The Best HD Camera Still – the Sony HDR-Fx1

,The Sony Fx1 was the best purchase I ever made over a decade ago and it still holds up very well for capturing video. I love this Sony Fx-1 so much that I still try to find ways to utilize it in some way.

I want to say this was one of Sony’s first prosumer camcorder released that was hugely successful. The Sony HVR-Z1U was their pro version with xlr input and option to record in digital vs the HDV tapes utilized at the time. You could use the Sony HVR-MRC1.

The lens on this pro-consumer camera is outstanding and with the iris control, you can set it for low light at f/2.8. The CCD camera captures low light so well I’m impressed with it still at this time.

I have used this in low light concerts and I have shot this in very bright outdoor situations with this FX1 performing like a champ!

Check out my YouTube channel for some of the videos shot with the wonderful Sony Fx-1 – like Crying Nut, Maryhill Festival of Speed, Grand Opening of Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Bam Artsfair – Indian Dance, The Flight, The Flight 2, Aircraft Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, World Cyber Games – Seattle, Skagit Valley Tulips, Dumbfounded Kero One Dok2 in Seattle, YB Yoon Do Hyun Band Seattle, Harlem Globetrotters in Washington, Seahawks 2015 Superbowl Tribute, The Zoo Animals, Shooting at the Local Airport, Largest Water Balloon Fight, Klamath California, Novice Motorcycle Race, Teddy Bear Museum, Freedom Fair, Cheonggyecheon River in South Korea, Air France, Dead Baby 16, Drift Seattle, Ban Ki Moon UW Speech, Fanterview – Grammatrain Interview Sounders MV – The Last Sound, SeaFair 2009.

This video shot in 4k with the Sony A6500.

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Is the Sony A6500 5-Axis Stabilization Good for Video?

The Sony A6500 is truly a tech marvel. What I love about this camera is the picture quality at a high iso use for a somewhat compact camera using a crop sensor (aps-c) format. With the Nikon 800, I would use up to iso 3600 whereas, with the Sony A6500, it is much higher, so much higher!

The other use is the inbuilt stabilization built into the body and on the lens! With the stabilization, you can handhold a shot that would be blurry otherwise. I do not have the most steady hand when it comes to handholding.

The video shows me walking with the Sony A6500 and you can see the camera move up/down and side to side swaying motions. This is more prevalent as I’m walking with a limp due to my back ache. It would be a lot worse and I’m sure you would see a dramatic change in the motion not being as smooth and a higher rate of rolling shutter effect without the stabilization.

To me, I love the sharp focus the camera has maintained while shooting the video, though I wish I could have kept the shot more still in the motion.

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Shoot a duck in 4k with the Sony A6500 – Focus tracking test

I was at Genesse Park by Lake Washington and what better way to spend the day than shooting a duck with the Sony A6500?

I’m still playing around with the Sony A6500 and learning what works best for my way of using this awesome camera.
The quality of the 4k video is outstanding from this compact body of this Sony A6500. In this video, I’m testing the Sony A6500 video focus capability and focus tracking.

The quality is outrageous. I’m loving the Sony A6500 for it. I need more time to play around with the camera but the few times that I’ve played with the video recording has proven to me that this is a camera hard to beat! The focusing on the camera is fast! It is probably one of the fastest focusing cameras I’ve seen.

The camera tracks movement like a pro. The few times I tried focusing the camera on seeing how well it would capture movement is when you see the blur occur for a second in the video. I really didn’t need to press the back focus button (custom setup) to refocus the image.

The sound capture is wonderful on this camera as well. It is at default settings and you can hear the sound capture done supremely.

One thing about capturing video in 4k on the Sony A6500 that bothers me is the fact that the screen goes dim to conserve battery life. As you know, the Sony Alpha cameras suck when it comes to battery life. Hopefully, it’ll all change with future versions as the Sony A9 has proven that they can have longer battery life and a bigger battery for their cameras!

