Spent the day shooting video in bright sunlight with the NEX-5. First real shooting day since the NEX-7 was announced. I've adapted to the LCD viewfinder, so I wasn't really wishing I had the EVF of the NEX-7 (though I'm sure I'll appreciate it).
What I really was missing was a mic-input jack on the NEX-5. We've started doing standup shots and we're going to be doing interviews more and more going forward and today was a disaster, almost.
We're in venice. Great location, right? Shooting from the bridges with the canals in the background.
So, of course, the on camera mics are picking up everyone walking by, the boats going by, etc, and when those things are quiet, of course the wind blows across them. Today we had the our talent holding a recorder with a mic attached to her lapel. But she'd start and stop the recorder at different times than we were starting and stopping the camera, and after the fact I've now got a lot of audio to sync with video.
Fortunately, and this one feature is why I will buy the NEX-7-- the new camera has a mic input.
So, the EVF is nice, the built in flash is nice, the extra controls are nice, the seemingly thicker grip is nice, but that little mic hole is worth $1,200 to me.