SELP18200 Power Servo E-Mount zoom lens
Maximum Relative Aperture
F 3.5 to 5.6
Optical Zoom
11.1x
Zoom Ratio Selectable
11.1x
Audio In
XLR 3-pin (female) (x 2), LINE/MIC/MIC with selectable attenuation and +48V phantom power
Audio Out
2 RCA L&R
Component Out
HDMI 1.4
RCA Type (x 3)
Composite Video Out
RCA Type (x 1)
Earphone
3.5mm Stereo
Lens Connector
E-Mount Hot Shoe
MIC In
Two 3-Pin XLR with selectable attenuation and phantom power
Monitor Speaker
YES
Remote
LANC type 2.5mm
TC Out
HDMI 1.4/ 3G HDSDI (embedded SMPTE TC Out)
Test Out
Via HDMI 1.4
USB
mini-AB/Hi-Speed (x 1)
Lens Mount
Sony E-Mount
Built-in LCD Monitor
3.5-inch type, touch LCD panel aspect ratio 16:9 921 600 (1 920 x 480)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder tube for LCD screen
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Body only: 5.63 x 8 x 11.25" (14.3 x 20.32 x 28.58 cm)
With SELP18200 Lens: 5.63 x 8 x 17" (14.3 x 20.3 x 43 cm)
Weight
3.79 lb (1.72 kg)

Sony NEX-EA50UH Reviews

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3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

An ENG camera and DSLR all in one!

Need shallow DOF but want a real video camera? This is about the best there is right now. This camera can serve as an ENG/event- type camera, a shallow DOF beauty camera and a still camera. If you are thinking about using a DSLR for video I'd say take a hard look at the NEX EA50U. It solves most of the problems associated with using DSLRs for video. It has proper XLR inputs with audio meters. Auto and manual focus with red/yellow peaking. A shoulder mount form factor so you don't need to spe...

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Need shallow DOF but want a real video camera? This is about the best there is right now. This camera can serve as an ENG/event- type camera, a shallow DOF beauty camera and a still camera. If you are thinking about using a DSLR for video I'd say take a hard look at the NEX EA50U. It solves most of the problems associated with using DSLRs for video. It has proper XLR inputs with audio meters. Auto and manual focus with red/yellow peaking. A shoulder mount form factor so you don't need to spend a lot on a rig. It does 24P,30P,60P and 60i. If you need super low light, you can attach all kinds of lenses for special situations. The kit lens actually does fairly well, offering decent low light, decent 10X power zoom and fairly wide at the start. The (near)lossless zoom allows you 2X zoom using primes! I use it for weddings, commercials, and many other jobs. It's a great camera. The only improvements I can mention are it would be nice to have built-in ND and the FS100 sensor. But Sony refuses to put ND until you get to the FS700 price range. Honestly the lack thereof hasn't been a problem for me yet. And the low light is close to the FS100, just not quite as good. One more thing worth noting is that clients will think it costs 3 times as much as it does. Since the price has dropped even more, it's an easy choice now. Get one! I hope it does well because we need more cameras like this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

cheap plastic build

i had high hopes for this camera but was gravely disappointed when i opened the box. Basically the guts of the nex vg30 in a fisher price style plastic body. needless to say it was returned.

Reviewed by 8 customers

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

cheap plastic build

By

from san diego CA  -  Pro Videographer

i had high hopes for this camera but was gravely disappointed when i opened the box. Basically the guts of the nex vg30 in a fisher price style plastic body. needless to say it was returned.

 
4.0

Excellent camera

By

from Washington, DC  -  Pro Videographer

Excellent picture quality, easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wedding Videography

By

from Corpus Christi, Texas  -  Pro Videographer

Get this you might not ever find a perfect video camera. If you did then tell me, But when you get this thing to hit it's sweet spot it's on. Free Tips: Buy the body only. The power zoom lens is a waste. If your rich buy canon glass. I use a Tamron 24-70 to shot my weddings and commercials. More Free Tips: stay off the H gain. Too noisy. It's bad in low light. You been warned. That's why god created lights. It gets heavy, then use a tripod. Last Tip: You get that DSLR look without having to look crazy with all that DSLR added gear. DSLR guy knows what I'm talking about. You can rock the zoom rocker, you got XLR inputs, shot 5.5 hrs on one SD, add pro glass, and don't for get to light. Final Tip: It's super fun to shoot with but it's not perfect. You want perfect spend another 10k, or rent the red.

