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    Sony A7s3 doesn't display distance of focus point in video mode!

    Do someone knows why sony A7S3 doesn't display info (in meters or feets) of focus point in manual focus mode?
    Of course in photo mode you can see it but not in video mode.
    It is like that since severals years with Alpha sÚries. Why SONY do that?
    On my batis lenses, i can see this information on small screen led on it, but not on the a7s3's screen.
    On Sony Fs7, i have this information on the screen. no problem.
    Last thing, when does Sony give us a rgb waveform for control our exposure? not the bad luma histogram we have on all sony camera....What are you doing sony?....easy to fix in firmware no?
    https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

    #2
    Because SONY says, "Why does human still focus?" lol, j/k.

    I'm assuming you thoroughly checked the menu to see which display information is shown in video?

    In general, all cameras have random quirks. There are teams of software engineers who meet with a variety of people and not every request or consideration makes it into the camera(s). Sometimes there is an overwhelming response to something missing (either from a long list of professionals who are asked to provide feedback or the general public) in which that feature may or may not eventually show up in a future FW roll-out.

    But focus distance on the screen (if it's truly not possible to see it in video mode) may be at the bottom of the list because it could be a feature reserved for cinema bodies (for that company).

    ___

    As far as the RGB/waveform...it's a common question over the years and some have answered by saying the cameras in question "do not have enough processing-power", but the likely answer most people are accepting after everyone smartened up is that it's a corporate game that's up in the air and some companies - once again - reserve those type of features for certain cameras (either more expansive ones or dedicated motion picture systems) while other companies (like Panasonic) may provide them in less expensive cameras because they have to or are encouraged to.

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      #3
      This problem of displaying focus distance in video mode on alpha serie is not new unfortunately.
      Even on my Fs7 there isn't Rgb waveform for control our exposition, only zebra (not bad) or this bad histogram i never understood.
      https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

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        #4
        Which cameras have you used that have RGB waveform? (Just curious.)

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          #5
          Originally posted by NorBro View Post
          Which cameras have you used that have RGB waveform? (Just curious.)
          Yeah, I'd like to know the answer to that one too. And why it would be helpful? RGB dipslay In post for grading, yeah, but on a camera? What's the point? You're not going to be grading individual RGB channels onboard the camera in the middle of a shoot.
          Doug Jensen, Sony camcorder instructor
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            #6
            All external monitor have this waveform tool, it is great to see precisely your exposure and your white balance. no?
            https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

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              #7
              what is crazy is that you have thoses tools (info distance focus and waveform LRGB) in photo mode in A7 serie but not in video mode it is my point.
              https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

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                #8
                Originally posted by rudo_fr View Post
                All external monitor have this waveform tool, it is great to see precisely your exposure and your white balance. no?
                No.
                I don't see the value of it. Shooting with a video camera is different than with stills camera and I don't see how/why that information would be useful or practical to change if you didn't like what you saw on the scopes. The reason you don't have it is because Sony (correctly) assumes you don't need it. Having that capability in a monitor is a totally different situation from having it onboard a camera.
                Doug Jensen, Sony camcorder instructor
                HOW TO MAKE MONEY SHOOTING STOCK
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                  #9
                  A7s3 is an light video camera oriented i want keep as light as possible with good internal tools. I can do without but frankly it seems not impossible to implement.
                  https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

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                    #10
                    I'm still not sure exactly what features you feel are lacking in the A7s3, or how you would use them if you had them. But with that said, clearly the A7s3 makes a poor choice for a video camera unless size is all that matters. All of the A7 series cameras are clearly designed to be stills cameras . . . with a video mode tacked on as a bonus. That's why Sony also makes quite a few cinema cameras, ENG cameras, and handycams that are designed solely to meet the needs of video production. If the mirrorless cameras were real video cameras then Sony wouldn't need the rest of the product line.

                    You can haul gravel in the trunk of a sports car and complain it doesn't perform very well, or you can get a pickup truck and use a vehicle that was designed for a certain purpose. The right tool for the job. :-)
                    Last edited by Doug Jensen; 11-08-2021, 01:18 PM.
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                    HOW TO MAKE MONEY SHOOTING STOCK
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                      #11
                      A7S3 is a very good video camera to me, it replace my very good fs7!, Put a7s3 on light gimbal like (dji rs2) you could do very good things (without tripod and big camera) but you are right Doug, it is not an shoulder cam and can't completly replace it totally, there is always a compromise but to me the more important thing is to be small and light..
                      Franckly focus distance exist in photo mode in A7series, why not in video mode on video orented camera....it is just what i'm tryng to say.
                      https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

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                        #12
                        There have been worse decisions like no zebras in video mode in most Canon stills cameras for the last 10 years (only the last few models have had them).

                        Unexplainable but that's how it was and there are many other omissions and quirks like that.

                        Besides Sony not wanting to, if we're trying to logically figure out why it's missing then maybe a possibility is because the task is tall for all of the different lenses out there to communicate with the camera and provide accurate, real-time focus distance measurements during high-resolution video acquisition in different framerates while using different focus modes.

                        Maybe the majority of lenses are the problem?

                        Likely? I don't know...doesn't seem like it in 2021, but who knows.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by rudo_fr View Post
                          Franckly focus distance exist in photo mode in A7series, why not in video mode on video orented camera....it is just what i'm tryng to say.
                          I agree that seems like a strange oversight. But I have a serious question, how does that focus information benefit you? How do you use it? That display is one of the very first things I disable on my video cameras because to me it is just unnecessary clutter. How would you use it on a real shoot, if you had it?
                          Doug Jensen, Sony camcorder instructor
                          HOW TO MAKE MONEY SHOOTING STOCK
                          http://www.dougjensen.com/

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                            #14
                            As info focal distance run very well with emount lenses on A7 still mode, there isn't raison that doesn't run on video mode but as you said Norbro there are quirks.
                            We can work without, but it is not serious to look on lense where focus is.
                            https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

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                              #15
                              Doug, they are several situations, for exemple, when you shutdown camera, focus can change. This information can help you to understand where is your focus when your screen is not as good as viewfinder and your are outdoor, in fact you can see where is your focus and approximatly confirm that is right. I think it is a mininum to know where is the focus on screen because sometime you can't read this information on lense because it is too high.
                              Last edited by rudo_fr; 11-08-2021, 03:04 PM.
                              https://vimeo.com/rudlaga

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