Hook: So, Sony’s becoming like Canon?
What is good YouTube, it’s that1cameraguy, back at it again with another video. In this episode, I have a discussion with you where I share my thoughts on Sony’s decision to omit S-LOG as well as the Playmemories App on their flagship Sony a9. Let’s get started.
So what’s the deal? In my video, titled, “I Pre-Ordered the Sony a9.” I stated that missing SLOG or picture profiles wasn’t an issue since I didn’t really shoot with SLOG much. However, after contemplating Sony’s decision for the past few days, I realized this was a big mistake. On top of that, during my live show with Jason Vong, which we host every Monday, a viewer brought up that the playmemories app would be removed as well.
So what gives? Why does this bother me? It bothers me because I don’t want Sony to start making similar decisions that Canon has made in the past, where certain features are withheld from a camera, primarily because they say a “pro” doesn’t need it. I get the argument about segmenting products and your target audience. I get all that, trust me. It’s just that SLOG/picture profiles have been made available in nearly all Sony cameras as of late. I have the a6300, a6500, a7ii, a7rii, rx10ii and rx100iv. So I have a number of Sony cameras which offer this picture profiles, yet here comes the flagship camera and it’s gone.
Here’s my theory. I think Sony is really testing the user base. They want to see what the reaction is from the community. They want to know how we react. I think if we don’t say anything, Sony will just quietly leave this stuff out. However, if there is a number of users who voice their concerns, then Sony may consider returning those features to the camera via firmware.
On a sidenote, do you recall the 5D Mark IV C-LOG issue. The log profile was omitted from the 5D Mark IV, but now you can get C-LOG, but you’ll have to pay $100 and send it off to Canon to get it done. Let’s not get to that point Sony.
I’ve been called a fanboy many times in my videos, and honestly, I’m far from it. I’m a tech enthusiast at heart and I love the technology that Sony is implementing into their cameras. However, if Sony does something odd or there is something wrong with a product, I’ll voice my concerns. It’s really important to not let Sony slide on everything.
I know that Sony watches these videos and pays attention to the market. So if you’re a viewer watching this, what are your thoughts? Is this a “good” thing Sony is doing? Should they be removing features?
Finally, I don’t really use the Playmemories app other than to get the memories tweak on the camera. I think the removal of Playmemories app was a means of preventing any circumventing with the camera, for instance, removing recording limits on the camera via hack. I just don’t like the message that Sony is giving to it’s user base when features are removed because they think “X-user” won’t need it.
I recall when the Sony a7Rii was announced and at the time I don’t think users were expecting 4k video in this model as it was touted with the high resolution sensor. However, Sony gave it.
My pre-order is still on with the Sony a9, and am very much excited to finally get to test it out. Hopefully we’ll see some reaction from Sony about these missing features.
Folks, that’s all I have for you in this video. Let me know in the comments what you think about all of this. I really don’t think we should give Sony a pass on this. We might end up seeing this kind of omission in their future cameras.
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