LCD and Viewfinder
With the focus magnification available, the electronic viewfinder becomes a useful tool for videographers. The 2,359,296 dots display is bright and responsive, and whilst it may have been cutting edge technology a year or so ago, the recent Leica Q and Leica SL electronic viewfinders with 3 and 4-million-dot displays have suddenly usurped them. That said, there is nothing wrong with them and they certainly provide all the detail that you need to shoot with.
Similarly the rear screen is a 3inch 1,228,800 dots display and it is articulated which aids shooting at low and high angles. The screen has a good range of brightness settings and can be viewed in all but the brightest conditions, at which point the EVF can take over.
Wifi, Connectivity and Apps
One useful feature of the camera is its wifi connectivity. This allows the camera to be controled remotely with a live view display streamed back to the camera. Whilst the app is a little limited in terms of what video features can be controlled via the app, just being able to start and stop recording is good enough for most people requirements.
One nice touch that Sony don’t shout enough about is are the Sony PlayMemory Apps. With a PlayMemories account set up, and a payment card on file, these apps can be downloaded directly to a camera over wifi. There are a few useful apps for videographers, namely the Timelapse app, and the additional timelapse panning app. The timelapse app offers the chance to save the images to an SD card, or create a video file. Ifyou have saved individual image files, then the timelapse panning app can use these images to crop in and create a panning movement during the timelapse. They are well worth the few pounds they cost to install.
The camera’s HDMI output also allows for 8-bit 4:2:2 4K footage to be output, which is opens up a world of possibilities saving footage to an external recorder, such as an Atmos Shogun.