In the next post, I’ll show you that how the Sony 5-axis stabilization system works. Don’t think it’ll be your glidecam or steadytracker but it’ll do a wonderful job with slight movements.
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Pictures from my new Sony A6500!

I’m loving the pictures from my new Sony A6500! I’ve just brought it and it’s truly a wonderful camera. I’m surprised at how well this aps-c camera handles.

This picture of an airplane was just taken today. I edited the picture in Snapshot after transferring the file from the camera to my smartphone via Wi-Fi. Sony’s app sucks but it does the job.

Trans-Canada Air

This shot is a tunnel located at the BPA trail in Federal Way, I’ve used a bit of hdr processing in Snapshot. The shot was handheld.

The Tunnel

This was in the same area on the BPA trail. Handheld on top of rock.

Life giving water

A classic fire engine truck was at Celebration Park on Easter Sunday. A lady photographer was taking picture of the beautiful red fire engine at it’s owner. I took some quick shots of it. The ARW file hard to convert as my old version of Lightroom 4.0 doesn’t support Sony’s ARW raw format. I’ve found a workaround to working with ARW files. I’ll post the YouTube video after this picture.

Sony A6500 Test Shots

Here’s the video on converting the ARW files to work in older versions of Lightroom or Photoshop or any files that might not support ARW format.


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How I found a workaround to edit Sony’s ARW Raw format!


How to open and convert Sony ARW raw files for editing.
So you need to edit Sony ARW files, this is what I find works for me after researching Sony ARW format conversion.
I had researched Sony cameras for a bit and I broke down and purchased the Sony A6500! This is a great camera but what I didn’t think about was the raw format that Sony utilizes. I work with an older version of Lightroom and Adobe CS6, their last version before CC subscription based format, so it’s no surprise that I wouldn’t be able to work with any newer formats that might come after CS6.
After much research, I found that Adobe does offer a workaround. Adobe offers a converter to convert any raw files into DNG format. Once converted, you’ll be able to work in Lightroom, Photoshop in the DNG format.
You can download the Adobe DNG Converter from Adobe’s website.
Hope this helps those that were/are in the same situation as I was.
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Why I brought a Sony A6500 over the Dji Mavic!

I can’t afford to buy another toy but I bit the bullet and brought the Sony A6500 and the SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS!

It was a long thought process where I was going back and forth on getting the DJI Mavic Pro or the Sony camera, in the end, after much debate between my inner demons, the choice was made and I think I made the right choice for me. The 5 reasons below was why I went with the camera.

1. I like taking pictures and videos. My love started out with videos when the dv cameras first came out but switched to photography. Photography has been a tremendous in relieving stress and bringing out the creative side in me.

2. I love the video and photo capabilities of the DJI Phantom 3 Pro, so going for a Mavic made sense for me. It would be portable and I could take it with me to a lot more places than what I could do with the Phantom 3 Pro.

3. Cost, the cost of getting the Sony A6500 or the Mavic Pro was about the same, if you take the cost of a camera lens out.

4. Low light of the Sony A6500 seemed to be ok for the indoor sports shots I’ve been doing and the 4k video capabilities along with 5-axis stabilization tips it in its favor.

5. DJI Phantom 3 Pro is still a great drone and do I really need another drone if I haven’t even flown the Phantom 3 Pro that much compared to taking a lot of pics with my Nikon D800.

Now, this isn’t all the reasons and its condensed but you get the jest of it.

Here are some pics, more to come.

Sony A6500 Test Shots

Sony A6500 Test Shots

Here is the post-processing in lightroom 4 – yes I’m not using the current cc version.

Sony A6500 - Lightroom Edits

Sony A6500 - Lightroom Edits

I’ll post more on my thought of the Sony A6500, the post processing in lightroom 4.0, the issues of editing with an old version that doesn’t support Sony’s ARW raw file format and the workaround used to edit in a future post, keep an eye out for it. 🙂

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