Sony

What DSLR should I buy?

Nikon D3300

Episode 1136

Brian from Winterhaven, FL

Brian's wife wants a DSLR for Christmas. Leo says that sensor size drives what camera he'll really want to get. The bigger the sensor, the more expensive it will be. And it will tend to be bigger and heavier. Leo has a Canon 5D Mk. II that he rarely uses because it's so heavy. That's why he likes mirrorless and micro four thirds cameras. They are every bit as good, but they don't have a prism or mirror. They are lighter and simpler.

Should I buy Sony's new HT-ST5 sound bar?

Sony HT-ST5 Sound bar

Episode 1127

Doug from Panama City, FL

Doug hears that Sony's new HT-ST5 sound bar has separate amps for every speaker. Is that THX? Leo says that having a separate amp doesn't mean the speaker is better, just that it gives it more juice. And THX is a certification, not really a technology. Leo likes Sony because they add a subwoofer to it and it doesn't have wires everywhere. But it will never be the same as actual surround sound quality. Scott Wilkinson recommends the Pioneer Andrew Jones Sound bar.

Chris Marquardt ...Raw

Episode 1117

Chris heard the call from Caleb who wanted to know about shooting photography with Raw and he decided it was a great topic for today's photo segment. Chris says Raw is a topic that he always gets questions about. On the sensor, there are three color channels, red-green-blue. The sensor collects the light, converts them into an electrical charge and then processes it into pixels with a charge. The charge is what determines the color of the pixel. So you essentially end up with three pictures of the same image in red, green and blue. And then it's mixed up and saved into a Raw file.

Are hybrid drives a good choice for a gaming system?

Sony Playstation 4

Episode 1115

Sam from San Bernardino, CA

Hybrid drives combine both Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives. Since SSDs cost more per gigabyte, it's expensive to buy an SSD big enough to hold everything. So the idea behind hybrid drives is that it would combine the speed benefit of SSD with the capacity benefits of the traditional, spinning drive. It puts both drives in one enclosure and uses smart software to determine what data should go on the SSD and what should go on the hard drive.

If money were no object, what 60-65 inch LED TV would you get?

Sony X950B

Episode 1098

Roger from Torrance, CA

Scott says he would get the Sony X950B 4K TV. Roger says that one won't work for him. David adds in that if money were no object, he'd get an OLED TV, but that would be a curved screen. Scott says he might opt for the LG 77" for $30,000, but Roger apparently is at least a little price conscious. Scott thinks that at 77", a curved screen might be ok. LG's screens also are only slightly curved, not as curved as Samsung's displays. The Vizio Reference Series will be making a 65" display, and both Scott and David recommend waiting for that one.

Should I buy a 4K TV?

Sony HDTV

Episode 1097

Jim from Freemont, CA

Jim's old JVC projection TV is going black, so he's in the market for a new TV. Should he buy an HDTV or go UHD? How can he future proof his purchase?

Scott says that viewing from 10' away, the optimum screen size is bigger than most would think - about 70". Scott says it isn't really necessary to buy a 4K TV right now. There's not that much content out for it and the standards like color gamut and standards aren't all that settled just yet. So a 4K TV he buys today may be obsolete tomorrow. Not only that, but some TVs upscale terribly. So it's a good idea to go with HD still.

Should I buy a Sony a7s?

Episode 1086

Eric from California

Eric got to shoot with the Sony a7s and he thinks it's amazing. Leo says that the a7s makes Sony a dark horse in the category, and out of nowhere they've become a heavy hitter. It tells Leo they're more committed to the platform that they're coming out with this a7s. It's also less expensive than the previous model, the a7r.

Leo says that mirrorless cameras are more compact and they're really starting to take off with professionals. Leo uses the Olympus OM-D micro 4/3s. But for Eric's location work, the Sony a7s is ideal.