Sony Announces New NEX-EA50 HD Camcorder. $4K Plus Est. Update On Price.



Sony announced the new NEX-EA50 HD camera. This puppy can hunt! The new camera sports better ergonomics and a nifty built in sliding shoulder pad. It has an APS-C or S35 sized sensor with 24/30/60P full 1920 X 1080 HD resolution. The sensor and codec are similar to the Sony NEX5N camera that we love and hate. The included 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 servo zoom lens will be available on eBay for about half the price very soon.

The new Sony NEX-EA50 will set you back around $3800 $4K plus estimate now. Getting various sources in Pounds and Euros. US pricing is usually much less than our brothers across the pond. It may drop in price if they loose that POS lens. Delivery date is set for October 2012. Here is a rip from Sony.

“The NEX-EA50EH camcorder comes with the newly developed Power Zoom E-mount lens E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS SELP18200. It features auto focus, continuous variable iris and Optical Steady Shot image stabilisation with Active Mode, making it ideal for shooting moving images. It is electronically controlled by both the zoom rocker lever on the camcorder grip and top handle. Film-makers can achieve a constant zoom speed and smooth, slow zoom, both of which can be difficult to accomplish with manual zoom lenses. In addition, using fixed focal length lenses users can simulate a zoom effect using the smart digital zoom function, ensuring fast-paced shots are never missed.”

Click here for the boring Sony PR.

Here is the breakdown from BH Photo.





Sensor Exmor APS-C CMOS
Resolution 16 Megapixels
Lens Mount E-mount (18 mm)
Recording Format HD video – AVCHD
SD video – MPEG2
Stills – Format not specified
Audio – LPCM/AC3
Frame Rates 1920 x 1080
59.94p, 59.94i, 50p, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
1280 x 720
59.94p, 50p
480 (576)
59.94i, 50i
Frame Guide 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 15:9, 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1
Stills Shutter Mechanical
Recording Media Memory Stick
Monitor 3.5-inch LCD, 16:9 XtraFine 921K (1920×480)
Outputs 1 x HDMI Type A
3 x Component (RCA)
1 x A/V Out (RCA)
1 x USB Type Mini A/B
Audio Input 2 x XLR (3-pin) Line/Mic, 48 V
Audio Output 2 x RCA
Built-in Microphone Yes (Stereo)
Headphone 1 x Stereo Mini
Built-in Speaker Yes
Remote IR
1 x LANC
Simultaneous Rec. Yes (Memory Card + FMU) HD/SD
Timecode and TC Out Yes (HDMI)
Assignable Buttons 6
Focus & Exposure Assist Peaking, Histogram, Zebra
AF Face Detection
Continuous Rec. Time 780 min
Dimensions Not Specified
Weight Not Specified


Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Anton S

    A servo zoom and an ENG style body with an APS-C sensor, that does 60p at 1920×1080. The future is now!

  • Vincent

     How well would this camera match EX1 footage shot with the same frame rate. I realize there is a difference in image senors for each camera and lense being used. However, curious to know if anyone with NEX5s or other NEX cameras shot with this (EX series) scenario.

  • Gerardo Campos

    if only have ND filters… that can be the “perfect” camera for run&shoot, events, corporates, documentaries, etc