A Beginner’s Guide
As promised in The Sony NEX-5 Camera – The Travel Photography Dilemma Solved, here is a juicy, fruity post on how to make a travel videowith the same beast: the Sony NEX-5. Now, I know that a lot of you have been asking me about this (either on the site or in person) because of the NEX-5′s unique, mirrorless setup.
I also know that a lot of you couldn’t care less about this photography stuff and just came here to read some great travel articles. If that’s you, then why not check out A Cultural Awakening in Benidorm or The Safari Symphony in the Okavango Delta.
If you’re here for video, then read on.
Video With the SONY-NEX5
It’s actually incredibly easy, to the point that it’s slightly embarrassing to write this post. Press the red record button to start recording – and then press it again to stop. Ta da!
Travel Video Tips
- Steady your hand as much as possible. Use a tripod if you can, otherwise rest your camera on a solid object or at the very least use two hands.
-Noise: Without a special microphone, wind and background chatter will probably drown out your subject. In quiet conditions, though, the SONY NEX5 does a decent job (Listen at around 1 minute 20 on the Alaska video below.)
-Before you start recording, press the photo shutter release half way down to focus the camera.
-Use the zoom smoothly and slowly.
-Film for a few seconds more than you think you need both before and after the crucial event you’re recording. It will make your life much easier at the editing stage.
The Verdict? An Independent Review
For adventure travel situations, when you don’t want to carry heavy, cumbersome equipment, the SONY NEX5 is ideal. It lets you produce high quality photographs and create travel videos with a single piece of lightweight kit. Could you find individual components elsewhere that would produce a better result? Yes and no.
Yes, there are certainly cameras (for both still and moving pictures) that will produce higher quality images than the SONY NEX5 IF (and this “if” is bigger than it sounds) you are able to carry them around without injuring yourself or damaging the lenses. On dry land, in a safe studio, the others win.
Hiking on ice in Alaska, the SONY NEX5 is perfect.
Here’s the video (a picture paints 1000 words, the proof is in the pudding and all that. On ice, the boot’s probably even on the other glove.)