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LesNumeriques A500 review

LesNumeriques, a competent tester of video cameras, concludes that the image of the A500 even in 1080 mode (disregarding 4K mode) has higher resolution than does the Sony AS100V in 1080 mode.

Here is a link to their Panasonic A500 review:

Panasonic HX-A500 : Test complet

In their review of the Sony AS100 they also note that the A500 and the GoPro 3+ have a more detailed picture.

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Trusted Reviews Review of the A500

http://www.trustedreviews.com/panaso...mcorder_review
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Panasonic A500 and Sony AS15 Second Comparison

A second comparison, in low light and at night:


https://vimeo.com/102585747


Starts with a time-lapse for each (exact same sequence) then to dim-light video clips and then night clips. Sony AS15 first for each clip or sequence, then the Panasonic A500.
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New Road Test Comparison

The first road test comparison had an ad hoc mounting for the A500 which resulted in a shaky, rattling video. Also the Sony and A500 videos were taken on different days.

Using the correct mounting adaptor gives a much smoother ride. Indeed, the wide-view mounted outside really conveys what it 's like to drive a turbo-assisted car at 50 mph on a country road. Almost thrilling. This video used both cameras on the same day. The second half of the video is the A500 after the Sony; the colors are better, the resolution is better and the ride is smoother. Also I mounted a "windjammer" fur attachment to the A500 lens module (which has the mic) to reduce wind noise. A500 shot at 4K 30p, the Sony at 1080 30p; the video was rendered to 1080 30p.

https://vimeo.com/98387856
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Does the Panasonic have a manual exposure mode?
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......Using the correct mounting adaptor gives a much smoother ride......
Can you explain a little more about what the "correct mounting adapter" is and looks like?
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Does the Panasonic have a manual exposure mode?

No. It has manual WB pre-sets and manual WB (manually set based on white sheet). It has manual backlight compensation. The Sony Action Cams have none of any of those (the Sonys even have auto backlight compensation, which is a horror).


I would wish the A500 did have at least manual ev compensation.
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Can you explain a little more about what the "correct mounting adapter" is and looks like?

In the previous video I just tied the lens to the suction-cup holder. With the tripod adaptor I simply connected the lens to the tripod mount on the holder, as it was intended. So it was a solid hold. The suction cup mount is just a standard one:
http://store.sony.com/action-cam-suc...%3D27-PFVCTSC1


The tripod mount for the A500 lens is:
http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/VW-CTA100


This is the A500 lens with the windjammer in the tripod mount:



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In the previous video I just tied the lens to the suction-cup holder. With the tripod adaptor I simply connected the lens to the tripod mount on the holder, as it was intended. So it was a solid hold. The suction cup mount is just a standard one:
http://store.sony.com/action-cam-suc...%3D27-PFVCTSC1


The tripod mount for the A500 lens is:
http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/VW-CTA100


This is the A500 lens with the windjammer in the tripod mount:


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No. It has manual WB pre-sets and manual WB (manually set based on white sheet). It has manual backlight compensation. The Sony Action Cams have none of any of those (the Sonys even have auto backlight compensation, which is a horror).


I would wish the A500 did have at least manual ev compensation.
It would have been nice indeed. Because the footage looks great, I mean for an action cam its stellar and if the exposure was lockable it would have been even nicer in the drives from super bright to shadow.

Good job anyway and thanks for taking the time and sharing the results, I know all to well that it takes time and effort.
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if the exposure was lockable it would have been even nicer in the drives from super bright to shadow.
If exposure were lockable on F1 onboard cams, then you would see either complete blackness in the tunnel or complete whiteout everywhere else in Monaco. Auto exposure makes perfect sense for onboard cams.
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If exposure were lockable on F1 onboard cams, then you would see either complete blackness in the tunnel or complete whiteout everywhere else in Monaco. Auto exposure makes perfect sense for onboard cams.
I asked for the option to choose for when not shooting F1 in Monaco, like the video posted in this thread
And most F1 tracks doesn't have tunnels.

Manual Exposure always make sense Imo and this isn't meant to be an onboard camera at all times.
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NYC's High Line in 4K and Ultra-Wide

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There is motion too - a taxi ride and train ride.
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what did you use to shot inside the taxi, train, and airport lounge? tripod, multi belt (Panasonic VW-MBA100)? tia
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what did you use to shot inside the taxi, train, and airport lounge? tripod, multi belt (Panasonic VW-MBA100)? tia

I left for China before the tripod mount adaptor was available, so I never used a tripod. Instead I used my travel bag as support, and as a way of staying inconspicuous. With the form-factor of the A500 it is easy to frame shots without looking at the subjects. This is the set-up:





I also used the multi-mount, which has a flat bottom so it can be used as a support for any flat surface, as well for strapping the lens to anything. This photo shows the strap in use for taking a time-lapse at the East River:


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Video with indoor clips using the camera bag

https://vimeo.com/105909917


This video begins with a clip of the Acela traveling 80 mph by the station. It demonstrates the smoothness of motion and shows how well autoexposure works - this is a very high contrast scene, which is just perfectly exposed. It's a good thing, as there is no manual exposure (except manual backlight). The rest of the clips make use of the camera bag for indoor shots, in restaurants, cafes and stores.


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I left for China before the tripod mount adaptor was available, so I never used a tripod. Instead I used my travel bag as support, and as a way of staying inconspicuous. With the form-factor of the A500 it is easy to frame shots without looking at the subjects. This is the set-up:







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what brand is the camera bag? do they have black color? tia
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what brand is the camera bag? do they have black color? tia

The bag was made by Case Logic - Camcorder Messenger Bag TSC5. But I do not think they make it anymore.


But,


http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/171454973801?lpid=82
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