 
4.0

Comments about my new camera

By

from Houston, Texas  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Pros: I am using this camera for wedding video. It is a very good camera so far. Used only in two wedding. Cons: To use the zoom, I have to use two buttons (one at the finger and the other along the lens). I am little disappointed not to be able to use my Sony remote controlled Tripod that I used with my previous Sony HD Camcorder. There is also no connector in this camera that I can use the remote control device. There is a hand-held Remote Commander that comes with this camera, which does not give me zooming effect if I am holding behind the camera. I will appreciate if any one knows about this solution. The additional eye-piece makes it unnecessarily bulky.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An ENG camera and DSLR all in one!

By

from USA  -  Pro Videographer

Need shallow DOF but want a real video camera? This is about the best there is right now. This camera can serve as an ENG/event- type camera, a shallow DOF beauty camera and a still camera. If you are thinking about using a DSLR for video I'd say take a hard look at the NEX EA50U. It solves most of the problems associated with using DSLRs for video. It has proper XLR inputs with audio meters. Auto and manual focus with red/yellow peaking. A shoulder mount form factor so you don't need to spend a lot on a rig. It does 24P,30P,60P and 60i. If you need super low light, you can attach all kinds of lenses for special situations. The kit lens actually does fairly well, offering decent low light, decent 10X power zoom and fairly wide at the start. The (near)lossless zoom allows you 2X zoom using primes! I use it for weddings, commercials, and many other jobs. It's a great camera. The only improvements I can mention are it would be nice to have built-in ND and the FS100 sensor. But Sony refuses to put ND until you get to the FS700 price range. Honestly the lack thereof hasn't been a problem for me yet. And the low light is close to the FS100, just not quite as good. One more thing worth noting is that clients will think it costs 3 times as much as it does. Since the price has dropped even more, it's an easy choice now. Get one! I hope it does well because we need more cameras like this.

 
3.0

Good but room for improvements

By

from orangeburg, sc

At last a shoulder mount. Wonderful viewfinder arrangement and bright as well. But, here are a few shortcomings: Low light not to good; not enough weight on shoulder weight of camcorder so lens area becomes heavy; slightly soft image.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great video camera

By

from Lansdale Pennsylvania  -  Semi-pro Videographer

I bought this camera to shoot Weddings. It does a fantastic job. The dual mic imputs work great. It also works very well in low light.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A DSLR in a Camcorder Form

By

from Florida  -  Pro Videographer

I had intended on purchasing a DSLR for interviews to achieve shallow DOF that my 1/3" three-chip cannot achieve. I was considering the Lumix GH3 but by the time I added lens, XLR inputs, and some type of tripod support I was not that far from the EA50. So I purchased the EA50 and added the Sony E-mount 1.8 50mm lens. It looks great as an interview camera. The supplied servo zoom lens is slow at 3.5 to 6.5, but is fine outdoors (I also added a Genus variable ND filter). The servo zoom is pretty useless as it jumps at the start and end. A smooth zoom with start/stop cannot be achieved. Even at high gain/iso this camera captures very usable video. For the price I am quite pleased.

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David C  It's an ENG video camera and DSLR all in one. It does great video and pics. Much easier to use for video than dealing with all the limitations of DSLRs. Bargain price.
zviad P  is it good for documentary or field recording? Popular reviews said it's focused on wedding videographers. is it correct?
zviad P  Thanks!
ANGELA H  What base plate works for this camera? I use a Sachtler Ace tripod and I'm looking for the correct base plate/quick release plate for this camera. Thanks.
PHIL H  I use a heavy duty Smith Victor Tripod and the quick release base that came with the tripod. It works great!
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